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 3D Zephyr 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.