Digital Design Engineering
It is critical to start with a good set of As-Built drawings. As-Builts will tell you exactly what the current dimensions and physical layout of the environment are. This will ensure your design and construction drawings are based on accurate existing data.
Starting a design and engineering project in 2D or 3D has always involved traveling out to a job site to capture and identify the “as-built condition.” Whether you’re capturing measurements for manufacturing, buildings, paint shops, deep underground treatment plants, or a simple home renovation, the process has always been the same: Manual processes and 2D drawings would be marked-up in the field and taken back to the office to be translated into AutoCAD files at a later date. This process is slow and leaves much room for error. The larger the area being reworked, the larger the task is to capture the “as is data”.
At Design Systems, Inc., we have a group of engineers working with laser scanning technology to capture as-built data for our internal engineering groups as well as our customers. The speed, accuracy and amount of data captured is unmatched by any other technology.
Laser scanning allows scans taken in the field to be captured and sent back to the engineering office in real time, which ensures engineers using the data have the information they need before the field engineers leave the site. This technology has allowed us to expand our footprint from regional to global while controlling costs and maintaining tight engineering schedules. As engineers and designers look to further improve processes, laser scanning will become as common as tape measures are today.
The economic benefits of applying 3D laser scanning technologies to your projects are numerous: Cost reduction, schedule compression, improved safety, maintenance and operations, and asset creation are just a few. Laser scanning is quickly changing the way engineers and designers capture “as is data” for improved overall project timelines and quality.