Modern technology has allowed designers and engineers to improve their building techniques by leaps and bounds. 3D scanning technology is a fast and efficient way to get real time, accurate pictures of existing buildings. By using several points of light, 3D scanners are able to piece together what is called a point cloud, or a digital blueprint of the area scanned.


Using 3D scanning has several benefits, including the creation of an efficient design that many professionals are able to view. Let's examine some of the main advantages of integrating 3D scanning techniques into your next construction project.


●        Efficient Design

3D scanners are able to locate and render every element within a space. This means that a building is scanned for wiring, ductwork, and piping. By looking at a complete 3D scan of a building, an engineer is able to see the full picture of what lies beyond the walls.


While working on an existing building, an engineer is able to see what the most efficient way is to route ductwork or piping. Not only does this help prevent interference with already existing infrastructure, but it can create the most efficient path. Having the shortest route for piping and ductwork leads to a better operation and reduced utility expenditures. Further, material costs are reduced and equipment can be sized appropriately for the design.


●        Collaborative Effort

After a point cloud is created from a 3D scan, engineers work to put together an accurate digital image. The various points are seamed together to create physical objects within the building. This final 3D design can be uploaded to the cloud, allowing several people access to the design. This means multiple engineers, designers, and architects are able to work together to find the best, most efficient design for the project. Engineers and architects can be spread throughout the world and still all have access to the same images, collaborating on projects together.


●        Cost Effective

Compared to traditional measurement methods, 3D scanning is by far the most cost-effective option. Engineers can save a tremendous amount of time compared to traditional tape measurements, or relying on photographs for measurements. With the right equipment, hundreds of measurements can be taken simultaneously. Further, 3D scanning cuts down on travel expenses. One person with knowledge of how to operate the 3D scanning device can create the data needed to piece together a digital image of an entire building. Further, the measurements acquired from 3D scanning are more accurate than traditional measurement techniques.


Using 3D scanning technology, our engineering teams are able to accurately and efficiently work through design challenges. Our 3D technologies pair seamlessly with our Revit software to create uninterrupted, precise drawings of your construction project.


At Gausman & Moore, our engineers are always at the forefront of technology to create better end products for our clients. To learn more about our past projects, contact us today. We have offices in Minneapolis, MN; Santa Clarita, CA, and Duluth, MN.