First an apology, I'm rubbish at writing Blog posts, I'm a techie, an entrepreneur, a problem solver so creative writing was never my strong point which is why I like pictures, diagrams, powerpoints.
I can pretty much guarantee I'll fall asleep or just plain switch off if I have to read more than 1/2 page of A4.
Now give me a 3D scan of a building, a venue or a construction site I'll stare and analyze it for hours.
The reason is 3D scanning paints a picture. Let me explain, (I can feel the creative writers switching off but please bear with me).
The first thing to understand is that a LASER is made up of Particles/Packets/Photons of light (Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation).
Essentially it's a directed beam of light for practical explanations.
Let's say we fire these beams of light at a wall that is 50m away.
If light travels at a constant speed then we can measure the time it takes for the laser to hit the wall and come back and if we half that time we can measure the distance (+/- 1mm accuracy).
So now we have one single point in space measured at 50m, Easy Right?...
Now the lasers we use can do this 1,000,000 times per second, 360 degrees horizontally and 360 degrees vertically which if a scan takes 5 minutes we can create masses of data to form billions of points called a Point Cloud.
The point cloud can then be used by architects, builders, construction companies to accurately measure their projects in an extremely short time.
Here is a great example video of what we can achieve.
To me, these things look like a modern art installation however they are so much more flexible when you think that they can be imported into most major design software ( CAD, REVIT, Sketchup etc).
For construction companies you save time onsite, your 3D model is accurate to 1mm, can be used to build the project BIM, and everyone on the project can see and work with the same information.
Hotels and venues can add these models to their own websites.
Research by the VRARA has shown that visitors generally stay 3 times longer on your site if you have a 3D model and can see what you have to offer over and above your competition.
I started by saying that I'm rubbish at Blogs and by now I think you all agreed, it didn't take me long to get technical, but its where I'm most comfortable.
I'll leave you with a couple more example of a high-end scan used in construction and a lower end used for inside properties and venues etc.
If you'd like to know more then please do send me an email and we'll help you in any way we can.