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  • Failure that stopped me, but why Failure Shouldn't Stop You...

    As you know running your own Architectural or Interior design business comes with its pressures and responsibilities and when life challenges get in our way it is just more weight to carry and sometimes it can be too much. We can't stop or quit we have to learn how to manage it and keep pushing up! This is a continuous story of the last post about how I had a Panic Attack and how my ex-girlfriend left me and I was left broke and demotivated Read more I know how it feels to be at the low points in life, not knowing what to do, and feeling alone and helpless! This is why I also know how important support and help is and someone here will Massively Benefit From This Today as I am about to do a Massive Give Aways to help you and others. But first here will be a small video about my failure and how I Failed! What happened? I committed to raising money for Charity Movember to support other men who are facing challenges similar to what I did. November is when brave and selfless men around the world grow a moustache, and women step up to support them, all to raise awareness and funds for men's health - specifically prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention. The target was to raise £300o for the charity but I did not even come close to it I failed Massively and looked like a Fool! Although I did 100 pushups a day which felt exhausting and challenging, despite how busy was my day I did push-ups daily to reach the 3000 pushups a month. As a representation of all the people out there who are pushing up every day in their Work, Home or Community that goes unnoticed! I followed 3 simple steps: Created a fundraiser and donated myself, encouraged everyone but only very few supported me in this. Committed to a challenge and also invited others to take part and only 1 guy joined. I grew the mustachios that people were just making jokes about me and laughing. As a Bonus - I spoke up to raise awareness that we are all in this together. Although I had expectations that everyone would cheer me up and support me, this was not the case. The support I received was very poor. To be honest, as much as I don’t like it and don't want to say this I must admit and I believe that you feel the same! At the monument, men have become weaker (compared to what?) compared to men of the generation before us and studies show that physical strength has decreased by 22% and I guess the same is reflected in mental health affecting us and our emotional resilience. We all can relate to this we all desperately need Better Bosses, Dads, Husbands or just Friends who we can rely on and look up to! It is not a surprise that the young generation doesn't want to grow up if there is nothing to look up to some hero outside the TV or Phone Screens. But the Truth is the Parents and the People around us are true heroes if only they would just share their stories you would be amazed and encouraged! Every hero at some point loses his strength but somehow finds his strength and wins the evil and leaves a positive impact on others, and we are called to be THE TRUE HEROS OF THE DAY! I personally lacked a healthy, male role model myself when growing up. I grew up in a single-parent family in a council block in the cold city of Riga in Latvia now-2C which used to be part of Soviet Union. You can only Imagine not much encouragement or perspective of growth was there. So I learned through trial and error and this has cost me a lot of time, energy and emotional challenges… along the way, my search for happiness and identity has caused pain to others unconsciously, as we never wake up and say I want to do something bad we just think about our selves too much... we try and we get bruises just like learning to ride a bicycle but it can be different with the right support! I must say thanks to the circumstances and my experience I can share what I have learned with other men in hope that they don’t have to go the hard road and repeat my mistakes. Without this experience, I would not be the person I am right now and would not be able to support and help other men and with your support, I believe that we all can help even more men to become Better! Better men are not controlling, Better men are not emotionally unstable, Better men are not aggressive they are the opposite. Although we all now are against many things I trust that when we shift the focus from what we don't want to what we want we start seeing the difference and the light...! Do we really want weak men? This message of course doesn’t relate to men in this Architect's Community YOU ARE A LEGEND AND A OVERCOMER 💪 But despite the lack of support I am committed to continue supporting others facing their challenges, which is why I am doing a Massive Give A Way! For any £1 that you donate, I will give you back £2 this is a 50% increase in your money that you can get straight away today. When donating please write down your company name or contact details so that I know who you are and from the next survey exactly 2X the amount that you have donated you will get off the survey price. I don't gain any money from this, it will all go to charity, you will make a Difference and Make 2X on Your Investment in Better Men! Because I do believe that we all can make a difference together! Only donations up to the Target of the champagne £3000 will be receive 2x in return, so donate before others have used this opportunity to double their money in one day! You Can Make A Difference NOW! 👇 I also did a Podcast about what I have learned from all this fundraising experience and I share some valuable tips! We are Building the United Kingdom Together 💪 Thank you for your time and Support 🫶 Peter Bauman

  • Should Architects Attend Exhibitions?

