Project Description

Creating an As-Built Model for St. Thomas Church

THE CHALLENGE:  Westerman Construction is a New York-based construction company that specializes in designated and historical landmark building projects. Westerman was contracted to work with St. Thomas Church to help them understand as-built conditions for a major project. The church was replacing one of their organs and needed to ensure that the new multimillion dollar organ being installed could fit into a very specific space. This was a very unique challenge for both Westerman and Microdesk, since the landmarked church could not be modified physically to make room for the new organ.

SOLUTION: Microdesk’s first step in the project was ensuring a significant amount of time was dedicated to conducting laser scans  to enable the team to have an accurate understanding of the space constraints and develop options for how the new organ could be installed into the space. Another solution that Microdesk had to provide was overcoming post-model development and coordination issues in the virtual environment versus what was physically onsite. Microdesk partnered with Kennon Surveying, which had already done the laser scan of the existing conditions and the interior space of the organ, to get this data. Once the laser scan data was captured, a Revit model was created of that interior space as well as the organ itself based on pre-existing drawings provided. Once this process was complete, this gave Westerman and St. Thomas the information they needed in order to determine how best to proceed with the move.

RESULTS: By leveraging laser scanning techniques with building information modeling tools, Microdesk was able to provide an accurate as-built model that provided all the necessary data required to determine the best case scenario for how to proceed with the organ move. The project was a huge success, and Microdesk was since asked to extend their partnership with both Westerman and St. Thomas Church for future projects, including providing support for utilizing interior scans of the church to better understand various structural issues caused by the slow sinking of the building.