Board Eyes Laser Scanning at JMHS

The Marshall County Board of Education will consider using laser scanning technology to reduce construction problems for the John Marshall High School renovation project.

The board heard a presentation from Ben Hildebrand of TruePoint Laser Scanning LLC at a Tuesday meeting on how TruePoint technology might save the board time and money by identifying faults in the existing building that could interfere with architectural designs.

According to Hildebrand, TruePoint scans an existing structure to collect millions of data points per minute to form a 3D model of the building. This information could help officials identify problems and collect measurements before ever coming on site, possibly reducing the need for costly change orders.

Rick Milhoan of project manager Project and Constructions Services Inc. said the technology could prove particularly useful for renovating the interior of the building, especially in replacing the “myriad” of piping that spans the school.

“I don’t think there’s a question that this is a valuable service, my question is who is going to pay for it?,” board member John Miller said. “Who’s going to pay the bill? Whether it’s the contractor or us … it’s kind of an economic threshold. Are you saving us how much it’s going to cost?”

Hildebrand estimated interior scanning and 3D modeling would cost the board about $50,000.

“We were looking at ways to minimize risk. … There were lessons learned and this a tremendous way to do that,” Milhoan said. “If we can find a way to minimize risk, to increase productivity and schedule on John Marshall, I thought I’d bring it to your attention. This is cutting edge technology. You’re going to be the first ones in the state (to use this).”

Milhoan also announced the second bid package for the JMHS renovations is $60,000 under budget. This bid package includes work on the school’s entrance, the replacement of all windows and the renovation of restrooms. The first phase of the project – including renovating the entryway, enclosing a walkway and updating science labs – was originally estimated to cost $7.75 million.

Milhoan said the bid should go out April 3.

In other business, the board unanimously approved a service contract for the HVAC controls at Cameron High School to Honeywell of Pittsburgh, Pa. for $20,845.