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Are you using BIM to Support Sustainability and Waste Reduction in Construction? SCAN to BIM


As both environmental concerns and energy prices rise, sustainable design is becoming a more crucial component of building construction.  

According to a report by The Brainy Insights, the global construction and demolition waste market would increase from USD 32.6 billion in 2021 to USD 55.54 billion by 2030, with a CAGR of 6.1% during the forecast period 2022-2030.  

As per research by the World Bank in 2012, globally, cities generate 1.3 billion tons of solid waste every year. By 2025, there will be 2.2 billion tonnes of building waste produced annually worldwide, predicts Transparency Market Research. 

Scan to BIM for Sustainability  

The bulk of trash generated during construction, demolition, and excavation is inert waste, which is made up of concrete, bricks, asphalt, stones, and soil.  

However, when a building is being demolished, valuable resources like steel, aluminum, masonry, and copper frequently wind up in landfills, especially when there are time restrictions. Instead of being harvested from these waste items, resources are being extracted fresh from the Earth. 

The maintenance and restoration stages of a building’s lifecycle gain a lot with Scan to BIM because it generates a comprehensive and accurate as-built model of the structure that can anytime be used as reference data. 

Urban planners, civil engineers, architects, and surveyors are all winners when BIM is applied to construction projects. 

What is Scan to BIM? 

The process of capturing and illustrating high-density point clouds of a landscape, structure, or site to create a 3D BIM model is known as scan-to-BIM (or point cloud to BIM). Once generated, point cloud data is a raw representation of data or focus points from laser scanners such as LiDAR or photogrammetry. To create a data-rich and precise 3D model, the point cloud must be converted to mesh. The Point Cloud meshes are created in detailed BIM models depicting how the components blend in the building system using a 3D solid modeling program. 

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Point Cloud to BIM or Scan to BIM is proving to be an efficient and agile solution for laser scanning an area or landscape and representing a precise digital illustration using 3D models. Scan to BIM can be used for a variety of construction project processes such as construction area or site affirmation, design planning, design verification, design evaluation, MEP Coordination, As-built drawings, Remodeling/Renovation, quantity takeoff, budget estimation, and so on. 

Benefits of Scan to BIM Process

In order to achieve accurate modeling, clash coordination, and quantity take-off or Bill of Materials, many construction projects in the restoration and enhancement stages are incorporating the point cloud scan into the BIM process. It is simpler to produce a perfect 3D BIM scan using laser scanners, which can then be imported into 3D BIM software. 

The demand for BIM schematics for existing structures grows along with the demand for BIM adoption in the AEC sector. Scan to BIM is quickly evolving into a crucial component in the BIM process. When a project includes an already-existing structure or site, reality capture of as-built conditions can provide valuable model information even before a design team begins their work. 

  • Save time in Surveying and Scanning – Precise and Agile 
  • Cost-Effective – Lower your construction cost 
  • Progressive – Enhanced communication and collaboration 
  • Better decision-making – Ease of Alterations 
  • Enhanced Sustainability of Project – Detailed building analysis and cost estimation 
  • Better Design Assessment Renovation or Refurbishment 

Scan to BIM is employed for a number of purposes, such as the development of 3D CAD models for manufactured components, metrology and quality control, and several visualizations, animation, rendering, and mass customization projects. The production of a 3D model is greatly influenced by the complexity of the building/facility or landscape design, as well as its features. The difficulties are aggravated by the building’s ongoing restorations and redevelopment.  

The use of dependable 3D Point Cloud technology in combination with laser scanners and 3D modeling software, on the other hand, guarantees expert solutions that allow each and every component of the landscape to be recognized and separated from the next. 

BIM - A Step Towards Sustainability 

Given that the AEC sector is one of the main drivers of climate change, sustainability has recently evolved from a trend to a need. Architects, engineers, and manufacturers now have a practical opportunity to help create a better society.  

The use of BIM in construction has already enabled us in improving the overall project quality, streamline workflows, and cut back on errors.  

Construction, design, and engineering projects are getting more complex every year, but BIM makes it easier for teams to communicate with one another, clients, and the general public when necessary. By serving as a centralized hub for all building data, it aids in the understanding of the design, construction, and operational aspects of any AEC project by all stakeholders involved. 

More than 45% of the AEC industry is moving toward the precise and agile technology of Point Cloud to BIM or SCAN to BIM modeling. Point cloud models can accurately illustrate relatively complex landscapes and objects with a large number of data or focus points to generate precise 3D models. 


Indovance Inc supports clients with a complete range of Point cloud conversion services. We deliver a full range of BIM modeling projects. We work on parametric family creation, model creation for all LOD (Level of Detail), 4D and 5D support, and model phasing, as well. We also provide complete support for CAD to BIM, Point cloud to BIM, SCAN to BIM, and PDF to BIM conversions. 

At INDOVANCE we focus on the unique need of each project or client and believe in addressing the real challenges and guarantee that the process will be well-coordinated, smooth, efficient, and hassle-free.  

We collaborate with our customers around the world to develop bespoke business solutions using our enormous engineering talent pool and state-of-the-art technology. To deliver long-term engineering and business strategies, we align with your culture and processes to create an unbreakable partnership. With over 500 full-time employees and more than 600 customers in the US, Europe, India, and Asia, we are poised for the next level of success.  

Indovance acts as a catalyst, Empowering You for positive change and supporting you to Do More. 

For more queries regarding any of the above-mentioned topics, feel free to connect with us on our website www.indovance.com or contact us on +1-919-238-4044 

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