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Hello,

I am a project engineer for a structural steel fabricator that is looking at doing its own scanning/BIM. You folks looked like a great resource to shorten the learning curve.
To start, we are trying to produce cloud point data (tolerance of 1/4") and 3d photos for larger factories ~65000 sq ft. My research brought me to the Leica RC360 but the cost to entry is relatively high $77000.

Are there any comparable models around the 50k range that dont have software that will make me pull my hair out?

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Good Morning Ethan, it could be well worth taking a look at the GTL-1000 from Topcon. I am of course biased in my opinion as I work for them in Europe, but we did design the workflow to suit exactly the process you are describing. Please do reach out to me if you are interested and I will make introductions to a more local team where you can find out some more. Regards, [email protected]
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Good morning Mr. Hunt,

I do a lot of factories, steel mills and petroleum plants etc... I use a Faro Scanner. Take a look at the Faro S series of scanners, I think the S150 might be what you need for factories and the cost was around $55k'ish. Faro Scene can be a bit of pain, but overall once the quirks are learned it is fairly easy.

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S-70 and a total station for drift control/column splitting/plant grid alignment

65k sqft is big enough to where you'd want to have a total station, yet small enough to where I couldn't recommend going beyond the 70m range on a single position.

What software do you plan to use for your steel modeling? If it's an Autodesk product then the above gear + SCENE probably represents the best cost/performance route to an RCP/RCS + Imagery that meets your accuracy requirements. If it's a different product then maybe research the workflows and figure out what product gets you to your deliverable the quickest and go from there, the hardware cost differentials across any of the units on the market disappear pretty quickly when you consider the support, back-end, and software costs over time.
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Hello Ethan,
The used Scanner market is also an option. I picked up a used Leica C10 for 15K in 2018.
It was still under Leica maintenance agreement.

Can't help with the software / sanity issue. Depending on the programs you already know you may be able to get point clouds into them so don't have to learn a whole new program. Many Programs, AutoCAD, MicroStation, Sketch up and so on have native or add on point cloud support.

James,
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