The Benefits of 3D Laser Scanning Technology
Out with the old, in with the new. The fast pace of globalization and technological advancement is changing the way we work, for better or for worse. In the world of manufacturing, one of the key tools revolutionizing workflows is 3D laser scanning. Here’s why it’s the technology of tomorrow.
Spend less time on-site
Firstly, 3D laser scanning technology decreases field time, which is crucial these days. Traditional survey methods for capturing terrestrial information tend to be manual and analogue. Many people are familiar with total stations. While they’re useful in specific cases, they tend to be over prescribed in regular construction, manufacturing, and mining efforts. A traditional total station requires two individuals, can only capture about 180°, and takes a long time.
In contrast, for the past decade, companies like Leica, Faro, and Trimble have been creating cutting-edge technology that allows any user to capture reality quickly and accurately. The LeicaBLK360, for example, is able to capture an area of 150 square feet, in 360°, in only 3-5 minutes with a colourized point cloud. The reality capture data from these tools is converted into high-precision data, also known as point cloud, which gives you the XYZ of the terrestrial field. One of the biggest advantages of capturing point cloud is that it allows you to store this information and reanalyze it anytime. This reduces the need to revisit physical job sites and lowers the probability of rework during operations.
See the big picture
Secondly, the data set given by a point cloud increases visibility and understanding of your job site. 3D scanners are able to capture existing conditions in high resolution, which produces better information management during operations.Many operating managers focus on ROI. The more you streamline your information via your data capturing process, the better your team can evaluate, diagnose, and act in your day-to-day projects. This translates to overall lower risk in on-site operations, improvement in facility management, and more accurate budget and time evaluations.
Overall, 3D laser scanning technologies are becoming more and more accessible every day. The benefits far surpass the conceptual cost, meaning it’s worth the investment. The ability to document, improve, and maximize quality assurance for any worksite is priceless. In this time of uncertainty and job site visit limitations due to COVID-19, 3D scanning is not an alternative but a necessity.