    You will ask did you shook hands & made deals, any new Business? This will give an idea of what returns of invested time and energy over 2 Days with a 3m x 2m Stand you can expect, here are the results: We hung out with 4x VIPs. Chatted with 2x Speakers. Connected with 15x Exhibitors. Meet 1x representative from the Press. Demonstrated what we do to 238x Visitors. In total 260 connections were made, and while these are just numbers for some of us these are real-life interactions with people. How long would it take for you to connect with 260 people in real life, how many months or years? This is something like Speed Dating but for Property Experts to introduce them to what they do and if potentially there may be some match. Here is an insight into the 260 people we met at our stand and what they do: Sometimes we have a dream or a vision but what stops us is the doubts in our head or the uncertainty! Meetings in person can clear any doubts, give answers to important questions, and build trust. If you can be there for potential clients and they know where to find you, this gives them that extra layer of security that sometimes is needed and can be the breaking point of making that decision in your favor so let every know where to find you. We all know a builder who took a deposit and ran away. But this can be avoided, just think of anyone going the extra length and showing up, they will take time to create a website, gather reviews, attend networking events, and freely share information about themselves and what they do, because their goals are long term. Their actions are not based on emotional spikes that lead to unstable work or quality. Stay committed and keep showing up, start investing in the relationships earlier, and see how they grow just have some patience along the way. Every event we attend just adds towards this trust and this has been our 6th year in London Build Expo. While we don't shake hands and strike deals at the event, this event has been the Best Event of all the 50 networking events that we have attended throughout this year and it always was. We do what we say and we show up and stand for our words and this is how trust is built. First of all, this is how confidence is built in us that gets seen and noticed by others. The work always starts internally preparing, booking time off, and planning the meetings. It is all hard work, and yes it is exhausting at times! But the rewards are worth it. People are calling, emailing, and referring to the connections made even 6 months down the line as whenever they have a project they now know where to get their Measured Surveys Done. We look at this as simply connecting to the people in the industry rather than deal-making, and through these connections, business just happens! Giving advice and guidance positions you as the industry expert and when someone needs the service you provide, guess who they will recommend? This was our London Build 2023

  • I ended up having a PANIC ATTACK

    During the lockdowns, I went through a rough time. I started drinking every evening to take the edge off, gained excessive weight, and struggled with finances. At the same time, I was managing the business with 16 people and had responsibilities I was not able to take a break but doing my best to make everyone happy. However, I ended up having a PANIC ATTACK, and this is when I realized that I could not continue to strive (make great efforts to achieve results anymore) and had to let it all go. I was burned out and just couldn't do it anymore... My grandmother died, my girlfriend left me, my finances were burning out, and I had to let staff go, I was demotivated and depressed!! I lost joy and happiness, and now I understand why so many at this time make decisions to give up, start drinking, taking drugs, sleep around, and use others for their own happiness, we live in an era of doing whatever makes you happy, regardless of how others feel. I had to change something! I found a way to bounce back when I made a commitment to focusing on what's good and what's honorable. Stopped drinking, started training seriously, and picked up new challenges that I created monthly and connected to new people, I found out that I am not the only one struggling with the challenges of life. Now I am in a much better place not because I hid away from the emotions but because I was working with & through them. The Business is growing again, and I have found Joy and Purpose in helping others who are facing similar challenges this is the Mission "Face the challenges, find a way, help others"! Donate and join THE 3000 Movember Challenge in November month starting today! Men grow Mustaches and 100 Pushups a day, Women do 100 Squats a day for the duration of November as a symbolic representation that we Together can push up and stand up regardless of what life throws at us. I do believe that The Best Is Yet To Come and we All will do Better Together! Let's make a difference together!

  • I got asked, what is that trade show you will be attending in November?

