# The Various Applications of Laser Distance Meter

Laser distance meter is perfect for professionals that want a technologically advanced but easy to use distance measurement. The Fluke 416D and 411D laser distance meters have an accuracy up to 1.5mm or 1/16 inches and measure to a target up to 200 feet away using the unit’s laser spot, and can do a swift calculation of the area and volume.

There are 100 ways to use a laser distance meter:

**Facilities:**

- Measures distances over areas in which there are obstacles in the way barring the use of measuring tapes of wheels.
- It can calculate the internal floor space or volume of a room of a building
- Create as-built dimensions where no blueprints are given
- Determine the footprint of equipment to aid in layout
- Confirm that new construction satisfies usage requirements
- Layout parking lots
- Determine if the sides of the room are completely parallel
- Confirm CAD sketches for as-builts and design drawings
- Can measure via triangulation the height or width of buildings
- Provide precise estimates and measure distances, area, or volume.
- Quote on crane needed for rooftop equipment replacement
- Measure ceiling height
- Calculate the needed wire rope for crane
- Set up collision detection for cranes without the need for aerial lifts and tape
- Measure runway spans for cranes
- Measure ceiling heights needed in installing emergency lightings, sprinklers, fire extinguishers
- Determine accurate room dimensions to guarantee correct chemical concentration for Clean Agent Fire Suppression System
- Measure distances from machines for safety equipment
- Measure fire suppression tanks’ water levels
- Document the location of standing water or leaks found with a thermal imager or infrared thermometer.
- Measure the height for appropriate ladder selection
- Measure room dimension to know how many floors covering is required
- Measure the room dimension to determine how much paint is required
- Use in setting up floor support in large communication rooms.

**Electrical:**

- Locate underground cable faults and tell the precise distance of fault from starting point without measuring tape of wheel
- Locate underground cable and shoot back with distance meter
- Measure distances of underground cables from landmarks or known hazards
- Determine the length of wire
- Measure depth and distance of underground conduit
- Measure distance to determine voltage drops
- Calculate total length needed for setting up wire assemblies and harnesses
- Measure the height of high voltage lines
- Determine distances for the linear length of wire or cable runs
- Determine distances for linear feet or meters of conduit required for new installations
- Measure distances to objects within hard-to-reach drop ceilings to specify overhead cable runs
- Measure ceiling height to determine rod lengths for drop ceiling installations or lighting fixtures
- Measure distance under subfloors or buildings for networking
- Measure power system devices’ distances.
- Measure the electrical room square for regulation verification
- Determine where to place power connections to the power supplies in manufacturing floor layouts
- Determine distance around walls for proper receptacle placement per code
- Determine the distances between electrical service poles
- Measure disconnect placement for spas and pools

**Industrial**

- Determine the length of the conveyor belt
- Calculate the conveyor belt’s capacity based on its length
- Estimate heat loading by measuring the distance between machines
- Determine the ventilation requirements of equipment
- Confirm the accuracy of tank level transmitters
- Measure power plant water intake’s water level
- Determine the volume of industrial ovens
- Align large welding fixtures
- Check calibration of automated product shuttle distance sensors

**HVAC**

- Determine the distances for air handler spacing
- Size ducts for traversals
- Specify duct run type
- Determine room volume for airflow requirements
- Measure distances for duct runs (installation or replacement)
- Determine pipe drainage’s rise or drop distance
- Compute duct lengths for static pressure drop
- Measure roof height for flue lengths

**Plumbing**

- Measure condensation lines for installation or repair
- Determine the size of the yard to figure out sprinkler heads needed
- Determine the distances between tower drives for water pressure calculation
- Measure distance for pump lines and piping runs
- Measure distance between pumps and distance the pump needs to push the liquid

**Construction**

- Find horizontal lengths for finding out rain gutter length
- Measure distances from roads and property lines to obey with local building codes
- Find out the amount of sheetrock to cover surfaces
- Determine trench, hole depth
- Find out insulation requirements
- Find out offset needed for septic systems

**Lighting **

- Specify length to access light fixtures in high ceilings for maintenance
- Determine the distance from power supplies for LED and low-voltage electronic loads
- Find out the number of power supplies needed in temporary LED lighting applications
- Determine lumen requirements based on ceiling height
- Find the center point of ceiling and other key locations for lighting installations

**IT**

- Find out network equipment spacing in communication rooms
- Measure reach and distance between wireless network elements for IT installations

**Towers**

- Approximate guy-cable lengths for cell towers
- Find out the safe distance from microwave transmitters on cell towers
- Measure the height of equipment on utility poles in surveying for cell towers sites
- Measure heights of lines and brackets on transmission towers for upkeep

**Solar**

- Determine roof width and peak height to compute roof pitch is estimating the output of solar panels.
- Find out roof area for solar panel size estimates
- Record location of shading analysis for ground-mounted photovoltaic array

**Automotive**

- Calibrate on-board distance and warning system
- Set up a stopping distance course for demonstration and brake test
- Check for vehicle oversize load clearances.

**Multimedia and Theatre**

- Measure the height of a lighting pipe to raise theatrical lighting trusses to a certain height above the stage.
- Calculate viewing angles and audio-based predicted coverage maps
- Determine the height of the video projector and screen for calculation of light and pixel per inch quality of the projection
- Figure length for video and camera cable compensation computations
- Measure distances for camera lens selection, focus, and zoom settings

**BioMed**

- Confirm the source-to-image distances for X-ray equipment
- Confirm if discrete medical equipment distance requirements are met when systems are installed

**Others **

- Continuously measure automated moving equipment to confirm the correct location
- Find the distance from a target to the optical micrometer mounted on an alignment telescope for setups in a calibration lab
- Find the distance between surveillance cameras and the desired coverage
- Check the measurement from objects for setting thermal imager rangers
- Determine the distance to spot accuracy on infrared thermometers.

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