Do you manage, own or lease a building? You need a 3D building scan.

Do you manage, own or lease a building? You need a 3D building scan.

, Vic Lau

Construction has traditionally been slow to take up technological advances and is well known for being fractured and antiquated. However, now experts are speculating that the construction industry is ripe for tech disruption, so it’s no longer about ‘if’ and more about ‘when’?

Ahead of us are exciting times for the industry, with a wide range of technologies coming (and some available now) to enable more efficient construction techniques and integrated workflows. At the centre of this is Building Information Modelling (BIM), which is the process of generating and managing digital representations of the built environment.

Hampton Jones are already delivering services in these fields (see our collaborative design work here) and we have recently added 3D building scanning to our tool kit. We believe this brings greater value to our existing client services as well as offering new opportunities.

In addition to creating high definition 3D, 360-degree walk-through imagery (similar to Google Street View) the 3D building scans can also be translated into point cloud data and converted into 3D BIM models, floor plans and elevations.

Point cloud example A point cloud created by Hampton Jones of a recent project

Here’s a walk-through of our Auckland office as an example of what can be achieved.

Do you manage, own or lease a building?

If so, you can benefit from a 3D building scan:

By creating high definition 3D models with virtual building access

  • Create a ‘virtual tour’ of a building for when it can’t be accessed in person
  • Use to monitor construction progress and details
  • Use for schedules of condition when leasing property
  • Utilise during pre-purchase due diligence to view and compare buildings
  • Use to schedule maintenance planning for buildings and equipment
  • Aid facilities management activities for remote managers
  • Convert scans into 3D BIM models, floor plans and elevations
  • Enable sales or maintenance discussions without physically visiting the site
  • Use with a virtual reality headset for a fully immersive experience
  • Share and access models easily from anywhere via the internet

Create detailed building records

  • Record and label locations of construction components that will later be enclosed and concealed
  • Embed text descriptions, video, audio, photos and links to other relevant information
  • Utilise for heritage and conservation work to record high definition 3D images for posterity
  • Gather detailed photographic records for legal cases that can be revisited easily and used in ‘virtual reality’ presentations
  • Capture condition and materials for Insurance Re-instatement assessments