    First of all, why do we attend this show.....? "To Create New Business Relationships" This is the No. 1 event for Architects in London to attend. And as our most valuable clients are Architects we must be where our clients are. In the past, we have connected with companies who have helped us to 2x our business just in 2023 alone, and yes we have invested with them more than 27K in new technology. This has allowed us to scale and grow, the investment always precedes the results. It is so important to stay on top of the game where the small becomes smaller and the big becomes bigger, we simply Must adapt and change as the technologies advance the whole industry does it too. And I just do not want to find myself on the other side of history, where I continued doing what I was doing when every else has moved forward. The truth is, I just like to be around people who are always looking for growth and opportunities! There is no excuse if someone is putting in the hours wisely he will reap the fruits at the appropriate time. Although someone may not like this going solo is not the future, the future is in a Team Work and Collaboration. London Build show doors open in just 3 weeks (Nov 15th & 16th, Olympia London). Come visit us at stand L80. The First 10 people who will come to our stand and say that they received this email will get a token to redeem from the Bar, soft drinks, and house wine or beer. Register your free tickets today at: London Build 2023 features: 30,000+ registered visitors from contractors, architects, civil engineers, developers, local councils, house builders/associations, and construction professionals 500+ inspiring speakers across 8 conference stages including Future of Construction, Digital Construction, Fire Safety, Sustainability, Diversity & Inclusion, and more 200+ hours of CPD masterclasses and training The UK’s biggest Festival of Construction with DJs, musicians, live performances, celebrity guests, entertainment, and competitions Meet the Buyers with Procurement Teams exhibiting from top contractors including Laing O’Rourke, Skanska, Costain, BAM, Bouygues, Morgan Sindall, and more Architect’s Hub with project displays and 3D models of upcoming projects from leading architects across the UK including Gensler, HLM, Bell Phillips, BAM Design, Broadway Malyan, and many more Exclusive networking parties co-hosted with leading industry bodies The UK’s largest networking events for Women in Construction and Diversity in Construction An inclusive Ambassador Programme supporting Women, D&I, Sustainability, and Mental Health in Construction 350+ exhibitors showcasing the latest services, products, and innovations transforming the industry Full CPD conference agenda: Incredible speaker line-up: Networking parties: Show preview: I hope to see you there! Thanks, Peter Bauman SpaceSurvey Instagram

  • In the world of Architecture, Growth isn't just about brick and mortar.

    It's about fostering innovation, expanding your network, and staying at the forefront of industry trends. One powerful way to achieve this is by attending exhibitions. Exhibitions can be the key to unlocking your full potential. Here's why: Design Inspiration Networking Stay ahead of Trends Showcase your work Open new opportunities Boost Business Growth Here is a list of Exhibitions that we attend and exhibits that we can recommend, These events are windows into the future of architecture, offering opportunities for growth. Don't let them pass you by. Plan your next exhibition visit, engage with the latest trends, and watch your architectural career soar to new heights. Your journey toward architectural greatness starts when you get out there and connect to people... 1st November 2023 Landlord Investors Show - Join for Free 15th-16th November 2023 London Build Expo - Join for Free 1st May 2024 South East Construction Expo - Join for Free 1. Design Inspiration: Exhibitions expose you to groundbreaking ideas, revolutionary materials, and visionary projects. These immersive environments push your creative boundaries and infuse fresh energy into your work. The designs you encounter may become the spark that ignites your next game-changing project. 2. Networking: Architects know that connections matter. Exhibitions are hubs of industry professionals, experts, and potential clients. It's the ideal place to rub shoulders with fellow architects, engineers, suppliers, and potential collaborators. Forge partnerships, exchange ideas, and broaden your professional circle. You never know when a chance encounter could lead to your next big opportunity. 3. Stay Ahead of Trends: Staying stagnant in architecture is a recipe for obsolescence. Exhibitions are your fast track to staying updated on the latest trends, materials, and technologies. By attending, you'll be in the know about sustainability innovations, smart building solutions, and the future of architectural design. Being ahead of the curve will set you apart in a competitive industry. 4. Showcase Your Work: Exhibitions aren't just for spectators – they're for participants too. It's an opportunity to showcase your own work. Presenting your projects not only boosts your credibility but also attracts potential clients. It's a live portfolio, and seeing your creations in a public space can be a significant selling point we ourselves exhibit at 2 exhibitions in a year for the same reason. 5. Open new opportunities: Exhibitions often host seminars, workshops, and presentations from experts in the field. Seize these opportunities to expand your knowledge and skill set. Gaining insights from thought leaders can lead to innovative solutions and strategies for your own projects. And you also get your CPD for free. 6. Boost Business Growth: Ultimately, attending exhibitions is a strategic move for business growth. The contacts you make, the knowledge you gain, and the inspiration you absorb will translate into tangible growth for your architectural firm. It's an investment in your future success. And if you're still not convinced then just come to say Hi to us we are exhibiting on the 15th and 16th of November 2023 at London Olympia London Build Expo - Join for Free. We will be at the Stand L80 and will be happy to connect with you in real life! Just a reminder it will be in November and you know November is MOvember when Couregouse men grow Mustaches to raise awareness of Men's Mental Health. I will have a Mustache as always so looking forward to seeing all my Mo-Brothers. See You in MOvember! Peter Bauman SpaceSurvey Director

  • Architectural business is swallowing all your life? 

