Laser scanning is quickly becoming a necessary function prior to quoting or preliminary layout. It’s also replacing the traditional “field trips” for survey and manual measurement. 3D laser scanning facilitates the ability to capture data points that can be utilized in 2D or 3D CAD or web based viewers. This provides users with “as-built” math data. With point clouds, engineers can find themselves immersed in a 3D as-is environment with a clear view of everything that wasn’t on the 2D drawing – not to mention this can be done from anywhere on the globe with web viewers.
With the same data accessible to everyone, you can confidently answer questions like: “will the equipment fit in another area of the factory?” or “Have we got room for a mezzanine?” The point cloud has the information on which to base an accurate proposal.
In addition to saving time and money over traditional methods, 3D scanning affords decision-makers with a tool to evaluate as-built conditions, perform assessments, and manage large asset portfolios. In many ways, 3D scanning lays a solid foundation for the overall management on projects.
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