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What is the future of Laser Scanning survey?

What is the Future of Laser Scanning Survey?

3D laser scanning and surveying are taking the UK and the world of architecture, construction and engineering by storm. After all, when it comes to ensuring that buildings and associated projects are completely accurate and smooth-sailing from plan to design, technology has become a critical statement in our everyday lives and successful outcome.

But, what is it about 3D laser scanning services that are so appealing in the here and now? What might the future hold? Today we analyse how we progress with 3D laser scanning technology and why we need to gain complete familiarity to grow and improve.

Technology Has Come a Long Way

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.

But Where is 3D Laser Scanning Heading?

It can seem inconceivable that something as technologically proficient as current 3D laser scanning services could grow even more efficient over time. However, we need to consider emerging trends in 3D tech that could define 2022 such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, and the cloud.

Cloud storage is already hugely beneficial to 3D laser scanning. Storing point cloud files and raw data in the cloud means that users are able to access and analyse their measurements wherever they may be – on-site, or off-site.

There’s also the fact that future technology implementing 3D laser scanning could expand in size and scope. There are already major strides being made in ferrying and shipping, for example. Automated laser scanning can help to ensure that passenger crafts are in prime condition, and could identify where there is need for close attention – as well as to ascertain whether or not there is enough space on board for day to day running.

3D laser scanning services already provide immense access to accurate measurement and planning for spaces of increasingly large sizes. However, with the emergence of AI and machine learning, we may – thanks to future technology – be in a position to completely automate the measurement process, therefore taking away the need for human intervention altogether.

What Does The Future Hold?

Of course, all of what we discuss here is, ultimately, speculation. Advanced technology in operation today allows us to better manage and prepare projects than ever before – and there will likely be exciting movements in automated scanning in the years to come.

To keep on top of movements in 3D laser scanning technology, make sure to partner with a company with years of experience in the trade. Contact Liverpool Measured Survey today to set up a plan of action for your next projects!

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    Author: Sonia