It has been well recognized that 3D laser scanners are a useful tool for a wide variety of surveying and engineering projects where existing conditions need to be documented. Many organizations are incorporating 3D laser scanning into their daily workflows either as specific scan jobs or as regular surveying activities. Both the amount of accurate data a scanner can quickly acquire and the highly visual aspect of the data allow for potential uses outside the normal realm of surveying and engineering applications. This article explores some of these unique projects and demonstrates how service providers have succeeded in giving their clients satisfied results using laser scanning technology.
The Sky's the LimitIn 2002, when Midwestern Consulting purchased its first laser scanner, an HDS2500 (Leica Geosystems HDS, San Ramon, Calif.), we wanted to be sure we knew how to properly operate it before we started marketing the technology as a new service. So, as with most of our new technology, a testing period was initiated. In that period we scanned many scenes and objects that were interesting to us, including office staff, homes and cars. The best out-of-the-ordinary scans, though, are the ones a client actually pays for.
In order to find clients willing to pay for this new technology, we had the challenging task of changing our clients’ mindsets so they could see the added value a laser scanner offers. We learned that once customers understand the technology and its capabilities, they are limited only by their imaginations.