Redefining Construction Engineering with 3D Scanning

By Manufacturing Technology Insights | Friday, March 15, 2019

The construction industry is witnessing a sea change with digital transformation that will dramatically improve the quality of services provided to a client. Among those, 3D scanning technology is considered having tremendous applications. Reverse engineering is not the only player in the 3D scanning market today. In construction, architects have started to employ 3D scanners to capture data for remodels, and the technology is leveraged to transform the economics of its field. So many industries are coming around this technology because 3D scanning makes it possible to quickly and accurately capture data from the physical world, essentially digitizing reality. That is, it can be used as a design data inside computer-aided-design software.

Understanding 3D Scanning

3D scanning technology digitally captures the shape of physical objects using a line of laser light. It records an object’s exact size and shapes into the computer as a digital three-dimensional representation. In the 3D scanning process, a physical object to be scanned is placed on the bed of the digitizer. Some specialized software drives the laser probe above the surface of the physical object. The laser probe protrudes a line of laser light onto the surface while two sensor cameras continuously capture and record the changing distance and shape of the laser line in three dimensions as it sweeps along the object.

Redefining Construction Engineering Workflows with 3D Scanning

3D scanning and measurement can be an integral element of architecture, engineering, and construction from the design stage to the inspection stage. This technology can save hours on planning time and misspent labor. Benefits of 3D scanning services include:

• On-site 3D scanning of the site that is virtually unlimited in size
• Complete documentation of existing as-built conditions
• Permanent records for immediate and future uses
• Cameras and measurement devices reduce time and cost spent
• Increases safety
• Verifies architecture of constructions

The Future of 3D Scanning

While the 3D scanning market has proliferated in the last few years, the technology is still an infant in its adoption cycle. Also, there are integration challenges involved in laser scanning. But its value is exceptional when compared with traditional construction engineering methods. Those companies who adopt 3D scanning can reap benefits for the betterment of their business growth.

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