If you’re charged with the maintenance and operation of an older building, you and your staff will spend a lot of time trudging from one place to another just to examine the building and equipment.

For example, a tenant says the distilled water is running at a trickle. You trace the problem to a failing pump motor. You trudge to your office to try to find the right place from which to order a replacement. You discover the old motor model has been superseded. But the new specs show different dimensions. You trudge back to the motor to check the clearances. You trudge back to your office only to find a footnote that says that if connected to certain impellers, the impeller and housing will also have to be replaced. You trudge back to the motor to check the information on the impeller housing. On a substantial campus, such as a college, a research park, or an office park, some variant of this scene can be repeated several times a day.

Laser scanning of an older building forms the foundation of a facilities management system that reduces the time and cost of maintenance and operation tasks. All the information needed to plan and execute maintenance work orders and projects are available on the computers and tablets of the facilities staff. By using such a system, one of the United States’ National Laboratories reduced the cost of a maintenance work order by 12%. Older buildings, with tighter budgets, can benefit more from such technology than newer buildings because newer buildings more frequently have better as-built documentation and new buildings may have been built using BIM coordination.

Laser scanning technology alone is powerful; we work with facilities people to achieve cost effect maintenance programs for one-third the cost of producing complex BIM models of existing facilities.