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Napco introduces advanced Lidar for 3D scans & BIM services

By Kevin O’Keefe, R.S. Knapp Company Inc.


Traditional site surveys use tape measure, pictures, and notes that rely on a 3rd party police artist-like sketch of the area and require multiple trips to the jobsite to document the existing conditions. Even the best site surveyor taking measurements can only capture one point of data at a time. Simply put traditional field documentation is far less accurate, requires more resources, takes more time to perform and is more expensive.

Napco’s FBI Technician’s cutting-edge Lidar and imaging technology can capture millions of data points per second, providing accurate information for an MRI like razor precision record of the space. The point cloud data it provides is a database connecting points in a 3D coordinate system. 3D Scans are “Real Documents of Truth” replacing police artist sketches of 3rd party interpretation from the jobsite. Everyone has heard the expression that pictures are worth a thousand words. In construction, one 3D Scan is worth a thousand documents!

Our comprehensive 3D scanning services convert reality into functional data for your project. Why settle for As-Built when you can have VizBuilt?

Our team offers BIM Services converting point cloud data into BIM via 3D Laser Scanning services to MEP engineering firms, architectural, and construction firms.

Adopting Revit 3D models and parametric families we facilitate Clash Detection, BIM Coordination (Architectural, Structural, MEPFP/HVAC), Scan to BIM Modeling through CAD & BIM, and Virtual Design and Construction (VDC). BIM models at LOD 100 to 500 cater to architectural, structural and MEP trades, enabling building maintenance, surveillance, and facility management. We convert Revit point cloud to mesh with accuracy. Ask for our LOD Chart.

Our Deliverables Include:

1. Architectural modeling of walls with exterior & interior windows, doors and cabinets.

2. Structural modeling with columns, beams, framing, foundation, annotations and truss families.

3. MEPFP Modeling with panels, junction boxes, ducts, pipes, air terminals and fire sprinklers.

4. Revit MEP design coordination.

5. As-built drawings.

Kevin O’Keefe is the VP of R.S. Knapp Co. Inc./NAPCO FBI Division.

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