Kansas City, Mo.,’s Attucks School was built in 1905. Named for Crispus Attucks, an African-American killed at the outset of the Revolutionary War in the Boston Massacre, the school was designated to the National Register of Historic Places in the 1990s for it’s role as Kansas City’s oldest continuously operated school for African American students.

While the Attucks School’s history was fairly well known to the community, documentation of the building’s original construction or any of its 100 years’ worth of renovation was hard to find — much less transfer — into a reliable building information modeling (BIM) model.

An article posted on from January 2017 notes when the Kansas City Jazz District Redevelopment Corporation came forward with potential plans to transform the building into a community performing arts center and offices, Dalmark Group teamed up with BHC Rhodes to provide analysis of the building’s structural integrity and to determine whether the space was suitable for adaptive reuse.

Armed with a Leica P40 and ZEB-REVO laser scanners, BHC Rhodes was able to create a level 200 BIM model of the interior shell and exterior façade of the building. The team used 25 tripod stations for the P40s to scan the outside and walked the ZEB-REVO to map the inside.

“Laser scanning is beginning to see widespread use in large, complex institutional and adaptive reuse projects — particularly where historical preservation is a concern. The process is being used to create BIM models as well as 3-D and 2-D as-built project schematics, and it is quickly becoming a beneficial tool in the AEC technology arsenal. Combined with hygrothermal imaging or integrated into remote robotics or drones, laser scanners can provide a full data ecosystem to enable efficient project collaboration, precise construction methods and a shell and systems blueprint for facilities managers and future building renovators. High accuracy and fast data capture have differentiated laser scanners from conventional measurement and mapping methods, particularly in construction, according to a December report from Transparency Market Research. The report noted the construction sector stands to reduce process costs and project labor hours as proliferation of the technology grows from a global market worth $959 million in 2016 to an estimated $2.5 billion by the end of 2023.”

The entry-level BLK360 from Leica – which comes fully armed with a ReCap360 Pro from Autodesk – is poised to make a dramatic impact on laser scanning. Small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, yet fully capable of high-powered scans, the BLK360 is priced to reach into smaller offices who may not have been willing to jump into a commitment with a P30 or P40. For more information on reserving your BLK360, complete with the ATG QuickStart package, email ATG Marketing Team Leader Jamie Moody or your Account Executive today.