Laser scanning forms a major part of our measured building service where our 3D laser scanners deliver a high definition output. These can be used alongside traditional-style surveying equipment or as a complete alternative to total stations.
Laser scanning carries numerous advantages over more traditional methods as the surveyor can quickly and easily collect a large amount of data over a relatively short period of time. This data is the combination of millions of data points which, when put together, forms a point cloud image of the survey area.
As well as collecting data quickly, laser scanning is a perfect solution for areas which are relatively inaccessible, have complex detail or could be hazardous or unsafe to survey in the more traditional way. Laser scanners capture all elements of the structure at the outset, so if client specifications change at a later date, the scan data can be revisited to extract the additional information without the need for costly and time consuming returns to site. Laser scanners also capture a photographic record at the time of survey. Following the survey, the data from site is processed with visualisation and modelling software to provide a 3D representation of the surface which has been surveyed.
The 3D point cloud is then suitable for use within a wide range of applications. The data can be exported in either 2D or 3D format and can also be used to create sections and elevations. Similarly, it can be used to create a Revit model for BIM purposes.
One of the major advantages of our laser scanning and point cloud data is that it can build a variety of BIM models depending on the level of detail that is required for the project. As part of a recent project at Hartham Leisure Centre, we provided a range of our services including topographical surveys, measured building surveys, utility and CCTV surveys. Part of our building survey included the creation of a Revit model.
Laser scanning allows our on-site surveyors to capture and use large volumes of 3D data and is an excellent solution for a range of environments and construction projects. It is very well suited to heritage and historic buildings where the survey of the building façade is key to the project.
To find out more, please complete the enquiry form below to contact one of our specialist surveyors. Available across our network of UK offices, our teams of surveyors share many years’ experience and are in an ideal position to discuss your project in more detail and offer the best survey solution from our broad range of complementary services.
Laser Scanning Overview
- Can capture data quickly and more effectively than traditional methods.
- Delivers an all-encompassing survey creating point clouds and Revit models for BIM.
- Suitable for a range of project sectors including historic and heritage schemes.
- Ideal solution for sites containing hazardous or limited access areas.
- All data can be used for exporting to CAD software or other rendering systems.