3D Laser Scanning has grown dramatically in recent years, allowing construction professionals to capture complex environments at high resolution quickly. It is particularly useful for Life Science Projects as New York has a rapidly growing life science ecosystem. The life sciences sector in NYC is poised for more growth.
Since its first implementation almost two decades ago, 3D laser scanning has allowed building professionals to record exact site conditions and information about construction with greater ease and confidence.
Laser scanning is a highly accurate method to capture the details of an existing building or construction site. The process is quick and efficient, and the resulting 3D representation of site conditions is so accurate that laser scanning has become popular for various building construction applications.
3D laser scanning of site conditions helps with construction planning for new construction. It can also help you verify that prefabricated components are constructed and assembled accurately before they’re installed. And just as with renovations and remodels, the scan data also gives a reliable way to track and compare your work against 3D models and drawings and check off project milestones as they’re completed.
Life sciences assets in NYC are often based on converting existing buildings. Since life sciences tenants have specific laboratory demands, their spaces often require complex ventilation, piping, and gas/chemical infrastructure to be installed. As the life science sector expands, renovating existing buildings can be a viable way to meet the growing demand for lab space. This means developers will need to navigate the ins and outs of the ever-changing landscape and speed up the rate of construction by allowing a more detailed and comprehensive design plan with little to no interruption for those working on or occupying the space.
Safety is yet another significant application of 3D laser scanning that remains underutilized. 3D scan data can be used for AR/VR simulations and to generate more practical and effective instruction deliverables for maintenance and safe operations. 3D laser scanning technology can increase safety and reduce the risk of falling. It will minimize scaffolding use and reduce the need to climb to high levels or squeeze into narrowed and risky spaces to gather proper documentation and dimensions.
This technology workflow provides tangible, real-world benefits by lowering the cost of documenting as-is conditions and reducing the overall project lifecycle. The cost-reducing and measurable benefits include a decrease in man-hours and improved accuracy. Additionally, this can lead to lower costs related to errors and omissions, including a reduction of change orders.
Whether you work in architecture, engineering, or construction, you’ll be able to streamline documentation, 3D laser scan as-builts, and collaborate with ease. They are scalable to projects of all sizes and complexity, from documenting a simple floorplan to the as-built conditions for a multi-million-dollar renovation project.
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