The Bosch Holdings group of multi-disciplinary consulting engineering companies has used laser scanning and 3D modelling technology successfully for over seven years, to ensure accuracy and efficiency of engineering deliverables.
Bosch Munitech’s new Faro S150 Plus scanner – the first of its kind in South Africa – is designed to capture up to 2-million points per second, at a full range of 150 m, both indoors and outdoors. This precision instrument is able to efficiently scan even-polished objects, like tanks and pipes, as well as dark objects, which other scanners have difficulties capturing.
“The investment in this terrestrial 3D laser scanner, which enables safe and highly-accurate measurements of objects and buildings, enhances the group’s geospatial services and this new device is proving to be especially useful during the COVID-19 pandemic, when social distancing is encouraged,” says Andrew Cruickshank, Operations Director at Bosch Holdings. “Our new scanner – one of the fastest laser scanners available – encompasses the latest laser technology, enabling our team to accurately survey complex structures, piping, equipment, buildings, bridges and tunnels, in just one site visit, without the need for repeated visits.
“We apply effective Building Information Modelling (BIM) processes, to ensure every engineering project is implemented intelligently, accurately and efficiently. As part of this BIM process, we use in-house 3D laser scanning technology to provide fast and accurate as-built data of existing facilities.
“Through advanced technology and extensive experience in laser scanning and 3D modelling technology, our team of engineering professionals provides architects, engineers and surveyors with critical geospatial information, that meets strict tolerance requirements.
“3D laser scans are used for various engineering design and construction projects, including precise geometrical recording of existing properties, which form the basis for conversions or extensions, in the built-environment.
“Laser scanning is also used for the seamless capture and monitoring of construction progress for necessary legal and technical documentation, including the documentation of deformation processes and monitoring of counter-measures. 3D laser technology is useful for precise volume and dimension control of excavations and for façade and free-form component inspections. The company also offers clients a critical structural and analysis and maintenance service, by utilising laser scanning technology for fast and cost-effective control of the specified load-bearing capacity of supporting structures, as well as monitoring wear and tear.”
An important feature of this scanner is that it provides fully automatic on-site registration of the scans, allowing for the site plan to be updated and providing a comprehensive overview from the area scanned. This accurate data is easily converted into intelligent 3D models.
Laser scanning takes vast amounts of measurements and records this data electronically, thereby eliminating possible manual errors. This advanced technology allows an existing physical plant to be converted into a precise 3D digital twin.
- Accurate data: scan measurements are accurate to the millimeter.
- Safe data: acquisition is provided by a greater scanning range, which means engineers don’t need to work in dangerous areas.
- Reduced cost: faster data acquisition saves time and more accurate data means less chance of re-work.
- Better coordination and collaboration: project teams benefit from well-coordinated information between architects and engineers.
- Less clashes and rework: scans and model reviews allow construction teams to visualise the resultant design inside a virtual environment, before implementation.
Melanie Elsworth,Marketing Co-Ordinator, Bosch Holdings (Pty) Ltd
1 Holwood Park, 5 Canegate Road, La Lucia Ridge Office Estate, 4320
P.O.Box 2009, Durban, 4000, South Africa
Tel (Direct): +27 (0) 31 535 6192
Tel (Switchboard): +27 (0) 31 535 6000