Owning 3D laser scanning equipment

Considering Purchasing A LIDAR System?

The decision to invest in a LIDAR system for your firm is a significant one, and it's crucial to weigh the associated costs against the potential benefits. While LIDAR technology offers numerous advantages, it's important to understand the true financial implications of such a purchase. 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 architectural-grade laser scanning equipment and the savings associated with hiring a qualified professional.

Beyond the initial investment in the equipment, there are several other costs to consider when contemplating the purchase of a LIDAR system:

  1. Qualified Personnel: Operating a LIDAR system requires skilled personnel who are trained in its use and maintenance.

  2. Software: Specialized software is essential for processing and analyzing the data collected by the LIDAR system.

  3. Training: Proper training for your team to effectively utilize the LIDAR equipment is necessary.

  4. Scanner Calibration: Regular calibration and maintenance are essential to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the LIDAR system.

  5. Legal Fees: Compliance with regulations and legal requirements may involve additional costs.

It's essential to recognize that while owning a LIDAR system can offer long-term benefits, the initial and ongoing expenses can be substantial. Many firms find that it is more cost-effective to contract out their laser scanning and BIM needs to qualified professionals who possess the expertise, equipment, and resources to deliver accurate and reliable results.

By partnering with experienced professionals, you can leverage their specialized knowledge and equipment while avoiding the significant financial outlay associated with purchasing and maintaining your LIDAR system. To explore your options and estimate project costs, we encourage you to learn more about the benefits of outsourcing your laser scanning and BIM requirements to experts in the field. To learn more about estimating project costs, click here.


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