3D scanning in the AEC industry is nothing new, but it has been gaining popularity over the last few years. As a result of this improved popularity, more businesses are adopting 3D laser scanning as part of their workflow or even replacing their outdated 2D practices with 3D. This is due to the many benefits of using 3D laser scanners in architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) projects. Here are a few ways that 3D scanning can benefit your next project.
Digital Modelling Prepares Stakeholders for Construction
3D scanning is becoming an integral part of the construction. It’s a great way to prepare for the process and help with planning, design, and construction. There are many benefits of digital modelling:
- Planning – Being able to analyse the environment before starting a project allows you to see potential problems or hazards that might have been overlooked in traditional methods. You can also create scale models out of your scans so that everyone on your team has access to them.
- Design – Digital modelling helps with 3D modelling software and allows you to experiment with different designs without impacting your budget (unlike physical models). This gives you more flexibility in how many designs you want to try without costing anything extra than what it would take just using essential hand tools like a ruler or pencil lead.
- Construction – With 3D scanning technology, builders don’t have as much trouble finding where things go within their designated areas anymore because they don’t need tape measures anymore.
The Digital Revolution is Changing the Face of the AEC Industry
Digital Revolution is transforming the way things work, making the construction industry more efficient, improving quality, and making sustainability a reality.
3D laser scanning provides an enhanced view of project sites and requirements, demonstrating the true potential of this technology. This improved view can be used to check for compliance with building codes and regulations, often followed by the general public. For example, suppose a person is interested in purchasing a house and wants to ensure that it follows all safety regulations before doing so. In that case, they could use 3D laser scanners to check for any issues that may arise from living in that particular home (such as mold).
3D scanning also provides detailed images of existing structures so that architects can see how much space is available or what other details about their environment might affect them during construction.
Scanning Preserves As-Built Data
The era of laser scanning is here, and it’s not just good for saving time and money. It’s also responsible for preserving data more efficiently than ever before. Laser scanning can be used to document existing conditions and create as-built plans. This means that you don’t need to rely on traditional methods like surveys or sketches when you have a construction site or building project.
The best part? The results are much more accurate than traditional methods because they’re used by professionals trained with leading technology. Instead of having an individual take measurement manually (which can be inaccurate), lasers provide an instant 3D image that captures every detail of your scanned subjects.
3D Revit Models vs. 2D Drawings
3D models are more accurate and, therefore, a more helpful tool for design and construction. They can be easily shared with clients, contractors and other team members. A 3D model allows you to walk through the building from any angle, zoom in on details like furniture layouts or equipment placements, make changes on the fly and save your work. When it comes time to communicate with suppliers or subcontractors, they will need plans to quote their services. 3D models make this process easier by allowing them to view the design entirely without waiting for revisions which might take days of back-and-forth communication with different documents.
3D scanning is a great way to get accurate data & information on your project site.