Challenges and Possibilities in Utilization of 3D Laser Scanners for Renewal Work
Shinryo contracts for equipment installation/renewal work at buildings and facilities across Japan. They have been a pioneer in utilizing 3D data to raise the work efficiency.
Drawings are available for CAD model creation of existing equipment when working for new buildings. However, when working for older buildings, drawings do not match the actual state after renovation works, or do not even exist, so that they had to create 3D data through the on-site physical measurement, which was time-and-work consuming especially when it required scaffolds to measure high places. Sometimes, it is impossible to conduct physical measurements due to the heat from the equipment.
To resolve these issues, Shinryo, led by its Research and Development Center, launched a project to investigate the advantages and possible issues of introducing 3D laser scanners to obtain the 3D data of building’s interior and outline of the equipment without making physical contact with them. Good thing was that, through the significant technological innovations, the 3D scanners have been improved in the accuracy while reducing the price. On the other hand, they realized that it is also essential to introduce software to visualize huge point cloud data with high performance, and conduct virtual simulations easily.