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Integrating rapid 3D data collection techniques to support BIM design decision making

Laing, Richard; Leon, Marianthi; Mahdjoubi, Lamine; Scott, Jonathan


Richard Laing

Marianthi Leon

Jonathan Scott


In recent years, there have been rapid developments in techniques available to capture three dimensional data with regards to the existing built environment. Such technologies support the collection of both large scale landscape and streetscape data, as well as information pertaining to building details such as sculpture and decorative features. During the past five years, there has also been a similar development in the software technologies available to support building information modelling (BIM). Whilst the emphasis in terms of initial introduction of BIM has been predominantly within the construction phase of new developments,there is clear potential to incorporate 3D data pertaining to the existing environment, with apparent value in terms of both the conceptual design phase and during detailed consideration of spatial layout and environmental analysis. This paper describes the processes involved in incorporating on-site collected 3D data within BIM, including modelling and analysis processes.


Laing, R., Leon, M., Mahdjoubi, L., & Scott, J. (2014). Integrating rapid 3D data collection techniques to support BIM design decision making. Procedia Environmental Sciences, 22, 120-130.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 6, 2014
Publication Date Jan 1, 2014
Journal Procedia Environmental Sciences
Print ISSN 1878-0296
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 22
Pages 120-130
Keywords 3D data, collection techniques, BIM, design decision making
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