3D laser scanning for clash detection 

One of the more overlooked functions of 3D laser scanning is the ability to clash detect design plans. Clash detection allows you to see overlaps or glitches in your digitized design plans for your structure or jobsite. The clash detection process involves placing your model into a scanned 3D environment of an existing surrounding where clashes in your design work can be detected, and costly unexpected rework can be greatly reduced. At Hive Virtual Plant, we are experts when it comes to 3D laser scanning technology and applications for that technology. If you are looking for information about 3D laser scanning for clash detection, then you have come to the right place. Read on to learn more. 

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Why is clash detection necessary?

Clash detection is necessary for many reasons. A thorough analysis of digitized design plans is essential to make sure there are no errors and measurements are accurate. It is essential for recognizing and flagging conflicts that occur in BIM, particularly when working with several models which are then incorporated into one composite model. The running of an automated clash detection process not only reduces the manual time required to check the models, but it can also lower the overall construction costs of a project.

Are there different types of clash detection? 

Yes, there are several types of clash detection. These clash detection methods are all used to ensure the avoidance of clashes. The clash detection types include:

  • Hard Clash:  A hard clash is when two objects intersect each other or occupy the same area.
  • Soft Clash: A soft clash is when objects impinge in geometric or spatial tolerance, or a buffer zone is breached affecting access, maintenance, or safety. 
  • The workflow or 4D Clash: A workflow or 4D clash can notify an engineer of any contractor or crew scheduling issues, delivery clashes, and other timeline conflicts. 

There are many reasons why you should consider 3D laser scanning technology for clash detection. We encourage you to get in touch with our Hive Virtual Plant team if you want to learn more about this or other 3D laser scanning applications. Click here to find our contact information or speak with a representative.