Reality Capture Connecting Project Stakeholders

Kevin McHugh1, Lauri Koskela2 & Algan Tezel3

1Associate Director, Construction Mace group. [email protected], 6017-4585
2Professor, School of Art, Design and Architecture, University of Huddersfield, UK, [email protected],
3Senior Lecturer, Department of Architecture and 3D Design, University of Huddersfield, UK, [email protected],


Digital media and point cloud captures have been used extensively in the mapping and surveying fields. As technology has advanced digital photographic and Lasor scanning information can be captured on site and processed rapidly. This has led to developing software that can use the processed information, for reconstructing it with the help of photogrammetric methods and connecting it to the 3D Building Information Model (BIM). This paper will review the effectiveness of reality capture digital process in a pandemic situation. Reality Capture (RC) is becoming an important part of the information dynamics on construction projects. Lidar, Drone imagery, Laser scanning and Photogrammetry captures are now used extensively to document the construction process. Platforms that can, host, and overlay and compare scans and photographs to BIM models and 2D plans have been developed. RC provides a rich source of imagery that can also be used to support the production control process. Designers and project managers can focus on value added work utilizing the latest project imagery to co-ordinate and collaborate and to assist developing short term look ahead plans and validate prepared work plans. As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic worldwide societal and industrial shutdowns occurred the reduce the spread of disease. As industry returned safeguards had to be developed to protect workers and prevent the spread of disease. This paper outlines how a RC strategy that has been developed as a countermeasure to fragmented teams caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and how RC can be used to increase engagement by project stakeholders on construction projects in a post pandemic digital era. This paper discusses how digital tools can support established lean construction process and how action research can assist the continued development of new processe


Reality capture, BIM, Last Planner® System, digital construction.



McHugh, K. , Koskela, L. & Tezel, A. 2021. Reality Capture Connecting Project Stakeholders, Proc. 29th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction (IGLC) , 737-746.

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