Field-detected mistakes are often costly and time-consuming to correct. Sometimes it can be downright ugly. Can you reduce your risk of a serious problem? Here's the situation:

For a new building, the architect specified very specific, custom made panels to cover 90,000 sq. ft. of the exterior of a four story building. You won the contract to install the panels. The job site is 1,200 miles from the plant that makes the panels, and the lead time to manufacture is nine weeks. The panels cannot be modified in the field. The panels are attached to the studs and columns. If the as-built locations of the studs differs from design by more than one-half inch, the panel is scrap.

Do you order the panels based on the design drawings?

Or do you use laser scanning to compare the actual positions of the studs and columns to the design model? If you use scanning, the comparison of as-built to as-designed can be completed in a few of days. And the data can be useful, even if the studs and columns are all within spec. The scanning may detect other building anomalies, and the data can also become the basis of as-built turnover documents or a BIM. Because the data can be useful to several parties, the cost of laser scanning can be shared.

Do you have a similar situation? 3D Imaging Services has completed projects like this one, and we've applied the technology to quite a variety of situations. Contact us, we'd be glad to help. 1-810-410-9008