Frankfurt Airport is one of the most important aviation hubs in the world. Europe’s third-largest airport opened its new pier “A-Plus” in October 2012. Spread over a length of 790 m (2,600 ft) and six floors, its gross floor area is 240,000 m² (2,600,000 ft²). The airport operator, Fraport AG, used the advantages of 3D laser scanning to produce specified/as-built comparisons of the CAD data for the newly built pier. During the “A-Plus Pier” project – probably Europe’s biggest-ever “scanning construction site” – up to four Leica Geosystems laser scanners were used simultaneously.
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