Acquisition of a high school

New construction and modernization of a high school on the west coast of England

For the new construction and modernization of Skegness Academy, a high school in Lincolnshire on the west coast of England, an accurate as-built model was required.

In order to obtain the exact dimensions of the high school, the FARO Photon 120 laser scanner was used, which can capture up to 990,000 points per second. With the help of reference points in the individual scans, they could later be merged. The scans were then used to generate a dimensionally accurate point cloud that provided an accurate 3D model of the building.

For the project, PointCab Origins was used to create elevations and sections, as well as detailed, dimensionally accurate images. This allowed various views of the high school to be generated and read into Autodesk Revit. A complete 3D model was then created with just the click of a button.

The FARO Photon 120 delivered 230 scans here. Images of the entire site and the building from the inside were taken. The views were imported into Autodesk Revit. From this data, a highly accurate 3D model of the building was created.
What advantage did PointCab Origins bring here? The fully automatic generation of views and sections. Likewise, accurate and true-to-scale images were used here. The further processing of the scan data in the CAD system was also possible without plug-ins thanks to PointCab Origins. This provided the optimal basis for modeling, visualization, processing and simulation.

WHY POINTCAB ORIGINS?

Software Speed

Even the most extensive point cloud data can be evaluated easily and quickly with PointCab Origins.

Direct workflow to Revit

The information of the evaluated point cloud data can be easily and quickly transferred to Revit.

Proximity to support

PointCab’s support is characterized by comprehensive expertise and individual attention.

We think PointCab Origins is the fastest way to extract plans and sections from point clouds.
Eric Bergholz
CEO Laserscanning Europe
Jun. 2013

About Laserscanning Europe GmbH

Laserscanning Europe is the leading system company for 3D laser scanning. As an independent and experienced partner, we can offer our customers the best project solution for their application.

By renting and selling laser scanning hardware, software and accessories, we provide our customers with the required tools for their projects. In our training courses, we share our know-how and many years of experience from various projects. On demand, we support our customers with data collection by means of 3D scanners, analysis of scan data and modeling.

https://www.laserscanning-europe.com

BIM model of a hotel in St. Moritz

From scan to BIM on the fly – HMQ scans luxury hotel in St. Moritz

The Hotel Sonne in St. Moritz is a popular destination for skiing and Welness vacationers. To prepare the hotel for the future, HMQ AG was commissioned to generate a comprehensive 3D building model of all interior spaces and the exterior facade. The 3D point cloud data was required for further processing in Graphisoft Archicad to create a complete BIM model.

Right from the start, the project included a major challenge: the acquisition of the hotel with laser scanners from FARO had to take place during the peak winter season and also during ongoing guest operations. The entire building therefore had to be captured as quickly as possible and without major disruption to guests. In the interior, a floor area of 1,100 m² had to be surveyed, distributed over three floors and a building height of approx. 10 meters. Outside, the work was no easier. The snow lying at the time of the project, which is why vacationers primarily traveled to St. Moritz, made the scans of the facade difficult.

HMQ, however, managed all challenges and had a huge amount of point cloud data from around 500 scans after only 72 hours. HMQ has been using Archicad 21 software to create BIM models for some time. To be able to use the point cloud data for processing in Archicad, HMQ uses PointCab Origins. More specifically, use the 4BIMm plugin, which allows the point clouds to be analyzed and the information seamlessly transferred into ArchiCAD. This reduced time for HMQ and, consequently, project costs. Putting all this together, the result was a relaxed project process for everyone involved. This can only be beneficial for a vacation hotel.

The basis for this is the uniquely fast processing of the most extensive point clouds in PointCab Origins. Ease of use was the main focus when Christian Vetsch, Managing Director at HMQ together with his team decided to use PointCab Origins three years ago. The great compatibility with all scanner types and makes made the decision even easier for HMQ.

“We chose PointCab Origins because the software is easy and intuitive to use and is constantly being developed,” says Christian Vetsch. If you ask HMQ employees, they also appreciate the uncomplicated proximity to PointCab support.

WHY POINTCAB ORIGINS?

Software Speed

Even the most extensive point cloud data can be evaluated easily and quickly with PointCab Origins.

Direct workflow to ArchiCAD

The information of the evaluated point cloud data can be easily and quickly transferred to Graphisoft ArchiCAD.

Proximity to support

PointCab’s support is characterized by comprehensive expertise and individual attention.

