Sitting behind me in the class was Terry Bennett, Autodesk's Senior Industry Manager for Engineering and Construction Infrastructure Solutions, who was involved with the project. After the class, I spoke with him about the concept of importing laser scan data directly into Revit. Although Revit was used for the Easter Island project, the workflow was Leica --> 3DS Max --> Revit, and from what I understood, not a whole lot of data was pulled in.
I asked him where laser scan data was on Autodesk's priority list; he said something along the lines of:
It will become a higher priority when it becomes more important to Revit users, and currently, it isn't important to them.This workflow is certainly a high priority for me - it will directly improve building quality.
Laser scans done of existing conditions (either site or buildings) will provide an accurate base for the design. Laser scans done during the construction phases will help the team update the model based on as-built information. This allows the team to look at how variation between design and build will affect upcoming work, and gives the team an opportunity to troubleshoot the issue prior to additional construction. This will also provide an accurate as-built for FM purposes.
If you see the value of this, you need to let Autodesk know.
Email me, and I will pass your comments on to Terry. Or post a comment - trust me, I'll be forwarding everything I can to him.