5 Ways 3D Laser Scanning Can Benefit Your Business

Like many industries, commercial construction has seen a number of technological advancements in recent years, yet few have had the impact of 3D laser scanning. 3D laser scanning technology can be used for a whole host of applications. At Hive Virtual Plant, we provide our clients with state-of-the-art 3D laser scanning technology by Leica Geosystems and the services that go along with that equipment. If you are wondering about how 3D laser scanning technology can benefit your business, then you have come to the right place. In this article by Hive Virtual Plant, we share some information about 5 ways this high-end technology can benefit your business and your project. 

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Reduce survey time 

Laser scanning collects data on existing structures in a fraction of the time compared to traditional methods and with fewer people involved. 3D laser scanning essentially speeds up the survey job by Hive and allows us to finish the project ahead of schedule. 


When all parties to a design and construction team are able to electronically share precise 3D virtual models of an existing structure, the design process is measurably improved. The combination of fast data collection and accurate data provides your project with optimal efficiency.

Coordination issues identified

The resolution of laser scans enables virtual designers to create 3D models that reveal coordination issues before they become costly or time-consuming mistakes. Investing in 3D laser scanning services allows you to catch problems and issues before breaking ground on a project. Additionally, this technology can help to see these problems and issues in hard to reach areas that otherwise would not be able to see. 

Seamless integration of software

The point clouds captured by a laser scanner can be enhanced and made even more useful with well-integrated software applications that overlay the multiple point clouds to create full 3D renderings of the space in question. Where the software lacks the ability to stitch the clouds together, virtual designers can manually put them together, along with “cleaning up” any digital noise that the scanner may have inadvertently captured. 

Very few limitations 

There are a few challenges that can interfere with 3D laser scanning: Wet conditions can compromise the accuracy of a scan, as can glass structures with a high degree of reflectivity along with spaces exposed to movement from people or automobiles. However, these challenges are mitigated with strategic planning by scanning an environment when reduced traffic or sunlight is optimal. Also, Hive can clean up the scans manually to edit out points that don’t relate to the structure in question.

3D laser scanning services can benefit your business and your project in many ways. For more information about 3D laser scanning technology services by Hive Virtual Plant, we encourage you to get in touch with our representatives today.

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