We chose PointCab Origins because the software is easy and intuitive to use and is constantly being developed
Christian Vetsch
Managing Director HMQ AG
Dez. 2018

About HMQ AG

HMQ AG, based in the cantons of Graubünden, Zurich and Aargau, is one of the leading Swiss engineering and planning companies.
The core competencies of the engineers, planners and consultants of the HMQ Group lie in the specialist areas of surveying, construction and planning. To ensure customer satisfaction as well as to offer employees an exciting work environment, HMQ AG builds on innovation, quality and technology.
To the HMQ AG website: http://hmq.ch/

3D rendering of a historic commercial hall

Laserscanning Architecture uses PointCab Origins in AutoCAD Architecture

The company Laser Scanning Architecture used the FARO 3D laser scanner for the three-dimensional acquisition of a historic commercial hall. The 3D data created was evaluated using AutoCAD Architecture and PointCab Origins. The scan data was analyzed in both photo mode and pixel mode using FARO Scene software. In the model, analyses and geometric allowances were performed in colored panoramic views. Perspectives could be freely selected and partial areas of the model could be hidden as desired.

Using PointCab Origins, a 2D analysis was realized in AutoCAD Architecture. For this purpose, orthographic 2D views of the existing structure were created from any position in the model using PointCab Origins. This laid the foundation for efficient replanning. The advantages were: orthographic 2D images of the inventory, as well as freely selectable positions in the scan. The inventory could be quickly captured in detail (cornices, stone formats, etc.). The resulting highly accurate dimensioning, formed the basis for efficient redesign, including overdrawing of component edges. PointCab Origins results were used to create plans, elevations, sections and 3D BIM models. Images could be extracted from the point cloud. The client was able to quickly view and use the information thanks to the web export.

WHY POINTCAB ORIGINS?

Software Speed

Even the most extensive point cloud data can be evaluated easily and quickly with PointCab Origins.

Direct workflow to AutoCAD

The information of the evaluated point cloud data could be easily and quickly transferred to AutoCAD.

Proximity to support

PointCab’s support is characterized by comprehensive expertise and individual attention.

Fast point cloud evaluation with PointCab Origins and Autodesk AutoCAD Architecture.
Laser Scanning Architecture
Jun. 2013

About Laser Scanning Architecture

As a formerly classic architectural office, we specialized in 3D laser scanning in 2010. Since then, the demand has increased so much that we are now only active in 3D surveying. Managing director Johannes Rechenbach has a working experience of more than 30 years as a freelance architect and has been running his own architectural office in Hannover for 20 years.

During this time, we have learned many times that a thorough survey of the existing building is always the basis for a successful remodeling project. The precise laser scanning therefore offers the perfect basis for all projects of building in existing contexts. https://www.laser-scanning-architecture.com

Acquisition of a limestone crushing plant

Plant engineering - ThyssenKrupp Fördertechnik GmbH

On behalf of a cement plant in the Middle East, ThyssenKrupp Fördertechnik GmbH used PointCab Origins to capture the data of an existing limestone crushing plant for plant engineering purposes by means of laser scanning. The goal of ThyssenKrupp Fördertechnik GmbH was to compare the 3D laser scan data with an existing 3D CAD model of the plant design in order to concretely plan an expansion of the plant.

A laser scanner from the company FARO was used to scan a conveyor belt approximately 160 meters long for the plant design. The conveyor belt begins underground and ends at a discharge station 6 meters above the ground. The conveyor belt passes through several silos. The 3D model provided a real image of the plant and highly accurate dimensions, which provided an optimum planning basis for the plant expansion. Conversion work could be visualized concretely and finally on the PC, which greatly limited the risk of collisions during execution. The acquisition of the conveyor belt was very fast. The time required for the acquisition from different heights amounted to 3 days. The conveyor belt only had to be stopped for 2 hours. The result was 40 scans that were registered and evaluated with PointCab Origins directly on site. This ensured that all the required data was recorded and that a second survey (and thus disruption of the workflow) was not necessary.  The sections created in PointCab Origins were then used for further processing in AutoCAD.

WHY POINTCAB ORIGINS?

Software speed

Even the most extensive point cloud data can be evaluated easily and quickly with PointCab Origins.

Direct workflow to AutoCAD

The information of the evaluated point cloud data can be easily and quickly transferred to AutoCAD.

Proximity to support

PointCab’s support is characterized by comprehensive expertise and individual attention.

