“Laser” was an acronym for “light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation.” The first laser was built in 1960, so it’s not exactly new technology. But 3D laser scanning is just now trending in the construction industry. And the market is expected to grow to $10 billion by 2024.
A laser is a device that emits light through a process of optical amplification based on the stimulated emission of
electromagnetic radiation. –Wikipedia
How Laser Scanning Is Used in the Construction Industry
Here are ways laser scanning can be used in a project lifecycle:
- Design – Laser scanning is used for BIM (building information modeling).
- Build – Onsite laser scanning can spot discrepancies and conflicts between electrical, plumbing, or HVAC systems. Its information can be shared remotely and used to:
- Document errors
- Hand-off work
- Reduce change orders
- As-built – Laser scanning details can create permanent records for operations, retrofits, and later renovations.
Laser Benefits for the Construction Industry
Laser technology can reduce project costs, but the initial investment is prohibitive to most small-business contractors and sub-contractors. Training employees is another investment that should be added to the upfront expense.
If you can rent the equipment or service, that’s a great way to learn the benefits of its application. For those that can afford the investment, the advantages are real:
- Creates more detailed workflows
- Improves project coordination/collaboration/communications
- Improves the quality of work
- Increases accuracy/reduces errors
- Information is real-time
- Reduces manual labor
- Saves money (as much as 50%)
- Saves time
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