BIM Campus on point with data acquisition technology

BIM Campus, a first of its kind partnership between BIM. Technologies and Northern Construction Training, is continuing its drive to BIM-enable and up-skill young professionals in the North East.

As part of its 12-week Building Information Modelling (BIM) course, learners were recently provided a hands-on demonstration of 3D point cloud laser scanning technology to aid them with the next stage of their programme.



The 15 BIM Campus learners, who are from various educational backgrounds, including Architecture, Construction Management and Quantity Surveying, were given a full demonstration of Leicas P20 digital laser scanner to fully scan their design project location, situated on Newcastle’s Quayside.


Learners were taken through the process of setting up the P20 laser scanner, by Paul Burrows (@Paul_HDS) from Leica Geosystems.


Paul delivered an insightful session explaining the entire process of laser scanning, how it works and how the collected data can be used, as well as showing them practicalities such as how to set up the laser scanner. 



The learners each took four scans during the session and were shown how to incorporate the point cloud data into Autodesk Revit and use it within their projects, which they will present to they construction professionals and prospective employers at the end of the course.



BIM.Technologies BIM Trainer/Instructor Peter Morton said: “Laser scanning is an essential tool for BIM, architecture and design applications.



“We’ve so far taken the learners through a number of data collation examples – from 2D ordnance survey maps, which have low accuracy, to 3D city models and aerial scans, so this most recent demonstration has formed the next part of the learning process.



“Nothing beats hands-on, practical experience and it was great for the learners to get out of the classroom and into the field, whilst learning from an expert.”



Learner Sophie McLean said: “Most of us have seen the scanner before but never used it in practice. It was great to get a full demonstration on how it works; it operates at an incredible speed in comparison to some of the other techniques which we have been learning about. It was fascinating to see how this advanced technology can aid the entire BIM process.”



The free 12-week Campus course is on track to provide 19 to 24-year-olds who are not in education, employment or training (NEET) with an intensive introduction covering all essential aspects of BIM, within a purpose-built training suite specifically designed to cater for teaching and building useable, relevant BIM skills.