Reality Capture Connecting Project Stakeholders

Kevin McHugh, Lauri Koskela, Algan Tezel

Research output: Chapter in Book/Published conference outputConference publication


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 processes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 29th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction (IGLC)
EditorsL.F. Alarcon, V.A. Gonzalez
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)978-612-48025-4-6
Publication statusPublished - 17 Jul 2021
Event29th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction, IGLC2021 - Lima, Peru
Duration: 14 Jul 202117 Jul 2021

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction
PublisherThe International Group for Lean Construction
ISSN (Print)2309-0979
ISSN (Electronic)2789-0015


Conference29th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction, IGLC2021


  • Reality capture
  • BIM
  • Last Planner® System
  • digital construction


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