    Do you find yourself wearing too many hats, juggling design, project management, client meetings, and more until you can't remember the last time you had a moment to breathe? I recently had a revelation that shook me to my core and completely transformed my perspective on business. In a property meeting, I heard Mark Fitzgerald, a seasoned Mentor and Coach in the field, drop a bombshell of wisdom that I couldn't ignore: "It’s actually when you try to wear all the hats it can be a very heavy load, and the business can overtake your life. When I started outsourcing, I freed up my time." Intrigued? I certainly was, and you will be too as you dive deeper into the shocking insights that can change the way we approach our business yours and mine. Business Overtaking My Life: Mark's words hit me like a bolt of lightning. In the past, I had convinced myself that being the ultimate one-person show was the way to go, but it was taking a toll on my health (I got a panic attack), my personal life (my ex-girlfriend broke up with me), and the quality of my work (I had ZERO motivation at this point). I realized that my business had indeed overtaken my life. I was chained to my desk, buried in email, and constantly battling the never-ending demands of running a business. The initial passion and joy I felt were fading, replaced by stress and exhaustion, I needed to find a way to bounce back. Wearing All the Hats: Architects also, often take immense pride in their ability to multitask and manage various aspects of our projects. But as Mark Fitzgerald pointed out, there's a breaking point where the weight of all those hats becomes unbearable. It's not just about design and construction anymore; it's about financial management, marketing, administrative tasks, and everything in between. The more roles we assume, the less time we have to focus on what truly matters – In your case that can be finding more clients, creating exceptional designs, and providing value to your clients. The Solution: Mark's advice was clear in the meeting – outsourcing. And I have tested it in my life, Initially, the idea seemed daunting at the beginning. I was hesitant to relinquish control, fearing that no one could handle my work with the same level of dedication and expertise. But as I delved deeper into the concept, I began to see the immense benefits. Outsourcing allowed me to delegate time-consuming tasks like bookkeeping, marketing, and administrative work to experts in those fields. This freed up my schedule, enabling me to focus on my true passion – running the business and helping my team to grow with it, I found out that I was great at doing the work but I was a bad leader, so I needed to start trusting people and give more responsibilities and allow them to shine. I started to do blog posts like this, with the aim of helping others in their business through what I have learned. I started a YouTube channel and Instagram videos about what is that we really do. In such a way exposing our work and starting to grow again, I ignite the passion for the creative work of building systems, businesses, and people. Nowadays visibility is credibility. Finally, I started doing what I love. The results were nothing short of astonishing. With the weight of administrative burdens lifted from my shoulders, I found myself reinvigorated. I had more time to invest in my projects, explore innovative ways to measure houses to deliver the as-built drawings and collaborate with clients on a deeper level through interviews. My work improved, and so did my overall satisfaction and so can yours. The business was no longer overtaking my life; instead, it was thriving while allowing me to have a life outside of work so I also signed up for a half ironman competition in Nice, France 2024 with my new girlfriend and we are committed to taking on challenges together, and I trust that you also need someone in your team who is willing to cross the finish line even if it is getting hard. These are the type of people you should be working with and outsourcing your work to those who don't quit. Conclusion: Mark Fitzgerald's revelation during that property meeting was a wake-up call - This is the way! We must recognize our limits and prioritize our well-being. Trying to wear all the hats can be a heavy burden that stifles our creativity and drains our energy. Embracing outsourcing can be a game-changer, allowing us to reclaim our passion while our businesses flourish. So, if you're feeling overwhelmed by the demands of your architectural practice, take a page from Mark's playbook and consider outsourcing. It might just be the shocking perspective shift your business and your life needs. Need more Business advice get in touch with Mark Fitzgerald IG: W: E: Posted by Peter Bauman

  • Shocking question that made me realize there might be a Misconception about Architects.....

