How 3D scanning is transforming MEP surveys

How 3D scanning is transforming MEP surveys

New innovations are transforming architecture and engineering all the time. In a previous article we discussed how AutoCAD changed the industry forever, but now, there are even more advanced 3D modelling technologies emerging. Always at the cutting edge of new methods and tools, DJHC has been putting some of these to the test, including reality 3D capture technology.

Reality 3D capture technology is particularly useful for MEP engineers looking to streamline processes during renovation projects. By laser scanning spaces and converting them into BIM data, engineers can convert physical assets into sharable digital drawings. This is particularly useful when engineers are assessing large scale projects with rabbit warrens of piping and ductwork that would otherwise take months to measure and drawup.

More than speed

What once would have been a time-consuming, tedious, error-prone endeavour that involved a whole team of people is now a one-man job. This isn’t just convenient for the MEP engineers; it’s also an added perk for the client. During renovation projects, it’s entirely possible they’ll still be carrying on business at the premises. With 3D scanners, just one engineer needs to attend the site and they’ll be done in a flash.

This significantly minimises business disruption, saving everyone time and money. However, it’s not all about speed and convenience. This technology is also making surveys safer than ever before. Areas once considered to be inaccessible can now be measured with precision accuracy. Whereas before the dimensions of these hidden spaces would have been anyone’s guess, now, we can get a complete insight into a building’s inner workings.

Seamless collaboration

The agility of the 3D scanning process extends far beyond the site visit. This precisely mapped data can be easily shared with the rest of the design team via a cloud-based platform. Moreover, these drawings can be seamlessly updated and stored, allowing team members to study drawings from a particular date and time, and monitor how the project progresses from here.

This gives the team a nigh-on omnipotent bird’s eye view, enabling them to simulate how different adjustments affect project direction and outcomes. It gets more futuristic still; some of the newest software packages include virtual reality headsets. These allow members of the design team to get a first-person view of the site, even if in reality, they’re hundreds of miles away from the building itself.

Better than the real thing

3D scanning provides the most realistic representation possible of a built environment. It does this better than any manual measurement or physical model ever could, with the possibility for new workflows facilitated by the cloud. It’s ushering a new era for speed, efficiency and safety, with the potential to add value and additional services to MEP practices.

DJHC consulting is already putting this technology in action for the ambitious new projects that we’ve got in the pipeline. We use 3D scanning alongside our existing AutoCAD suite and drone surveying capabilities to provide the most streamlined and accurate drawings possible. Always ahead of the curve, we’ll be sharing more news about our innovative techniques in the future, so keep checking back.



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