"Many professionals are aware of the beneficial use of laser scanning for creating asbuilts for use by engineers or designers. However, scanning is used successfully in all stages of a capital asset’s lifecycle, not just the “design stage.” These other uses include the Proposal Stage, the Construction/Fabrication Stage, and the Asset Management (or maintenance & operations) Stage.
This article is the second in a series that looks at the use of scanning in various stages of an asset’s lifecycle. The January 2006 Professional Surveyor article examined uses in the Proposal Stage; this article focuses on beneficial uses of scanning in the Construction & Fabrication Stages and what the latest trends are in this area. A future article will cover in-depth looks at uses in Asset Management."