Space planning experts conduct site surveys using the Faro focus3d
-a professional laser scanning solution to meet TOZ’S
Developing a new market for co-working spaces
As a result of the trend towards working outside of traditional office spaces, a new market of co-working or shared offices has seen rapid growth worldwide over the last two decades. In South Korea, TOZ is the largest designer and provider of solutions for coworking spaces. The company carefully plans, designs, and operates collaborative spaces to optimize the co-working experience for its customers.
The challenge of conducting on-site surveys
To TOZ, the first step – conducting preliminary building surveys – is the most crucial as the process is necessary to create an accurate office space blueprint, and to develop plans for preparing a site.
However, a major challenge was that TOZ had to survey more than 100 different buildings each year. Also, it was very tedious to measure the interiors of old buildings, as well as curved and angular walls. Before deploying the Focus3D, TOZ had manually measured working spaces using laser rulers and measuring tapes. In addition to a large amount of time and effort required, the manual process frequently recorded inaccurate measurements. Even though errors were captured in just one or two structures out of every 100 buildings measured, TOZ was keen to improve the accuracy and efficiency of its measurements.
Limitations of existing hand tools and the search for a solution
While searching for a solution for these measurement challenges, Ms Heo Jihyeon, Leader of the Architecture Team at TOZ, recalled an effective 3D laser scanning technology she saw while overseas. She shared, “I came across this technology while working in England, and it seemed to be a viable solution for our challenges.” At Ms Heo’s recommendation, TOZ adopted the technology to eliminate human errors from its measurement processes.
Toz’s top choice: faro laser scanner focus 3D X 130
The FARO Laser Scanner Focus3D X 130 is a high-speed scanner capable of scanning buildings or objects within 130 meters, even in direct sunlight. With an integrated GPS receiver, the device features a maximum accuracy of ±2 mm and can scan up to 976,000 points per second.
Ease of measurement with the focus 3D X 130
Since adopting the Focus3D, the team regularly utilizes the device to achieve accurate measurements. TOZ is also pleased that the device can be set up on a tripod in mere minutes. The TOZ team uses the Focus3D to create basic floor plans and to inspect ceilings and other structures. The accurate results also mean that the team no longer need to revisit a site to verify data. TOZ further plans to use the scanner for other purposes such as extracting elevation data and conducting site briefs with the 3D scan data.
Benefits of using faro 3D X 130
With the help of the Focus3D, TOZ has managed to establish approximately 120 centers in 2016. The Focus3D played a big part in supporting TOZ in its endeavours as the team shared that the Focus3D is regularly used – up to 70% of the time.
Since adopting the device, TOZ has experienced a 50% reduction in survey time from two hours to one and has achieved an 80% decrease in measurement errors.
Previously, measurements conducted manually had an error range of about 100 to 150 mm. With the Focus3D, the error range was reduced to between 20 to 30 mm, which was well within TOZ’s tolerance.
Another benefit of the scanner is that it allows the team to make supplementary measurements simultaneously using hand measuring tools while the Focus3D takes a scan, maximizing overall productivity while achieving time savings.
With virtually zero errors made from using the Focus3D, TOZ is now able to provide its clients with impressive results. Ms Heo shared that in addition to its small size, light weight, ability to take pictures, and intuitive ease of use, the Focus3D enables easy sharing of survey data through the web cloud or the company’s intranet.
About TOZ Group
TOZ Group (TOZ) is a leading business in the co-sharing industry in Korea. Starting with a “Meeting Space for Group Studies” in 2001, TOZ has since expanded to become a professional enterprise that currently operates approximately 310 branches, serving over 10 million customers. As one of the top Korean companies specializing in co-sharing spaces, TOZ has gained the attention of many global enterprises and has received funding from various companies including SoftBank, Orix, and NHN.