BIMIT: An Executive Summary
Since the launch of BIMIT, anyone can now convert their 3D scan of a location into BIM in hours, not weeks or months; and at a fraction of the traditional consulting costs. This empowers design professionals and multi-location operators to accurately digitize locations quicker, more cost-effectively, and at higher standards than ever before.
BIMIT: Article Index
· Why BIMIT now?
· What's BIMIT
· How BIMIT works
· How BIMIT is different
· Who needs BIMIT
· What BIMIT includes
· What spaces can BIMIT convert
· How to budget for BIMIT
· How to request a new BIMIT project
· How BIMIT integrates with your existing software
In the last few decades, two technologies have emerged to redefine how design professionals accurately verify the existing conditions of a location: BIM* and reality capture scanning.
However, these technologies are typically used by specialized consultants and delivered as fragmented file deliverables with unpredictable budgets and timelines.
As a result, design professionals and operators are paying too much, spending too much time, and receiving inconsistent deliverables when they're tasked with the existing conditions capture of a location or a real estate portfolio.
BIMIT standardizes the scan-to-BIM process. Now, anyone with an existing 3D scan and an internet connection can convert their registered point cloud to an accurate building information model (BIM).
To date, BIMIT has converted over 10 million square feet of point clouds for a variety of design firms and real estate organizations: from homes, to offices, to data centers, schools, hotels, hospitals, retail stores, warehouses, complex mechanical rooms, among others.
BIMIT is self-service BIM production. BIMIT's mission is to solve for the "Layer 1" challenge: what is. By doing so, designers and real estate professionals can focus on designing "what should be." Now, you or anyone on your team can drag-drop your 3D scan (in a registered point cloud file format) into BIMIT and, in just a few simple clicks, request your BIM.
How BIMIT works—in 3 phases
BIMIT works in (3) steps:
- Attach your point cloud file
- Select your size, scope, and space type
- Pay for your project
To place an order, simply go to the BIMIT order page.
Step 1: Attach or Link to your Point Cloud:
· There, you'll be prompted to drag-drop your ZIP file containing your registered point cloud.
· For point clouds over 5GB, you'll have the alternative option to "Add Custom URL" where you can paste a Google Drive, Dropbox, or similar shared folder URL.
· Within the ZIP folder, we require that you include the point cloud file in .RCS, .e57, or .XYZ.
· For best results, you should add available reference material for the modeling and quality control process within the ZIP folder: virtual tour links, photos, existing floor plans, or notes.
Step 2: Select Size, Scope, and Project Type:
After attaching or linking to your point cloud, you can select the:
- Preferred unit of measure
- The estimated "Scan Size" tier
- The "Project Type"
- The desired "Project Scope" out of (3) options: architecture, MEP, and furniture/equipment. Note, BIMIT can only process what is clearly visible within the point cloud itself. In other words, if you request MEP, and MEP is not clearly visible within your point cloud, then we'll not be able to proceed processing the model.
- Enter your email (professional): This email is where BIMIT will deliver your order confirmation, as well as the final model once it's ready.
Step 3: Summary & Order Payment:
· After making your selections, and clicking "Review Order," you'll see your Order and Payment Summary. Here, you'll be prompted to provide payment detail.
· All orders are securely processed via Stripe.
· All orders will prompt a 50% up front payment. The remaining 50% will be charge upon the completion and submission of the final model delivery.
Once you've placed your order, the BIMIT team will review your order to check for all required assets before starting. If your order request is missing a required file, we'll email you requesting for additional information before continuing.
Once your BIMIT is complete, you'll receive an order completion email. In the email, you'll see a button to download your BIMIT assets.
How BIMIT is different
BIMIT clients can expect a standard information model—consistently.
Who needs BIMIT
BIMIT works for two categories of clients:
- Design + build professions such as architects, engineers, and contractors
- Operators, developers, and reality capture firms
Design & Build Professionals:
For these clients, we recommend BIMIT & BIMIT Industrial (complex MEP spaces):
· Get accurate BIM + CAD in hours, not weeks.
· Standardize your BIM with predictable deliverables.
· Increase your profits using our predictable, low cost production model.
· Simplified ordering without the clunky proposal process.
Operators, developers, and reality capture firms
For these clients, with (10) or more locations to digitize per month, we recommend BIMIT Enterprise
· Digitize your real estate portfolio—cost-effectively.
· Standardize your construction documentation—portfolio-wide
· Own your portfolio’s documentation—view, verify, quantify
· Simplified ordering without the clunky proposal process
What BIMIT includes
All BIMIT orders come with the following file assets:
- Revit 2020 file (one per order)
- Floor Plan DWG file (one per floor)
- Reflected Ceiling Plan DWG file (one per floor, when MEP is ordered)
- RCS file (one per order)
Add-Ons are available at small added fees:
- Location Report (PDF)
- Live Model Viewer (URL)
BIMIT is modeled at a Level-of-Development 200 (LOD200) within Autodesk Revit 2020.
At LOD200, the Model Elements are graphically represented within the Model as a generic system, object, or assembly with approximate quantities, size, shape, location, and orientation. Non-graphic information may also be attached to the Model Element. At this LOD elements are generic placeholders using default Revit Families. They may be recognizable as the components they represent, or they may be volumes for space reservation. Any information derived from LOD 200 elements must be considered approximate.
For a full breakdown of what Revit elements are included within each Scope, visit:
What spaces can BIMIT convert
BIMIT is optimized for interior 3D modeling of the most common space types at a LOD 200. Common space types include: homes, offices, retail, restaurant, hospitals, hotels, schools, storages, warehouses, and theaters.
Complex spaces requiring intricate mechanical detailing such as mechanical rooms, manufacturing facilities, and data centers would qualify as BIMIT Industrial.
Detailed exterior modeling is currently accepted on a case-by-case basis requiring a unique timeline and budget.
How to budget for BIMIT
Pricing: BIMIT pricing is fixed, predictable, and transparent. If you're planning on using BIMIT for your upcoming project, we recommend referencing the BIMIT Rate Table to identify your cost beforehand. For BIMIT clients with more than (10) locations per month may qualify for BIMIT Enterprise to unlock preferred rates. Certain restrictions may apply.
Delivery Times: To budget an estimated processing time, visit the BIMIT order page. There, you'll see an estimated delivery time once you'lve selected your scan size and space type.
How to request a new BIMIT project
How BIMIT integrates with your existing software
BIMIT delivers a Revit 2020 file. This means, clients can export to commonly used file formats such as IFC, glTF, FBX, and more. This enables clients to import a BIMIT into almost every design authoring software.
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* A Building Information Model (BIM) is an object-based 3D model with embedded metadata— as opposed to traditional CAD, a line-based, 2D file format with no embedded metadata. An object-based file format makes it possible to easily extract dimensional and quantity data from a space such as square footage, room areas, material quantities, and equipment counts. Additional, an object-based file makes it easy for designers to view and change a space’s design within a BIM and CAD environment.