Topographies. Utilities. Buildings. Why not one file?

Many companies do each of these types of surveys. As a result there are fragmented file types and fragmented teams of surveyors, doing different work. Each team export to their own file types, with different programming times involved and revisits from various companies to sites in question. This kind of fragmentation has been the tradition, and causes headaches for design teams to collate and implement information in their designs.

Putting various surveys into one coordinated environment is the key to creating easier, headache free, and accurate real world conditions for importing into a BIM. This ultimately gives design teams the best information to design from.

MSL have the experience and the expertise to create such standalone models.


Not only can this information be produced in one 3D file, but phasing can then be applied within the design teams own file to show phases such as existing conditions or new development, and so on.

MSL will not only produce topographical surveys as 3D surfaces, but we can also tailor this surface to the end users requirements, filtering out unwanted information before creating a surface. We can also increase the quality of a civil 3D export, for example, to get a smoother ‘high res’ style topographical surface in the BIM. These surfaces can then be combined with utilities and building surveys to highlight interactions and penetrations between services, topographies and building structures.

The advantage of using BIM to show utilities is that information such as pipe material, descriptions of the pipe, manufacturer info, flow properties, pipe sizes, tables, etc can all be maintained within the same 3D model file, ready for exporting to spreadsheets and data collating. This reduces the need to keep various types of information in different places and the time spent collating it all again at some point in the future.

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