SPAR Point Group Announces Free Webinar Series on Building Documentation

SPAR to partner with USIBD and IFMA on Three-Part Webinar Series

August 7, 2014 – Portland, Maine, USA – SPAR Point Group today announced their partnership with the U.S. Institute of Building Documentation (USIBD) and the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) to present the three-part webinar series “Existing Building Documentation for Owners.” The free webinar series will feature building documentation challenges and case studies from facilities owners. “This collaboration is excellent news for Asset Owners and Facilities Managers,” said Lisa Murray, SPAR Point Group Director. “For the first time, these three organizations are coming together to deliver the latest technology and workflow solutions to building owners. The IFMA Technology Council has a deep understanding of building owners’ needs, USIBD is setting the standard for building documentation and SPAR is the leading conference for end-to-end 3D technologies. This information is not available from any other single source.”

The goal of the webinar series is to bridge owners’ and service providers’ understanding of current and newer building documentation applications for facilities lifecycle planning including GIS, Point Clouds, BIM, and other data collection, authoring and management  tools.  Also included will be current standards, processes, workflows and technologies and how these can be integrated to meet owners’ downstream needs.

The three webinars are:

1. What Owners Need to Know About Getting their Existing Building Documented
Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 1:00-2:00 PM Eastern Time

This webinar will include presentations from industry leading service and technology providers with broad experiences with 3D Imaging/laser scanning/disto laser measuring tools and technology, as well as best practices and lessons learned.  Also included, will be a brief summary of how IFMA, USIBD and SPAR are working together to achieve these goals.
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2. What Building Owners and Managers Really Need from Building Documentation and How Service Providers Can Best Deliver, from the Owner’s Perspective
Wednesday, October 15, 1:00-2:00 PM Eastern Time

This presentation will illustrate the downstream benefits of 3D capture as part of an overall facilities and data management strategy. 
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3. Review of the Many Available Standards and Some Next-Generation Workflows and Technologies
Wednesday, December 17, 1:00-2:00 PM Eastern Time

This webinar will review the many available standards and some next-generation workflows and technologies. Additionally, it will cover the realities of how GIS, Point Clouds, BIM, and other various data collection, authoring and management tools are being used to facilitate meaningful data – and more importantly, how that data becomes information.
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“We are delighted to connect the leading minds in laser scanning technology and 3D data capture with this group,” said Ms. Murray. “When asset owners come to SPAR conferences, typically the light bulb goes on as they discover new technologies and workflows to solve their biggest challenges.  This webinar series will bring them up to speed on innovative hardware and software solutions, new strategies for managing & sharing large data across the organization and a clear picture of the downstream benefits to overall facilities management.”

About SPAR Point Group
SPAR Point Group organizes conferences and provides news and information for professionals involved in 3D measurement and imaging technologies. Content– delivered in-person and online– gives practitioners tools and information to make better business decisions. SPAR Point Group organizes SPAR Europe, European LiDAR Mapping Forum, SPAR International, International LiDAR Mapping Forum and SPAR Japan. SPAR Point Group is wholly-owned by Diversified Communications. For more information, visit

About IFMA
IFMA is the world’s largest and most widely recognized international association for facility management professionals, supporting more than 23,500 members in 94 countries. The association’s members, represented in 130 chapters and 17 councils worldwide, manage more than 37 billion square feet of property and annually purchase more than US$100 billion in products and services. Formed in 1980, IFMA certifies professionals in facility management, conducts research, provides educational programs and produces World Workplace, the world’s largest facility management conference and exposition. For more information, visit the IFMA website

The U.S. Institute of Building Documentation is a non-profit mutual benefit corporation dedicated to furthering excellence of building documentation by promoting, educating, guiding and supporting stakeholders with an interest in the built environment in a way that cultivates networking and information sharing. For more information visit,