The design phase of a construction project is always the most important. Errors occurring here can cause the most significant delays and cost overruns. Designers and engineers require precise information about the workspace to prevent these problems. Our 3D Scanning Services provide this information.
The purpose of laser scanning is to create an accurate 3D rendering of a structure. From this rendering, computer software can extract precise dimensions of any section of your workspace. It’s this accurate dimensional information that designers and engineers require.
Some of the 3D Scanning Services DSI offers include: drone 3D mapping, Facility Design, 3D Factory Layouts, 3D BIM Models, 3D Drawings, Field Checking, Clash Detection, 3D scans for Reverse Engineering, 3D laser scanning services and more.
It Is Important to Use As-Is Dimensional Data
Whether you’re capturing measurements for manufacturing, buildings, paint shops, deep underground treatment plants, or a simple home renovation, the process has always been the same: Manual processes and 2D drawings would be marked up in the field and taken back to the office to be translated into AutoCAD files at a later date. This process is slow and leaves much room for error. The larger the area being reworked, the larger the task is to capture the “as is data”.
If you are lucky, you have blueprints and other drawings to use as a starting point for your construction project. The problem is that those documents may not accurately describe the building in as-is condition. Variances may be the result of:
- Undrawn change orders;
- Undocumented or unplanned construction modifications;
- Poor implementation of the blueprint specifications;
- Addition, removal, replacement or relocation of essential equipment; and
- Reconfiguration of warehouse, storerooms and other areas.
A good engineer will tell you that any design based on these original documents is a recipe for failure. Having 3D scanning services to collecting accurate measurements of the relevant areas of the structure is an important first step. With that up-to-date information, the design phase can begin.
3D Laser Scanning Is Fast, Efficient and Accurate
Traditionally, the collection of as-is dimensional data has been a manual process. People with tape measures, sketch pads and calculators move throughout the structure. Their job is to collect all the dimensional data necessary for the 3D scanning service’s designers to do their job. Next, someone will return to the office and manually enter this data into a computer-aided design (CAD) system. Once the data entry is complete, the designers hopefully have an accurate as-is CAD rendering of the relevant portions of the structure.
The problem with all manual processes is that they introduce potential points of failure. Human errors here would include:
- Not collecting enough data;
- Inaccurately measuring or recording the data;
- Not detecting and quantifying irregular walls;
- Not detecting and quantifying unlevel floors;
- Incorrectly transcribing the data into the CAD system.
Our 3D Scanning Services provide an accurate and robust solution to mapping your structure’s dimensional information. It quickly collects millions of data points and sends them in real-time to our computers for processing. This process permits the speedy creation of a 3D rendering of the scanned data. It provides a more accurate as-is depiction of the building than is possible from the few hundred or thousand points collected manually.
The 3D Rendering Is Only the Beginning
Rendering your structure using those data points is only the first step. We can convert your data to 3D CAD format. We can also create 2D slices of your rendering. We will work with you to get the dimensional information you want in the format that you need. You will discover that our 3D scanning technology offers a wide variety of options for receiving the final results.
Verify As-Built Drawing Accuracy
For renovations to be a success, you must have a completely accurate view of the existing space. As-built drawings can be hard to come by in some cases. And when they are accessible, you might be surprised to find they are not completely accurate. As you can imagine, basing your renovations off inaccurate drawings can result in major hangups with your renovation project.
With 3D laser scanning, you’ll be aware of inaccuracies before the project even gets started. That way, you can head off any issues at the pass and ensure your project stays on a fast and efficient timeline. This process also saves time and money on surveying a site.
Drone 3D Mapping
Standard 3D scanning requires a stationary platform. In addition to our standard scanning, we now also offer drone 3D mapping services. Deploying 3D laser scanners on drones opens a whole new world of 3D data collection. Under the control of our certified pilots, drone-mounted scanners can collect data from places beyond the reach of fixed-mounted units.
3D Laser Scans Are a Good Start to Any Construction Project
Our 3D scanning services team consists of over 300 engineers. Every day, we provide World Class solutions for customers like you. Whether you are around the corner or on the other side of the world, we are ready to help.
In the video above you can see how DSI Laser Scanned a Facility and created a 3D model such as this 1.8 Million Sq. ft. facility. Here we are using scan data to capture the customer’s facilities and turn it into a 3D model. Working with the customer and their vendors to bring the models and point cloud together to validate the system and equipment design in the virtual environment prior to field install, helping to streamline the installation.
This process expertly conducted by DSI provides an excellent way to mitigate cost by designing to avoid interferences, field check at your desk, provide clear RFQ information for bids, reduced travel, 3D reviews and buyoffs in your conference room instead of the facility floor.
Avoid project delays and cost overruns due to bad structural data. Take the uncertainty out of your next construction project. Invite the Design Systems, Inc. 3D scanning services team to join your next industrial project. You can contact us using the online form or call us at 1-800-660-4DSI (4374).