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3D Scanning & Existing Building Documentation 

When WNA takes on a project, we are dedicated to giving our customers the best experience with the best tools on the market. We are grateful to have the resources available to help our clients to the best of our ability. Not only have we cultivated the best people to fill our team, we have trained them to use the most advanced software and hardware available within the industry. A segment of our business that we proudly provide our clients with is 3D building and project surveying. This kind of service gives a higher level of understanding of our client’s needs and internal project affairs. A detailed understanding of the existing building’s infrastructure is crucial to properly design improvements and other services. We take the time and attention to use dynamic software programs that will not only provide us information for a specific space but will also give a visual representation of the current project’s state and future vision.

3D modeling and surveying have recently been trailblazer innovations for the engineering community. Prior to modern 21st-century three-dimensional imaging technology, the late 1970s brought a wave of improvements. With the launching of GPS prototypes, satellite imaging was finally ready to be used in engineering projects with different surveying requirements. These GPS images were beneficial to knowing spatial information; however, it still lacked the more advanced and accurate representation that the industry was craving. Fast forward to current efforts made in improving topographical surveying, 3D scanning and imaging has provided unprecedented accuracy and editing capabilities through different software and equipment. The main surveying equipment being used in the industry, currently, is using both manual and robotic forms of measurement. The most common tech including the theodolite, GPS levels and rods, and 3D scanners. The theodolite is an instrument used for measuring angles and different plane alignments for various surveyor projects. Most technology has shifted from devices that are optical-mechanical towards electronic options and this has caused a trend with various engineering tech modifications. Programs and machinery have been improving in the past few decades for this particular shift in the information age. Engineers using this technology want to get the most information out of the survey as possible for their client’s project and by the industry constantly improving this tech, those high-detail projects are possible.

The different 3D modeling and surveying software that WNA uses is focused on bringing the best results while maintaining our own personal expertise. Our team uses a device that is a mobile 3D color scanning and processing system for surveying and imaging. Its real-time mapping speed captures any type of environment with incredible detail and has been an amazing addition to WNA’s toolbox of modern resources. We use this device to scan and generate data which we then transfer to various software programs for manipulation and post-processing. 3D point cloud processing software uses laser scanner’s data to digitally capture every angle to the minutest measurement. After those scans and images are taken, we use the software to manually edit and render three-dimensional points to create different projections. The main purpose? This allows us to have an accurate digital representation of any client site.  Additional software is then used to input raw data and information from the original 3D scan for editing and virtual file sharing throughout the project’s design process. Access to all of these different types of technologies and programs propel WNA forward towards a brighter future of design and innovation with 3D surveying and reality capturing.

Our organization is proud to be a part of such an advanced and forward-thinking facet of engineering such as three-dimensional modeling and our project history can attest to that. To date, WNA has worked on 58 projects involving 3D surveying. Those projects have accumulated an astounding amount of total square-feet surveyed which has been approximately 865,500. Our team has experience in surveying all types of spaces such as retail, industrial, fit-outs, and complex mechanical rooms. Along with a large space surveyed, our team has participated in a large distance traveled. WNA has performed 3D surveying in 18 different states, along with ventures across the border to partner with projects in Newfoundland, Canada. WNA is grateful to have the opportunity to expand our knowledge and experience with our clients while providing certified expertise and skill in so many different places. We look forward to the new year and to the future of WNA with its increasing technological capabilities.

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