The Ever Evolving BIM Process with Murphy Surveys


Over the past year the pace of BIM adoption by Irish companies has increased to such an extent that we often get asked ‘Can we do that in BIM?’ Our aim is to make it a resounding ‘Yes’ and this year has certainly been a journey of constant improvement and evolution for Murphy Surveys as BIM grows in Ireland.

We have delivered projects across heritage, commercial, industrial and healthcare sectors to name but a few over the past 12 months. Particular achievements include a recent BIM project for St Vincent’s Hospital Campus, as well as other major healthcare and ‘city block’ type redevelopments which required BIM deliverables of numerous buildings, services and site topographies in single files.

Other projects involve complete modelling of architectural, services and temporary structures. A current project at a major airport in the UK requires a high level of detail and accuracy including all fittings, wiring and sockets while including customised meta data and COBie outputs for FM software use and maintenance uses. 

This year we have noticed that clients are becoming much more specific in communicating why they want BIM and for what outputs it is to be used downstream and are much more open to collaboration as a result. This greatly helped our modelling team deliver BIM projects successfully.

Scan to BIM

Improvements year on year in software vendor capabilities have brought about increased speed and quality in the ‘Scan to BIM’ processes. Murphy Surveys have built on previous expertise in the area of laser scanning and processing to provide multiple solutions to meet our clients’ needs. High quality laser scans on site enable models to be produced in a variety of ways from solid, wireframe, 2D and 3D CAD to BIM models. Sections can be produced directly from laser scans for immediate information while more in depth information and data can be attained through full Revit model production. Even drawing within the point cloud itself while simultaneously creating CAD information in real time is now a possibility too, reducing duplication while increasing speed and ensuring ultra-accurate measurements for onsite queries. All this has been made available over a short space of time.

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