BIM, short for Building Information Modeling, is the integrated digital modeling of a building’s design, construction, and operational information. BIM is most commonly part of the design-build phases of a building’s lifecycle, and includes models for quantity takeoff, scoping, and scheduling, among other aspects of the project.

Drone scanning tools like 3DR Site Scan are heavily used in BIM workflows: reality capture data can be used in the pre-construction and design phases, as well as during active engineering and construction work to track and compare project progress with designs. Once construction is finished, drone scanning can be used to capture a building’s envelope for inspection and maintenance purposes.

By integrating design and planning BIM models with reality capture data from drone scans, construction teams are well positioned to identify risks or clashes with a project’s construction and communicate progress to stakeholder teams. To learn more about how 3DR Site Scan is helping construction teams like PCL improve their BIM processes, read our customer stories.


Earthworks is the process of engineering involving excavation (cut) and movement (fill) of soils and rock for the purpose of grading a site. Drone software platforms enhance traditional earthwork processes by making it easier to collect, analyze, and share topography and volumetric data.


Revit is an Autodesk computer-aided design (CAD) software tool used for building information modeling (BIM) by design-build construction teams.


Navisworks is an Autodesk software tool used to manage, combine, and review various 3D model files.

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