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Uses and Understanding of 3D Laser Scanning Technology

Uses of 3D Laser Scanning Technology

The continuous technological innovation made it possible for the availability of 3D laser scanning. Traditional means of measuring large environments with the use of tape measures, plumb bobs, and piano wires are now almost replaced. Although these tools are designed to provide reliable use, these non-automatic tools are time-consuming, often taking weeks or months for a project to complete, depending on the size of the space.

Now, 3D laser scanners provide efficient, convenient, and accurate data which can be easily stored and shared among project members and stakeholders. With the aid of reliable software, data are converted into a precise and digitalised 3D representation of an object or surface.

What Is 3D Laser Scanning?

3D laser scanning is the process of analysing existing objects or environments such as architecture, elements, structures, or lands/topographies. 3D laser scanners create “point clouds” of collected information which can then be processed to construct 3D BIM models or 2D CAD drawings used by interior designers, construction engineers, architects, and other construction professionals.

3D laser scanning is a non-contact, “no harm” technique that digitally captures the shape and size of an object, surface, or building using a line of laser light. Even with its no-contact approach, 3D laser scanners highly record fine details of even complex geometries or complex surfaces which conventional measurement methods and techniques cannot do.

Here at Glasgow Measured Survey, our range of instruments includes Faro products like the Faro laser scanner as a dependable building surveying tool to ensure performance and work quality.

Uses of 3D Laser Scanning

3D laser scanning is used in diverse fields and various applications: urban topography, industrial, construction, architecture, archaeology, civil surveying, reverse engineering, dentistry, production, medical, mining, civil engineering, gaming, forensic, and so much more.

The applications of 3D laser scanning are almost limitless. With its advantages, 3D laser scanning is widely used in almost all industries. And with its almost limitless applications, here are the few and the most uses of 3D laser scanning.

• Law Enforcement and Fire Safety

The technology is most effective in crime scene documentation, accident and traffic investigations, and fire and crash scenes reconstruction.

• Heritage and Historical Preservation

Its ability to capture almost all fine details makes 3D laser scanning works extremely well when it comes to recreating, preserving, and restoring historical detailing. Besides, its non-contact approach gives no further damage or destructive impact on parts of a structure that is sensitive or in poor condition.

• Construction and Site Surveying

Laser scanners like Faro equipment, Faro laser scanner along Faro applications allow for volume calculations and topographic surveys. 3D scanning helps to verify all stages of the construction project and predict errors and issues. The preview feature helps contractors save time and money while ensuring quality and quicker turnaround time.

• Architectural and Civil Engineering

3D laser scanning proves to be effective in capturing existing buildings leading to developing more 3D models to improve project planning. Today, most construction projects are documented for property management and future use which can be expedited by 3D laser scanning. The reduced man hours and needed workforce is another cost-saving opportunity for the contractors.

• Properties and Facilities Management

3D laser scanning provides precise data which is useful in maintaining and managing properties and facilities. Complex installations on properties and facilities are digitally stored which can be accessed for renovations, expansions, or repairs in the future.

What 3D Laser Scanning Technology is Used?

The instrument itself is extremely delicate and requires careful handling. Once positioned correctly it imitates the beam, which falls on the objects around the area where the scanner is placed. The process is called painting with light.
Mechanism rotates, spreading laser light around space/field. Then, objects which are on the way of the radiated light bounce back to the scanner providing the geometry that is translated into 3D data.

Regardless of the field of application 3D laser scanning is used, it always produces accurate results in less time with less to no errors compared to the conventional methods.

Save time, cost, and manpower with whatever project you are working on. Glasgow Measured Survey offers a wide range of 3D laser scanning services using the latest Faro products and Faro applications.

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    Author: Sonia