New Ways to Derive Value from Building Documentation Technologies

Philip Lorenzo, Struction Site

In this presentation, we review new opportunities that many building documentation service organizations/divisions have taken to derive additional value from reality capture data outside of Scan-to-BIM deliverables. One trend explores the use of streamlined building code compliance checks for owners, such as the ADA slope/ramp limits, ASTM floor flatness, ACI concrete tolerances, and AISC installed cambers. We also discuss one of the most disruptive reality capture technologies to hit the AEC industry in 2017 – the introduction of mass market, affordable 360 camera and associated software. A case study involving the use of the technology as an alternative to more costly methods such as 3D laser scanning is explored, and how owners and general contractors have been using it on projects across the US for design coordination, progress monitoring, and as-built purposes. A new initiative by the USIBD for the standardization of building documentation using photography is also announced.

Philip Lorenzo is the co-founder of StructionSite, a software company dedicated to simplifying the process of inspection, monitoring, and quality control analysis of construction projects with 360 media. He is the chair of technology for the US Institute of Building Documentation, and active within various building code organizations as an expert on reality capture and has co-written new standards that has been adopted nationwide. Prior to StructionSite, he co-founded Rithm, a software focused on 3D laser scanning workflows, and before that,Philip worked as a construction engineer for McCarthy. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.


“Evil BIM” vs. “Smart Lean BIM”

Clive Jordan, LOD Planner

Do all owners know exactly what BIM requirements they need, all design teams understand precisely what BIM scope they’re signing up for and are all handover models created to the optimum detail and loaded with the perfect level of information?Are we sometimes producing more BIM than required,does the owner always get the level of BIM that they need and that they are prepared to pay for?
In this presentation, we discuss a case study where the project had the perfect opportunity to test a few BIM planning theories and compare the results against an almost identical parallel project.

Clive Jordan got his boots dirty for 6 years as a Contractor, then pioneering 4D and 5D BIM for 9 years from startup to global tech firm and spent 3 years putting it all into practice across an Owner’s supply chain. Clive is now the CEO at LOD Planner and continues to focus on ridding the world of evil BIM. Clive’s passion is breaking down the barriers in our traditionally silo-based construction industry. Clive collaborates using integrated BIM solutions, Virtual Construction workflows, Lean Construction practices, Knowledge Mining techniques and focuses on the integration between Owner, Architect, Consultants, Contractor, Subcontractors,and Facility Maintenance teams.Clive was part of the team that created the world’s first fully integrated 4D and 5D BIM datasets, defined the first LOD model progression specifications and also helped establish the world’s first BIM contract. Living in the US, UK and UAE Clive has worked with some of the world’s largest construction firms on over 300 Virtual Construction projects and he also ran the strategic process integration programs as Vice President at the Irvine Company. Clive is an industry expert in integrated 2D-3D-4D-5D-6D BIM-based workflows and has taught BIM-based estimating, 4D schedule optimization and production control in the US, UK, UAE, Hungary, Kuwait, Jordan, Bahrain and South Korea.
Clive is an Engineer at heart and,before devoting his life to BIM,he graduated with honors attaining a First Class Masters Degree in Civil Engineering from Loughborough University in the UK.


The Reality of Virtual Reality in AEC

Danielle Dy Buncio, VIATechnik

AR and VR and what R is that? This session describes what the difference is between AR and VR and how each is being applied in a reality capture environment.

Danielle Dy Buncio is the Co-Founder and President of VIATechnik, a construction & engineering services firm transforming the construction industry through virtual design & construction by blending global human capital with cutting-edge construction technologies. At VIATechnik, Danielle leads the company’s strategic growth efforts and builds and manages client relationships with some of the largest AEC firms around the country. Under Danielle’s leadership, the firm’s innovative and landmark projects have included everything from a point cloud BIM of one of the world’s largest breweries to the creation of a virtual “gaming” environment of a nuclear power plant.
Prior to founding VIATechnik, Danielle worked for general contractors in the Bay Area, Sydney, and Chicago. As a Civil Engineer and a LEED Accredited Professional, she has extensive commercial building, heavy civil, and marine construction experience. Danielle holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.


Tool or Toy? Where does Reality Capture become “real” for our clients

Cindy Baldwin, VDCO Tech 

The speed of innovation is blowing our customers minds and confidence.The BIMtopia that was sold, in reality is not what was delivered. Are we really improving quality, speeding up quantities, and providing better service and products? How can we quantify these improvements for our clients? Clients don’t need technical toys, they need tools they can use for process improvements, redefining how clients relate and utilize services.

Finding the balance between technology and process has always been a challenge and reality capture is shaking up the traditional supply change.

Cindy Baldwin is Founder and President of VDCO Tech Inc. with over 23 years of diverse AECO Industry experience. She is recognized nationally for her expertise in BIM and Virtual Design and Construction process and implementation strategies. She has a proven ability to lead her team of Building Information Modeling, construction professionals, subcontractors and design professionals, while maintaining a strong Client relationship. Cindy’s key strengths include reducing risk for her Clients and increasing efficiency in production through BIM & VDC. She coordinates internal company-wide BIM support and development of future BIM technology as it fits into the construction / industry workflow.
Cindy is a Certified General Contractor, (having grown up in the construction field with her Father), a LEED-AP and was the first person in Florida to be CM-BIM certified. Cindy is also an approved CM-BIM instructor for all four of The Associated General Contractors of America BIM Certification Classes and was most recently selected to serve as an AGC Florida East Chapter Board Member. She is one of the founding members of the bimSMART foundation, was on the Board of the buildingSMART Alliance and has served on the Standards Committee.
Cindy is highly regarded in the industry for her practical and “real-world” approach to BIM implementation and process. She is known for getting into the “BIM Trenches” and working through traditional processes to implement change. Under Cindy’s leadership, VDCO Tech is growing and researching new markets. Cindy has created partnerships and relationships with IBM and Microsoft as she looks to explore the world of VDC and Virtual Reality. Always looking for new ways to exceed client expectations, Cindy encourages her team to continue to learn and bring innovative ideas to their projects and clients and creates and environment that fosters collaboration and creativity.


