Our last post looked at how Reality Computing is used to capture existing conditions of an infrastructure project. Now let’s look at how civil engineers are using that data for their projects.
Existing conditions (in the form of captured reality data) can be brought into 3D modeling software to provide physical context during the design, construction, refurbishment, or management of infrastructure. This digital representation of existing conditions is used as a reference during design, to verify accuracy before and during construction, and to guide decisions for operations and maintenance.
Reality-captured existing conditions data can be brought into 3D modeling software to provide physical context
during the design, construction, refurbishment, or management of infrastructure.
The exactness of the reality-captured existing conditions data means that the information behind decision-making is current and accurate. Designs can be digitally tested and checked to help confirm ‘fit’ before actual construction. During construction, existing conditions as well as the already as-built portions of the projects can be coordinated with future construction. The use of reality data can help avoid field rework, redesigns, work stoppages, and in some cases even lawsuits—reducing overall project costs and schedules.