Discover the many benefits of 3D scanning technology.

3D scanning technologyhas had a huge impact on various industries around the world. In construction alone, demand for 3D scanning technology has risen sharply — from 20% in 2016, to nearly 60% just five years later.

Read on to learn more about 3D scanning, including how this technology works and the array of benefits it can bring to your construction project.

How does 3D scanning technology work?

3D scanning is also known as high-definition surveying (HDS). The process uses 3D scanners and advanced computing technology to map physical areas and objects with extreme accuracy.

3D scanners work by emitting millions of laser beams. The scanner spins around 360 degrees to capture every aspect of the project site, while the system’s highly sensitive sensors record data such as how the laser angle or thickness changes as it travels through the space, and the time it takes for the laser beams to bounce back to the scanner.

This data provides construction professionals with a “point cloud” representation of the space, and these details can also be combined with high-resolution imagery from the 3D scanner’s integrated cameras. The end result is a perfectly-proportioned digital replica of the project site that can be viewed as a virtual tour.

What are the benefits of 3D scanning technology?

The list of benefits that 3D scanning technology may provide to your construction project is extensive, but the key takeaways are that 3D scanning can improve building quality, while reducing time and overall costs.

Improved accuracy and quality

3D scanning technology delivers unparalleled mapping accuracy, preventing hiccups such as inaccurate site measurements and/or unreliable documentation. This can improve the accuracy and quality of work across all phases of the project, from design to implementation.

Reduces schedule and costs

This improved accuracy translates to enhanced efficiency, with measurable savings on both building schedule (an average 10% reduction in time) and overall building costs (an average reduction of 7%).

Immediate feedback and clear project visualisations

The rapid turnaround time of 3D scanning technology can provide detailed and instantaneous project feedback to architects and engineers. Furthermore, the integrated 3D scanner camera technology can produce high-quality images to help clients visualise the process, ensuring that all stakeholders remain on the same page about the project through the various stages of construction.

Seamless remote workflow integration

3D scanning technology produces digital assets that can be easily shared and worked on remotely, an increasingly attractive benefit in the Covid-19 landscape.

What are the drawbacks of 3D scanning technology?

As we have seen, 3D scanning harnesses the power of complex technology to improve project quality and reduce overall costs.

However, bear the following important points in mind before requesting 3D scanning technology on your construction project.

Expertise is required

3D scanning involves highly sophisticated technology, and requires a skilled and experienced team to operate it effectively.

Upfront costs can exceed manual surveying costs

Though 3D scanning technology leads to reduced overall project costs, it will likely result in increased costs during the surveying stage of the project.

Some projects may be unsuitable

Project sites with extensive areas of complex, internal construction may not be suitable for 3D scanning. The laser technology will not be effective on ‘hidden’ areas, as it requires feedback from surfaces to work its mapping magic.

How can we help?

At BridgeFab, we make it our mission to implement new technologies which improve quality and reduce costs. Our team uses 3D scanning software and lasers, which are powerful, accurate, and quick to document a job site for a new building or extension. 3D scanning also allows for virtual walkthroughs of the site and for the site to be correctly measured digitally, reducing site visits and sign-off times. For more information about how our 3D scanning technology can benefit you, please consult our website.

BridgeFab is a family-owned structural steel and metalwork company that aims to be Brisbane’s leading structural steel fabricator for projects under 100 tonnes. The company’s success is founded on embracing advanced robotics and automation to deliver excellence in steel fabrication and erection for the Brisbane and south-east Queensland market. To talk to us and discover how we can add value to your construction project, please contact us here.

We positively engage with builders, architects and engineers to deliver a high-quality product that exceeds clients’ expectations. To view a showcase of some of our projects, please view the gallery on our website.