Benefits of Reality Capture

Sep 30, 2020

Reality capture for planning and design:

Creating a digital twin of the existing environment and site conditions provides a base geospatial framework for design to start from. These geospatial datasets are a dimensionally accurate, measurable, and visual representation of physical or built environment.

Multiple disciplines including planning,  architectural and engineering can utilise a digital twin for their design functions with tangible return on investment (ROI) benefits including:

  • Eliminating design flaws that 2D workflows miss
  • Collaboration across disciplines
  • Visualisation and simulation of design alternatives
  • Clash detection and analysis
  • More accurate quantity estimates
  • Less uncertainties
  • Less rework due to clashes
  • Better quality designs produced faster

When implemented early in a project, utilisation of 3D reality capture derived geospatial datasets saves time, improves the quality of design, and delivers real cost savings.

Reality capture in construction:

Creating and updating digital twins during the construction phase enables the project and the asset to be documented in a 3D environment as it progresses.

By capturing the spatial relationships of built structures on-site, builders and designers can simulate design intent within the as-built environment, detecting issues before they occur and delivering real benefits to the project including:

  • Speed, accuracy, and consistency
  • Preconstruction simulations and virtual design construction (VDC)
  • Quality control as the project progresses
  • Support of BIM deliverables for handover
  • Clash and error detection for multiple MEP disciplines
  • Reality capture of the finished product

When implemented through the construction phase, digital twins provide a single point for enhanced collaboration across disciplines, with the aim of achieving more production with less cost.

Reality capture to operate and maintain:

Once a project is completed, the as-built digital twin can be utilised to better manage and operate a facility or asset. A 3D reality capture dataset provides an accurate, photorealistic record of the completed asset, creating a base geospatial dataset from which facility owners and asset managers can integrate operation and maintenance systems.

Over the life of the asset, a digital twin can support maintenance cycles and monitor complex systems and change in condition. This supports predictive maintenance and improved ROI in the operation phase and over the life of the asset, other benefits include;

  • Less time from project handover to operation
  • Improved inventory management
  • Monitoring of asset condition over time
  • Real-time monitoring (via IoT sensors) of live control systems and movement
  • Improved efficiency of maintenance programs
  • Desktop visualisation of the asset at any time
  • Virtual training and simulation

If you would like to know how IntelliSpatial can implement these benefits through your project lifecycle and contribute to significant reduction of operational and maintenance costs over time, connect with us.