Case Study: Scan-to-BIM

Project: Scan-to-BIM, St Mary's Church, Eling

The Church of St Mary on Eling Hill, in the Diocese of Winchester, is the eighth oldest church in England, with origins dating back to Saxon times. A Grade II listed building, has been altered and extended over the centuries, with an extensive restoration during the Victorian Period.

Like many churches of its age, St Mary’s is cold and draughty in winter, has inadequate toilet facilities, an inefficient gas fire heating system, areas of inaccessibility and out of date audiovisual systems.

The church authorities, therefore, decided that St Mary’s should become an ‘Eco Church’, in order to transform the church for the community as well as to reduce its impact on the physical environment and make its own contribution to reducing pollution and global warming.

The new facilities designed by the architects will include:

  • Extensions/alterations for a new community room, vestry, kitchen and accessible toilets.
  • A new zero-carbon heating system powered by solar panels and air source heat pump.
  • Improvements to access paths to and around the church.
  • Renewed energy-efficient lighting designed to enhance the heritage.
  • AV systems for community use and to facilitate worship, learning and cultural activity.

To this end, they required a survey of the property and the development of a 3D model.

Our brief was to:
  • Receive and process the point cloud survey data for the site from our survey partner
  • Create a 3D building model of the topography of the site together with the exterior elevations and interior spaces to Level 2 i.e. the structure of the building and specific enhancements for:
  • Modelling the exposed interior timber structural roof trusses
  • Increased detail in the Vestry and immediately adjacent area
  • The modelling of radiators and similar physical obstructions
  • Increased detail in the interior of the tower
  • Deliver a Revit *.rvt file and an IFC file back to the project architect for input into their Vectorworks and SketchUp software programs
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