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Owning 3D laser scanning equipment

Considering Purchasing A LIDAR System?

Almost any project that requires as-built information can benefit from a laser scanning survey. This may have you asking yourself whether or not you should purchase the equipment for your own firm. 

First, it's important to understand the true costs of purchasing your own laser scanning equipment and the savings associated with hiring a qualified professional.

Some of the associated costs above the purchase price of a scanner include: 

  • Qualified personnel
  • Software
  • Training
  • Scanner calibration
  • Legal fees

Typically, it’s far more cost-effective to contract out your laser scanning and BIM needs to qualified professionals rather than purchasing the equipment for your firm. 

To learn more about estimating project costs, click here.