Laser Scanning for Building Documentation: Illuminating, But Not Necessarily Enlightening
As a surveyor working in the site/civil consulting world, I learned early on that the staying ahead of the technology curve can provide a clear market advantage, so I have been progressive in my adoption and use of new technologies as they come on the scene. From digital data collectors, robotic total stations, 3D CADD, GPS, to GIS, my 30-year professional career has been heavily impacted by the repeated adoption of new technologies.
So it’s no surprise that 3D Laser Scanning to develop building information modeling for existing conditions has made the list of current top, new technologies that are changing not only my surveying practice but the whole architectural and engineering world.
But I also have learned that there is one common requirement for the successful, broad implementation of any new technology—one which serves those who offer the technology commercially, as well as the end users— and that is the development of professional standards and best practices. Often early stage providers of new technologies overlook the need for this and the entire market suffers as a result.