Matterport and BIMobject to offer “a complete alternative to BIM” for facilities management

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Matterport is perhaps the best known among the young companies selling a new kind of 3D capture solution for the construction industry. Though not quite disruptive, these solutions are making waves by emphasizing low cost and visualization over absolute accuracy of measurement. Recently, however, the company started opening up the platform it uses for processing, storage, and visualization. Current Matterport users can perform capture with one of the company’s own devices, and supplement that with data from third-party devices such as Leica Geosystems’ blockbuster BLK360 lidar scanner, or any number of Android-based mobile capture devices.

Given Matterport’s focus on this platform-based data fusion approach, it’s no surprise that it has signed a letter of intent with BIMobject, a Swedish company that provides—you guessed it—BIM objects for download. Visit the BIMoject website and you’ll find a pre-made model for the exact type of fluorescent lights you want to specify in the office conference room you’re designing. Simply download, and plug it in.

The forthcoming official agreement between these two companies will integrate the companies’ platforms. For instance, Matterport users can include BIMobject objects like sofas or windows in their 3D spaces.

According to a press release, the two companies intend for the integration to improve workflows for facilities management and conceptual architectural design. “The cooperation will improve how design decisions are made and implemented,” an official release reads, “by enabling users to scan a space and redesign it in a collaborative environment using real objects, and then transfer those directly to the BIM model.”

“The integration will facilitate the scanning of facilities,” the release continues, “allowing customers to add all relevant BIM information directly to the scanned model from BIMobject cloud.” According to the two companies, this workflow could even provide a “complete alternative” to BIM for facilities management.

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SPAR 3D Editor Sean Higgins produces SPAR 3D's weekly newsletters for 3D-scanning professionals, and spar3d.com. Sean has previously worked as a technical writer, a researcher, a freelance technology writer, and an editor for various arts publications. He has degrees from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts and the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, where he studied the history of sound-recording technologies. Sean is a native of Maine and lives in Portland.

2 Comments

  1. Do u have any reference for claim:
    “supplement that with data from third-party devices such as … any number of Android-based mobile capture devices”
    I have never seen this & it would be game changer if true. So please do share.

    re: “then transfer those directly to the BIM model”
    this represents fundamental misunderstanding of primary related BIMobject offering which is: http://info.bimobject.com/bimscript
    Although it is very compelling to bring BIM content into Matterport instance of Unity3d; bringing Matterport Camera mesh via OBJ into something like Autodesk Revit for Family development is really not compelling at all.

    • Sean Higgins, SPAR 3D Editor on

      Hi Matthew–

      Thanks for the note. This article is reported from a press release, so I recommend contacting Matterport directly with any questions.

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