ECM has successfully used 3D scanning on a variety of projects, especially those where difficult accessibility creates safety concerns such as high‐rise structures, piping, electrical plants, and high‐traffic roadways. Founded in 2001, ECM has witnessed the impact of 3D documentation technology in shaping the growth of BIM models. With its team of expert engineers, ECM delivers quality dimensional metrology, 3D scanning, and engineering support services to a diverse range of industries including manufacturing, power generation, architecture, and construction. As an early adopter of laser scanning and 3D modeling, ECM recognizes first-hand the cost and learning curve associated with these technologies. The company leverages an array of specialized precision 3D laser scanners to document buildings, structures, objects, and machine parts. The resulting 3D digital datasets are used as the basis for CAD and BIM models. These models and datasets, in turn, become a valuable tool for their clients, used for quality control, construction drawings, renderings, animations, virtual reality, or 3D printing and replication.
ECM - Global Measurement Solutions : Innovative AEC 3D Scanning Services
ECM’s expertise in building scanning goes beyond documentation of floors and walls. They have learned how to successfully capture cellar and attic framing, spaces above ceilings, and below floors. These skills made it an instant choice over others for a project at Duke University. Apart from accurately documenting a decorative masonry building using its effective laser scanning capabilities, ECM also provided key details that added value to the university’s rehabilitation efforts. Furthermore, the use of a highly precise hand scanner allowed ECM to document important architectural ornaments in their building. The final 3D files not only became a means to ensure replacement if the elements were damaged but also allowed 3D models to be replicated on a smaller scale. These models could potentially be used to raise funds for the University’s renovation efforts, another valued benefit from ECM’s services.
Many organizations lack clarity on how to reap the benefits of Laser scan-to- BIM. This is where ECM - Global Measurement Solutions is in a class by itself
Successfully integrating best-in-class on-site scanning services and 3D BIM models while also offering in-house equipment rentals and calibrations, ECM serves as the “one-stop-shop” for its customers. While relishing its staggering success, the Massachusetts based organization aims to enhance its BIM capabilities in the upcoming years. It plans to continue incorporating the latest technology and automating processes to improve the cost and quality of its BIM deliverables. It will be interesting to see how ECM - Global Measurement Solutions leverages cutting edge technology as an AEC industry leader.