Building Information Modeling, Construction, Education, Facility & MEP

Incidental Data Collection


Incidental Data is a term that refers to data that was captured and stored apart from the initial scope of work. Scanning is very thorough as it captures every surface, elevation and piece of geometry that it sees and is retained in the original project file. More and more we are combining High Definition Scanning along with our traditional surveying services. The scanning technology allows our engineers to have a better reference of elevations as they model. It also keeps them engaged in completing the project without the need to leave their work-space to look at the project again in the field.

Scope of Project

EXAMPLE ONE — During a survey deliverable review with the client, they asked our engineers to also document two additional areas; the planters on the base of the grand stairs outside, and the point at which the downspouts tied into the underground drainage on the elevations. Because the scan happened along with the survey, we were able to quickly access the scanned data and provided the requested information to the client. These requests were outside the scope of work and the cost of billable time was only 1.5 hours.

EXAMPLE TWO — A National Retailer hired Nederveld to scan and model a space in New York City. Nine days after the deliverable was provided they called wondering if we could re-open the project and provide a flat floor TOPO survey. We quickly and easily checked the project’s scanned data for that information. Within an hour we emailed a color floor model to them, which only amounted to an hour of drafting time.

EXAMPLE THREE — Nederveld scanned the face of a building on a state university campus to gather data for a renovation project. Campus controls were tied into the curb and gutter. While working on this renovation project, the university’s communications department contacted us for measurements between objects to mount repeater dishes. They were finding if very difficult to get accurate calculations with traditional surveying methods. They wanted to know, by chance, if we could provide the distance between a tower and a smoke stack from the renovation project’s scanned data.

The project manager quickly pulled up the scanned data and identified the points and snapped a line between the two objects. We then easily provided the information needed from the campus controls: 819 feet, 4.6 degree slope, the height of both objects.