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Laser Scanning for Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC)

Updated: Apr 30

3D scanning and laser projection solutions are rapidly changing the AEC industry by enabling contractors to take on more complex and geometric intensive projects than they ever did before!

At Scantek, we help owners, architects and specialty contractors bring their immersive designs to reality.


Whether working on decorative exterior facades or modular prefabricated systems, our unrivalled expertise and experience with architectural and engineering projects will ensure the highest value and quality of work is maintained.


3D laser scanning is becoming more and more valuable to project stakeholders, as contractors are reducing errors / rework and saving costs by implementing accurate scan data during the project's lifecycle.


Our team will help you set practical deadlines and accelerate the completion process with the aid of 3D technologies. Laser scanning is a fascinating, ever-evolving technology with a wide range of uses in both new construction and renovation.


Below are some of the reasons why the AEC industry is rapidly implementing and continuing to utilize laser scanning technology.


Contractors Use 3D Laser Scanning to Reduce Waste


Contractors pay about 12-15 percent of the actual project cost on rework on average, on a typical construction project. Contractors are now cutting this rework and waste by almost 1-3 percent by using 3D laser scanning, which is a significant reduction in the capital-intensive AEC market.


This reduction in rework means that more tasks are completed on schedule and that the project is being built correctly. By ensuring accuracy on as-built drawings / models and by bringing possible problems to light earlier on in the design process, can help eliminate risk to contractors.


Scanning at all stages of the project's life cycle adds a lot of value and ensures that the finished result satisfies the customer's needs. With real-time accurate data integrations to the use of robotics on-site, the AEC industry has a new norm that can be deployed at scale and across the building and project lifecycle.


This technology allows the AEC industry to collect millions of observable data points in seconds, resulting in precise accuracy during the implementation stage.


New Experiences are Created with 3D Scanning


Architects and engineers can use scan data to create data and deliverables that can be used in future projects or designs.


Implementation of Scan data and accurate 3D models can reduce the need to return to the project site for various reasons. Project stakeholders will have plenty of time to perform accurate preliminary assessments, and approximate estimates virtually before the project's planning begin.


It is often difficult for all stakeholders to visit a construction site daily, but 3D technology allows for unrestricted interactive 3-D tours.


Laser scanning and accurate deliverables provide a win-win environment for both contractors and customers because projects are finished on time and without extra costs.


Produces Better Project Collaboration


Believe it or not, this is true! The use of 3D laser scanning will significantly increase project collaboration and coordination. It allows stakeholders and contractors to view data in a safe virtual environment.


Contractors have unrestricted access to any volume of data from any place. The 360-degree views provided by the scanners and the overview map come in handy when making important business decisions.


3D laser tracking is gaining popularity and is quickly becoming a valuable technology for installation teams by providing accurate physical laser template data onsite.

This is drastically changing the way AEC companies work in the coming years and will have unrivalled advantages for specialty contractors.


3D Laser Scanning in Construction Companies


The construction sector has increased considerably in recent years because of advances in technology. One of the most revolutionary additions to the construction industry is laser scanning. Laser scanning has and will continue to revolutionize the way buildings are designed, constructed, and managed.


Our 3D laser scanning solutions will enhance project management and collaboration by accurately documenting all the tiny and big aspects of an existing building or object.


Scan data and point clouds are made up of millions of laser data points that are collected and processed to create accurate actionable deliverables that can be used to figure out the dimensions of a building or any framing / substrate. Laser scanning is a favored solution for measuring and ordering prefabricated systems because of its high precision and accuracy that is a prerequisite for manufacturing.

3D laser scanning is a valuable solution that improves the efficiency and accuracy of the construction process.


Here are a few examples of how companies use 3D laser scan technology in construction.


1. Planning and ensuring quality in the design


The design phase is the first step of every building project. The use of 3D laser scanning at the start of the design process can be extremely beneficial. Our Scan-to-BIM solutions can assist construction specialists in obtaining accurate information they need for design and manufacturing.


When it comes to construction, a scan of the existing conditions will help tremendously with quality assurance. Contractors may use laser scanning to test their designs and plans on structures that have already been built or are currently under construction.


Accurate details of the structure will be revealed within the point cloud and scan data and can then be compared to the designs. Contractors may use this method to verify construction plans and make the required changes easily and in a timely manner.




2. Renovation Precision


Renovation and retrofit projects are one of the most apparent applications for laser scanning. Architects working on such projects could start the project off right by designing from accurate data and details upfront, then create and design new structures that are based on the building's existing conditions.


