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Accuracy in BIM-Point Cloud Deviation Analysis

Accuracy in BIM-Point Cloud Deviation Analysis

When using 3D scan data on your project, it is important to understand the factors that impact total accuracy:


Scanners have parameters for expected accuracy from each point as well as confidence intervals for errors and noise in the data. (Please refer to each scanner vendors’ specifications for the details.)

Scan Registration

There are a variety of methods & tools for scan data registration. It is common to expect a certain registration error for each scan pair and the total error can be accumulated as more scan data is registered into each other. Please refer to the registration software vendors’ specifications for the details.

Scale of Project

The scale of the project such as the number of scans and total area involved affect global accuracy.

Scan and BIM Alignment

The scan data must be properly aligned to the BIM coordinate system. There are many advanced methods to set up common geometries between scan and BIM data for this purpose. If required CupixWorks provides alignment features that support this process.

BIM Accuracy

Outdated Model

An outdated or incorrect BIM can affect the accuracy of the analysis.

Model Level of Detail (LOD)

LOD 100 is not going to be as useful as LOD 400 for deviation analysis because the detail is not available.

Deviation Analysis

Deviation analysis in CupixWorks measures the available surface area between the point cloud and BIM datasets. There is no considerable computation error in the spatial calculation of deviation in CupixWorks software. 

To achieve the desired accuracy for your project we recommend choosing a scanning, registration, and alignment process that meets your requirements.

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