The possibilities with 3D scanning technology
The possibilities with 3D scanning technologyLast Edited: 10/07/2017
The digital world that we live in today seems to know no boundaries. New technologies are constantly being invented, and existing technologies are being refined and taken to the next level. 3D scanning technology is one such science.
3D laser scanning facilitates instant survey data analysis and transmission
It is now not only possible, but eminently practical, to carry out a 3D survey. It can be completed while the surveyor is still on site to process the data that has been recorded and view it remotely, thereby facilitating real time data analysis. It’s fast, convenient and accurate. The data is provided in a number of different formats. It can even be converted on the spot for later turning into a complete, accurate and highly detailed 3D model.
Taking presentation to a whole new level
One of the most exciting developments in terms of 3D documentation is 3D visualisation. It’s hard to imagine that not so long ago, prospective clients in the architecture and construction world were only able to make 2D presentations, in terms of blueprints and artists' impressions of what was still in the unbuilt world. These were the only ways of marketing and selling concepts that were still on the drawing board.
In the 21st century, thanks to cutting edge 3D laser scanning technology, life-like presentations can be made and animated to provide 3D walk-throughs and fly-bys in stunning pseudo reality.
Thanks to the accuracy and detail of the data that today’s 3D scans provide, the models that can be created for things like fly-throughs, allow the prospective client to survey a property that has not yet been built, with the same options and engagement as if the potential client was actually there.
The ultimate 3D reality experience
The 3D documentation process means that it is possible to build complete models that are accurate in every way. If a viewer wants to open a virtual door and go into another virtual room, or explore what’s inside a virtual cupboard, he/she can do so. If VR headsets are available, the 3D reality experience is complete.
Holographic projections and interactive 3D modelling have turned the presentation world upside down and inside out. For the first time ever, prospective buyers are able to clearly see and appreciate the design concepts behind the architect’s vision.
3D laser scanning enables fast, accurate non-contact inspection
Of course it’s not just the architectural and construction industries that can benefit from 3D scanning technology. Various industries can take advantage, as with 3D laser scanning engineering, in industries where high tolerances and accuracy are vitally important. 3D laser scanners are used for calibrating, setting up and guiding machine operations, including robotic machines, and for measuring the results too.
It makes component inspection faster and more accurate and can be used on small componentry as well as very large fabrications too. It also facilitates non-contact inspection. This is important where a part that needs to be measured is very hot, or dangerous to touch because of radiation or toxicity, so it adds to safe working practices also.
These are only a few of the operations and industries where 3D laser scanning excels. There are many others too, such as crime scene investigation and accident reconstruction.