Effective Laser Scanning Practices to Perform in Building and Construction Projects
The technology of laser scanning is gradually evolving and gaining momentum within the construction industry with its capacity of assisting building teams to gather volumes of accurate information in a short period of time. If well conducted, laser scanning proves to be of benefit to all stakeholders involved in the lifecycle of a construction project. Some activities handled by laser scanning include scanning the floor of a construction project to check the level and outline possible adjustments needed before interior framing is done, and verification of what BIM's (Building Information Modelling) intention to what is already constructed on the site.
What's the Intended Use of the Scanned Data?
The first stage of using the laser scanning equipment is very crucial. It calls for identification of what stage and how the project data will be utilised for the construction. With clear information, the laser scanning process will assist with the documentation process, verify reliable and existing conditions of the construction project, coordinate mechanical trades for all the construction phases, and verify all post-construction factors.
Educating Consumers About the Laser Scanning Technology
A major limitation of laser scanning is that it is a form of technology that keeps advancing. For this reason, consumers have to keep up with the pace of growing technology in order to understand how to use the laser equipment. Customers who use laser scanning must understand the three-part process involved in its operation; scan registration, data collection, and model generation. The three models must be addressed in most cases for the available technology to be useful. There are special cases where the laser scanning equipment may be able to perform only two processes of the model. In this case, the team's expertise must actively come into play to make it a two-process deal. Therefore, all laser users must acknowledge the fact that taking the equipment just for the sake of scanning will only result in wasted money, data, and efforts.
Understanding Physical Space where Laser Scanning has to Operate
The current status of the space to be scanned must be determined. Know whether the area to be addressed is the interior or exterior parts. Determine whether an area is occupied or not. Check whether this space is demolished wreckage or finished space. The entire process of laser scanning can be extremely costly. Early planning allows time for scanning to take place after demolition which reduces the time needed for scanning putting the construction project on schedule.