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From surveying to BIM: scientific, innovative and market aspects

Hall 25


The area devoted to BIM in Hall 25 at SAIE aimed to highlight the process leading to the production of three-dimensional products in a BIM environment starting out from measured geometric data and associated information.


Modern surveying techniques are able to acquire data with extremely high resolution and potentially high precision.


Point clouds obtained from terrestrial and drone laser scanner and photogrammetric techniques supplemented by data obtained from satellite or conventional observations offered great potential in terms of geometric descriptions and associated information regarding any kind of object (architectural, infrastructural, mechanical, artistic, territorial, etc.) which subsequently need to be managed and used in a simple manner.


Professionals require survey data that can be easily interpreted and above all used to obtain representations of any kind. These data must also be simple to use and compatible with the requirements of the relevant offices.


The ability to create three-dimensional geometric models with typological characterisation of any observed object and to associate specific information of any kind with each individual element in the model offered significant potential.


A series of short presentations were organised during the four days of SAIE to explain the scientific aspects, methods of implementation and innovations available in today’s market.


The area was organised in collaboration with I.I.P.L.E. (Building Workers’ Professional Training Institute for Bologna and Province).




Marco Dubbini (University of Bologna, DiSCi – Geography Department)

Simone Garagnani (University of Bologna, Architecture Department)

Pier Carlo Ricci (Artificio Digitale, Ravenna).



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