New in-house laser scanning offers price and service benefits

Our Innovative Construction Solutions group now offers laser scanning services to our project teams – both building and civil construction – to help them more accurately and efficiently assess and capture existing conditions, thus improving project cost and schedule certainty.

We expect that by doing this work ourselves, we can do so 20 to 40 percent cheaper than external vendors, making this advanced technology accessible to more projects. Furthermore, our colleagues doing the work have a vested interest in ensuring that the laser scan data benefits each project.

“We’re going to make sure that every laser scan works for the team,” said Hal Jones, VDC regional director. “When you purchase the services of a third-party vendor, you buy what you buy.”

With laser scanning, a scanner very quickly and precisely builds a 3-D representation of an environment – such as a room or a facade – by collecting hundreds of millions of points of data. Included in the scan is anything within the laser’s line of sight, including high and hard-to-reach spaces that might have otherwise required a worker to access via a ladder or lift. Individual scans are stitched together, and the resulting “point cloud” can then be imported into the Revit model to aid in design and constructability analyses. Additionally, by its nature the scan provides a 3-D snapshot in time of existing conditions, which can be helpful for future reviews.

Laser scans are ideal for any project that involves existing conditions, including expansion and renovation projects. Among our projects for which Innovative Construction Solutions has provided laser scanning are the Kendall Cogeneration Plant Reconfiguration, multiple projects at the University of Washington and the 2112 Pennsylvania Avenue redevelopment for George Washington University in Washington, D.C. (involving both USA Commercial Development and USA Building).

“We are utilizing Innovative Construction Solutions’ expertise to laser scan modular stair units in the factory so they can be incorporated into the 3-D model and checked for accuracy before they are delivered to the job site and installed,” said Brad Mason, senior development manager on the 2112 Pennsylvania Avenue project. “This will help us greatly, as due to project constraints the window for installing the pods is very tight. We believe we are the first Skanska project to do this and are really excited about what we can achieve with Innovative Construction Solutions throughout the project. It is highly unlikely we could have this amount of flexibility with a third-party vendor, and are really impressed with their collaborative approach.”

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