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Peabody Essex Museum

The Peabody Essex Museum required survey services for a 175,000 square foot expansion and entire renovation of the Peabody Essex Museum, a $200 million multi-year renovation project. These renovations double the existing square footage and add new features including a roof top garden and access to historical buildings abutting the museum. All of this without closing the museum.

Bullet 3D Laser Scanning
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Bullet Existing Conditions

3D Laser scanning was used to capture existing conditions of architectural, structural, MEP and civil information throughout the museum and on the site. A Building Information Model (BIM) was developed from the laser scanning data.

Over 700 individual scan positions were tied together using traditional survey methods to insure quality control and accuracy were maintained in the database. This database was used to extract out features and systems to develop a working digital model of the existing conditions. This model was first used in the preliminary coordination of how to renovate the museum without interrupting the day to day activities.

The architectural, structural and MEP components were developed in Revit and the civil components were developed in Civil 3D, allowing the architect in the UK and the civil team in the US to coordinate the designs seamlessly into one working model. Laser scanning allowed MEP engineers to model with high accuracy the complex systems. Engineers modelled in the office from a unified dataset. The existing conditions BIM is currently being used as a basis for design and will be used to coordinate the construction activities.