’RTC360’ sounds like something from a Star Wars movie, but the strange code is in fact the name of a Leica-produced 3D scanner. The device is intended for measuring spaces both inside and out – and can make both surveying and quality assurance much easier and cheaper when operated efficiently.
LBP Engineering acquired an RTC360 scanner in the beginning of 2020. It is an investment which allows LBP to offer 3D scanning services in more ways than previously – both before, during and after building projects, explains piping engineer Kristian Kronborg:
“The device is particularly useful for mapping of existing buildings and process installations, but also for verification of drawings, to ensure that they are aligned with the wants of our clients. That they are made as-built. In LBP, we’re already competent at projecting and visual layout. But with the RTC360, we can make it even easier for our clients to see what will happen next in a project and how buildings and technical installations will be delivered. We can also take the client for a virtual tour. This makes it a lot more manageable to go through a project than with traditional drawings. At the same time, we minimize the risk of misapprehensions – thus strengthening the entire projecting process”.
Among other advantages granted by visualizations and virtual tours is an improved digital meeting facilitation, allowing for better coordination when going through a projected building, even across borders. Architects, piping engineers and other professionals can draw up anything in 3D and coordinate data from the RTC360 directly into the relevant CAD tool. This makes it easy to see if piping, ventilation shafts or other projected works are in conflict with the existing installations. Furthermore, a good 3D model can be used for operator instruction, even if the operator is situated on the other side of the globe.