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Essence of BIM services

Building Information Modeling (BIM) refers to a digital representation of both the physical and functional attributes of a building. It finds application in the design, construction, and operation phases of buildings, facilitating collaboration and information sharing among architects, engineers, contractors, and building owners.

BIM models are crafted using specialized 3D modeling software and encompass various aspects such as the building’s geometry, materials, lighting, heating, cooling, and electrical systems.

By leveraging BIM, efficiency is enhanced, errors are minimized, and collaboration is fostered throughout the entire lifecycle of a building.

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Laser Scanning to BIM

Scan to BIM is the procedure wherein 3D laser scanning data of existing buildings or sites is transformed into a digital Building Information Model, commonly referred to as a digital twin. This process generates a precise and comprehensive depiction of the building or site, which proves valuable for renovation, retrofitting, and maintenance projects.

Scan to BIM
Scan to BIM
As-built drawings
Heat map production
As-built control

Scan to BIM

Residential. Commercial. Agricultural

This type of object is the most common and something we work on daily.
At ORIGIN, our specialists create BIM models according to the requested Level of Detail (LOD) and the outlined scope of the modeling project. We handle projects of all sizes, from single rooms to power plants, without considering them too small or too large.

Software in use: Autodesk Recap and Autodesk Revit.

Scan-to-BIM: Bridges. Tunnels. Mines

Infrastructure objects like bridges and tunnels are required by law to undergo regular inspections.
Unlike conventional buildings, these structures often possess double-curved surfaces, making their modeling challenging for the average BIM modeler.
However, at ORIGIN, we overcome this challenge by converting scans into precise meshes that accurately capture the curved shapes. This approach enables us to create BIM models without compromising accuracy.

Software in use: CloudCompare, Meshlab, Rhino3D, Autodesk Recap, and Autodesk Revit.

Scan-to-BIM: Heritage buildings

Within the context of heritage buildings, the Scan-to-BIM process can assist in documenting and preserving historic structures that may be at risk of deterioration or damage. By creating a digital replica of the building, architects, and conservationists can utilize the model to plan restoration and renovation projects while minimizing the risk of damaging the original structure. Additionally, it can be used to generate detailed documentation for archival and research purposes.

Software in use: Rhino3D, Autodesk Recap, and Autodesk Revit.

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As-built drawings

A BIM model based on laser scanning can produce as-built drawings, providing comprehensive documentation of the existing conditions of a building. These drawings have a wide range of applications, including renovation or retrofit projects, facilities management, and compliance documentation.

By employing Scan to BIM for the production of as-built drawings, architects, engineers, and contractors can eliminate the need for expensive and time-consuming manual measurements. This approach helps to reduce the risk of errors and inconsistencies, while simultaneously enhancing the accuracy and completeness of the documentation.

Software in use: Autodesk Recap + Autodesk Revit.

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Heat map production

A heat map is a graphical representation that displays the deviation in surface flatness across a scanned area. It is generated by assigning colors to the deviation values calculated for each point on the surface within the point cloud data.

Heat maps prove to be beneficial in surface flatness analysis as they facilitate the identification of areas that do not meet the specified flatness specifications. This information can then be utilized to guide corrective actions, such as grinding or filling, to ensure that the surface complies with the required flatness requirements.

Software in use: Autodesk Recap + Autodesk Revit, Autodesk Point Layout.

As-built control

During the construction process, it is crucial to ensure that everything is in its proper place.

The total station can be used to capture the locations of concrete slab edges, embeds, MEP sleeves, and other elements, creating a list of points. These points can be further imported into the Revit model to verify their alignment with the corresponding digital twins of the built members on-site.

By flagging any mismatches before concrete pouring, costly delays can be prevented, and the construction process can stay on track. This methodology is commonly referred to as BIM-to-field.

Software in use: Autodesk Recap + Autodesk Revit, Autodesk Point Layout.

BIM Modeling

BIM modeling is the process of creating a 3D model that incorporates non-graphical information.

This information can be used by architects, engineers, contractors, and other stakeholders to plan, design, construct, and manage buildings or infrastructure assets.

PDF/CAD to BIM conversion
PDF/CAD to BIM conversion
Revit families creation
Parametric modeling
BIM model-based estimates

PDF/CAD to BIM conversion

Despite the beneficial process of creating drawings as an extraction from a BIM model, many companies still rely on a 2D approach for their designs. However, in certain cases, it becomes evident that a BIM model is necessary. This is where specialists from ORIGIN can assist.

The creation of a BIM model from 2D CAD or PDF files is a process that also helps in identifying issues and drawing mistakes when viewing the entire picture in 3D mode.

Revit families creation

In Autodesk Revit, a family is a group of objects that share common parameters and are used to create specific building components or elements. A Revit family can be anything from a door or window to a complex piece of mechanical equipment or furniture.

Creating a library of Revit families is important because it allows designers and engineers to quickly and easily access pre-built components that can be used in their projects, saving time and improving efficiency.

