New hardware tools, including 3D laser scanners and robotic total stations, are now part of the BIM tool set. For instance, Crate&Barrel's use of total stations has helped it do precise layouts from a model. "Maturing from a process that was long thought to only be associated with design and clash detection [BIM], it is encouraging to see tools like laser equipment, total stations, robotic total stations, and 3D laser scanners transforming the market from a hardware perspective," notes the author of this article.

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