3D laser scanning is an accurate and efficient way to capture 3 dimensional data in a wide variety of settings, regardless of size and surface features. At TruePoint, we can survey these large-scale structures and their landscapes and provide you with the high definition 3D data quickly.
Utilizing our services will reduce time and cost for your new construction or existing structure project.
At TruePoint, our objective is to capture, analyze, and define the data accurately and efficiently, delivering it the way that you want it. Due to the high level of detail and accuracy which TruePoint provides in our 3D laser scans, we will need several pieces of information in order to provide a cost for your job. We know that your time is important, so we will work with you individually to provide you a quote quickly. Both the amount of time and number of scans required depends in part on the structure itself, on the number of levels or rooms, square footage, and whether or not the space is occupied (with people, furniture, fixtures, etc.).
Many of our clients are relatively new to 3D laser scanning, so we offer comfort and assurance by walking them through the entire process, from pre-planning to the final deliverables. We believe that this is why we have had the opportunity to work with some of the best known and recommended firms and institutions in the United States.
We know that you have other options when it comes to laser scanning—renting or buying equipment or using a competitor. However, TruePoint offers our clients what many of the other options cannot. Among the many reasons to choose TruePoint are:
BIM stands for Building Information Modeling and is more than just a 3D model. BIM gives engineers the ability to manage the building data throughout its whole life-cycle. It provides accurate spatial relationships and manufacturer details, as well as geographic information and other pertinent aspects of the building.
TruePoint offers high-definition 3D laser scanning for accurately capturing 3 dimensional data in a wide variety of settings, from hospital or university buildings to refineries, regardless of size and surface features. We can survey large-scale structures providing you with high definition 3D data quickly. High definition surveying is ideal for digitizing as-built construction and proposed additions or reconstructions. It can also be used to survey large projects during construction, to make sure the design is being executed properly.
Weighing the benefits of laser scanning versus using traditional means to “as-built” a site:
TruePoint serves a number of industries. 3D laser scanning is indispensable in dealing with pre-existing architecture or historical preservation. The data gleaned from the scans can provide information on support analysis, design, and prefabrication.
Laser scanning is also perfect for use in municipalities, energy manufacturing plants, and waste water treatment facilities because it provides precision and detail in complex buildings and in facilities where there may be a lot of HVAC equipment, pumps, motors, beams, boilers, or other equipment.
Long range scanning is also helpful for the mapping and modeling of proposed implementation sites of towers or telephone lines. It is useful for modeling the equipment in relation to the rest of the environment.
Laser scanning is ideal for civil engineers and planners who need to collect data at intersections or on city streets. The data can be scanned quickly and safely, with little impact on traffic. 3D laser scans are also more detailed than conventional surveying methods.
LIDAR stands for Laser Imaging, Detection, and Ranging (commonly called Light Detection and Ranging). LIDAR is based on a principle referred to as time-of-flight, which uses a pulsed laser that emits the beam, a mirror that deflects the beam towards the scan area, and an optical receiver which detects the laser pulse and reflects it back to the scanner from the object. Time-of-flight refers to using the known speed of light with the amount of time it takes the laser pulse to be emitted, bounce off of an object, and return to the scanner to determine the distance the object is from the scanner (Distance = (Speed of Light x Time of Flight) / 2). LIDAR collects data at a slower rate than phase-based scanners but is able to be used at greater distances than phase-based scanners.
Phase-based scanners emit a constant laser beam into multiple phases and compare the phase shifts of the returned laser energy. The scanner then uses phase-shift algorithms to determine the distance, based on the unique properties of each individual phase (Time of Flight = Phase Shift / (2π x Modulation Frequency)). Although phase-based scanners collect data at a much high rate than time-of-flight scanners, their effective distance is much shorter. Additionally, phase-based scanners tend to have more "noise," or false data, than time-of-flight scanners.
Some projects require special applications due to limitations within the physical setting. Often times this is due to line-of-sight issues and when a scan must be done safely from the ground or with precautionary distance. Some of these applications would include above-ceiling MEP features in hospitals where it is necessary to maintain negative airflow or interstitial spaces that are congested with limited access. Since laser scanning is a non-contact measurement tool (i.e. we can scan from a safe distance or location) this becomes a powerful tool for solving these complex challenges.
TruePoint's clients range from small companies to large nationwide or global firms. Even though our primary client base tends to be located in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Texas, our clients' projects are located throughout the United States. TruePoint is ready to mobilize to any site in the U.S., usually within the lead time of only one or two days. Additionally, we have the ability to be on-site short-term or long-term, depending on our clients' needs.
Areas We Serve:
Alabama, Indiana, Nebraska, Rhode Island, Alaska, Iowa, Nevada, South Carolina, Arizona, Kansas, New Hampshire, South Dakota, Arkansas, Kentucky, New Jersey, Tennessee, California, Louisiana, New Mexico, Texas, Colorado, Maine, New York, ,Utah, Connecticut, Maryland, North Carolina, Vermont, Delaware, Massachusetts, North Dakota, Virginia, Florida, Michigan, Ohio, Washington, Georgia, Minnesota, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Hawaii, Mississippi, Oregon, Wisconsin, Idaho, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Wyoming, Illinois, Montana
It's important to consider the many costs above the purchase price of the scanner that exist including: qualified personnel, software, training, scanner calibration, and legal fees.
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