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Scan to BIM

Digital Building Information Modelling

The way we understand buildings is changing

“Scan to BIM” means capturing a space, and turning it into a digital model that can be used for planning, monitoring or managing the built environment, and communicating and sharing project information with stakeholders. 

With a GeoSLAM lidar scanner for buildings the scan to BIM process is a simple way of rapidly capturing essential information about a space, creating a point cloud and importing the data into a BIM software, like Autodesk REVIT.

visualisation of Scan to BIM using Autodesk Revit

Why GeoSLAM Scan to BIM?

  • Rapid scanning to create or update a BIM model up to 10 times faster than traditional scanners
  • Cover large areas with GeoSLAM from up to 100 meters away
  • User friendly technology quick and easy data capture that you don’t need to outsource
  • Simple transfer of LIDAR to Revit software to help you rapidly create valuable 2D and 3D layouts and placements of your site
  • Stairs, small rooms, tight spaces and GNSS denied environments are easy with GeoSLAM
  • Fast, repeatable data capture

Follow the link to our payment plan page where you can get a cost effective quote.

Compatible BIM software

Take your GeoSLAM data into the following BIM software packages.

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Save time
Save time

Use GeoSLAM for all data capture on site for rapid information when you need it

Save money
Save money

No outsourcing required, easy and simple handheld scanners

Digitalise your spaces
Digitalise your spaces

Unlock valuable information about buildings through their lifecycle using a digital representation


Easily export GeoSLAM data to third party software packages

Case study 1:
Large family home

Step 1 : Collect data

Where: A large family home in the outskirts of Prague, Czech Republic
Goal : Create a 3D model in REVIT to assist in the redesign of the property
Products used:
ZEB Go, Draw BIM , Autodesk REVIT

The ZEB Go, handheld mobile mapping system was used to collect all data required over three storeys within 8 minutes of turning the scanner on.

Step 2 : Process the data in GeoSLAM Hub and Draw BIM

The data is uploaded to GeoSLAM Hub on site, which creates a 3D point cloud. The point cloud is natively opened in Draw BIM, an add on package to GeoSLAM Hub. Floorplans and sections are extracted, so the data could be aligned and walls squared up. The data is exported in RCP format, ready to be loaded into REVIT.

Step 3 : Modelling in REVIT

A new REVIT project is created, and the technician creates levels and corresponding views, using the point cloud for reference. Walls, doors, windows, the roof, and other key architectural and structural components were modelled. The finished model is LOD (level of design) 300.

Scan to BIM time: 8 hours

Case study 2:
45,000 sqft hotel

Where: Hotel, Southern California. 3 floors, parking garage, 40 suites over 45,000 square feet.

The data was collected in 5 scans, each between 15-25 minutes, using the ZEB Horizon.

Each capture is then imported to GeoSLAM Hub, processed with SLAM, and registered together with the merge tool. The merged data is then brought into Draw BIM to be aligned and prepared for use in Revit.

The point cloud is exported as an Autodesk ReCap RCP project out of Draw BIM. That RCP project is then inserted into Revit to be used as an underlay for accurate and detailed BIM development.

The data is then modelled in REVIT using only native Revit tools.

Modelled to LOD (Level of Development) 300 – Architectural, Structural, Casework and Furniture (No MEP).

Scan to BIM time: 4 days

Case study 3:
University pump room

Where: Pump room at a large university campus.

The data was collected in 10 minutes using the ZEB Horizon and imported into GeoSLAM Hub.

The data is uploaded to GeoSLAM Hub on site, which creates a 3D point cloud.

The point cloud is then natively opened in Draw BIM, an add on package to GeoSLAM Hub.

The data is then modelled in REVIT using the native MEP modelling tools.

Modelled to LOD (Level of Development) 200, all pipes with a diameter larger than 1 inch are included.

Scan to BIM time: 10 hours

Greg Davies of PPM tells us how they use GeoSLAM for As-Built surveys

What is the Scan to BIM process?

The lidar-to-BIM process combines hardware, advanced SLAM and our Draw BIM software to rapidly deliver accurate 3D models for construction projects.

It starts with SLAM
1. It starts with SLAM

SLAM [Simultaneous Location and Mapping] creates a digital model of a site, by using a handheld mobile scanner. 

2. Capture

Walk freely between
rooms and floors.

3. Process

Transfer the data to

4. View

View your digital capture
in minutes.

5. Create

Using GeoSLAM Draw BIM, prep
your point clouds.

6. Where next
6. Where next

Import your data straight from
Draw to Revit or any other compatible BIM software.

Scan to BIM in action

Greg Davies of PPM tells us how they use GeoSLAM for As-Built surveys

“What really stood out was the quality of information captured, which was easily incorporated into a BIM representation using REVIT software. The device was really easy to handle and it was remarkable how much detail we were able to captured in the point clouds. It enabled us to achieve a level of accuracy that would have been impossible with manual techniques.”

BIM Technology Consultant

BIM Technology Consultant


“It has exceeded our expectations. We’re seeing a 10 fold increase in building survey productivity.”

Russell Klein

Russell Klein


“The first improvement with the GeoSLAM laser scanner was time saving, you’re just walking at a relaxed pace through the building, and its doing the magic for you a far as capturing all of that data.
I don’t think that I’ve ever had one project where I got all the information that I needed, that’s another attractive piece about the GeoSLAM, that you can take one tool out into the field and get everything that you needed. For us GeoSLAM was the perfect fit for architecture.”

Jordan JD Dixon

Jordan JD Dixon

Architect Project Manager at SLA Architects

Learn more about our ZEB scanners

Choose one of the following scanners to pair with our Draw BIM software.


Handheld, lightweight and easy to use, the ZEB Revo RT allows you to build highly accurate 3D models within minutes, while on the move.


If you’re looking for a reliable way to map and understand spaces, meet the ZEB Go – your first step in SLAM handheld technology.

ZEB Horizon

With a range of 100m, the ZEB Horizon is great for outdoor use. Its lightweight and compact design also make it perfect for indoor surveys.

Spread the cost of GeoSLAM Scan to BIM, with our new payment plan

What’s included with a ZEB purchase

All the below comes as standard when you purchase any ZEB scanner.

Packed with automated tools, visualise your data in GeoSLAM Connect.

Packed with automated tools, visualise your data in GeoSLAM Connect.

Create clean, georeferenced point clouds automatically. With the press of one button, your data will be automatically processed, saved in a folder of your choice, and prepared for the next step of your workflow.

The after sales package to get the most from your ZEB products

The after sales package to get the most from your ZEB products

The comprehensive after sales package where you’ll be entitled to all the latest software updates and new features, unlimited software support and up to 3 years hardware warranty.

The home of all supporting materials for GeoSLAM products​

The home of all supporting materials for GeoSLAM products​

With a single My GeoSLAM login, you’ll have access to:

1. GeoSLAM Academy – Get the most from your GeoSLAM products with training videos, best practice and user guides.

2. Knowledge Base – Search the Knowledge Base for troubleshooting articles and FAQs.


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