We rebuild the geometry of elements and infrastructures using 3D laser scanner technology

Scan to BIM

Scan to BIM is also popularly known as Point Cloud to BIM, because when buildings are examined with a 3D laser scanner, data is collected in the form of a point cloud (a group of millions of points in a 3D space). Experts import these point clouds into software tools such as Revit and convert them into 3D models ready for BIM. Scan to BIM services are used for As-built modeling and is one of the fastest growing platforms in the field of construction.

Scanphase we produce complete and information-rich 3D BIM models from point cloud data. Our BIM Scan services are used due to our long-term experience of working on point cloud modeling projects.

Scan to BIM

We provide 3D Scan to BIM modeling services, using the latest technology to convert point cloud and laser survey data into complex 3D BIM models for leading architects, engineers, surveyors and contractors.
Our BIM models are usually created using Autodesk Revit (although we can also use other tools such as Archicad ...). The scan captures are compiled from the rapid processing of millions of points (point clouds) and site images.

The scanners identify the surface details of a structure for the point cloud information. Therefore, point clouds include large precise amounts of data and can be converted to object-based BIM models, where the scanned data is converted to BIM data. Our point cloud modeling service at BIM creates precise models for construction purposes, as well as for remodeling and renovation projects.

Point cloud to BIM: We commonly combine models scanned to BIM for existing buildings with new / renovated area projects. Our models have beams, columns, ceilings, internal walls, external landscape elements and MEP accessories if necessary.

The production of 3D models or 2D models under previous construction conditions was carried out using manual survey methodologies. However, with the help of laser scanning the advantages of using scanning are forcing many companies to take the point cloud scan instead of manual capture.



In Scanphase we produce complete and information-rich 3D BIM models from point cloud data. Our BIM Scan services are used due to our long-term experience of working on point cloud modeling projects. We have a team of architects, engineers and modelers from Scan to BIM with experience in the work of complex renovation projects. We have worked on the renovation and restoration of heritage buildings, government buildings, old commercial properties, residential apartments that must be demolished or updated with newer designs. Scan to BIM modeling services are extremely useful for achieving excellent renovation results in less time and cost compared to traditional methods.

Remote laser capture for Scan to BIM

Large, complex structures with unique geometry and unique construction methods generally require a different approach to 3D laser scanning due to large open spaces. This approach is especially crucial to ensure that high-definition digital scans have precise adjustment and alignment.
Here is an example of one of our works that consisted in the capture by laser scanner of all the roofs from attached places reaching capture distances greater than 100 m. The main reason was the difficulty of access, the poor state of the same that represented a risk for direct measurement and the security elements that made the movements impractical. For each of the scanning locations, optimal locations were chosen to position the laser scanner to fully collect the necessary 3D data of the characteristics of that location for the 3D model. The scans took only a few hours. The scanned data was processed and refined, eliminating the strange data from the surroundings and focusing on the areas in question.
In conclusion, long-range scanning is a terrestrial technique for collecting large-scale, high-density 3D geospatial data from complex environments, such as entire buildings, factories, rooms, landscapes, other large structures and locations, both inside and out.

Scan To BIM: Planning 3D laser scanning projects

3D laser scanning is transforming the industry in terms of design, construction and visualization. Applications that support laser scanning, such as Scan-to-BIM, require that the data in the point cloud be of sufficient quality in terms of accuracy or density of points. Eliminating human error in a project is key to delivering quality results, reducing waiting times and minimizing costly mistakes.

Planning allows you to define the optimal set of scan locations while satisfying the specific quality and accuracy requirements of the job. Dedicating time to planning guarantees updated data and that the building / area coordinates are calculated and loaded correctly.

The planning must respond to four requirements:

  • The number of scans to perform.

  • If color scan data is required.

  • The difficulty of doing those scans. For example, scans on the site with limited access or scans with restrictions and traffic.

  • Idiosyncrasies of the site location.


In planning it is vital that the data is acquired in the most efficient way with the minimum number of possible scans.

3D scanning is reliable for its accuracy, reliability, speed and ease of use. The exceptional adaptability and flexibility of 3D scanning make it ideal for measuring a wide range of elements in various locations. That trust must be maintained ensuring good planning and preparation.

A good business sense means that visits and the use of devices on the site should be kept to a minimum. By creating precise site plans and associated control points, any cost in site planning is easily recovered by facilitating goalless scanning, optimizing the registration and processing of high quality point clouds.

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