Newsletter October 2013


From the Desk of Ryan Hacker:

Hi all,

For many of our clients, laser scanning and point clouds are relatively new to them. TruePoint Laser Scanning prides itself on our client service, education and “hand holding”. Because our post-fieldwork staff includes architects and engineers - including structural, civil, chemical and electrical - our team has real world experience and understands what a client needs. Our team is available to assist our clients with being able to get the most value and benefit out of their deliverables. All of this comes as an added benefit to our clients, at no cost. Scanning in the field often times is the easy part, it is getting the data into a useable format for the client that often requires the most time and expertise.

We encourage all of our clients to lean on us to assist them in getting the most out of laser scanning on their projects. Contact us today if you have any questions on an existing project or an upcoming project and need some expert advice.

Thank you,


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Featured Case Study: 3D Laser Scan of Steel Structure

Task: To determine the location and dimensions of the existing arena's steel structure.

Challenge: The steel is located approximately 100 feet overhead and is, therefore, only accessible using a lift and, in some cases, not even with a lift. In addition, the sheer amount of steel makes it impractical to document using traditional methods.

Read the complete case study >

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Just for Laughs:

The Dictionary of Construction Terminology:

  • Contractor - A gambler who never gets to shuffle, cut or deal.
  • Bid Opening - A poker game in which the losing hand wins.
  • Bid - A wild guess carried out to two decimal places.
  • Low Bidder - A contractor who is wondering what he left out.
  • Engineer’s Estimate - The cost of construction in heaven.
  • Project Manager - The conductor of an orchestra in which every musician is in a different union.
  • Critical Path Method - A management technique for losing your shirt under perfect control.
  • Delayed Payment - A tourniquet applied at the pockets.
  • Liquidated Damages - A penalty for failing to achieve the impossible.
  • Auditor - Person who goes in after the war is lost and bayonets the wounded.
  • Lawyer - Person who goes in after the auditors to strip the bodies.

Did You Know?

According to The American Institute of Architects (AIA), change orders account for 3 to 5% of total construction costs. These costs are often equally distributed between the following:

1) Errors and omissions

2) Field conditions

3) Owner requests

For a $10,000,000 project, that could equate to $500,000 in additional costs, not to mention schedule delays and general frustration among the project's team members.

However, laser scanning can help minimize all three categories of change orders. Laser scanning gives the design team more information upfront, which allows design decisions to happen sooner and makes for a more complete set of bidding drawings. This, in turn, allows contractors to have confidence in their bids, to fully utilize BIM for virtual construction, and to prefabricate more of their products—all of which, in the end, allow contractors to meet critical path schedule dates, as well as limit both re-orders of materials and delays due to unforeseen field conditions.

In addition:

1) Owners can reduce their costs and tighten their schedules. Furthermore, owners will then have better control over all categories of change orders, allowing for more prudent negotiations and discussions regarding the captured information.

2) Architects and engineers can make critical design decisions sooner and with more complete and accurate information. Additionally, they can creatively utilize the point cloud data directly for construction documents, minimizing their drawing or modeling hours. This, in turn, results in a reduction of both RFI’s and change orders related to field conditions, as well as a reduction in errors and omissions.

3) Contractors can streamline their construction process and prefabricate more materials off-site. This can result in reduced labor costs, fewer schedule delays, and the satisfaction of delivering a project on time and under budget.

As you can see, laser scanning allows all of a project's team members to benefit in their own unique ways, from better projects to better communication...and it also helps eliminate seeing something like this at the marina!