Seattle - ESM was recently selected by the US General Services Administration (GSA) to provide services for their Nationwide Laser Scanning IDIQ. As a part of the team headed by Architectural Resources Consultants (ARC), ESM will cover services in the northwest region, including the states of Washington, Alaska and Idaho. The ARC team is one of only five selected for this 5-year, $30 million dollar contract, and was awarded Zone C, which includes approximately the western half of the United States.

The contract calls for ARC and its team of sub-consultants to provide HDS laser scanning services to document existing conditions of GSA’s buildings and create 3-dimensional building models which will assist GSA in managing its buildings throughout all four phases of the facility life cycle.

3D laser scanning is the most effective technology currently available to quickly and accurately gather 3-dimensional data of buildings and sites. As the laser paints across an object’s surface it creates a “point cloud”. which corrolates to a project coordinate system that allows precise measurements to be obtained.

From the point cloud a Building Information Model can then be created.