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Justifying the Cost of Laser Scanning:

Often I am 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 Still, many people find themselves having to sell against this outdated idea.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:

  • Safer: Eliminates the need for lifts, safety harnesses, etc. 
  • Faster: Less people are required and more area can be covered.
  • Reduces Costs: Associated with field trips to gather initial information or additional details that were missed originally. 
  • Saves Time: Eliminate time out of the office when you could be doing other things while the scanning is being done. 
  • Saves Money: Travel costs, rental of man lifts, and loss of productivity in the office while technicians are in the field.  
  • Streamlines Work-flow: When the client receives the deliverables they are ready to begin their work immediately.

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)?
  • Topography (land, parking lot, retention pond, quarry, etc.)?
  • Where is it located?

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 drawings and models, 3D drawings and models, and/or 3D BIM smart object models.

We know that your time is important, so we will work with you in order 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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