Raulston Medical Research Building

Los Angeles, CA

TruView imagery
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BIM being created from point cloud
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Exterior image
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3D model section
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Aerial image
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Full 3D model exposing interior
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Project Square Footage

~ 35,000 s.f.

Market Sector

Science + Technology

Project Type

Labs / Research

Year Completed


The Raulston Medical Research building was constructed in 1952 and has a structure consisting of a concrete frame and a brick facade. The building was to be renovated and transformed into the new Mark and Mary Stevens Institute for Neuroimaging and Informatics, a state of the art research facility.

Architectural Resource Consultants (ARC) was hired to provide HDS (High Definition Survey) 3D Laser Scanning and Modeling services for the creation of an existing conditions BIM (Building Information Model) for the USC-owned building site and its surrounding area. ARC scanned the interior and exterior of the building, including the roof after the “soft” demolition of the building, in which everything would be taken back to its structural form.

The interior scanning efforts included an early mobilization to set up coordinates and provide general confirmation of floor-to-floor and wall-to-wall dimensions in order for the design team to proceed with further construction document planning.  


The final deliverables would include TruViews and a Revit model created to a Level of Development (LOD) 200. About 13 days were estimated to model the interior of the building and an additional 4 days to model the exterior. ARC was also able to produce and deliver floor intensity maps within two days. The project was completed on time and on budget.