    I recently got asked a question by a structural engineer studying in the field of Structural Engineering. The question was a shocking one, and it made me realize there might be a misconception about what architects really do. The question was: "Do architects use surveyors? Are they not measuring properties themselves?" It's important to understand that architects have a specific role in the construction process. They are the ones responsible for the aesthetics, functionality, and overall vision of a project. Surveyors, on the other hand, specialize in accurately measuring and mapping the land or property. Both professions are essential in the construction industry, but they have distinct roles and areas of expertise. Contrary to what some may believe, architects are not surveyors themselves. They have a keen eye for design and bringing ideas to life, although their skills may extend to the technical aspects of surveying. Now, you might be wondering why architects don't just measure properties themselves. Well, the truth is, that architects often have limited time and resources. They have multiple projects to juggle unless it is a single person doing everything that works on one project at a time. Taking on the role of a surveyor would only add to their responsibilities. By outsourcing surveying tasks to professionals, architects can focus on their core strengths and ensure that their designs are based on accurate and reliable data. The answer may surprise you, but it is a definite yes! Architects do use surveyors, and there is a good reason behind it. You see, architectural companies often outsource certain tasks that they can't handle alone in order to Grow and Scale. So, what can be done to address this misconception? Here are three potential solutions: Clear Communication: Clients need to be advised wisely and competently on their needs to include a surveyor in the process and that if architects are to do the survey themselves what is the architect's hourly rate and if this is even worth going this route, exception, of course, are low-cost architects whose rates are lower than surveyors rates, it's all about the cost of work. Collaboration: Architectural firms should actively seek to collaborate with other professionals in the early stages of a project. By involving surveyors from the start, architects can ensure that the design is based on accurate measurements and avoid potential setbacks later on. Education: It is important for architectural schools and programs to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the roles and responsibilities of different professionals in the construction industry. Educating students about the importance of working in a Team and how this can help them grow their Architectural Brand, to foster better collaboration and avoid misconceptions in the future. In conclusion, it is essential for both professions to work together to achieve successful construction projects and avoid burnout or low-paid work. The misconception that architects must measure properties themselves is unfounded because no medium or large architectural companies send their architects to actually do the measurements they have more important tasks to do and their knowledge and expertise are way above the level of running around with laser measurement tools and sketching plans, this can lead to a low-skilled worker being in direct competition with someone who has spent years on education. Peter Bauman SpaceSurvey

  • Why do you need to clean Point Cloud?

    The number of measurements captured is INSANE; we are talking about a starting point of 360k+ measurement points per second. Scanners scan everything around them in 360 degrees despite the fact that you may only need one particular measurement; they will capture it all, whether you require the information or not. It captures more than you can imagine in just a matter of seconds and dramatically decreases the time spent on site surveys while increasing accuracy by 110 times. Point Cloud is data that any laser survey will output, and here are some most-used file formats: .E57, .RCP, .XYZ, but there are many others that can be converted to the one that suits your workflow best. So, point cloud cleaning is an important part of the process, i.e., removing unnecessary measurement points or noisy points situated away or detached from the scanned subject (Property). This is the first step of most workflows after the initial site survey is done to get the as-built 2D .DWG and .PDF Drawings and 3D Model. After this cleaning, you only get the points that are needed and can start creating accurate 2D Plans or 3D Models corresponding to real life without any guesswork. Traditional hand sketching has its challenges and limitations; one challenge is not having enough measurements or even missing them. Laser scanning, on the other hand, collects way more data than you can ever need. This can be the downside of large file sizes and a large amount of data; we are talking about 15GB+. This can be very challenging and may require more powerful computers, faster internet for collaborations, and data sharing, resulting in added time for data transfer and download. Cleaning the scan data serves one purpose: to denoise the point cloud from reflections like scanning through mirrors or unnecessary measurements, as seen in images above. When measuring by hand, you would not measure into the mirror but point to the wall next to it. You would have only one or maybe two points on that wall. However, when scanning, it will capture every millimeter of the property, including walls, floors, ceilings, and everything within, including mirrors, skirting boards, sockets, and all visible elements in the property, including furniture and its dimensions. It will show the exact location of these elements and their dimensions and size. This level of detail is great to have, but it can be challenging to manage, so cleaning removes all unnecessary data and leaves only what is needed. This way, the scan data only shows what's needed, and file sizes are also dramatically decreased, making it easier to work with and collaborate with teams. After 2 hours of cleaning, we can clearly see every level of the property, every step of the stairs, thickness of any wall, its correct size and location, and also any changes in heights. We can retrieve any needed measurements of all structural elements, as seen in the images, and the main thing is, this information is 100% accurate and something we all can rely on. But I have a question: what would you choose for your site surveys, if you have the option to do one or the other? A. Spend more time at the property, have less information, and when something is missing, do guesswork and brick counting, or even revisit the property. B. Spend less time at the property but more time at the computer in your office, cleaning the scan data. (To see the results please Vote)

  • There are only 2 types of Architects - Traditional or Tech-Driven!

