BIM Design & Coordination

laser scanning

3D Laser Scanning



spool drawings

Spool Drawings

IPS has considerable experience working in a 3D / BIM (Building Information Modeling) design and construction environment. We offer 3D laser scanning as a standalone service to our customers. The individual scans are registered and tied together to create a complete one-to-one scale point cloud. This point cloud can be uploaded into nearly every CAD software or viewed on the free software called Trimble Realworks Viewer. From this point cloud, the customer has the ability to take measurements, view existing site conditions, check interferences, 3D model new proposed work around these interferences, and much more.

Our scanning and modeling team utilize the Trimble TX6 scanner. The TX6 shoots 500k points per second with 1/16th of an inch accuracy up to 120 meters from the original scanning point. Using the leveling compensator like the picture to the left, reduces the scan setup time and only requires a few scans for the entire project.

Benefits of utilizing BIM on your project

our scanner’s accuracy is to 1/16th of an inch, which allows for very accurate dimensions in our models thus limiting human error.

much of the fabrication is completed in our shop ahead of time, in a safe, controlled environment. This reduces manpower on-site thus reducing chances for incidents to occur.

prefabricating work allows your facility to continue operations until the tie-ins are ready to occur. Less time spend on site usually means less downtime and lower costs to the client.

before construction even begins, coordination occurs between IPS, the design firm, other contractors, and you – the client! Everyone is on the same page, equipped with the correct specifications, and have the most exact measurements. 

The Trimble TX6 scanner uses a 360 degree rotation to laser scan an area by collecting millions of data points. A point cloud is then created which generates the 3D scan. What does this help with? Checking interferences and accurate dimensions for our fabrication shop to prefabricate all types of piping.

BIM Model

Process Piping Installation

3D model vs after piping installation

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