Point Clouds and BIM: A Growing Need for the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction Industry

Surveyors in today’s market need to help engineers and builders leverage the latest technology to get jobs done faster, more accurately, and at lower costs. How they’re accomplishing this is by helping clients enhance building information modeling (BIM) and computer aided drafting (CAD) with visualization. Using point cloud visualization software, surveyors can provide up-to-date, real-world representations of job sites and facilities, essentially revolutionizing BIM in much the same way BIM revolutionized CAD.

BIM Evolves From CAD

BIM represents a significant step forward from traditional CAD, adding crucial data to designs that otherwise would have to be augmented with additional documentation. Where CAD simply lets computers make drafting and drawing more efficient, BIM turns elements from designs into actual informational modules rather than just representational lines.

Take a simple design of a room with one door, for example. In CAD software, double lines might represent walls and a standard door icon, the door. Lines are drawn to scale to represent real-world dimensions, but that’s the end of usable data. Add BIM to the equation and instead of just a double line, a wall is actually a data module. Click on it and pull up materials specs, thickness, cost estimates – any data needed to properly execute and budget for the build. Not to mention, data modules can interact – meaning they offer functionality like the ability to change a wall length and have every connected element move in accordance.

But BIM has its own limitations when it comes to representing in-progress builds, renovations, or any situation where stakeholders need to know what’s actually there in addition to design intentions. This is where point clouds and BIM work together to further improve the process.

How Point Clouds Improve BIM

Point clouds and BIM are perfect partners, which explains increasing use of and demand for point cloud models. Point clouds are built from 3D reality capture scans of existing sites. Usually, several scans from various perspectives are run, producing several smaller point clouds – or sets of locational points representing 3D space. Once these data sets are stitched together using a process called point cloud registration, the resulting point cloud accurately represents a site as it really exists.

This data is crucial to engineers, contractors, and facilities managers for making corrections as builds progress, managing existing facilities, or planning renovations. With point cloud data in hand, BIMs can be compared to and match the real world. 3D models called digital twins can even be created, allowing all parties to view the facility as is, reducing travel to facilities. Surveyors who provide this kind of data improve efficiency and profitability for their clients, improving relationships across the board.

Maximize the Value of Point Cloud Enhanced BIM 

Once accurate, up-to-date BIMs are created using point cloud data, the next step is to visualize and centralize this data and connect it with all other pertinent information in one, cloud-accessible location. This is what visualization software like JP Interactive Viewer is for. 

With JPIV, surveyors can provide access to an accurate, up-to-date digital twin, complete with all BIM data and connected information like original CAD drawings, operational KPIs, maintenance records, and more. If you’re ready to find out how you can leverage point clouds to enhance BIMs and streamline projects for your AEC clients, contact us for your free trial of JP Interactive Viewer today.

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Ivan Marten

Senior Partner Emeritus at Boston Consulting Group

Ivan Marten is a senior partner emeritus at Boston Consulting Group. He is also a member of JP Global Digital Advisory Board as from April 2019. He has supported various companies in the energy, Oil & Gas, power, and environment sectors on developing their strategic visions for over 30 years. Ivan holds a degree in economics and business administration, and a Ph.D. in business administration and economics from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. He was named one of the" Top 25 most influential consultants of the year by Consulting Magazine in 2003.

Javier San Juan

President of the Latin America Region at L’Oreal

Javier is the president of the Latin America region at L’Oreal. He is a member of JP Global Digital Advisory Board as from January 2019. He has over 27 years of experience with a world leading cosmetic company where he held various positions across Europe and the Americas. Javier holds a master’s degree in Law, a master’s degree in Economics from the University ICADE in Spain, and a Diplôme HEC from the Hautes Etudes Commerciales de Paris He is the co-founder of Gibraltar Corporation and is one of the advisory board members.

Elizabeth Coronado

Co-Founder and Head of Marketing

Elizabeth graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication. She has three years of experience supporting the management of internal and external communications. She holds a Digital Marketing Certificate from the University of Miami.

She works hand-in-hand with multiple departments including Quality Management System, Human Resources, and Marketing. She is currently involved in the process of raising funds.

Argenis Pelayo

Product Manager

Argenis has a bachelor's degree in Geophysical Engineering and an MBA. 

Argenis is experienced in the implementation of agile methodology, and project planning. He is knowledgeable in C++, MATLAB, and Python programming languages. He has almost two years of experience in his field.

King Yung

Data Processing Specialist

King is a mechanical maintenance engineer with an MBA. He has almost 15 years of experience in the oil & gas industry. In the last five years, he has specialized and certified in laser scanning. He is focused on industrial data processing in Panama, the Republic of Panama.

Eduardo Colmenares

Technical Sales

Eduardo is a mechanical engineer with an MBA. He has more than 10 years of experience in the construction and oil & gas industry. In the last five years, he has specialized and is certified in laser scanning. Eduardo has focused on leading industrial asset digitalization in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Valentin Malave

Project Leader

Valentin is a civil engineer with almost 20 years of experience as a project engineer. In the last two years, he has focused on leading industrial asset digitalization in Houston, TX. He has specialized and is certified in laser scanning.

Ana Gutierrez

Project Leader

Ana has 10 years of experience in the design and engineering area of telecommunications and networks, and digitalization. In the last four years, she has specialized and certified in laser scanning.

Customer and results-oriented. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in electrical, electronics, and communications engineering, a Master in Management, and a MBA.

Roberto Ocando Morales

Research & Development Leader

Roberto holds an associate degree in information technology and a law degree. He has an MBA and a specialization in strategic senior management.

He has been a scrum master focused on software and applications development. He has 24 years of experience in his field.

He was second place within the 100 Best Technology Projects Executed in Venezuela in 2006- according to IT Manager 100 Empresas High-Tech 2006

Marvelys Gonzalez

Head of Operations

Marvelys is a civil engineer with a master in project management and specialized in project design and hydraulic engineering. She also holds an MBA and a master in Big Data & Business Intelligence.

She has more than 17 years of experience in her field, and for the last three years, she has focused on industrial data processing. She is located in Mexico City (DF).

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IT Team Leader

Hernan has more than 20 years of experience in computer science, cryptography, IT, data center design, telecommunications, and digitalization.

He also has experience as an information security management system auditor, and data processing platform manager in both private and public corporations.

Hernan holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering and a master in Computer Science, Finance, and Strategic Management.

Freddy Martinez

Partner and President

Freddy is a successful senior executive with more than 35 years of experience supporting global companies in their growth.

Freddy is a strong business development professional with an MBA from The Wharton School and an MSE focused on materials science & engineering from The Moore School, University of Pennsylvania. Both degrees were simultaneously earned from 1984 to 1986.

Daniel Coronado

COO & Co-Founder

Daniel is the chief operating officer and co-founder of JP Global Digital. He is responsible for leading the entire overall global operations of JP Global Digital and the implementation of organic growth.

Daniel has a law degree. He has over 25 years of experience founding and developing a series of corporations in the agricultural, mining, construction, and technology sector since 2015.

Ysaac Coronado

CEO and Co-Founder

Ysaac is the CEO and co-founder of JP Global Digital. He is responsible for the overall business performance of JP Global Digital and is highly committed to the development of high-quality 3D digital solutions and to obtain the highest level of client satisfaction and growth for the Oil & Gas, Large Industrial, and Maritime Sectors.

Ysaac has a law degree with a specialization in corporate law. Ysaac has over 25 years of experience founding and developing a series of corporations in the agricultural, mining, construction, and technology sector since 2015.