Recently surveyors have heard lots of new, and some hype, about using laser scanners to complete projects. But is it all just trendy techno-buzz, or is laser scanning a real asset? Laser scanners can help finish complex projects more efficiently, and having the latest gear isn’t bad for the firm’s image. Traditional tools still work fine. Not every company needs to run out and invest in new equipment, let alone take the trouble to learn about it. Before you make the final call, here are four myths about laser scanners that can be debunked.
Laser scanning isn’t practical
Setting up a laser scanner might take a little time when you’re new to it, but like everything, else, it gets better with practice to the point where it’s operational in a few minutes. And the final result is definitely preferable: you get better pictures with more detail and less movement. Editing point clouds (3D coordinate systems) is easier. Laser scanners can measure up to 100,000 points per second . Intrusive objects can be edited out using software. The real question is whether it’s practical for your clients. Those not used to laser scanning may be a mystified by 3D imagery, but as the technology continues to spread, clients will be more appreciative.
Costs will go up
Many outfits take it for granted that they’ll have to raise fees to recoup the additional cost and cover higher overheads. But when you become used to handling and using a laser scanner, you’ll likely find that the time savings are cost savings. The ability to do more, and do it faster, amounts to lower costs over time. The benefits of high-tech devices to image branding may bring more clients, and more jobs. In the end, you may find that owning a laser scanner actually lets you lower your bids.
People are slow to accept new technology
That may be true, but they said the same thing about desktop computers and mobile phones. You just need to spend a little extra time upfront explaining the technology and its benefits to both employees and customers. Even before you buy, you can probably get a manufacturer or sales person to come around for a demonstration. You could even send links to some of the many useful videos on YouTube to help people accept the idea.
Laser scanners are a great help to a growing number of industries. They have been used to create images of sunken ship wrecks. They provide the computer with information for constructing 3D digital models of any physical object, from a butterfly to an entire airport. The benefits to analysis, planning, and education are only beginning to be appreciated.