When a Fortune 500 food and beverage company asked us to install a large piece of new equipment in a tight space in a legacy building, we knew that “best guesses” wouldn’t get the job done. So we brought in our latest digital modeling tools including a 3D scanner, which revealed everything we needed to know about the building’s structure and infrastructure.
From the beginning of the BIM revolution, Cullen has invested heavily in digital modeling technologies. Today we routinely deploy 3D ME/FP Coordination, 4D Scheduling, Integrated Project Delivery and HD Laser Scanning technologies to help our clients save both time and money.
Laser Scanning captures as-built data rapidly and precisely. The process converts real-world object and spaces into 3D digital constructs called point clouds. Point clouds can be used by various BIM software platforms for planning/operational purposes, giving building owners and all trades daily access to the same hyper-accurate data for the duration of the project.
The scans had a variety of time- and cost-saving benefits both anticipated and unanticipated. Such as:
- We were able to leave in place an access stair that we originally expected to relocate. Net overall cost savings: approximately $18,000.
- The team discovered discrepancies in the building column locations and were able to compensate accordingly, cutting both time and cost.
- We saved approximately 10 field trips for dimension verification at a cost savings of $64,500.
- Scans revealed existing mezzanine columns that were installed approximately 1-1/2” out of plumb, and allowed us to adjust the installation accordingly. In the end the equipment fit as it was fabricated, at a significant savings.
- We were able to identify column and conveyor interferences, which saved us from having to relocate equipment once it was installed. Net overall cost savings: approximately $45,000. And the approved schedule was met.