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Harnessing the Power of As-Built Reality Capture combined with 4D Site Logistics Planning in Construction
| 4 minute read
The advent of modern technology has revolutionized the construction industry, notably in the areas of as-built reality capture and construction site logistics.
Harnessing the Power of As-Built Reality Capture combined with 4D Site Logistics Planning in Construction
| 4 minute read

The advent of modern technology has revolutionized the construction industry, notably in the areas of as-built reality capture and construction site logistics. By integrating 3D scanning, photogrammetry, and 4D site logistics planning platforms like, stakeholders can now harness the capabilities of comprehensive digital simulations. This combination of cutting-edge technologies not only enhances planning efficiency with powerful visualizations but also mitigates construction risks, leading to better project delivery overall.

As-Built Reality Capture: A New Dawn in Construction

The value of as-built reality capture in construction cannot be overstated. This technology, which leverages 3D scanning and photogrammetry, enables architects, engineers, and contractors to capture existing conditions accurately and in a timely fashion. By creating a comprehensive digital representation of the physical world, these technologies offer a wealth of information that can guide decision-making throughout the construction process.

3D scanning uses laser technology to capture spatial data. It maps physical objects or environments and renders them into digital 3D models. These models can be manipulated, analyzed, and shared, providing insights that may not be evident from traditional 2D drawings.

Photogrammetry, on the other hand, uses stitched together photographs to create 3D meshes that can represent the physical world in scale and contexts. When combined with 3D scanning, it offers a more comprehensive view of a site, providing an accurate representation of structures, topography, and surrounding features.

4D Site Logistics Planning: The Future of Construction Management

While 3D reality capture offers a comprehensive representation of the current state of a construction site, 4D site logistics planning platforms like take this one step further. By integrating time as the fourth dimension, these platforms allow project managers to visualize the entire construction process, from start to finish. provides an interactive 4D simulation of the construction process, combining spatial and temporary resources such as fences, cranes, hoists, etc. to offer a complete picture of construction logistics on site. Project teams can simulate different scenarios, optimize construction schedules, manage resources effectively, and minimize potential disruptions. By identifying potential challenges before they become problems, streamlines project management and enhances productivity.

DroneDeploy: A Game Changer for Aerial Surveys

DroneDeploy complements 3D scanning and photogrammetry by offering a bird's-eye view of construction sites. This cloud-based drone mapping software captures high-resolution aerial data, which can be converted into orthomosaics, 3D models, and topographical maps. With DroneDeploy, construction professionals can easily monitor progress, identify potential issues, and make real-time adjustments, enhancing overall construction site logistics.

Check out this short video by Ben Stocker detailing a detailed DroneDeploy to cmBuilder workflow that he completes in just 9 minutes -

The Power of Integrated workflows

Integrating as-built reality capture with 4D site logistics planning platforms creates powerful construction site logistics simulations. The combination of 3D scanning, photogrammetry, DroneDeploy, and provides an all-encompassing view of construction projects.

The accuracy of 3D models and the comprehensive aerial imagery from DroneDeploy allow for precise planning and execution. When combined with the 4D simulations from, project teams can visualize the construction process in real time, identify bottlenecks, and optimize workflows.

Moreover, these technologies foster improved collaboration among stakeholders. Accurate 3D models and 4D simulations can be easily shared and accessed, encouraging clear communication and reducing the potential for misunderstandings and costly rework.

Due to these emerging technologies, the future is bright for the construction industry and the integration of as-built reality capture technologies and cmBuilder for 4D site logistics planning, is transforming the construction industry. By providing accurate, real-time information and enabling effective logistics planning, these technologies are empowering construction professionals to deliver projects on time, within budget, and to the highest standards of quality. The future of construction site logistics is here, and it is digital. Site Logistics Planning in Construction

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