ODA Seeks Strategic Partners for Scan to BIM

SCOTTSDALE, AZ, June 21, 2021 – Open Design Alliance (ODA), the leading provider of CAD and BIM interoperability solutions, announced the formation of a new Strategic Interoperability Group (SIG) to develop scan to BIM technologies.

Scan to BIM is a process for converting point cloud data generated by 3D laser scanners into parametric 3D BIM models. Applications of scan to BIM include as-built documentation, project additions and renovations, and facility management.

“Laser scanning has become a mainstream technology for digital twins,” said Neil Peterson, ODA president. “But point clouds generated by modern scanners are huge, often terabytes or even petabytes of data, making them difficult to work with. In addition, a BIM model is far more useful in many contexts than simple point cloud data, making it the preferred output for most users.

“The goal of ODA’s new SIG is to develop the industry’s first general-purpose scan to BIM SDK. We’re looking for strategic partners to work collaboratively on this project, companies that are not satisfied with current market offerings, and would like to guide and control the development of an ODA-based solution.

“A single ODA scan to BIM solution, funded and shared by many companies, is a superior development model. An ODA solution is more cost effective than expensive third-party solutions, and the quality will be better with dozens of companies using the same technology in a wide range of applications.”

ODA’s new SIG will develop high-quality, flexible and affordable scan to BIM technology comprised of the following:

  • Conversion of point cloud data into segmented meshes.
  • Identification and removal of interference objects.
  • Classification of segmented mesh models into common architectural objects such as walls, doors, windows, etc.
  • Conversion of classified objects to IFC, Autodesk Revit, and other BIM formats.

“As a non-profit industry partner, ODA is ideally positioned to develop this technology for the long-term benefit of the industry,” continued Mr. Peterson. “Our deep experience with BIM, point clouds, and geometric kernels perfectly complements the requirements for this complex project.”

Availability and Pricing

The new Scan to BIM SIG is open to ODA members of Sustaining and higher membership levels. More information about the new Scan to BIM SIG can be found at opendesign.com/scan-to-bim.

Pricing for the Scan to BIM SIG will be determined by project participants. SIG members will be entitled to unlimited use of the developed software for a fixed annual fee, with source code licensing available.

About Open Design Alliance

ODA develops complete interoperability solutions for CAD and BIM. Our SDKs provide data access, creation, visualization, web collaboration and publishing for a wide range of engineering file formats. ODA is supported by more than 1200 member companies, including software developers, manufacturers, government entities, AEC firms, major retailers and other organizations spread across every engineering discipline.

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