Maybe it’s my background in GIS – Geographic Information Systems that causes me to assume that most people understand that a BIM (notice I did not say “BIM model” – that is redundant, as in “GIS system”) is a combination of CAD graphics and database information. I guess that is what makes me wonder what “scan to BIM” really means.
Does anyone who understands what a BIM is really think that somehow a scanner can automatically create an intelligent building model? Don’t get me wrong that would be a very desirable outcome, but that is not going to happen any time soon. We can’t automatically extract CAD models, let alone a BIM.
That is not to say that there may not be a legitimate intersection of scanning and BIM. What about about storing the scan itself as information inside the BIM database, or attaching attributes to the scan data? I think these and I am sure other ideas would be worth considering.