    Picture a mix of old-school sketches and laser-powered precision – it's like blending creativity and science. We're digging deep into whether laser scanning is a game-changer or just a flashy extra. Find out what sparks Architects designs, how they spot the best surveyors, and what the future holds for measuring. No fancy blueprints, just real talk about how architects mix tech and tradition. It's like peeking behind the curtain of their design magic! In the world of architecture, the role of technology and surveying methods is constantly debated. So I done an actual research and here are my findings, I will unravel architects' perspectives on these matters, engaging them in discussions about cost efficiency, precision, and the future of manual measurement and how the Technology would save there time & energy. Question 1: Is Hand Sketching and Laser distance measurer (DISTO), the Optimal Combo? Mahir: "It varies. For straightforward projects, we opt for hand sketching and laser Disto, as it's cost-effective and suits the client's budget. However, with complex sites, we lean on laser scanning for accuracy." Matthew: "Laser scanning by professional surveyors is our go-to. Hand sketching and laser Disto aren't the quickest route for us due to the intricacies of our projects." Hamish: "I utilize a Disto laser measure, although not the latest version. It has its place, but for more comprehensive data, laser scanning takes precedence." Constantine: "I employ a mix of tools, including the 'level hose gauge set.' Still prefer to get to know the properties and do site surveys my self but I am looking for ways and a tool to simplify this, and I see that AI could simplify this process. Colin: "I still prefer the hands-on approach. Understanding the building personally helps me prioritize details that matter. Until there's a streamlined workflow for converting scans into my preferred software, I'll stick to manual surveys." Question 2: Laser Scanning in Measured Surveys is this a necessity? Mahir: "The importance depends on the scale and complexity. Liability is a key factor in the decision-making process." Matthew: "Laser scanning is a must-have for us. It ensures accurate measurements and a solid foundation for our designs." Hamish: "Laser scanning adds depth to surveys." Constantine: "I've explored various methods but struggled to find a solution that fits. Automatically created clear polylines in DWG format from scan data would be a game-changer." Colin: "I'm open to a better way, but for now, translating scans into my 3D model remains a significant undertaking." Question 3: What are the Traits of Outstanding House Surveyors? Matthew: "The ability to segregate elements into layers, no parallel lines, and meticulous note-taking sets great surveyors apart." Hamish: "Attention to detail, efficient work, precise survey notes, and a deep understanding of building materials define excellence." Question 4: What is the Future for Surveying Methods? Mahir: "Advancing technology will shape our approach. However, personal understanding of buildings will still hold value." Hamish: "Given the technology's progress, I'd still go for manual measurements unless an efficient conversion method emerges." Colin: "If you can prove a better way to convert scan data into a usable model, I'm all ears." These architects' insights offer a glimpse into the complexities of surveying methods, bridging the gap between traditional approaches and the allure of cutting-edge technology. As the architectural landscape continues to evolve, it's evident that the balance between precision and practicality remains a constant consideration. "I hope this research was useful. If you'd like to share your opinions or comments, I am currently seeking architects for interviews. These insights can assist others in the industry to grasp the current situation. Plus, it's a chance for you to shine as an industry expert, setting you apart from the crowd. This opportunity offers both free marketing for your company and personal branding.

  • What is Scan to BIM?

