Seeing is Believing: Building Information Modeling (BIM)

Written by Nick Wolf

In the world of Building Information Modeling (BIM), information travels at a rate greater than 1,000,000 points per second. The density of point coverage achieved by today’s high-definition laser scanners produce point clouds that, when viewed, have a photo-realistic quality which make model generation faster and more accurate.

I always say that BIM technology, when coupled with accurate models and intelligent design, is almost like having a crystal ball for a construction project because BIM allows us to see the future and plan accordingly. I also say that it would be nice if BIM worked for the lottery and were able to give us the winning lotto numbers every week.

When a BIM project is successfully implemented, the results are almost like winning the lotto. The project result is complete both in the sum of its parts and the data available to support those parts after all the chases have been sealed and the walls painted.

If you were an owner looking at your brand new building and wondering “what’s behind that wall or above that ceiling,” wouldn’t it be nice to have a crystal ball?

In Stamford, CT, KBE used 3D laser scanner technology at the JM Wright Technical High School to provide more than 190,000 square feet of confidence in its mechanical/engineering/plumbing (MEP) subcontractors.