The Pros And Cons Of 3D Architectural Laser Scanning

When it comes to improvements in architectural scanning techniques, few technologies are as accurate and as quick as the latest in 3D architectural laser scanning. It has the ability to decrease the amount of time spent on the job and eliminate mistakes and the necessary rework caused by unavoidable human error. But if you're still on the fence about whether 3D laser scanning is right for your project, here are a few pros and cons you should consider to help you make your choice.



The most useful benefit of using 3D laser scanning techniques is the degree of accuracy in measurement that can be achieved with this technology, both of the visual and less than visual elements of the survey.


Probably the most immediate benefit of using 3D laser scanning is the savings in time. Digital surveying can be completed with much less effort and much less time than traditional surveying methods.

Fewer Errors and Rework

Another major benefit of using 3D laser scanning is the reduction in on-site errors, eliminating the need for surveyors or contractors to revisit the scanned site to adjust and rework the measurements. It's been estimated that this technology can reduce rework by as much as 10%, resulting in an overall savings of 0.5% to 1% of total project costs. Those are significant numbers that can add up to thousands of dollars when all is said and done.


Once the scan is complete, you'll have access to a complete digital twin or 3D model of the building or worksite on cloud-based software that can be accessed by multiple users. That means you can share this information in realtime with everyone collaborating on the project to improve efficiency and workflow.


Initial Investment

One of the only drawbacks of 3D laser technology is the initial cost of investing in 3D laser scanning equipment. Fortunately, many firms specialize in providing this service for hire so contractors don't have to purchase their own scanning equipment. This can be a great cost-savings option for smaller businesses that can't afford the large up-front equipment costs.


In addition to the scanning technology, a business will need to have equipment for processing the information and that means computers or devices with enough processing power to handle the job. Even if you hire out scanning, you'll need to be able to use the data once the job is done and that means you'll need to invest in the proper equipment.

Contact a company like Deep Design Studio to learn more.