Architects can have our team mobilize onsite to scan and process a precise representation of the existing conditions, by providing accurate as-built deliverables and data. At the same time, the 3D point cloud data produced by a laser scanner is likely to reveal flaws and information that even a site survey could miss.


Architects are now able to produce more accurate project plans and reduce the chance of change orders and rework by implementing accurate data!


3. Creating BIM Models with 3D Scan Data


Accurate 3D BIM models can also be created using laser scanning. Construction workers can rely on precise visual representations of physical spaces and buildings by implementing our scan-to-BIM technology.


3D models are also an excellent tool for architects to communicate with partners and clients more effectively. Since some stakeholders lack the technological knowledge required to comprehend traditional construction sketches, showing them digital twins, virtual models, or 3-dimensional models may be beneficial.


Laser scanners are fast and precise, making it an ideal solution for capturing the existing building information that needs to be shared with key stakeholders.


3D Laser Scanning in Engineering and Building Projects


Architects, contractors, Lidar surveying, structural engineers, CAD experts, and plant designers were among the early adopters of the 3D laser scanning technology. All these fields benefit from having more detailed information and accurate details on their projects.


3D scanning is particularly useful for those working on renovations, major expansion projects, additions, or repurposing structures.


Comprehensive designs and elevations, panoramic views of the ground and construction sites for complex design-build projects, professionally textured models, and BIM are only a few examples of real-world applications that use laser scanning.


Enhance Precision and Efficiency


Simply stated, laser scanning collects more accurate data than any other technique. An as-built drawing processed by using laser scan data could reveal the exact positions of mechanical, structural, and plumbing features in an existing structure.


It can also create custom views and cross-sections of a floor plan (or any plane for that matter), that is incredibly detailed and could not be recreated with traditional measurement methods. This technology can be especially useful in the restoration of historic structures, where site and construction plans are unlikely to be visible or usable.


Laser scanning will also help contractors perform more efficiently by reducing the amount of misinformation and project rework.


Project rework in building projects drive up project costs and cause deviations from the original timeline / schedule.


The Future of 3D Laser Scanning in AEC Companies


Artificial intelligence (AI) and drones are being combined with laser scanning technology and lidar to provide new data-gathering solutions that are being used to improve construction efficiency. Laser scanners are mounted on these robots and drones to monitor progress and labor output on the worksite.


The use of artificial intelligence (AI) to simplify data processing saves time by eliminating the need for staff to physically be on-site to perform laser scans. Drones save time by allowing for easier measurement of a worksite's efficiency and output from a bird's eye view.


Even though 3D laser scanning is a relatively recent technique that has been embraced by some of the industry leaders, many are starting to recognize the advantages of speed, precision, and comprehensiveness that it provides.


Data obtained from laser scanners can allow us to model accurate digital twins and 3D models to predict a product / process’s health. Such measurements are crucial when monitoring delicate industrial systems that have minimum tolerance in fluctuating parameters.


A record set of accurate data on the structural elements, HVAC, pipes, and rebar within the building can be generated with precision, as a contractor can have the building parts scanned in real-time as they are assembled.


This also serves as an accurate reference so the data can be applied to the final deliverable (as-built), to ensure it was installed correctly and for future building maintenance.


At Scantek, our 3D measurement & metrology solutions are here to help you and your team solve your measurement challenges.

  • Machine & equipment alignment / analysis.

  • Construction inspection & verification (flatness / plumbness, Scan- to-BIM, deflection / deformation analysis, structural integrity analysis, clash inspection & analysis).

  • Dimensional Analysis - Deformation & Deflection / Geometric Alignments.

  • Site scanning for plant & facility coordination (plant & facility layout & planning).

  • Facility scanning for fabrication & asset management (Industrial plants & facilities, as-built piping, structural & equipment modeling).

  • 2D / 3D drawings & fabrication drawings - for manufacturing and design.

  • Conversion of measurement data into CAD models & deliverables.

  • Land survey & Civil deliverables (topo, geo-referencing, volume calculations & analysis).

Our 3D laser scanning applications are vast, but the objective is only one; to offer safe, actionable, highly accurate and precise measurement solutions.

  • Autonomously capture data in the most challenging project environments & conditions - Improved Safety.

  • Accurately perform alignments, machine installation, and machine calibration with precision.

  • Generate accurate as-built measurements & documentation.

  • Get accurate data & measurements fast to make smarter more informed decisions.

Our software solutions and integrations with lidar technology, allow our engineers to quickly analyze the data, on or off-site.


Get in touch with our team of professionals to learn more about our solutions!

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