Digital twins are digital replicas of a physical asset, system, process, or place which can offers deeper insights into the asset, leading to stronger decision making, optimisation, and remote monitoring. A reliable fast method of collecting accurate data is important for digital twin strategies.
How Does 3D Scanning Create Digital Twins?
3D scanning technology creates digital twins by collecting millions of data points from the surface of a physical object. The resulting measurement data brings the physical object to life in the form of a fully digitised model, or digital twin, existing in the 3D digital space. By collecting the accurate, high-quality, full-field data necessary to achieve the high-fidelity geometric identity of a digital twin definition, non-contact, metrology-grade 3D scanners make creating accurate digital twins possible.
While other systems can also collect data, most contact systems aren’t suited for digital twin creation because they rely on tracing specific shapes of the part or use multiple programmed touchpoints to gather data. These methods are time-consuming and don’t yield enough data to create a physical part’s complete geometric identity in a digitized form. 3D non-contact scanning technology, quickly digitizes physical components to deliver accurate digital twins in minutes.
Solutions Offered by 3D Scanning for As-Built Conditions
3D scanning for as-built conditions gives all involved consultants accurate information and cuts down on duplication of efforts during the design review process so the team can identify loopholes and inaccuracies.
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You can divide your projects into different phases through the following accurate drawings:
To represent an existing structure in the documentation phase, measured drawings can be used to document the existing and demolition conditions model. 3D scanning ensures you measure the existing structure accurately to effectively plan the project.
3D scanning for as-built conditions is ideal for design review as well as design authoring (new conditions modeling). The as-built drawings highlight the changes in the original design throughout the construction phase. The accuracy and frequency of making these as-built drawing is key to fixing inaccuracies and critical issues in time using 3D coordination.
3D scanning creates record drawings that are the final drafts created for any on-site changes. These are required for state or local regulations, insurance purposes, and documentation.