Transforming an ageing school in the Jazz District of Kansas City to a community arts centre required the power of today’s real-time technology. The Attucks Building, built in 1905 and renovated in 1922 due to overcrowding, has undergone several more developments over the years. For any plans to be approved on the site of the Attucks School, the commission needed substantial and comprehensive drawings – materials, ﬂoor plans, site drawings and elevations.
With several hazards identiﬁed – visible deterioration in the wood ﬂoorings, ceiling collapses, and air quality conditions including asbestos – a fast, accurate and safe survey technique was required.
Civil engineering ﬁrm, BHC Rhodes, embarked upon the complex task of a 3D Revit BIM (Building Information Model) using GeoSLAM technology. The handheld “go-anywhere” ZEB-REVO is designed to be used without comprehensive training, meaning you can ‘pick up and go’, saving additional preparation time for any members of staff previously unfamiliar with the technology. It’s a simple setup and data gathering is quick and easy; wherever you can walk, you can scan.
With the aid of these lightweight, mobile scanners – speciﬁcally designed to scan difﬁcult to access spaces – the entire property was scanned in only 4.5 hours, recording more than 43,000 measurements per second. A BIM model was provided two weeks earlier than expected providing a comprehensive picture of the asset. Only with these modern tools could a real-time digital twin of the ageing building be created quickly, and safely – saving considerable time and money.