At Coptrz, we understand that managing construction projects is a complex task where efficiency in timing and cost is crucial for businesses. Traditional methods of project management, which include steps like project planning, surveying, and monitoring progress, often become the very obstacles that lead to unexpected delays and additional costs. 

In the construction industry, outdated data collection techniques can result in incomplete or hard-to-use project details. These methods often require specialised skills, forcing companies to rely on expensive third-party experts. Moreover, the data collected is not always conducive to seamless team collaboration, leading to inefficiencies, hidden costs, and missed opportunities.

That's where Emesent's Hovermap mobile mapping technology, a solution we're proud to offer, comes into play. Hovermap can significantly reduce, and in many instances, completely eliminate the disruptions that inflate both time and costs in construction projects. Many companies, unaware of such innovative solutions, continue to stick to outdated practices. This results in time-consuming manual processes, additional costs for hiring professional surveyors, limited collaboration capabilities, and incomplete data for material and budget estimations.

The transformative power of LiDAR technology like Hovermap is undeniable. It streamlines entire workflows while offering substantial time and cost savings. One of our satisfied Hovermap customers shared their experience, stating, "We were able to fly over the job site and scan it right after construction. This eliminated the need to remove and then bring back costly equipment like cranes, saving us three to four additional days on site."

Mass data collection at speed

LiDAR scanning in construction, particularly with Hovermap's technology, revolutionises the way data is collected on-site, offering a safe, reliable, and speedy solution. This technology supports a wide range of applications, from routine progress tracking to specialised verification of as-built structures, all of which have a direct impact on project planning, timing, and budget.

The process of mobile scanning and 3D laser mapping, which is essential for data collection in construction, traditionally involves significant time and financial investment for both equipment and human resources. Often, this complexity necessitates hiring a specialised surveyor familiar with specific hardware or procedures.

However, Hovermap's 3D laser mapping technology, especially when paired with Emesent’s Automatic Ground Control Points, is designed for ease of use. This user-friendly approach allows even those with limited experience to achieve survey-grade results, thereby reducing the need for specialised personnel and cutting down on both time and costs.

What sets Hovermap apart is its truly mobile design, which facilitates effortless data collection in any setting. The technology is versatile enough to be mounted on a drone, vehicle, backpack, or pole, or even to be used as a handheld device. Its plug-and-play nature and quick-release mechanism make it incredibly easy to switch between different setups. So, regardless of the specific challenges of your construction site, Hovermap's LiDAR scanning technology ensures that you can capture the data you need, exactly when and how you need it.

Hovermap’s versatility 

Drone deployment is often the go-to method for LiDAR mobile mapping, particularly because it can scan an entire construction site in a single flight. However, Hovermap's adaptability allows construction firms to utilise the technology in multiple ways. With Hovermap, data can be captured through drone-mounted scans, vehicle-based scans, handheld devices, backpack-mounted walking scanners, and other stationary or mobile setups.

The efficiency gains from using Hovermap are substantial. Construction companies and surveyors can complete mapping and data collection more quickly, with fewer resources and at a lower cost. This enables them to:

  • Undertake a broader variety of projects
  • Produce more precise budget and material forecasts
  • Optimise their procurement processes
  • Identify and rectify errors before they escalate
  • Keep stakeholders and executives updated on project status
  • Accelerate project timelines
  • Minimise costs
  • Increase revenue

This efficiency also enhances the competitiveness of construction companies, helping them attract more clients. For instance, Rod Brumby, a Hovermap customer, was able to expand his single-person operation into a team of eight within just three years by incorporating Hovermap's LiDAR scanning technology. This tool allowed his consultancy to diversify into various types of projects and locations, ranging from infrastructure surveys and topographical analyses to mining and water treatment facilities. The time and cost savings achieved through Hovermap enabled the firm to offer clients rapid, high-quality services at competitive rates.

Bypass potential issues in your construction project

Construction businesses are well aware that errors in planning or execution can be both costly and time-consuming, often requiring immediate correction before a project can proceed. Failing to address these issues promptly can compound the problem, making it even more challenging to rectify later on. Such delays and corrections can have a significant impact on both the timeline and the budget of a construction project.

LiDAR mobile mapping technology offers a solution to this challenge by enabling quick and accurate error detection, sometimes even before the mistakes occur. This capability helps keep construction projects on track and within budget, offering substantial cost savings for companies that often grapple with these issues.

Moreover, this technology allows for safe and straightforward mapping of projects in various scenarios, such as:

  • Understanding the intricacies of a complex space that requires remodelling
  • Inspecting hard-to-reach areas like bridges, particularly the areas beneath the deck where GPS may not be available
  • Assessing properties that have sustained significant damage and need repairs

LiDAR mobile scanning can be deployed at any phase of a construction project and in any setting, offering an added layer of safety for your team. Hovermap is particularly well-suited for challenging environments, including those where GPS is unreliable, thanks to its collision avoidance features.

The solution

Using Hovermap, digital twins of construction projects can be created for purposes such as monitoring ongoing work, planning expansions, routine upkeep, and revising blueprints.

Once data is collected via Hovermap, it undergoes processing and can then be integrated into various CAD or BIM software platforms. Hovermap also offers compatibility with PointCab, enabling the data to be further processed and manipulated within PointCab Origins.

After processing, Hovermap data finds its utility in construction in several ways, including:

  • Generating digital twins or as-built models
  • Conducting clash detection through scan comparisons
  • Inspecting the condition of existing structures
  • Monitoring construction progress through reports
  • Quality assurance assessments
  • Engaging stakeholders

The high level of accuracy provided by Hovermap also empowers construction firms to anticipate and sidestep potential issues they might encounter in future projects, such as unexpected topographical features or challenges in confined spaces.

These capabilities offer a competitive edge by enhancing various aspects of a construction company's operations, including speed, precision, adaptability, and budgetary forecasting.