Finding and Retaining Reality Capture Talent

Sam Billingsley (Ragan-Smith)

Having someone that conceptually understands a project and someone that can execute a project are two very different things. Show horse versus work horse. This presentation looks at ways to find the work horses that are necessary for the successful completion of projects using reality capture hardware and software. In a field that is still too young to have university or technical certifications, how do you assess capabilities when hiring talent? How big is the talent pool? How can you determine if they will fit into your firm’s processing systems? We take a look at what you need to know, and some methods of finding the talent you need.

Sam Billingsley began working professionally on surveying and mapping projects in1992 and moved into reality capture technologies in 2006. From then until the present he has worked in a family firm, as an owner/operator, a consultant, contract technician, and executive in the reality capture space.With“field to finish” experience in all phases of reality capture projects and project experience that includes imaging and modeling for Civil Engineering, Petrochemical Plant/Process Facilities, Heritage Site,Offshore Installations, Architectural Mapping, Mining, Security, Forensics and more, he brings a hands-on perspective to industry topics.


Scanner Shootout

Andy Holroyd, HTS Rentals

Service providers have long faced the question of which scanner is the most appropriate one to use to perform their work. This session compares data obtained from a variety of scanners by scanning material boards made up of common materials often encountered when performing Building Documentation services. The intent is to emulate as closely as possible real world conditions.

Andy Holroyd is the President of HTS Advanced Solutions,a 3D solutions provider, providing instrument and accessory rentals from offices in Houston, TX, Irvine, CA and Aberdeen, UK. HTS AdvancedSolutions also provides 3D printing services and model making (architectural models, legal exhibits and industrial models). Andy has a B Eng (Hons) Electrical & Electronic Engineering and spent many years in the offshore oil & gas industry as a Sonar & Navigation Technician. In 1997 he was instrumental in opening the US market for Ashtead Technology, a UK-based specialist subsea equipment rental company.


Intent Defines Process: Use the Right Process for the Project

Joe Romano, Langan Engineers

This session demonstrates various ways to document a space, highlighting different processes that can be used and the various results (pros and cons) associated with each. The purpose of this session is to demonstrate that there are many ways to document a space, and it is the “intent” of what is needed that will define the process to be used. Four deliverable types are needed. Four different documentation processes are used in an attempt to deliver as many of the required deliverables as possible. We compare the deliverable results independently and side-by-side. Accuracy checks are taken and checked against a measured survey performed by a licensed surveyor using a total station. We evaluate the time needed to perform each method and a hypothetical cost for each. A panel discussion follows.

Joe Romano has a broad range of experience in surveying,construction and design-relatedf ields. Starting his career as a title searcher, he developed his expertise while working as a draftsmen,construction inspector, rodman and survey party chief,and department lead. His experience in land surveying ranges from traditional survey tasks, including highly detailed geodetic networks, to advanced mapping technologies and expert witness services. As Director of Surveying and Manager of the Langan Survey Department, Mr. Romano is very active in promoting land surveying and has been a guest speaker at numerous national and international conferences. Inaddition to his areas of special interest, which include boundary law and GPS/GIS/Laser Scanning technologies,his passion to give back to the surveying profession, as well as other aligned professions, has inspired him to be active at the Board level of numerous educational institutions and professional organizations. Of special note is his cofounding of the USIBD (United States Institute of Building Documentation), the only non-profit organization dedicated to the profession of building documentation.


Scanning 101: Scan School

Ken Smerz & Ted Mort, Eco3d

This is a macro level review of what laser scanning is all about. It contains the features and benefits of using this technology and where it can lead to. The session includes topics such as accuracy, quality, schedule, and budget, and how it applies to today’s built environment.

Ken Smerz is the President and CEO of Eco3d,where he guides the company’s overall direction and strategic priorities from its headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona. Upon discovering laser scanning and 3d modeling, Ken recognized such an opportunity which boils down to highly accurate 3d measurement.
As 3d technology has evolved, so has Ken’s vision about the future. Today, he and his team are taking 3d imaging technology to create customized 2d and 3d solutions for individual client needs within large corporations throughout the United States. Ken contributes as a writer to several publications, including the industry standard LiDAR news, on the subject of 3d measurement.
He speaks nationally on laser scanning and volunteers his time discussing laser technology at local universities.

Ted Mort is the Vice President and Operations Manager of Eco3d and provides direct oversight for the full scope of laser scanning and modeling on all projects. Ted has an extensive background in construction metrology and had the privilege of being one of the original practitioners of laser scanning at Intel Ocotillo, performing and managing hundreds of thousands of successful laser scans onsite over the past five years. During the initial exploration of laser scanning at Intel, Ted sat on the committee tasked with research and the development of specifications for 3D contracts. In addition to an expertise in laser scanning,Ted leans on a deep professional history of practicing applied measurement on a variety of construction projects while operating in the fields of Land Survey, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering. The wide spectrum of projects he’s worked on range from Bridges, Dams and Massive Civil Infrastructure to High-Rises, Hospitals and Commercial Complexes.