To understand where measured building surveying and other standards may be heading, we need to look at the past. Consider how we used to measure space and objects – the focus was on labour work and repeated patterns, with the high chance of risk and absorbing time to get estimated information.
However, as time has moved on, the need for hyper-accurate results in measurement and build is crucial. There is no room for risk when planning architecture and construction projects as we just can’t afford the time. That’s why, in the here and now, 3D laser scans are helping to reduce the risk of human error. The machines we’ve previously used to measure for projects have had their own flaws and concerns – as well as limited capabilities, too.
3D laser scanning technology is now at a point where we can safely confirm that floor plans, 2D drawings, or other deliverables has never been more precise. Using point cloud as the reference becomes the perfect base when producing as-built 2D drawings for construction teams and architects. The 3D laser scanner captures millions of laser points across the space – allowing for exceptional confidence in measurement with a maximum accuracy error of +/- 1mm.
This advanced technology now effectively allows us to produce manageable 3D BIM models, as well as drawings. Amazingly enough, this means we can take the entirety of a site or building and with the use of a variety of software, we can plan, manage and analyse from afar.