The Benefits of Using Point Cloud Data in Laser Scanning
Looking to up your digitalization game?
Wondering how you can create a model of your business? Don't want to rack up too many costs and waste too much time? Well, look no further.
Laser scanning has been an important measurement tool for architects and engineers. It lets them make 3D models of their projects.
For a long time, it has been the most popular tool used for digital modeling and safety evaluations in these fields. It's also nondestructive and hands-off!
The process is not too complicated. It starts with 3D laser scanners taking measurements and pictures. A probe moves the laser around while two sensor cameras record how the laser light changes in thickness and angle in all three dimensions.
These thousands of measurements then make up what is called a "point cloud".
What's a Point Cloud? Essentially, a point cloud is a dense group of 3D points that reconstruct an object digitally. Each point has measurements and physical information of every part of the object being measured. This information can then be used for building or design purposes.
Computers aren't smart enough to make out the objects being scanned by lasers. Humans are still needed to identify the different parts of the object being modeled.
However, this part of the process should not take too long. With such a detailed map of an object, it's not hard to identify what is what.
The process has so many benefits that thousands of people use it. From contractors to project managers to architects, they all use this software to model their creations and projects. In fact, oil plant owners have found incredible success with this technique.
Follow along to learn more about why cloud point data is so useful in laser screening.
Highly Accurate Laser scanning is useful for engineers and architects because it allows them to capture incredibly detailed information about a physical object. This information is more detailed than it would be if they were measuring things by hand. In fact, laser measurements have one- to two-millimeter accuracy.
As we all learned in high school, we can only take measurements that are as accurate as the measuring tool we are using. To achieve such high degree of accuracy, workers would need to use a tool whose smallest marking was one millimeter.
Imagine how much time it would take to estimate the last decimal place of each measurement! Using this laser method, they would be able to capture the exact shape and size of objects without ever even touching them.
Intricate Detail Measurements taken by the laser have more information about the object than traditional by-hand measurements. Most point clouds don't only contain information about the physical location of a point in space. They also have information on their color and reflectivity.
These points are easy to edit and filter. For example, people modeling cars noticed that this process does not register windows very well. In cases like these, the color and reflectivity of individual points can be edited to show what the actual object looks like.
The color and reflectivity information can be very useful for architects and engineers. Especially if they're trying to replicate projects. Knowing the exact properties of materials used in previous projects makes it easier to build identical copies of existing buildings, cars, etc.
Accessibility This is especially useful for moments when engineers and architects can't be at the physical location of the project. They are still able to carry out important measurements from longer distances.
In fact, everyone on their team can have free, remote access to the data without ever seeing the physical object the measurements are based on. Contractors are especially thankful for this point. The locations in which construction takes place are often very dangerous for workers.
The point cloud is also a great resource for preventing damage disputes. Project managers are able to look at current and past point clouds. They are able to determine whether materials were already broken or if they were damaged by a contractor.
It's a system that keeps everyone honest because every bit of information can be stored and accessed at any moment in time.
Time Management We all know that laser measurements are more efficient than human measurements. The time it takes a laser to complete a detailed map of an object is only a fraction of what it would take a team of workers.
It is a non-intrusive way to measure properties. This means sites such as hospitals, schools, and sporting venues don't need to be shut down in order to be measured. Instead, those measurements can be taken after closing.
Once the point cloud is completed, contractors find it very easy to figure out what is on site at the project. Managers won't lose time taking inventory. They can easily identify if something needs to be brought to or taken from the project's location.
Cost Savings in the Long Term The laser and software combination can be pretty pricey. However, the amount of money and time that can be saved from having them is significant. Since using a laser is more efficient, projects can be completed more quickly.
Also, since workers are no longer needed to carry out measurements, managers don't need to set aside as much for wages. Compensation for accidents also decreases since laser scanning is much safer.
Money is saved simply by how easy the process becomes when using a laser. Less time is wasted figuring out where construction materials are and in transporting things that are already on site. Project managers can also rack up a lot in damage disputes, but with lasers, the problem is eliminated completely.
Getting Started Getting the necessary technology of point clouds for laser screening can seem overwhelming. However, installing the software and lasers does not have to be complicated.
Whether the process needs to be done above ground or below ground, we've got you covered.
What are you waiting for? Give your business an edge with this awesome technology and watch how quickly your projects can get done.