Scan to BIM: Where Point Cloud Visualization Software Fits In

Building information modeling (BIM) represents a significant step forward in the world of design, engineering, and building. Unlike CAD drawings, which are essentially just digitized versions of paper blueprints, BIM models give architectural, engineering, construction (AEC) companies a leg up by modularizing and connecting critical data to drawings and other information related to designs.

Taking that a step further, scan-to-BIM lets surveyors provide up to date, as-built models to engineers and other stakeholders – meaning projects can be tracked accurately and efficiently, reducing costs and build times. The last piece of that puzzle is point cloud visualization software.

What Is Scan-to-BIM?

In its simplest terms, scan-to-BIM is the process of digitizing information about a physical space using laser scan data. That data is used to create a BIM model, which can contain data representing not only the physical makeup of the space but also pertinent data such as materials or maintenance records. BIM models represent an evolution from simple CAD in that they can connect important information to drawings and represent real, as-built physical space. 

How Point Clouds Allow for More Detail

BIM models are the next step up from CAD, and point clouds take this concept further. Once a point cloud is created, point cloud visualization software can turn that data set into an as-built 3D model, or digital twin. Digital twins give stakeholders an accurate, up-to-date view of the actual space – whether that’s a job site, physical plant, or other facility – connecting BIM data to a virtual version of the real facility. Engineers, facility managers, owners, builders, and other interested parties need not travel to the site every time they want to do an inspection or check progress against original designs.

All BIM data can be connected to the digital twin, as well as needed information like maintenance records, operational KPIs, facilities changes, build progress, even analytics. Virtually “walk up” to any asset – machines, rigging, pumps, anything – and instantaneously find out everything about that asset. This kind of centralized detail wasn’t possible before point clouds and scan-to-BIM, and most asset management was done haphazardly with spreadsheets, paper, or even in the heads of long-time employees.

The Key: Point Cloud Visualization Software

The key to putting point clouds to use is the right point cloud visualization software. That’s where JP Interactive Viewer comes in. No matter the nature of the project, surveyors and AEC company stakeholders need to properly visualize projects, seamlessly collaborate, and view and maintain crucial data. With JPIV, a centralized, cloud-available platform houses an up-to-date digital twin along with all pertinent information – even original CAD designs and previous scans during the build phase. When you’re ready to find out what JP Interactive Viewer can do, contact us to request your free trial.

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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).

Hernan Ocando

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.