LiDAR Scanning to Prefabricate Gypsum Board

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Since 2014, Associate Professor Junshan Liu and other BSCI faculty have investigated the potential to use LiDAR scanning at the in-wall inspection phase of vertical construction, to collect data that can be used to prefabricate gypsum board ‘cuts,’ which could significantly increase productivity, while decreasing waste as well as airborne particulates from the historically ‘dusty’ process of cutting boards on site. By capturing a point cloud of the metal studs and their respective in-wall rough in and penetrations, data can be used to inform cutting operations (by mechanic or by CNC). Multiple early investigations by Professor Liu and CCIC Director Dr. Paul Holley suggest that the work flow has potential.