3D Laser Scanning Helps Maintain Critical Infrastructure
A new approach to keeping the work going
COVID-19 has spread across the world at a rapid pace and has several countries in lockdown. We are continuing to evolve as the situation grows and finding new ways to stay in touch without being in touch. Many professionals have switched to being entirely at home, but still working very hard. Some of our construction crews around the world and teams put together to maintain critical infrastructure have been figuring out ways to support the sites with have fewer people work them.
These teams have adopted 3D laser scanning devices and other 3D equipment to replace a lot of team members during a time when staying at home is essential. This technology allows for more people to stay in the safety of their homes, while still allowing them to see a site and examine it for quality.
There are still a few people on the sites being worked on, but not the full team. There are enough people on site to take accurate scans to send to the rest of the group. 3D laser scanning helps a team see the section they work on from home. It captures all of the details, and then a developer can take the 3D files and create virtual reality for the team to walk through. This allows each team member to have a copy, observe, take notes, and view the site how it is in the moment.
Benefits of using 3D laser scanning
This technology is one of the most efficient tools on the market, making it perfect for an entire team to use. It creates a 3D model incredibly fast, and then after it is sent to the team, they can review it, make notes, and add tags in specific places on the model. It allows everyone to see the notes anywhere and allows the team to work anytime around family life. 3D laser scanning overall reduces engineering time.
The most amazing thing about 3D laser scanning is providing a safety net for the teams who work for the site. Instead of putting them at risk by having them all on one site, a few people can go in maintaining the proper distance and scan a location. It can help prevent the spread of germs by getting rid of the extra people. It allows for a site to be evaluated for risk conditions as well. If anything looks like a hazard, a team can see it more clearly, before going on to a site.
3D laser scanning was not adopted until the late 1990s; since then, it has grown to do incredible things. It is one of the most accurate tools on the market, so we are using it for so many different things. It gathers the most in-depth data of a site and truly allows a full team to see every nook and cranny of a place. It collects all of the layouts rather quickly, and dimensions of each point it captures.
This technology has changed our lives, and during a pandemic, it is letting people stay connected while continuing to work. It captures images and details at a rapid pace and takes human interaction out of certain situations. 3D laser scanning is helping prevent the spread of coronavirus, and because of that, many companies will choose to adopt this technology.