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LIDAR scanning is growing, and ISP has developed a huge staff of very accurate BIM Modelers. Our team is fully trained in building design and the BIM team can convert scans and older blueprints to Revit models, which allows each family member and component to be detailed accurately. SCAN TO BIM saves time and money compared to the old-fashioned way of site surveys using your in-house architectural team. We are not a third party but will become an extension of your current architectural team. ISP works with the top laser scanning companies and brings speed and accuracy to developing your model for renovation projects.


SCAN TO BIM is, simply put, a process whereby a physical object is scanned and converted into a 3D model. This model can then be used by architects and engineers to better understand the object and to create accurate drawings and plans. In the SCAN TO BIM process, a laser scanner is used to capture and model an accurate 3D scan of the real-world conditions on your project. The scan is imported to a 3D modeling environment where it can create an accurate as-built model or to inform the architectural team of the design with accurate conditions.

There are three important steps to the scanning process:

Collecting the data using a 3D laser scanner
Taking the data back to the design office
Using it in the BIM process
3D laser scanning is an important tool for contractors because it allows them to create accurate models of existing structures. This is especially important in the case of historic buildings, where accurate documentation is essential. 3D laser scanning can also be used to create as-built drawings, which can be used for a variety of purposes, including construction planning and quality control. ISP is here to extend your current team and add knowledgeable team members who can accurately use, set up, and complete the SCAN TO BIM process.

The SCAN TO BIM Process

With the introduction of modern 3D scanning, ISP is able to collect data in the field, with accuracy and speed. A 3D laser scanner is used on a tripod, and contains an eye-safe laser rotating at a high speed. As the laser beam hits solid surfaces, the position relative to the scanner is recorded as a coordinate or point. Millions of these points will get logged to create an accurate picture.

Here is the full process that is used for SCAN TO BIM:

The first step is to make sure you have a goal in mind. This is important before sending someone to scan so it is known what the data will be used for. If the team knows what is needed, the ISP can capture the scan data more efficiently.

Next is to send a trained person to conduct the scan. The person conducting the scan will need to set up the scanner and enter the scan density or the number of measurement points they need to take with each scan.

The scanner can only capture its line of sight. To get a complete representation of the project, you will need to take multiple scans from different locations.

Before the scan is complete, the BIM Modeler will use modeling software to register, analyze, and model the data that was collected.

Finally after registering and modeling the data, we can start creating constructable model content to get the project ready to be worked on.

Extend Your Team

At ISP we are not a third party to work with, but rather an extension of your team that will work collaboratively with you. We have the expertise and knowledge for any project that SCAN TO BIM is needed, and can help you complete the process. Get in touch with us today to learn more about our process!