For eight decades, Corgan, a leading architecture and design firm, has specialized in projects across the aviation, commercial, data center, education, healthcare, and interior design industries.
When the firm began working on a $1.6 billion aviation project at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), their mission was to integrate leading technology into the construction workflow to maximize performance and productivity throughout the expansive operation.
Monica Sosas, Project Manager, Senior Associate at Corgan, explains “the team selected the Matterport Pro2 camera to gain efficiencies in documentation, field validation, and collaboration over the five-year aviation project at LAX.”
With the Matterport Pro2 camera, Corgan scans existing conditions, captures key milestones, creates virtual punch lists, and shares 3D digital twins with owners, contractors, and facility managers.
Driving 20X cost savings
One of the largest hurdles to overcome before the design phase of a new project is capturing the existing conditions. The first stage of the LAX project was a utility tunnel that measured ~575 feet long and 18,000 square feet. Corgan completed 50 scans in approximately 60 minutes, and has reduced that time by 50% since then using Matterport’s fast capture capability.
“We selected Matterport over traditional laser scanners based on affordability, speed, and ease of use,” Sosas said. “The Matterport Pro2 camera enables our own employees to scan the project at any point in time. Owning the camera has saved us 20 times the cost of hiring professionals to regularly scan the project over the years.”
Integrating Matterport 3D spaces with Autodesk Revit and Navisworks
Corgan validates as-builts by overlaying point clouds of their design and construction models using Autodesk tools, including Revit and Navisworks.
“When we have construction models that require validation, we can easily import Matterport .OBJ files into Navisworks,” Sosas said. “In the design phase, we can bring the files into Revit and easy orbit around the Matterport 3D digital twin, cutting section views and modeling as-built conditions.”
Capturing key milestones and creating virtual punch lists
Corgan uses “Mattertags” for annotating the digital twin to flag specific points that require extra attention. With one link, they share situational context and coordinate punch lists with contractors, the design team, and the owner.
“This eliminates repeat field visits and ensures stakeholders are on the same page, resolving outstanding issues,” Sosas said.
Sharing 3D digital twins with owners for facility management
Using the Matterport platform, Corgan documents the construction process and shares a 3D record of milestones along the way.
“Sharing visuals of infrastructure before the walls are closed is particularly helpful to contractors and facility management professionals,” Sosas said. “The owner loves the progression scanning, noting it’s particularly helpful for stakeholder presentations when site visits are not possible.”
Now, owners can reference the 3D digital twins for long-term facility purposes or share the construction milestone progression scans with team members.