What Is 3D Laser Scanning?
3D laser scanners use millions of lasers to scan an area to create an accurate and precise 3D digital record of the scanned area. The lasers emitted by a 3D laser scanner produce high-speed scans to create measurement points or coordinates. The coordinates form point clouds, with each coordinate having three values to give you an exact measurement from one point cloud to the next. The three values in a coordinate are:
Point clouds make up the spacial relationship of the objects in an area to give precise dimensions. Any object in an area will reflect the laser lights. Those reflections help to make point clouds and coordinates.
What Are 3D Laser Scanners Used For?
Many people use 3D laser scanners for construction and renovation. Trimble 3D laser scanners provide contractors with information that can help verify a construction project is free of flaws or if there may be issues that need to be addressed. 3D lasers can capture information or data for:
- Designing upgrades or expansions for buildings
- Document different architectures
- Preserve historical builds
- Survey existing conditions of a build
- Virtually construct and design a project
- Quality Assurance
- Construction scheduling
Benefits of 3D Laser Scanning
3D laser scanning solutions come with numerous benefits:
- Quick and accurate
- Catches any conflicts in a build
- Determines exact measurements and dimensions
- Can be used to provide data for new builds and retrofits
3D laser scanners can help save contractors time and money. Using a Trimble 3D laser scanner on a job site will provide you with exact measurements within minutes. This technology will also save you money on your project by catching any conflicts or design flaws. Having exact measurements and knowing of any existing issues will allow you to compensate appropriately and save money on materials.
When to Use Laser Scanning
A laser scanner is highly valuable during a renovation project or throughout the phases of a new build. Using 3d scanning can aid the building information modeling (BIM) aspect of your build through careful documentation of the site’s progression. This thorough documentation will allow you to go back to the source of any error you find and deal with it as needed.
Scanning a renovation project will provide a detailed 3D blueprint of the building site, providing a comprehensive picture of the current integrity of the building. Documenting all renovation stages will also yield a top-level view of progress made on the project.
Importance of Compatible Software
With the right software, you should be able to use:
- Data extrication tools
- Modeling tools
- Viewing tools
- Import tools
- Point cloud plug-ins
Having compatible software will aid in providing 3D laser scanning solutions. Your software program should combine with a 3D laser scanner to provide you with the option to export file types, measure point clouds and integrate multiple scans for precise site representation. Each of the tools listed above will aid in finding flaws within a design using options like clash detection. A Trimble 3D laser scanner combined with Trimble Field Link Software will provide you with the ability to share point clouds with clients and work with multiple scanner models.
More information on the available models of Trimble 3D laser scanners and their accompanying software solutions is presented below.
3D Laser Scanning Solutions from BuildingPoint West
The Trimble X7 is a high-speed 3D laser scanning system allowing for scan and BIM data to be referenced, registered and refined in the field. The X7 increases productivity with fast, high quality scanning combined with Trimble Field Link construction software. The new Trimble X-Drive system enables automatic calibration to ensure accuracy on every scan with no downtime for costly and lengthy calibration service. Includes high sensitivity time-of-flight EDM to effectively capture dark and reflective surfaces and fast image capture for full panoramas and scan colorization with Trimble® VISION™ technology. Also, an integrated laser pointer to support in-field deliverables and workflows. All complete with Trimble Field Link Scan Module; construction specific software to easily operate the Trimble X7 and reference scan projects with design documents.
The Trimble TX8 Laser Scanner produces the high quality results needed for comprehensive worksite data collection. The TX8 lets contractors gather data more quickly from each setup while the long range capacity reduces the number of setups needed to get the job done. Complete with Trimble’s patented Lightning™ technology, the TX8 can measure one million points per second while capturing precise data over its full measurement range of 360 degrees and 317 degrees. The TX8 has a eye-safe Class 1 non-visible laser making this safe to use even in busy public places. Also a color touchscreen display and one-button scanning make data capture easy and efficient.
The Trimble TX6 3D Laser Scanner is a cost effective 3D scanning solution based on the same advanced time-of-flight technology as the Trimble TX8. The Trimble TX6 high scan speed and accuracy make it the most productive scanner in its class and it’s built for demanding environments. Data from the Trimble TX6 loads directly into Trimble RealWorks and Trimble Scan Explorer software for automatic scan colorization and registration. Produce powerful deliverables or export data to CAD software.
Handheld 3D Scanning
The DPI-8 Handheld 3D Scanner is a self-contained, lightweight design with a high-resolution camera sensor and powerful Android tablet that allows for one-hand operation for improved accessibility, speed, and safety while acquiring data on site. Any stakeholder on a construction site looking for 3D image capture, the ability to append data, real time data quality feedback, and a portable data format that is also compatible will appreciate the features included in the DPI- 8 Handheld Scanner.
Visualize and Extract Compelling Deliverables from 3D Data. Trimble 3D scanning software allows you to integrate 3D point and survey data to Extract measurements, Generate deliverables and Utilize inside 3D CAD software. Trimble RealWorks is specifically designed for point cloud processing and analysis. The software provides a complete solution to efficiently register, analyze, model and create deliverables using data from virtually any source.
Trimble RealWorks has integrated floor flatness analysis, point cloud modeling tools, as well as full 3D point cloud to model inspection for clash detection. This industry first tool allows contractors to ensure things were installed accurately and takes away all field verification.
The EdgeWise software uses automated feature extraction and modeling to significantly reduce the time required for professionals to generate CAD models of pipes, conduit, structural steel and gridded concrete from data captured with 3D laser scanners. In combination with Trimble’s laser scanning instruments and Trimble RealWorks software, the EdgeWise software provides a complete workflow that can deliver as much as 50 percent time savings for professionals engaged in data collection, point cloud registration, editing and final modeling for industrial and building construction applications. EdgeWise augments Trimble’s strategy to provide efficient end-to-end workflows that result in accurate, actionable models, and enables model deliverables to be imported as native objects with popular Building Information Modeling (BIM) applications.
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