    Technological advancements have shaped the construction in many folds. One can witness the impact of technological advancement to shape the projects in the way of conceived, planned, and executed. Transformative innovation that is now revolutionizing the industry is the scan to BIM service. The BIM stands for Building Information Modeling, an innovative approach enhancing the accuracy, speed, and effectiveness of construction projects while ushering in a new era of precision and efficiency. What is Scan to BIM? Scan to BIM is a process that mainly involves converting physical structures or any other spaces to digital models using laser scanning technology. This innovative service captures accurate measurements and intricate details of existing buildings, infrastructure, or environments and makes them into BIM models. These models mainly serve as comprehensive digital representations helping architects, engineers, and construction professionals to collaborate on design and planning with unmatched accuracy. Advantages of Scan to BIM service and in particularly in London: Accurate As-Built Documentation - London is and historically rich city, where Scan to BIM service plays a pivotal role in preserving and documenting the existing architectural heritage. Laser scanning captures intricate details, ensuring that as-built conditions are accurately represented in the digital model. This precision allows for informed decision-making, reducing errors and rework during the design and construction phases. Easy integration with BIM - When it comes to scanning the BIM process, it seamlessly integrates with captured data into the BIM environment. This integration enables interdisciplinary collaboration among various stakeholders, including architects, engineers, contractors, and other people who are associated with the construction project. It fosters a shared understanding of the project scope, resulting in better-informed design choices along with effective project coordination. Enhanced Design and Planning - Due to London's diverse architectural landscape, it requires adaptive design strategies. Scan to BIM service empowers design teams to work with a clear and accurate representation of the existing structures. It enables the architectures and other personnel to develop creative designs and make informed decisions to ensure that new additions harmoniously blend with the surroundings. Accurate Pricing Estimations - Construction projects require accurate quantity takeoffs for cost estimation and procurement purposes. Scan to BIM technology generates detailed models that help the authorities with precise quantity calculations. This data-driven approach enhances cost forecasting, minimizes discrepancies, and supports efficient budget management. Makes Renovation and Retrofitting Easier - London is well known to be home to several historical buildings, and they often undergo renovation and retrofitting projects to adapt to modern requirements. Scan to BIM service offers a comprehensive understanding of existing structures, ensuring that the renovation plans are accurate and effective. It minimizes any unforeseen challenges during the construction and preserves the integrity of the historic landmarks. Detection of Class and Coordination - Effective clash detection and coordination are the two crucial factors to avoid any conflicts and delays during construction. The scan to BIM models is capable of clashing detection by overlaying new design elements onto the existing conditions. This process helps to identify and resolve the classes before they translate into costly on-site issues. Proper Facility Management - Beyond the construction phase, the Scan to BIM has long-term benefits for facility management in London's bustling urban environment. Accurate digital models assist facility managers in visualizing and managing building systems, maintenance, and renovations, ensuring optimal building performance and longevity. The Scan to BIM service in comes with several advantages, and it has redefined the construction landscape in London by mixing cutting-edge technology with architectural innovation. Its ability to capture intricate details, facilitate collaboration, enhance design and planning, and promote sustainable practices makes it an invaluable asset in the city's dynamic urban fabric.

  • Controversial - HAVE I misunderstood the process!! Can Matterport Pro 3 do it.....?

