New member and new person to laser scanning, and I am sure that this question has been asked, but searches 4 pages deep didn't show anything. We are a smaller MEP (mechanical, electrical, plumbing) engineering company that specializes in retrofit work for universities. We have been exploring the integration of laser scanning into our workflow for as-builting existing conditions. We see the possibility of increasing the accuracy of as-builts while decreasing manhours in the field with tape measures, and CAD time to then recreate those as-builts, and of course offsetting that one missed measurement that requires and additional field trip.
Based on my googlefu, I have found that Faro, Leica, Topcon, R+F (and I am sure many more) all make scanners for this purpose, but from my initial contact, Faro seems to have the best pricing. What I am looking for is if the mroe experienced people here have any other recommendations based on the following requirements:
- Budget ~$25K including hardware and software. This could go up if there is a compelling reason, but hoping to stay around here to start
Accuracy to +- 1" (I know most of the equipment will meet this no problem)
Range of at least 150 feet. Most of our work is in mechanical rooms that are significantly smaller than that
Easy to learn and setup. We are not a dedicated survey company that has experience with this type of equipment
Needs to be able to integrate with Autodesk Revit MEP