Scaling the heights with ZEB REVO

“Compared to our first attempts at the manual survey, the ZEB-REVO definitely helped deliver improved quality of data in a shorter period of time”

Dating back to the 1940s, the Acaiaca Building was once the tallest skyscraper in the city of Belo Horizonte, Brazil, measuring 130 metres high and comprising 30 floors.

Tasked with creating as-built architectural 3D models ahead of a major electrical installation and an upgrade of fire prevention systems, the PARAGRAM Architecture and Consultant team quickly realised that the project called for more than laser tape, pen and paper.

The renovation of the art deco building was of particular significance to the population of Belo Horizonte. Constructed during the Second World War, the building originally housed a cinema, nightclub and shops, as well as an air-raid shelter. Now home to offices, the Acaiaca was a building of significant cultural heritage that locals quite rightly wanted to protect.

Researching the market for solutions, the PARAGRAM team chose GeoSLAM’s lightweight ZEB REVO mobile mapping device to quickly and efficiently create building plans of the huge building, in a fraction of the time that using total stations or traditional survey equipment would allow.