GSA Awards ARC $30 Million IDIQ Contract for Nationwide Laser Scanning Services

Irvine, California (September 27, 2009) – The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Public Building Service (PBS) has awarded Architectural Resource Consultants a five year Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract worth up to $30 million for Nationwide Laser Scanning Services.

“This is a great example of how Architectural Resource Consultants’ expertise in providing 3D laser as-built surveys and Building Information Modeling (BIM) provides the best solutions for our customers,” said John Russo, AIA, President and CEO of ARC.  “In this case our expertise in managing High Definition Survey (HDS) services made us the right choice for GSA to advance its initiative for using 3D laser scanning to help manage its building assets.”

The contract calls for ARC and its team of sub-consultants to provide HDS laser scanning services to document existing conditions of GSA’s building assets and create 3-dimensional building models which will assist GSA in managing its buildings throughout all four phases of the facility life cycle.

3D laser scanning is the most effective technology currently available to quickly and accurately gather 3-dimensional data of buildings and sites.  As the laser paints across an object’s surface it creates what is called a “point cloud”.  A point cloud generally consists of millions of data points, each relative to a project coordinate system that allows precise measurements to be obtained.

From the point cloud a Building Information Model can then be created.  The BIM can be used for planning and design, construction sequencing, clash detection, fabrication of building components, analysis (i.e.: square footage, energy usage, blast analysis, etc.), and maintenance and operations functions such as asset control, scheduling routine maintenance, etc.

The GSA sees the potential for revolutionary change through the use of technologies such as HDS 3D Laser Scanning and BIM to help manage its over 350 million square feet of building space.

The work for the Nationwide Laser Scanning Services contract awarded to ARC will be managed from ARC’s Irvine, California headquarters just south of Los Angeles and will be performed locally by ARC and its team of professional sub-consultants.

About Architectural Resource Consultants
Architectural Resource Consultants is an award winning firm and has been providing professional technology/support services to the AEC+FM (Architectural, Engineering, Construction and Facilities Management) communities since 1997.  Our expertise in HDS laser as-builts, BIM, architecture and 3D Visualization has been utilized by AEC firms, building owners and property managers across the U.S.  To find out more, please visit