The architecture and construction industries continue to benefit from new technology, allowing faster completion of as-built surveys, which used to take a huge chunk of project assessment periods. Using a 3D laser scanner, it is easy to get precise measurements of sites by simply bouncing laser points off terrains, buildings, and structures, and tracking their flight paths as the points return to the scanning device. Millions of these data points are then assembled into a point cloud, which results in an accurately detailed representation of the site feature scanned. In addition to supporting accurate as-built surveys, below are other benefits of 3D laser scanning in the architecture and construction industry:
- Perhaps the greatest advantage of 3D laser scanning is allowing fast and accurate data collection in one streamlined scanning session. This compresses weeks-worth of measurement into a day or two of quick and easy scanning work, after which all the data collected can easily be worked and processed without the need to return to site to collect more data. This is also helpful when it comes to project expansions or changes in project plans, as data collected is more than enough for future plans.
- Laser scanning offers extreme accuracy, which results in precise reproductions of surveyed structures through 3D modeling and similar types of visual presentations. This is as good as being on site and allows project team members to create plans with utmost confidence that they are working with great precision.
- 3D laser scanning is becoming the preferred method of surveying for all kinds of architecture and construction projects. Because of its convenience and accuracy, the technology is fast catching on in many industry settings and for a wide range of purposes. Another great thing about 3D scanning is that accurate data can be preserved for future use, in case of adding new systems or retrofitting new structures.