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29 October 2021
Manoj Singh

How Can Point-cloud Technology Help Hotels with Constant Renovation Challenges

Although antique, colonial-style hotels may have a certain charm, many today prefer the comforts and conveniences of a modern hotel, one that is sufficiently and constantly upgraded. Hotel renovations must occur regularly and can be expensive. Also, as hotels adapt to changing global scenarios, there is a rising demand for renovation. So, it is inevitable that renowned hotel properties go in for renovations in order to remain competitive in a cut-throat business. Luxury hotel renovation involves large investments along with the cost of shutting down the hotel for an extended period during extensive renovations. Using point cloud to BIM (Building Information Modelling) technology, professionals can compare planned designs with as-built structures and can quickly identify and analyse potential challenges in a renovation.

Just what and why do hotels need to renovate?

Some of the most common renovation/remodelling projects in hotels are:

  • Bathrooms need to be renovated every 15 years on average to stay updated. New appearances and proper hygienic perception are a must.
  • Luxury hotel bathrooms can feature a television in the shower area along with free broadband facilities for long, relaxing baths.
Bedrooms and common areas
  • Changing ceilings can have a considerable impact on the ambience.
  • Furniture can be tailor-made to optimise available space.
  • Architectural lighting can be added or modified.
Other hotel areas
  • Sports centres – prescribed social distancing between equipment
  • Showers – installing the latest fixtures
  • Conference rooms – maintaining proper social distancing
  • Spas – changing aesthetics, sound effects, lighting
  • Swimming pools – changing of pool tiles or flooring
Building envelope
  • The first look of the hotel a customer has can be decisive and needs constant upgradation.
  • Hotels must be adequately insulated against the elements.

Any potential for leakage must be plugged at earliest, regardless of roofing material, such as shingles, bitumen and gravel, elastomeric membrane, etc.


Exterior cladding in a hotel may need to be updated for aesthetic or insulation performance, requiring the right amount of the right materials at the right price.

Windows and facade

Windows have a limit to their efficiency over time. Once too old and poorly insulated, they lose their efficiency in energy savings. So, customers will increase the heating level or the level of air conditioning depending on the season. Ultimately, hotels pay more for electricity than saving costs by using properly insulated windows that maintain the internal temperature more effectively.

Changing laws

Redesign can even involve green building initiatives that need to be officially implemented due to changing zoning laws or area building codes.

Then, there is the question of the guests.

Guests want to spend less time in their rooms and more in the common areas of hotels. Hotels, thus, are interested in turning those areas into a lucrative zone, which means more money, time and effort goes into renovation and upgrades.

The lobby, lounge, retail, fitness and restaurant areas will fall into this gambit. More space is being allotted to these areas, and many are including audio/visual equipment to these spaces.

  • If guest rooms cannot be converted to make additional space for these common areas, then building extensions are created.
  • Fitness areas often have multiple large-screen TVs as part of the new décor.
  • Earlier, breakfast areas had their own individual niches in a hotel. Now, these breakfast zones are being converted to generate revenue for lunch and dinner also.
  • Bars can also serve breakfast with a new design.
  • Restaurants want to offer unique, themed dining experiences, with many presenting their cooking areas and chefs on view to customers.
  • High-speed Internet connectivity for guests may require regular enhancements and upgrades to a hotel’s Wi-Fi infrastructure.

These changes involve a great deal of planning and precise detailing.

So, how do point clouds figure into this equation?

Very simply put, point-cloud technology makes the planning and design of renovations near flawless, saving time and money. Numerous laser scanning tools can fetch point cloud data and instantly import it into Revit, making BIM-ready models.

How so?

  • Point cloud to BIM involves the process of converting 3D laser scans of buildings to a BIM model.
  • The entire surface area, both internal and external, of a building can be captured as a point cloud model by using laser scanners to take thousands of scans.
  • The points constituting the point cloud contain detailed dimensions and references.
  • The data thus obtained can be used to develop 3D BIM models.

How does this technology help renovation?

  • Professionals with experience in using BIM technology must organise the vast amount of data to generate 3D models with precise detailing.
  • A point cloud model cannot be utilised as a BIM model. This data is used to create a 3D model that is BIM-ready.
  • A 3D model can be created as per the clientele’s requirements. Sections, elevations and levels are developed to create 3D models that are ready for BIM and have the approval of the client/hotel.
  • Effective BIM models take care of any possible clashes in the hotel’s geometry. All building elements, such as walls, stairs, windows, etc., that are out of alignment will be discovered in a point cloud model. Errors are also resolved by tracing the models and converting them into 3D BIM models.

Upgrades and renovations to hotels now use this modern technology for highly accurate and detailed planning and design support. However, it is imperative that hotel contractors and design consultants employ a trusted design partner to provide high-quality point cloud to BIM services and BIM 4D modelling services to finish projects on time and within budget.

XS CAD has valuable experience providing BIM 4D modelling services and point cloud to BIM services for general contractors and consultants. Our range of services for consultants and manufacturers across the world include creating models and drawings by using Revit, AutoCAD and BIM collaborate pro (BIM 360 Design) for cloud collaboration.