Evaluate laser scanner results quickly and easily directly on site. Awesome!
ThyssenKrupp
Dez. 2018

About ThyssenKrupp

As an international group of companies, we develop technologies and solutions for future market and customer needs.

https://www.thyssenkrupp.com/

Renovation of an old farmhouse

Renovation of an old farmhouse in Wattenwil near Bern – AAP Atelier für Architektur und Planung AG

For the renovation of an old farmhouse in Wattenwil near Bern, AAP Atelier für Architektur und Planung AG took over the surveying by means of 3D laser scanning as well as the evaluation. Since the object was hardly inhabited in the past years due to the high costs in maintenance, a renovation was to be carried out. This should allow the listed building to be fully used as a residential building again.

As a surveying method, laser scanning was the optimal solution for obtaining exact plans as a basis for planning the refurbishment work. The fast and precise recording with a laser scanner significantly reduced the time and thus also the costs for the refurbishment work. The data obtained made it possible to precisely determine the effort and material requirements for all rehabilitation measures. Even the smallest deformations and irregularities were accurately recorded. The recording of the building with the 3D laser scanner FARO Photon 120/20 could be realized within two days. Thus, facades, floor plans, the supporting structure and much more could be captured. For further use, the laser scanner data was used in the CAD system with ArchiCAD. Thanks to PointCab Origins, the results could be easily read into the CAD system ArchiCAD. Within a very short time, floor plans, sections and facades were generated. PointCab Origins convinced with its ease of use and flawless functionality. The detailed results required a relatively short calculation time.

WHY POINTCAB ORIGINS?

Software speed

Even the most extensive point cloud data can be evaluated easily and quickly with PointCab Origins.

Direct workflow to ArchiCAD

The information of the evaluated point cloud data can be easily and quickly transferred to Graphisoft ArchiCAD.

Proximity to support

PointCab’s support is characterized by comprehensive expertise and individual attention.

Use FARO laser scanner data easily in ArchiCAD thanks to PointCab Origins.
AAP Atelier für Architektur und Planung AG
Dez. 2013

About AAP Atelier für Architektur und Planung AG

AAP – Atelier für Architektur und Planung AG – was founded on November 1, 1977 as a joint stock company based in Bern.

Markus Ammon has been the sole owner of the company since 2012. Our studio offers holistic services of high quality in the fields of architecture, general and spatial planning.

Our services range from consulting and initial studies to concepts in the field of settlement and traffic to project planning and construction of any kind including support in operation, maintenance, demolition and renewal. http://www.aap.ch/

Facade elevation of a listed industrial building

Refurbishment of a listed industrial building in Magdeburg

3D laser scanning was used as a surveying method for the listed renovation of an old industrial building in Magdeburg. As part of the renovation and conversion work, 22 loft apartments are to be created in the complex. In order to renovate the façade in accordance with the preservation order during the conversion work, detailed, highly accurate plans of the façade to scale are required. Due to the limited space available, the 17 m high facade can only be mapped using a non-contact measuring method.

The smallest of the three facades, the east facade, has several facade jumps and sloping facade parts, which increased the effort of surveying and evaluation.  With the help of laser scanning, the facade details, such as window openings and wall protrusions, could be captured with high accuracy.

Orthophotos were automatically generated from the laser scanning survey results using PointCab Origins. Using the true-to-scale PointCab Origins images, the data was imported into Geograf within an hour. This resulted in detailed orthophotos and structured, digital 2D plans of the facades, including the cracks in the east facade. Modeling can now be carried out in the generated views and sections of the 3D CAD model, which simplifies planning for the renovation and conversion work.

The facts again at a glance: The three facades of the building complex were captured by laser scanner. The data was evaluated with PointCab Origins and Geograf at a scale of 1:50. A total of 25 laser scanner locations were used to measure the 1,720 m² of the facade. Only one employee was needed for the survey, which took only 5 hours. One of the advantages of PointCab Origins was the fast generation of the othophotos. Within one hour, 3 GB of data could be processed. This resulted in true-to-scale and detailed images. Reading in and further processing of the data in the CAD system Geograf was possible without any problems. Thanks to the quickly generated Othofotos, the evaluation in Geograf was a piece of cake. In total, the project was completed within 35 working hours from the first scan.

WHY POINTCAB ORIGINS?

Software speed

Even the most extensive point cloud data can be evaluated easily and quickly with PointCab Origins.

Direct workflow to Geograf

The information of the evaluated point cloud data can be used easily and quickly in the CAD system Geograf.

Proximity to support

PointCab’s support is characterized by comprehensive expertise and individual attention.

