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Getting Started

An Overview, Plus Important Things To Consider.

Is This Difficult?

No. The scanners and the SKUR Differencing Engine are very powerful and are based on sophisticated technologies, but that doesn’t mean the process is difficult. We’ve designed our interface to enable you to get up and running quickly and to repeat the process often when needed.

Watch the video at the bottom of this page to understand how easy it is to upload your files and see the results. Click here to see video.

When To Scan

The need to utilize SKUR may be ad-hoc or part of your project management schedule as an optional or required milestone.

In general, we often advise clients to identify these scenarios:

  • As soon as a discrepancy is suspected. A project may not have regularly scheduled, or even plans for, Diffing, but as soon a significant variance is suspected in an as-built object, as scan should be taken and a Diff performed. See Case Study
  • Routine scheduled scanning. Every project has its milestones. While certain projects may only scan structural members, Mechanical installations, or interfaces, some projects scan everything, often. Scanning throughout an entire project yields a powerful long-term record that can also be utilized with Building Information Management software and systems. See Case Study.
  • Pre-installation interface validation. A component that is being manufactured or produced offsite may need to be scanned before shipping to ensure it interfaces properly with an onsite structure or component. Carefully coordinate all activities with both the onsite and offsite manufacturing teams. See Case Study.
  • Existing Structure Model Validation. For projects on existing structures where models have to be created manually, an increasing important aspect of our customers’ needs is to validate the quality of these models. Simply diff the model against a scan. See Case Study.

Get The .dwg

For every job, you will need the latest version of the design file; the .dwg. A few things to consider:

  • If running frequent or repeat jobs with SKUR, establish a process for getting the .dwg in a timely manner.
  • The ability to lock and unlock layers within the design file is important for testing the variance specific objects.
  • Large job sites often have many simultaneous teams that need to utilize SKUR. Consider adding all relevant individuals during the registration process.

What About The Scanner?

Here are a few things to consider:

  • Generally, 30m range LIDAR is enough and gives you up to 2mm accuracy.
  • There are a wide variety of scanning technologies readily available, and we work with many of the primary manufacturers.
  • Depending on the scale of your project, you may choose to rent or purchase the scanner.

See The Results

Many people on a large job site will have access to software that can view the files SKUR produces.

  • Autodesk Navisworks Manage license to view the NWC file output. This software is often available on projects.
  • The free Autodesk Recap viewer is a good option to view heatmap output for those without the need to normally work with design files.

Who Does The Scanning?

The scanning process is often carried out by a surveyor or other trained individual. SKUR can help coordinate your needs in this area. In the case of a jobsite with frequent scheduled scans, it may be advantageous to train several people closely connected to both the Survey and Project Management teams.

Does SKUR Scan?

No. SKUR consists of a bunch of people who spend a lot of time thinking about big data, cloud processing, and code. Lots of code.

We can help coordinate your needs and connect you to a variety of scanning technology providers.

Ready To Test SKUR On Your Project?

Get 5 Free SKUR 'Diffs'

Upload two files, make selections, go.

From uploading your files to reviewing the visualizations and reports, we have designed the process to quickly get you the results.