Overall, creating a library of Revit families can help streamline the design process and improve collaboration among team members.

Parametric modeling

In the context of parametric modeling, we would like to highlight the following approaches:

Revit Adaptive Components.

These are fully customized and parametrized families in Autodesk Revit that enable the creation of complex and customizable parametric forms.

Revit Dynamo add-in.

It is a visual programming add-in for Autodesk Revit that empowers designers and engineers to develop custom scripts and workflows for their BIM projects. Using a node-based interface, it facilitates the creation of logic and automation of repetitive tasks in Revit, simplifying the creation of complex models and optimizing the design process. It is also useful for data analysis and model manipulation.

Rhino Inside Revit.

This tool functions similarly to the Dynamo add-in but offers even more robust capabilities. It features a more comprehensive library of tools for data analysis, geometry creation, and modification.

BIM model-based estimates

BIM model-based estimates utilize the data contained within a BIM model, including material quantities and labor requirements, to generate cost estimates that are more accurate and reliable compared to traditional estimating methods. The use of BIM model-based estimates can help mitigate the risk of cost overruns and enhance overall project management.

Coordination and Clash Detection

It is a process that involves identifying and resolving conflicts that may arise during the design and construction of a building project. This ensures proper alignment and integration of various building components, systems, and trades, thereby preventing clashes, rework, and delays.

Collision detections and reports
Collision detections and reports
CDE operations
ADA compliance check

Collision detections and reports

Achieving a construction site without clashes is a dream for builders.

At ORIGIN, we utilize sets of BIM models to conduct clash tests using Autodesk Navisworks. This enables us to generate clash reports that contractors can use to resolve their design conflicts.

CDE operations

ORIGIN specialists can assist clients in managing their Common Data Environment (CDE) using platforms like Autodesk Construction Cloud. They help organize BIM models, input/output files, etc.

ADA compliance check

An ADA compliance check typically involves a comprehensive review of the physical features of a building, such as entrances, doorways, parking areas, and restrooms, to ensure that they meet the ADA’s accessibility requirements. This assessment includes evaluating factors like width, height, slope, maneuverability, and the availability of assistive devices and signage.

Testimonials

Find out what our clients think of us! We have 100% positive client’s review. Along with the project routine, we also build strong relationships with clients which go a long way.

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Don Williams
President and Owner, UNLIMITED DESIGNS Inc.
Salt Lake City, US

Unlimited Designs has used many drafting and 3d design companies and ORIGIN is by far the best company we have worked with. I look at ORIGIN as part of the Unlimited Team and we are a better company because of there services. Some of our projects are very complicated and detailed and I feel a level of comfort when they are on our team.

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Corey Weiner
Founder, C2A STUDIO LLC
South Florida, US

We’ve worked with the ORIGIN team on some very critical as-built documentations and they’ve always delivered a high-quality result. The projects ranged from historic residences to commercial buildings and a sports stadium. We appreciate their attention to detail, respect for deadlines and we look forward to continuing to work with ORIGIN.

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Truitt Vance
Principal Engineer, Ashley & Vance Engineering Inc.
California, US

ORIGIN has been our trusted partner for over four years, providing exceptional Revit modeling and structural design services. Their expertise and commitment to excellence have been instrumental in the success of our projects. We highly recommend ORIGIN for organizations seeking reliable and collaborative support.

From wood frame structures to high-rise projects, ORIGIN consistently delivers accurate and precise designs with their Level of Detail 300 Revit drafting. Their seamless integration with our team ensures flawless execution and efficient project delivery.

ORIGIN’s availability and responsiveness have exceeded our expectations, allowing us to meet deadlines and avoid exhausting work demands. Their knowledge in Revit modeling and structural design has been invaluable in completing projects on time.

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Michael König
BIM Manager, STRUCINSPECT GmbH
Wien, Austria

We had a great experience working with ORIGIN and were impressed with their BIM capabilities. The model they created for us was detailed and accurate, and their team was professional and easy to work with.

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Doug Magners
Architectural Strategic Coordinator and Co-Founder, SCANSURE LLC
Massachusetts, US

ORIGIN has been a dedicated partner over the last several years providing Scansure with unbeatable scan-to-BIM services, no matter how small or how big and complicated. We greatly value ORIGIN’s partnership mentality, really being part of our team to deliver outstanding models to our clients, consistently earning high praises and repeat work from our customers. They understand our needs and deliver exactly what our clients are looking for, all with little oversight on our part. In all of our experiences, I can say without exaggeration that ORIGIN is quite literally one of the best modeling partners in the world!

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Sheldon Wilberforce
General Manager, Bridgewall LLC
Manitoba, Canada

I have worked with ORIGIN on a number of projects, and I have always been impressed with their fast response time and ability to solve problems. We have been able to provide top quality, easy to use BIM models to our clients with ORIGIN’s help!

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