If Not Providing Inspection Reports?
Limitations & Experience
Virtual Building Solutions is a technical service provider focused on providing digital twin / scan to BIM services for AEC clients (architects, engineers, contractors), developers, and legal professionals. VBS LLC offers a variety of UAS (unmanned aerial systems or “drones”) services, point cloud processing, and VDC services.. Virtual Building Solutions & Inspections is the company's SC / federally registered name. However, under SC title 40-26 (see below) we DO NOT provide written or oral inspection reports, nor do we offer suggested alterations of any structure currently.
VBS does not intend to offer physical construction services other than those we complete as internal investments/ self developed projects under our SC Commercial Building Contractor license (123696)
Virtual Building Solutions owner is an ICC member currently completing testing for the South Carolina Commercial Building Inspector license on order to meet remaining Title 40, Chapter 3 requirements. Our intent is to offer commercial inspection services soon, resulting in the need to separate technical (VBS LLC) and non-technical service divisions (Upstate Aerial, LLC).
VBS's Scan to BIM processes are based on client needs under the limitations noted above. Not all clients need centimeter precision, and not all projects require absolute accuracy. VBS endeavors to meet client needs regarding relative accuracy tolerances and can provide absolute accuracy if a licensed PLS is consulted. Processes established are based on national standards for documenting and verifying the built environment.
BIM/ VDC community discussions often include "digital twin", "3d mapping", or "Scan to BIM"; but these buzzwords are often not fully understood or appreciated when evaluating scope, liability, risk, or value. The design, engineering, and construction industries are innovating, integrating, and digitizing at an increasingly accelerating pace; a trend that started in the mid-2010s with the development of drones and slam based mapping.
We believe VBS is uniquely positioned to service clients in this evolving space. With above limitations provided VBS offers services noted on this site based on the following experience:
17 years architectural design and project management within licensed firms to include nationally recognized single projects as large as 35 million.
Eligible to test for the Architectural Registration Exams through the California Architects board (inactive member) and request SC reciprocity.
Physical construction including but not limited to: concrete, masonry, framing, metal buildings, finishes, etc.
Flight experience other than UAS to include: Army UH60's and OH58D's, single and multi-engine fixed rating with ATP and type ratings in the S70, CRJ 200, and CRJ 900.
Virtual Building Solutions carries 1 million professional liability, 1 million general liability, and 1 million UAS liability insurance.
South Carolina Commercial Building Inspection Information
SC Title 40 – Professions and Occupations, Chapter 26
SECTION 40-26-10. Definitions.
(2) "Commercial inspection" means the rendering of a written or oral report, for compensation of any sort, as to the condition of the construction or improvements to a commercial structure, including, but not limited to, structural problems and conditions, visible damage, safety problems or deterioration, and equipment and systems that are visible and readily accessible. Commercial inspection does not include a contract or proposal for design, repair, renovation, or remodeling of the improvements to a commercial structure. The parties to an agreement for a commercial inspection may limit or expand the scope of the inspection by agreement.
(3) "Commercial inspector" means a natural person licensed, registered, or certified pursuant to Chapter 3 of this title or a natural person licensed as a general contractor pursuant to Chapter 11 of this title or a natural person licensed or registered as a professional engineer pursuant to Chapter 22 of this title, and who, for compensation of any sort, performs a commercial inspection.
(4) "Commercial structure" means a building, highway, sewer, improvement, reimprovement, or structure, or part thereof, which is not a residence as defined in Article 3 of Chapter 59 of Title 40.
HISTORY: 1994 Act No. 463, Section 4.
SECTION 40-26-20. Commercial inspectors must be licensed, registered, or certified; licenses for groups prohibited.
(A) No person may engage in or transact any commercial inspection business, or hold himself out to the public as a commercial inspector, or offer to engage in or transact any commercial inspection business in this State, unless the person is licensed, registered, or certified pursuant to Chapter 3 of this title or is licensed as a general contractor pursuant to Chapter 11 of this title or is licensed or registered as a professional engineer pursuant to Chapter 22 of this title.
(B) A person engaged in the business of performing commercial inspections on the date this chapter becomes effective who is not, on that date, qualified under the terms of this chapter to perform commercial inspections is allowed ninety days from such effective date to comply with the provisions of this chapter for the purpose of qualifying to perform commercial inspections.
(C) No license shall be issued under the provisions of this chapter to a partnership, association, corporation, firm, or group. However, nothing in this chapter precludes a person licensed pursuant to Chapter 3 of this title or licensed as a general contractor pursuant to Chapter 11 of this title or licensed or registered as a professional engineer pursuant to Chapter 22 of this title from performing commercial inspections for or on behalf of a partnership, association, corporation, firm, or group or from entering into contracts or enforcing contracts as a partnership, association, corporation, firm, or group.