    Would you like your Measured House Surveys to be done automatically without manual input? This is actually what one potential client that approached me had in mind as he had heard the news about the new release of the Matterport pro 3 camera with Lidar capabilities and the capability of downloading the BIM File On their website they state “BIM File - Harness the power of Matterport models. Transform your spatial data to a LOD 200 building information model (BIM) in RVT and DWG format.” Can you imagine what a time saving this can be just to go and scan the property and get ready DWG 2D plans or RVT 3D models created automatically? So let's find out the costs of getting this BIM file (DWG, RVT) from this 3 Bedroom Terraced house that I scanned with Matterport Pro 3 myself More about how did it go on the day on our Instagram Prices mentioned for DWG and RVT files may vary (calculated per sq.ft.). You also have to consider the Monthly subscription £45/mo that is billed annually and the equipment cost from £4995 to £6595. Now you already start asking, is this for real and is this Worth the investment? Is this the solution to all my wasted time, the inaccuracies and costly surveying services? Read the below carefully as I explain step by step the process to the potential client. Client: I would like a Matterport Pro 3 scan for this property to include the following: Floor Plans in DWG. Elevations in DWG. Garden area, Rough boundary in DWG. (This was a red signal to me, and I understood that I have to explain and clarify the clients expectations, due to the last 2 points.) Me: We would not be able to do this with Matterport Pro3 camera, due to the level of details required we would do it with Leica BLK360 G2 and crate the drawings or a 3D model manually from the scan data. Matterport cameras are more designed for Marketing with some great features for measurements. Client: “I believe the Pro 3 has direct integration with AutoDesk via a bundle that allows the export in DWG format. So we were hoping this would be significantly cheaper. Perhaps I have misunderstood the process?” Me: Exteriors are not in the scope of a BIM file provided either in DWG or RVT format and it provides only Floor Plans and 3D models mainly from internal survey data. RVT file from Interior will include: Everything that's visible in the point cloud for the requested scope is modeled per LOD 200. Conclusion Matterport is an excellent tool for marketing and when only floor plans are needed they do a great work and speedy turnovers. But if you're looking for details and drawings such as Elevations, Block Plan, Topography, Sections or other drawings and a control and flexibility of deliverables and its format you need a process that's more straightforward and where you have some control of the result. When it comes down to level of details, quality of work and consistency there are no fully automated solutions yet. Although we have few Matterport cameras ourselves, we invested 4x more £ in the Leica 360 G2 scanner as we need the control and flexibility of deliverables for our clients as Matterport simply does not provide this solution, although you can still download the E57 Point Cloud files at a cost of £72 per project and create the drawings or a 3D model manually yourself. But I personally would use Matterport cameras for Visual material and Leica BLK360 G2 for Point Cloud surveys. Remember Matterport is a Tech Company and everything is streamlined and you either take it or don't, anything that you want to adjust or change can be either impossible or will take days or weeks, and there is no guarantee that they will be able to do what your expecting yet..., but I believe that technology will advance so keep your eyes open and I will keep you updated if this changes. But meanwhile don't get discouraged you don't have to do it all manually yourself, we can deliver any drawings that are needed from your as-built project. Just request a Free Quote and check if this works for you. When it comes down to level of details for any construction project there are special measurement tools from Leica and other scanners like Faro, GeoSLAM that are meant for this job. Source of info>

  • NOW Even Cleaners are equipped with LiDAR sensors.

    LiDAR technology allows to map indoor and outdoor spaces and to do that within minutes. This is particularly useful in architecture, construction, and building management. And this is what I just saw in London bridge station mounted on a floor cleaning unit, while some architects still go out and measure spaces by hand the cleaning, automotive and other industries are measuring the spaces within a minutes on the go. SLAM technology utilizes advanced laser scanning and simultaneous localization and mapping techniques to generate detailed 3D models of physical spaces while also determining their precise location within the space. It typically involves the use of handheld or mobile laser scanners that capture millions of data points per second, creating a point cloud representation of the environment. And this is what I actually have seen today in action! If you also have any challenging buildings that need to be measured or simply you don't have time for this, I have great news. You don't have to invest big sums of money in technology and learn how to use it….. We use Terrestrial laser scanning equipment that is a ground-based version and we can capture the 3D space and also create 2D AutoCAD ready plans or a 3D model for you, without the need for you even leaving your office, we can be your boots on the ground. According to a recent report from Future Market Insights, the market for 3D scanners is projected to increase fourfold in the next ten years, giving an annual rate of 14%. This growth is being fueled by a variety of industries adopting 3D scanning. From prototyping to quality assurance, 3D scanning is becoming an integral part of the construction, industrial and manufacturing industries. In the field of architecture, Lidar technology offers several benefits: Rapid Data Capture: Quickly capture large amounts of data, allowing architects to obtain comprehensive 3D models of buildings, construction sites, or other architectural spaces in a fraction of the time it would take with traditional surveying methods. Accurate Measurements: Accurate spatial coordinates for every point in the captured point cloud. This enables architects to make precise measurements, analyze spatial relationships, and perform clash detection between different architectural elements. As-Built Documentation:Laser scanners are effective tools for capturing as-built documentation of existing structures. Architects can use the technology to create accurate 3D models of buildings, capturing their current state and allowing for efficient renovation or retrofitting projects. Visualization and Design: The 3D models generated through Lidar technology can be visualized and manipulated using specialized software. Architects can explore different design options, assess the impact of proposed changes, and communicate design ideas effectively to clients or stakeholders. Construction Monitoring: Scanners can be used to monitor construction progress and compare it against design plans. By conducting regular scans, architects can detect deviations or errors early on, enabling proactive decision-making and ensuring the project stays on track. Lidar technology has become an invaluable tool in architecture, enabling architects to streamline workflows, improve accuracy, and gain a deeper understanding of the built environment. It enhances collaboration, reduces project costs, and contributes to the overall efficiency and success of architectural projects.

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