Construction teams working in the Greater Boston area are often renovating older buildings that may have had many modifications over the years. As a result, as-built drawings are generally viewed with a high degree of skepticism and are regarded as inaccurate or incomplete. Working with questionable information can be especially difficult while planning for a building addition or new mechanical equipment on a roof. Dealing with these undocumented conditions can cause costly and time-consuming problems for the project team.
Faced with planning a new addition within a constrained site, Columbia utilized drone technology to scan the existing exterior façade. The drone captured data and then processed that real-world information into a point cloud model, which was inserted into the design model. This process enabled the project team to properly plan construction detailing by capturing the actual conditions and bringing them into the digital world. Key benefits include: