3D Scan Update
Today's contractor uses a variety of tools in order to get the job done most effectively. Scanning and laser-based technologies continue to play an increasingly important role in these jobs, and new products continue to hit the market to help accommodate.
Last week Trimble, www.trimble.com, Sunnyvale, Calif., signed an OEM (original-equipment manufacturer) and distributor agreement with FARO, www.faro.com, Lake Mary, Fla., for 3D laser scanners.
With this agreement, FARO will provide Trimble with an OEM differentiated product based upon its FARO Laser Scanner Focus3D platform. The product will be offered by Trimble throughout its worldwide survey and building construction distribution networks. As part of the strategic relationship, future versions of the FARO Laser Scanner Focus3D platform will also be made available to Trimble.
David Fitzpatrick, general manager, Trimble 3D Scanning, says FARO is a company that has "successfully challenged the 3D scanning market with a product that is versatile, compact and competitively priced"
This announcement applies to surveyors, contractors, engineers, and even geospatial professionals. As we have seen, geospatial has become a growing segment in construction with technology systems such as GIS (geographic information system) playing an increasing role in construction of such things as electric utilities.
GIS captures and analyzes geographical data. Applying this to utilities, for example, GIS links activities including design and construction, asset management, workforce management, outage management, and operations.
From scanners to GIS technologies, the tools of today's contractor continue to evolve. We see great evolutions in the way in which these technologies are being applied, both now and into the future.