The rapid creation of scaled orthophotos allowed for quick analysis in Geograf.
Eric Bergholz
CEO, Laserscanning Europe GmbH
Dez. 2018

About Laserscanning Europe

Laserscanning Europe is the leading system company for 3D laser scanning. As an independent and experienced partner, we can offer our customers the best project solution for their application.

By renting and selling laser scanning hardware, software and accessories, we provide our customers with the required tools for their projects. In our training courses, we share our know-how and many years of experience from various projects. On demand, we support our customers with data collection by means of 3D scanners, analysis of scan data and modeling.

https://www.laserscanning-europe.com

Acquisition of factory halls

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University of Siegen in the capture of factory halls - architecture

The Interdisciplinary Competence Center for Old Buildings (InKA) of the University of Siegen realized the registration of a complete industrial plant with the help of laser scanning. This involved a built-up area of approx. 10,000 m². All supply and disposal lines had to be documented, which meant that a relatively large number of scans were required. The goal of the scanning and documentation was the 3D modeling of the work in the CAD system ArchiCAD. As a basis for this, floor plans and sections were generated through the total point cloud.

The area to be scanned in this project covered approx. 10,000 m², which were captured with a FARO Photon 80. The final result was 80 scans with a total data volume of approx. 7 GB. The subsequent modeling was to be done in Graphisoft ArchiCAD. How did PointCab Origins come into play at this point? Well, in the end it was possible to define sections at any point of the scans. The final product was a scaled pixel image with an accuracy of up to two millimeters per pixel. PointCab Origins then reduced the amount of data to a manageable size for CAD systems. Thus, the data output format was easily readable by all CAD systems commonly available on the market. By distributing the cut through the point cloud to several pixel files, the so-called “tiling”, the amount of data to be exported can be conveniently adapted for the respective CAD system. A huge advantage!

WHY POINTCAB ORIGINS?

Software speed

Even the most extensive point cloud data can be evaluated easily and quickly with PointCab Origins.

Direct workflow to ArchiCAD

The information of the evaluated point cloud data can be easily and quickly transferred to Graphisoft ArchiCAD.

Proximity to support

PointCab’s support is characterized by comprehensive expertise and individual attention.

The PointCab Origins plans can be easily processed in ArchiCAD without additional software.
University of Siegen
Jun. 2013

About Siegen University

The University of Siegen is a medium-sized, interdisciplinary research university. It is firmly rooted in the region of South Westphalia and widely networked both nationally and internationally. With its research and teaching, it wants to contribute to a future that is oriented towards people and characterized by responsibility for society. This is expressed in the guiding principle of the University of Siegen: Shaping the future in a humane way.

https://www.uni-siegen.de/start/

Conversion of production facilities

Conversion of production facilities - Intercem Engineering GmbH uses PointCab Origins

In an extensive project of Intercem Engineering GmbH, a leading provider of holistic solutions for the cement industry, 3D laser scanning technology was used for surveying. The project consisted of extensive tasks: on the one hand, a conversion of an existing filter on a concrete building. On the other hand, the installation of a new cyclone with filter system in the existing concrete framework of a heat exchanger.

A complete and highly accurate as-built documentation was required as a basis for the planning of the rebuild or installation. To avoid costly rework, 3D laser scanning was used to record the areas in question. The process proved to be fast, efficient and safe. Even areas that were difficult to access could be documented in detail thanks to the pinpoint accuracy of the recording. Laser scanning was used to generate real images of the scanned objects. These provided an optimum planning basis for precisely fitting prefabrication and consequently reduced the costs for conversion and installation. A laser scanner from FARO was used for this project. For the conversion of the filter system, 7 scans were made. A further 10 scans covered the heat exchanger. The mapping of the measurement results from the point cloud was done in FARO Scene. The point clouds were merged and then the floor plans were created. The final modeling of the resulting CAD data was done in Inventor. What was the contribution of PointCab Origins? In PointCab Origins, it was possible to quickly and easily define any sections in the floor plan. The subsequent import of the CAD data and its modeling in Inventor was surprisingly easy. Thus, thanks to PointCab Origins, an optimal planning basis was quickly created.

WHY POINTCAB ORIGINS?

Software Speed

Even the most extensive point cloud data can be evaluated easily and quickly with PointCab Origins.

Direct workflow to Inventor

The information of the evaluated point cloud data can be easily and quickly transferred to Inventor.

Proximity to support

PointCab’s support is characterized by comprehensive expertise and individual attention.

