4 Benefits Of 3D Laser Scanning In the Healthcare Buildings


January 11, 2023
By: Robotic Imaging

The healthcare building typology is extremely complex when compared to traditional buildings. Having accurately scanned information at your disposal is essential. It can not only expedite lengthy project timelines, it can catch various problems or clashes early in the process. Therefore time, resources, and money can be saved in these projects, just by simply utilizing laser scanning services.

3D laser scanning, also known as LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging), is a remote sensing technology that uses laser pulses to measure distance. By firing millions of laser pulses per second at a target and measuring the time it takes for each pulse to bounce back, a 3D scanner can create a highly accurate point cloud representation of the target. This point cloud can then be exported to various CAD software programs, where it can be used to create as-built models or for other purposes. Below are the several benefits for utilizing laser scanning services in healthcare typologies.

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  1. Capture Extremely Complex Sites

    As you know, hospitals, out-patient centers, and so on are much more complex than other architectural typologies. There are a variety of additional code requirements and building restrictions faced when working with healthcare architecture. Laser scanning is able to capture massive amounts of data and information directly from the site, in a one-time visit. In healthcare laser scanning projects, Robotic Imaging uses highly accurate LiDAR scanners along with Matterport scanners and drone footage to get all the data required in one go. LiDAR scans will later be translated into a point cloud and serve as a model underlay in programs such as Revit. Matterport scans utilize photogrammetry technology. This provides Robotic Imaging's modelers with even more details and information to accurately model the existing conditions.

  2. Better Understand The Building

    The day the project starts, when you are equipped with accurate as-built digital models of the structure to be renovated, you will better understand the project. Not only does this eliminate the need for repeat site visits to extract one singular dimension you forgot to verify (yes, we know you might have been there before!). Having an updated model instead of relying on old or inaccurate drawings will keep the project focused.

  3. Minimize Shutdown Times

    Laser scanning is able to extract all data required the first time. So the hospitals and patient centers can face less disruptions. Traditional methods require routine site visits, which can lead to significant disruptions for the building.

  4. Maintain (Sometimes Expedite) Project Schedules

    With a much quicker turnaround when comparing laser scanning to traditional methods, your project can stay on track and on budget. Lower costs are related to reduced errors and omissions, including a significant reduction in change orders!

Overall, laser scanning has the ability to change how the AEC industry approaches architecture and construction projects. There are several tangible, real-world benefits. Simply lowering the cost of documentation as-built conditions will reduce the project's life cycle.

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