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How to Convert Point Cloud Data into Building Information Model

Written by BIM Outsourcing
February 3, 2022

What if there was an easier way to create building information models? With point cloud data, you can avoid many of the challenges involved in bringing CAD files into BIM. And focus on more important tasks like design. The conversion process from point cloud to BIM takes place in several steps. This involves many different parties, so it’s important to know what each step entails. Which services can help get the job done effectively and efficiently. In this article, we’ll walk through the process of converting point cloud data into BIM to give you a clear idea of how it all works.

What is the point cloud?

Point cloud is data that describes a series of points in three-dimensional space. This information can be used in many ways, but it’s typically utilized for creating digital models of buildings and structures. The point cloud created by 3D scanners contain all types of information about an object or environment. For example, if you use a laser scanner to measure your company’s manufacturing facility. You will have thousands of coordinate points describing measurements such as length and width. In addition to basic shape metrics like length and width, laser scans also include information about surface texture and color—essential components when creating digital replicas of physical environments.

What is building information model?

A building information model (BIM) is a digital representation of physical, functional and spatial characteristics of a building or landscape. In some cases, BIM can also include time-dependent information such as schedules, budgets and risk analyses. BIM can be created using 3D modeling tools such as Revit or it may be extracted from a point cloud using photogrammetry. It’s important to note that not all point clouds are suited for conversion into BIM, but for those that are suitable you’ll want to make sure that you know how to get from one state to another. That’s where we come in…

What are challenges of converting point cloud data into BIM?

Point cloud data might be required for 2D or 3D modeling, but it’s not suitable for BIM due to its nature. The major challenge of converting point cloud data is that it requires a large amount of time and resources for validation in BIM design process. This also results in higher costs and more risk during construction phase.

What software can convert point cloud data into a 3D model?

The process of converting point cloud data into a 3D model for building information modeling (BIM) is not straightforward. When using cloud-to-model converters such as those developed by Scansense, Leica and Trimble, several steps need to be taken before getting a BIM model. In order to achieve optimal results with your conversion software, it’s crucial to have all of your files in order from start to finish. You must collect, cleanse and build a complete database before beginning any conversion process.


Consider BIM as a solution for your design and engineering needs. The world of design and construction is transforming at an unprecedented rate, and with that comes many new opportunities for clients, designers, engineers, contractors, project managers and owners. With a transition from 2D drawings to 3D model data comes increased collaboration among disciplines; all working toward a common goal – bringing each project in on time and on budget. As more and more firms start adopting BIM solutions, what you will see over time is more options becoming available. Many practices still do not realize how beneficial it can be for their companies if they use today’s technology tools (BIM) to fully optimize their daily business processes. You can never predict where the next big opportunity will emerge but when it does, you should be prepared by having efficient business systems in place like BIM.

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