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As a building surveyor, the accuracy and speed at which you gather information about a project site are critical to the success of your work. Thankfully, advancements in technology have made it easier than ever to capture detailed measurements and scans of buildings and other structures. 

Among these tools, 3D laser scanners have quickly become a popular and powerful option for simplifying the surveying process. In this article, we'll explore what 3D laser scanners are, how they work, and why they're an ideal tool for building surveyors looking to optimise their workflow.

How does a 3D Scanner work?

The purpose of 3D laser scanning is to create a digital blueprint of a physical object or structure using non-invasive, contact-free data capture. The scanner emits a laser beam that bounces off the surface of the object or environment being scanned. The scanner then measures the time it takes for the laser to bounce back, which allows it to determine the distance between the scanner and the object.

At Fosse Surveying, we use 3D laser scanners to have a comprehensive understanding of the intricacies of a structure so we can produce highly accurate representations that will be helpful to architects, project managers and site contractors as they manage the project from start to finish.

Why are 3D laser scanners such a great tool for building surveyors?

A 3D laser scanner on site is an excellent tool to use for building surveyors to aid in the construction of buildings, for a variety of reasons. Some are listed below:

Accuracy and precision 

For starters, they offer an unparalleled level of accuracy and precision compared to other surveying tools. This is because 3D laser scanners use a combination of laser beams and cameras to capture detailed images and measurements of a building's exterior and interior features. The result is a highly detailed and accurate digital 3D model that can be used for a variety of purposes, from analysing structural integrity to planning renovations and additions.

Speed and efficiency

Another benefit of 3D laser scanners is their speed and efficiency. Traditional surveying methods can be time-consuming and require a large team of surveyors to complete. However, 3D laser scanners can capture measurements and images at a much faster rate, allowing surveyors to complete their work in a fraction of the time. This not only saves time and money but also reduces the disruption to building occupants and surrounding areas during the surveying process.

Improves safety onsite

In addition to their accuracy and speed, 3D laser scanners can also improve safety on the job site. With traditional surveying methods, surveyors may need to climb ladders or scaffolding to capture measurements or take photos. This can be dangerous and increase the risk of accidents and injuries. With 3D laser scanners, surveyors can capture detailed images and measurements from the ground, eliminating the need for risky ascents.

The use of 3D laser scanners in other industries

But 3D laser scanners aren't just useful for building surveying. They can also be used for a range of other applications, such as forensic investigations, manufacturing, and archaeology. For example, in forensic investigations, 3D laser scanners can capture detailed scans and images of crime scenes, providing crucial evidence that can be used in court. 

In manufacturing, 3D laser scanners can be used to inspect products and detect defects, while in archaeology, they can be used to create digital models of ancient artifacts and ruins.

It is clear that 3D laser scanners are incredibly useful tools for building surveyors as well as a range of other industries. From their accuracy and speed to their versatility and safety benefits, 3D laser scanners offer a range of advantages over traditional surveying methods. As technology continues to advance, we can expect 3D laser scanners to become even more sophisticated and widely adopted in the years to come.

About Fosse Surveying

Fosse Surveying is a Professional Land and Measured Building Survey company based in the East Midlands who offers a quality, client friendly surveying service. With over 25 year’s experience, our team of surveyors can tackle all types of surveys from small to large projects.

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