Why Use 3d Scanning?

Through accuracy, speed, and safety, 3D scanning improves productivity on a project by creating efficiency.


Does this look familiar? Project Packing List: Pack digital camera. Check. Pack memory cards. Check. Pack tape measure. Check. Pack pencils and paper. Check. Book a hotel for a three-day site visit. Check. Plan a return visit for missed information. Check. Or, you can pack just your scanning gear, travel to the project site, and make your scans in as little as one day [1]. You will have all the images and measurements you’ll need without ever having to worry about making a return trip.

The RTC360 and BLK360 are two of the most accurate scanning technologies on the market today. They are both capable of taking measurements that are accurate within 0.11811 of an inch. No more worrying about mismeasuring or compounded measuring mistakes. Fewer mistakes mean project efficiency. Project efficiency means less wasted time, resources, and money.


A single laser scanner can capture a 360-degree image at up to 2 million data points per second, providing an incredibly accurate and rich detail of every aspect of your project. Compare this to the human eye, which can only take in new information at the rate of only 3 – 4 times per second [2]. That means the scanner captures 500,000 times the amount of data the human eye can capture in one second. Now that’s fast and efficient.


In 2018 and 2019, the construction industry alone recorded 200,000 non-fatal, occupational-related injuries and illnesses [3]. According to the AGC, there are over 7 million employees in construction today [4]. That means that there was one injured employee for every 35 employees in the industry. As I’m sure everyone would agree, safety should always be a priority, and the construction industry is ever vigilant to keep sites safe. 3D laser scanning is a non-intrusive service that can capture 360 degree images from hundreds of feet away from its target. There is no need for any scaffolding, cranes, or work stoppages to have a scan done. Its minimal requirements for capturing a site make 3D scanning a safe and efficient technology.

Foot Notes: 1 – Scan time can vary depending on project requirements, but most projects can be scanned in one day. 2 - Detecting meaning in RSVP at 13 ms per picture Mary C. Potter, Brad Wyble, Carl Erick Hagmann and Emily S. McCourt Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Page 3, FastDetect2014withFigures.pdf. 3 - Bureau of Labor Statistics US Department of Labor, Page 6, OSH.pdf. 4 – Associated General Contractors of America, www.agc.org.