Friday, 12 February 2021

How are laser scanners changing construction?

I have said this many times and I will continue to say it, we are very lucky to be working in an industry which is ever-changing. It keeps us on our toes and it constantly makes us re-evaluate the way we build. 

We live in a society where technology is advancing and luckily our industry is heaving with new ideas, new products and new systems.

Laser scanners aren’t necessarily new to us, but they are relatively new to the construction industry, in the grand scheme of things. 3D laser scanners are more often than not considered to be a 'treat' to have on site. Not everyone has one, but, when they are used, their true potential shines through.

A laser scanner, on site, is used to capture data. This data is detailed and will cover every section of the build, down to the last inch. The data can be used in many ways, but the most important factor here is that no matter what, a detailed record of an object or space will be kept on record. With technology, assuming it is being used correctly, there isn’t room for error so you can trust the figures you receive. Unfortunately, with humans, errors can be made. Humans will also take a lot longer to retrieve the same figures so this technology can cut down on time quite significantly; time equals money. 

So, how are laser scanners actually used in construction?

- When you’re designing your build, you might find it a lot easier to use a laser scanner. It can help you to define the smaller details. 

- Data from the laser scanners can be shared easily. You can use a laser scanner at any point of your project, more than once, to keep up-to-date records. This will also help reduce any errors and, in addition, if you do encounter any problems, you will be able to work with the system to find out ways to overcome them. 

- Laser scanners are exceptionally good for renovations and retrofits. They help to provide data which is very useful on these projects. 

- Laser scanners improve quality and accuracy as well as provide instant information. 

- Laser scanners will cut costs, partly because the system is much faster than conventional methods, and partly because it will take less man power to complete the same job. 

These are just some points to show where laser scanners can be helpful and how they are used on a construction site. This technology has been around for a while, but it is only just starting to become a staple on site. These scanners are not cheap, so you do need to weigh up your options and work out what is most suited for your site. You will also need to practice with these, and by practice, I don’t just mean know how they work, but get used to them working. 

If you don’t know whether to invest in a laser scanner, why don’t you try hiring one? This will give you a chance to see if it is a good investment for your company. 

Whatever you decide, there isn’t a one size fits all, so take your time and think about your options. Ask for advice. There are plenty of people out there, who are, perhaps, in the same situation. 

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