Laser scanning may be relatively new as a method in land surveying, but it easily gained a following and earned the respect of seasoned land surveyors and other professionals like engineers, builders, contractors, and architects. The surveying method was introduced in 1998 and quickly became known for making quick and accurate measurements, even when used in complex environments. The ability to create precise and detailed 3D models made the technology useful when creating as-built data, too. Advanced 3D laser scanning survey equipment can collect up to 50,000 survey data points per second and cover a range of 400 to 500 feet. 3D laser scanners are versatile and can be configured to render full 3D models from existing conditions. Likewise, they are reliable in making semi-automated 3D models and 2D plans.
A 3D laser scanning survey can produce high-definition results, which will be useful for builders, project developers, and architects when they need accurate data to examine land that has already been used or has an existing structure. Those professionals rely on the results of 3D laser scanning surveys to examine land for renovation, destruction, remodeling, or for other purposes. The equipment uses an updated scanning system that is versatile, fast, and accurate. A specially developed software is used for viewing the images in panoramic view or in a manner that can cover all significant measurements and markups.
The 3D laser scanning survey method can take 360 by 320-degree photo realistic panoramic scans for precise and exclusive images to surveyors. Data from a 3D laser scan can be useful in a wide range of applications, including the creation or updating of as-built documentation, damage or condition assessment, clash/interference checking, inspections, tank/vessel volumetric information, weld peaking reports, and deformation analysis. The method can be used for a project in any developmental phase, like planning, upgrade, initiating, and conclusion.