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Effective Use of a Digital Demonstrator for the Instruction of Laser Scanning

9 pagesPublished: December 11, 2023


This research contributes to the understanding of digital demonstrators as a tool for classroom instruction in the use of laser scanners. Laser scanning technology plays an essential role in construction management. At the university level, students in this domain must demonstrate theoretical knowledge through hands-on exposure to laser scanning technology. Obtaining laser scanners requires a substantial capital investment as well as ongoing maintenance costs. This impedes the ability of many institutions to provide scanners for classroom use, resulting in a scarcity of such equipment and posing an instructional challenge. Use of digital demonstrators offers the potential to augment or replace a physical laser scanner in the classroom. For this study, researchers examined the current method of scanner instruction and developed a simulated scanner which functions as a digital demonstrator. The use of the demonstrator was subjected to mixed methods analysis using both undergraduate and graduate student subjects at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Testing concluded that integrating the digital demonstrator in the instruction workflow enhanced student learning and enabled those who used it to rapidly adapt to a physical scanner. The paper finally offers suggestions for further research including wider testing and examination of broader applications within STEM instruction.

Keyphrases: Construction Education, digital demonstrator, laser scanning

In: Tom Leathem, Wesley Collins and Anthony J. Perrenoud (editors). Proceedings of 59th Annual Associated Schools of Construction International Conference, vol 4, pages 408--416

BibTeX entry
  author    = {Steven Kangisser and Abhishek Shankar and Javier Irizarry},
  title     = {Effective Use of a Digital Demonstrator for the Instruction of Laser Scanning},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of 59th Annual Associated Schools of Construction International Conference},
  editor    = {Tom Leathem and Wes Collins and Anthony Perrenoud},
  series    = {EPiC Series in Built Environment},
  volume    = {4},
  pages     = {408--416},
  year      = {2023},
  publisher = {EasyChair},
  bibsource = {EasyChair,},
  issn      = {2632-881X},
  url       = {},
  doi       = {10.29007/zjzs}}
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