Technology and Innovation in Today's AEC Community

New technology enables the AEC (Architecture/Engineering/Construction) community to accomplish projects at a quicker rate than ever before. With the latest laser scanning tools and point cloud systems, the process of planning, design, building, and construction of projects, is streamlined. From concept to delivery, there is less room for errors, efficiency, and workflow is improved.'s AEC technology survey measured the acceptance of technology by structural engineers, architects, civil engineering professionals, designers, and people working in the construction and building trades. Let's take a look at emerging technologies in the AEC community. 

Data Storage Systems 

Laser scanners provide us with a great deal of data for building projects, and it makes sense to back up that data on the cloud.  If the files are stored in the cloud, then the data and the intellectual property of the firm is preserved. There is a threat of security, but for the most part, when it comes to data and files, the cloud gives architects or engineers access to information they need quickly. 

Explore Datum Tech Solutions’ range of data storage tools. 

Aerial Laser Scanning 

Datum Tech Solutions' innovative Drone Software seamlessly captures data and is the best software that the industry has to offer. Drones can travel where humans can't, and they can capture hard-to-survey areas and structures. Drones give the AEC community greater access to extract data to create 3D renderings of an object or building. 

Ground Laser Scanning 

Laser scanning is a great way to map existing buildings and sites. In our "Scanning the Impossible" series, we've shown you how, with the right tools, any object can be scanned. These tools save us time and money because they can capture data at quick speeds (in some cases in under a few minutes.) 

Related: Maximizing the Value of Laser Scanning: Quality Control and Training is Always Key

Point Cloud Technology 

A point cloud is a large set of data points produced by a 3D laser scanner. This data can be used in rendering customized applications and different designs that an architect or engineer may encounter. While 3D scanners are becoming more popular, Datum Tech Solutions offers training and services to get your team up to speed on using the latest tools. According to the technology survey, "the AEC community will be able to collaborate better with other disciplines when such technology exists and when more parties are using the same essential type of scanning technology."

Embracing BIM 

BIM has evolved to provide the most useful digital tool for project execution. It adds efficiency to projects by extracting and exchanging BIM files. It's used by many in the project team structure and is central to the design and construction industry. 


When using new tools, it's not unusual to experience a learning curve. Datum Tech Solutions is renowned for our comprehensive training and support on Building Information Modeling (BIM) solutions. Contact us today to learn about products and services. 

Our favorite products featured in this blog

Leica BLK2GO

The BLK2GO handheld imaging laser scanner recreates spaces in 3D as you move. It captures images and dimensionally accurate point clouds in real-time and uses SLAM technology to record your trajectory through space.

Scan over and under objects, through rooms and doorways, around corners, and up and down stairwells. Using SLAM spatial awareness technology, BLK2GO knows where it is and where it has been in space. It is wireless and lightweight, designed to capture reality on the move, anywhere you go.

Like a torch for visualizing three-dimensional reality, the BLK2GO automatically builds 3D point clouds while in motion. From the moment you begin a scan session until the moment you turn off the BLK2GO, all imagery and 3D data are combined. 

Specs include: 

  • Black anodized aluminium

  • Height: 279 mm / Diameter: 80 mm

  • 650 g (775 g including battery)

  • Wireless (app connection)

  • 24 hours of scanning (compressed data) / 6 hours (uncompressed data)

  • Exchangeable, rechargeable Li-Ion battery (Leica GEB821) 45-50 minutes

  • Point Measurement Rate: 420,000 pts/sec

  • High Resolution Camera: 12 Mpixel, 90° x 120°, rolling shutter

  • Panoramic Vision System: 3-camera system, 4.8 Mpixel 300° x 135°, global shutter

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