3 Things Concrete Laser Scanning Does With Ease (While Other Methods Struggle)

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3 Things Concrete Laser Scanning Does With Ease (While Other Methods Struggle)

19 July 2017
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog


When working on a construction project, there is need to assess your work regularly to ensure that it is up to standard. This will help in the timely detection and correction of any anomalies in the concrete structure you are setting up. You need a reliable technique to carry out this assessment, and nothing works better than laser scanning. Essentially, laser scanning refers to spatial imaging of a concrete structure using powerful laser beams to get a picture of the integrity of what lies below the surface. In some cases, it is also referred to as terrestrial scanning. This method is very effective, and as proof, here are three things it does with ease as other scanning methods struggle:

Establishing Elevations

Elevations are an important element when working on any construction project. They determine the stability of the structure and its ability to stand up to natural calamities such as floods and earth tremors. In an ideal scenario, actual elevation of the structure on the ground should be similar to the elevation in the design. Laser scanning employs a checkerboard target to generate three-dimensional data used to show the real world elevation of the concrete building. The data can be printed on paper measuring eight and a half by eleven inches for future references. In some cases, a builder's level with known elevation is used in place of the checkerboard target.

Scanning Submerged Structures

Today, the construction industry knows no bounds. Structures of all types are being built to unimaginable height and depths. Concrete structures are being set up even below water, and they must stay submerged for years and years without succumbing to damage. On that note, you must examine a submerged structure at different stages to ensure that it is structurally sound. Laser scanning does this with so much ease. Here, the scanner relies on a system comprising a webcam, reference plane cardboard, laser module and a three-dimensional image processor. These components use a simple triangulation principle to focus on the structure and capture detailed images. These images are assessed by professionals to point out any anomalies underlying in the structure.

Scanning Wet Concrete

Scanning concrete that hasn't cured is a difficult thing when using traditional scanning techniques. A laser scanner, on the other hand, can perceive minor details regarding the elevation of the concrete even before it cures. In this way, it makes it easy for your project to pass the required certifications.