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Justifying the Cost of Laser Scanning:

We are often asked to justify to upper management that laser scanning is worth the expense. Truthfully, several years back it probably was not justifiable on many projects, but today with the advances in technology this is no longer true. Still, many people find themselves having to sell against this outdated idea.

Weighing the benefits of laser scanning versus using traditional survey means to “as-built” a site:

  • Fast—A single laser scanner can capture up to a million 3D data points per second, providing incredibly accurate and rich detail of every aspect of your project.
  • Accurate—Individual measurements acquired by tape measures or hand-held devices are subject to errors. Laser scanning is the most accurate form of measurement available, delivering accuracy of a few millimeters or less.
  • Reduce costs and change orders—Incorporating a laser scan into the design of your project assures accurate and complete information, avoiding the cost of equipment rental, manual measurement, clashes, change orders, not to mention project delays and headaches.
  • Answers unanticipated questions—How many times have you left the job site only to discover you need a few more measurements? A 3D BIM scanning will capture extra data, eliminating the need to return to the project to answer unanticipated questions.
  • Minimize shut-down times—Laser scanning is quick, safe and non-intrusive – eliminating or minimizing operational shut downs and client inconvenience.
  • Safety—3D scanning can obtain measurements in hard to reach or hazardous locations while keeping workers out of harm’s way. Scanning is completed safely from the ground without the need for harnesses, lifts or cranes.

In summary, not only is laser scanning: safer, faster and more accurate, but all of this leads to it be a cost-effective method for creating as-builts of a facility.

One bit of advice – the sooner that laser scanning is used in a construction or renovation project, the more value the client will typically receive from it. First, the data or deliverables can be sent out with the Request for Proposal allowing bidders to have more information about the project. This will lead to less unknowns and more accurate proposals. Second, this will also minimize or eliminate change orders associated with these unknowns or not having accurate enough information for clash detection or pre-fabrication of expensive parts and also eliminating schedule delays due to these field changes.

The more specific the information we have, the easier it is to come up with a quote for you. Key information we need includes the following:

What is to be scanned?

  • A building (interior and/or exterior)?
  • What type of building (warehouse, industrial, office space, mechanical room)?
  • Topography (land, parking lot, retention pond, quarry, etc.)?
  • Where is it located?
  • What is the square footage of the facility and how many total floors (including basement and rooftops) will be scanned?

What is the scope (scan area size), including square footage and complexity, of the space?

  • Considerations include whether it will be occupied by people and/or furniture during the scan, the general accessibility of the space and any security clearance requirements, the level of accuracy needed, and the level of detail required.

What deliverable is requested?

  • Possibilities include point cloud, colorized point cloud, TruView, volume measurements, clearance calculations, Fly-Thru model, 2D drawing, 3D BIM models, and 3D Non-Intelligent Solids Models.

We know that your time is important, so we will work with you to provide a quote as quickly as possible.

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*DISCLAIMER: 3D Laser scanning is a measurement tool to assist in capturing as-built conditions of existing spaces and should be used in conjunction with other sound industry practices for verifying these conditions, including but not limited to: site visits, manual field measurements and verifications of scan data, to ensure its accuracy prior to design and engineering. Because this data can be used for various applications and disciplines outside the scope of the original field scanning and beyond our control, we cannot guarantee that the data is accurate for these uses.
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