Many of the challenges in creating efficient and accurate installation of aluminum composite panels have always stemmed from inaccurate or incomplete measurements taken on the job site. Even minor errors can result in stock shortages, numerous hours spent re-fabricating and re-installing panels, and tensions potentially rising between the fabricator and installer. While we pride ourselves in having some of the most skilled engineers taking the measurements on our jobs, we see tremendous value in using advanced technologies. 3D laser scanning allows us to provide an even better service to our customers, and so we are proud to announce the implementation of a fully digital measurement work flow within our company.
The most immediate benefit of using 3D laser scanning for obtaining measurements on job sites is no longer needing to touch or come close to the buildings. The beam of the laser measures points over 1000 feet away, making scaffolds and cherry pickers a thing of the past. This contributes to the increase of safety, health and welfare of all personnel involved, while reducing the cost of the project.
The time on the site is shortened as well. A typical automotive dealership can be measured in as little as a few hours instead of days. This also lets us stay out of the way of other trades, keeping construction schedules flowing smoothly.
Once the data is captured, we have an always-available reference of the actual building, so unforeseen measurements don’t require another trip to the job site.
When it comes to curves and organic objects, 3D laser scanning provides unmatched flexibility and precision, unlike traditional measurement methods, including physical templates.
With a complete 3D model we can spot and adjust for inconsistencies in the execution of the building and other faults like deformed components.
Perhaps we should change the “measure twice – cut once” saying to “measure with laser – cut once”.