Today, Laser Scanning and 3D modeling have achieved wide acceptance in the industrial, transportation, architectural fields as well as infrastructure and civil engineering. Instruments used in laser scanning have matured through several generations of improvements in accuracy and efficiency. Each new generation of software applications for generating scan data files, cad drawings and files and 3D models offers expanded features and a more lifelike look and feel. These improvements have helped reduce the cost and time necessary for data development.
The benefits of Laser Scanning and 3D modeling to plant projects have been presented at trade conferences and in technical publications. The major benefits are listed below.