How Reality Capture is Improving Efficiency in the Design & Construction Industry

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From building renovations to infrastructure development, Reality Capture’s applications extend to every step of the build process.
It is quickly becoming an integral part of the studio and jobsite because it helps teams start, sustain, and deliver complex projects.

A WeWork open office space

Built-in Efficiencies: Spotlight on WeWork

WeWork is a fast-growing company whose business model centers around renovating existing buildings into beautiful office spaces to rent out to small teams and entrepreneurs, one desk or space at a time. Having an efficient renovation process is key to their success, so they start every single renovation project by scanning the existing conditions to ensure they have the most accurate data to design from. They do this because, “design intent won’t be the build intent without scanning”. In other words, the Reality Capture process helps ensure that the resulting construction of every WeWork office space is an accurate execution of the design vision.

The simplicity of the scanning process also significantly reduces the labor costs spent on surveying and documentation. You can capture billions of points as opposed to tens or hundreds from traditional processes. This galvanizes your ability to access and manipulate as-built data, making workflow transitions into design authoring and simulation more seamless.

Whether scanning a site yourself, like WeWork, or using a survey specialist to complete a site scan for your team, either approach will save you hours at the jobsite. With these built-in efficiencies, Reality Capture eases responsibilities on staff by reducing manual work and slashing the time and effort it takes to capture existing conditions.

Reducing costs for Bates Architecture

“I estimate approximately a 50% reduction in cost by using 3D laser scanning vs. trying to capture all the same information with a traditional 2D surveyor. The biggest savings was the time savings – this was probably the shortest time frame project of the largest scope which Reality Capture helped us deliver.”

– Marin Pastar, Bates’ Director of Innovations

When tasked with making major improvements to Mercy Hospital in Missouri, Bates Architecture started off the project with Reality Capture. They scanned the structure inside and out to understand site conditions and model design intent. With a 3D point cloud created in just a few minutes, this workflow resulted in significant efficiencies in both time and cost savings.

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