The Top 7 AEC Industry Use Cases for Laser Scanning

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Mark King

Multivista Product Manager - 3D Laser Scanning
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Whether you’re a veteran or new to the AEC industry, adopting best practices to improve workflows and processes can be an ongoing challenge.

However, with the latest advancements in Laser Scanning technology, there are now more ways you can improve efficiencies, and take advantage of the resources that come with laser scanning.

With 50+ active laser scanners globally, Multivista has first-hand experience in a variety of  3D Laser use cases across a number of construction and design scenarios. Let’s look at the top 7 AEC use cases for 3D Laser Scanning and learn how users leverage and benefit from the results:

1. Virtual Design and Construction (VDC)

VDC and BIM teams have long embraced the power of laser scanning to streamline their project management and construction documentation. Scanners are used to document ongoing construction activities to help identify where construction doesn’t match design intent. Having a true and accurate reflection of as-built conditions becomes an invaluable project resource both during and post construction.

2. Geospatial Data

Combining data from different technologies/capture methods opens opportunities for better project visibility and understanding.  Bringing together UAV/drone reality documentation and terrestrial 3D laser scanning  gives you a more complete picture of your jobsite and helps team members visualize the project as a whole so that important details are not missed.

3. Digital Twins

This use case is a vast topic, but in many circumstances it starts from having accurate real-world digital data of the project or facility. Laser scanning provides the true site conditions that gives a Digital Twin project a solid foundation. This allows projects to more accurately connect their digital and real-world systems avoiding wasted effort and project delays.

4. Historical Preservation

There are many great examples of using laser scanning to capture a 3D digital dataset of a historically significant building or structure. With real-world data of the existing conditions, teams can plan for  complex renovation work, as well as use it as a digital record for insurance purposes and just-in-case any damages occur in the future. In addition, with this digital data, the historical conditions are preserved in a format that can withstand real-world deterioration much better than paper-based records.

5. Quality Control

Being able to validate the accuracy of completed work minimizes the risk of downstream events. One example is floor flatness reports, derived from laser scanning concrete slabs and showing the elevation changes of a surface. This visual report delivers immense value by showing variations against plan and exactly where problematic areas are. The scanning data makes remediation work easier and more efficient post pour.

6. Scan to Plan

The AEC industry’s common currency is still 2D CAD drawings. Scanning provides the means to generate highly accurate 2D plans from point cloud data. Using measuring tapes and laser distos to generate as-builts is becoming a thing of the past, as more efficient and more accurate point cloud data gains momentum.

7. Scan to BIM

The global adoption of BIM continues to be trending upwards. Architects and Engineers, particularly those involved in renovation projects, are adopting Scan to BIM to obtain faster, more accurate, as-built Revit models so they can more accurately plan, update ,and manage their projects effectively.

Ready to implement these best practices? Multivista can help. Armed with powerful Leica Geosystem’s scanners, our experts will capture the data you need to make confident and informed decisions.

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