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Post by SGartz » Sun Nov 18, 2018 6:05 pm

I am looking to purchase a laser scanner but I am mindful of the cost so I want to find one to fit my purpose.
I am a draughtsman and carry out many site surveys. I would like a scanner that can capture data in the field, then I can take this home and bring into Navisworks, plant 3D, Inventor etc. and design my pipe run or structures around this. I spend hours measuring up in the field. I saw the BLK360 and thought this might be the ideal tool but I have heard mixed reviews on it's accuracy.

I don't wish to hire one as I need to work with one on a daily basis really. My budget would be around 20k and I would like the scanner to auto register the scans if possible, or use the ball target things like the Faro one I have seen does. Basically, I need something that captures the data in the field which I can use back at my office, the range doesn't have to be too far, maybe up to 20m max I would imagine.

Any advice would be much appreciated. The last time I used a scanner was when Phil Marsh gave me a days training about 7 years ago and i've slept since then! :D

I obviously like the look of the RTC360 but that would be out of my budget.

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Re: After advice on what scanner to purchase....

Post by bdawood » Sun Nov 18, 2018 7:24 pm

If you are an Autodesk guy then stick with Faro, M70 or S70, or even try the X series, leica is expensive and you will end up with lots of annual fees supports for items that should be not on its own to start with, in addition to that, the two mules (Autodesk and Hexagon) keeps on kicking each other and you will be in their way so stick with one product line, BTW, I had the feeling that Autodesk will purchase Faro, but this is my opinion.

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Re: After advice on what scanner to purchase....

Post by SGartz » Sun Nov 18, 2018 7:28 pm

I'll look into the M70 or S70, thanks, this is a good start. Regarding software I am a bit of a whizz, I have had a play with cyclone and it seems pretty straight forwards. My main aim would be to model piping routes from point clouds I guess so an extension to Plant 3D might work for me.

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Post by bdawood » Sun Nov 18, 2018 7:58 pm

I have been using scene and it has been good, and if you are to buy Faro then it is better to buy Scene. You hear a lot about Cyclone and Scene being not so great together.

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Post by gabrio » Sun Nov 18, 2018 11:01 pm

SGartz wrote:My main aim would be to model piping routes from point clouds
I suggest you Edgewise BIM suite, by Clearedge3D.

and also to consider an handheld scanner like Mantis Vision F6, to use with or instead of a terrestrial laser scanner.





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Re: After advice on what scanner to purchase....

Post by danielgadowski » Mon Nov 19, 2018 8:35 am

I guess some important questions to be asked first.
What accuracy of a data do you need in order to be able to undertake your task?
Have you worked with a point cloud before?
Does your data need to be accurately leveled?
What color/reflectibility are your objects of interest?

Depending on the answers to the questions above it may be that a blk360 will be your solution. It may be that it wont be accurate enough and you would look at Faro. It may be that your data needs to be dead level in which case things will get a bit more complicated.
Also I would be careful if you want to depends on auto registrations 100% of the time.

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Re: After advice on what scanner to purchase....

Post by SCCS RTC » Mon Nov 19, 2018 8:43 am

SGartz wrote:
Sun Nov 18, 2018 6:05 pm
Any advice would be much appreciated. The last time I used a scanner was when Phil Marsh gave me a days training about 7 years ago and i've slept since then! :D
HaHa, haven't we all.

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Re: After advice on what scanner to purchase....

Post by ErikVanD » Thu Nov 22, 2018 7:05 am

I have a good second hand Faro S120 available if you are interested?

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