We were able to use FARO laser scanner data as floor plans in Inventor thanks to PointCab Origins.
Intercem Engineering GmbH
Jun. 2013

About Intercem Group

The Intercem Group is a leading company for the delivery of integrated solutions for cement plant operators. Also investors looking for a way into the cement industry will find in Intercem the right partner for planning, detail engineering and project execution of greenfield projects. Our specialty is the conversion and modernization of production facilities such as grinding and packing plants, rotary kilns for clinker production, etc. Our concepts, machines and services are state of the art. https://www.intercem.de/

As-built documentation of an old house

Preparation of remediation concepts - Swiss Canton Ticinio

As part of a project by Pastorelli SA, an old house in the center of a village in the Swiss canton of Ticino was to be surveyed. Thus, detailed plans of the building were to be created. The purpose of the project was to be able to use the plans to create renovation concepts in the ArchiCAD software. Since there were no current and reliable plans of the building, a modern measuring method was used: 3D laser scanning.

The engineering firm Pastorelli SA, based in Lugano (Switzerland), used the FARO Photon 120 laser scanner for this purpose. Three facades and the four floors of the house were recorded. The scanner was placed inside the house to scan the basement, the roof and the two floors in between. Outside, it was set up to capture the facades. This resulted in a total of 29 scans within 6 hours. Three employees were involved in the process. The created scans were registered with the software FARO Scene. The point clouds were merged into one large point cloud. This point cloud contains all measuring points of the object.

With the help of PointCab Origins, four floor plans, three façade plans and 20 sections could be extracted automatically. The orthophotos could be exported for use in various CAD systems. Since Pastorelli SA’s client wanted to perform the renovation plans in ArchiCAD software, PointCab Origins was an excellent solution for preparing the data. It was possible to quickly generate the required plans automatically and then create any sections. In this way, the data could then be easily used in the ArchiCAD CAD system. Finally, the data set obtained was conveniently handed over via USB stick.  In total, the data processing took about 8 hours.

WHY POINTCAB ORIGINS?

Software speed

Even the most extensive point cloud data can be evaluated easily and quickly with PointCab Origins.

Direkt Workflow to ArchiCAD

The information of the evaluated point cloud data can be easily and quickly transferred to Graphisoft ArchiCAD.

Proximity to support

PointCab’s support is characterized by comprehensive expertise and individual attention.

Point clouds are for engineers, plans for architects. PointCab Origins is the fastest connection between them.
Marzio Righitto
Engineer - Pastorelli SA
Dez. 2018

About Geomatica Righitto (formerly Pastorelli SA)

The engineering firm Pastorelli SA, with headquarters in Lugano (Switzerland)http://www.righitto.ch

Surveying of 12.000sqm of inhabited floor space

Preparation of fire protection and as-built plans – for 12,000 m² of inhabited floor space

The purpose of a project by Faschang Service & Management GmbH was to prepare fire protection and as-built plans for 12,000 m² of floor space. The area to be surveyed includes a hotel, a municipal theater, and office and residential space. In order to document the large area accurately in a short time, a FARO Focus3D laser scanner was used. The use of 3D laser scanning technology turned out to be an advantage. With only two employees, the entire area was digitally captured within 45 hours.

The registered scan results, i.e. the total point cloud, were subsequently evaluated with PointCab Origins. For this purpose, various floor plans, site plans and sections were generated fully automatically. Based on the highly accurate and true-to-scale orthophotos, the required as-built plans and fire protection plans were created in AutoCAD 2013. Thanks to the existing point cloud, additional facade plans could be generated quickly and easily at a later date for the planning of an extension.

WHY POINTCAB ORIGINS?

Software speed

Even the most extensive point cloud data can be evaluated easily and quickly with PointCab Origins.

Direkt Workflow to AutoCAD

The information of the evaluated point cloud data can be easily and quickly transferred to AutoCAD.

Proximity to support

PointCab’s support is characterized by comprehensive expertise and individual attention.

The perfect software solution for efficient creation of orthophotos and as-built plans.
Faschang Service & Management GmbH
Jun. 2013

About Faschang Service & Management GmbH

For more than 10 years, Faschang Service & Management GmbH has been dealing with the topic of maintenance and repair. Based on this long experience we offer a wide range of services. Starting with consulting & conception to customization & integration, we support you in the implementation of our maintenance management software OMIS 4.0. In addition, we assist in the introduction, training and ongoing support of the application. https://www.omis.at/