3D LASER SCANNING
ULTRA-ACCURATE SCANS AT SPEED
3D LASER SCANNING
The days of using a pen and paper to mark-up complex engineering environments are long gone. Thanks to the huge advancements of technology in the construction industry, we can now survey areas far quicker and cheaper than conventional handheld methods. Plus, still achieving millimetre accuracy.
However, the benefits of 3D Laser Scanning don’t stop there. In fact, 3D Laser scanning can be positively utilised throughout the entire project life cycle. For example, it can give you accurate 3D models of the existing structures, help you visualise proposed designs to detect clashes, and help produce as-built drawings.
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KEY BENEFITS OF 3D LASER SCANNING
Up to 40% faster than handheld methods
Increases workflow by up to 60%
Greater accuracy to within -/+ 2mm
HOW IT WORKS
3D Laser scanning is essentially a method of capturing millions of precisely-measured points on a given surface. Sometimes called a ‘Point Cloud Survey’, it uses a laser placed in strategic positions. This enables the built-in camera to obtain large volumes of data from various angles. The collected ‘points’ will then make up a collection of highly accurate scans, which are merged into a single Point Cloud file.
A surveyor will conduct the scanning using a specialised scanner.
The scans are processed and stitched together to create a single point cloud file.
The file is either sent to you, or an experienced technician will generate 2D drawings or a 3D BIM model using the scans.
HOW IT CAN HELP YOU
Although the traditional forms of surveying can still be useful, 3D Laser Scanning is quickly becoming the norm within the AEC industry. Whilst being able to acquire such large volumes of incredibly detailed data much faster than traditional forms of surveying, it’s no wonder more and more clients are requesting 3D Laser Scans, once they recognise the various benefits and cost savings the process provides.
You can revisit the Point cloud file as many times as needed, without the need for costly site revisits.
Reduced need for construction reworks or co-ordination issues between disciplines.
A single Point cloud file can be used by everyone, including architects and engineers, for improved collaboration and efficiency.