Facts about 3d laser scanning survey

7 facts regarding 3D Laser Scanning and Survey Engineering

7 Interesting Facts About 3D Scanning

💢 Renovation and Remodeling

Renovation and remodeling of residential, commercial, and industrial structures are all possible applications for the technology of 3D laser scanning. If you base your project plans on inaccurate blueprints, this could result in delays in the project as well as change orders, which would drive up the overall expenses. This is when 3D laser scanning surveys of buildings come to help. 

With 3D laser scanning equipment, the point cloud data of the building is collected to create accurate 3D as built models and drawings with Scan to BIM methodology. Building renovation and remodeling are made cost and time efficient with the help of 3D laser scanning survey technology. 

💢 Helps in Monitoring Site

The construction sites can be monitored more effectively with the use of 3D laser scanning survey equipment. The capacity of laser scanning to swiftly and correctly record the circumstances of a site is one of the primary benefits of 3D laser scanning in construction; this ability is particularly helpful while tracking the progress of construction. 

The use of 3D laser scanning equipment for buildings enables project managers to refer to virtual models of project structures in order to remotely monitor the progress being made at construction sites. A 3D laser scan will be used to monitor potentially dangerous construction conditions. This helps to virtually monitor the site and save time from visiting the site frequently. 

💢 Bring Ancient Times Back to life

Archaeologists use 3D laser scanning land surveying of historic sites using a 3D laser scanner and then meticulously recreate it to bring the past to life. 3D laser scanning topographic surveys collect accurate point cloud data of historic buildings and complexes. This data is then used in the scan to BIM process, which is supported by the BIM software Autodesk Revit to create as built models. 

Archaeologists, with the assistance of pieces of evidence and this as built data, are able to reconstruct the entire site as 3D models and videos to demonstrate how the ancient metropolis may have appeared during its prime. 

💢 Facility Management

3D laser scanning can be a great help to get precise models which can be used for facility management. These as built models by incorporating Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), and Internet of Things (IoT), can be used to create digital twins of the building. These digital twins not only just look like but also behaves like these buildings. 

For example, the digital twin of a water treatment plant needs to be able to duplicate the essential operations of the plant, such as the primary and secondary treatment of wastewater, as well as human inputs into the system and the capacity to respond properly to unanticipated events. 

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💢 3D Laser Scanning with Robots

Robot controlled 3D scanners in surveying are now the future of the AEC industry. They are capable of working alone in hostile conditions. Increased productivity and superior product quality are just two of the many benefits that this cutting edge technology ensures. 

Autonomous robotic 3D laser scanning systems are useful for navigating complex, ever-changing, and possibly dangerous environments. This combination is making it far simpler than ever to scan a building and opening up exciting new possibilities for automated project analysis and insight. 

💢Accident Reconstruction and Crime Investigation

Cameras have been used by forensic teams for decades. 3D scanners offer more information than 2D images. They allow faster, more thorough data collection (3D scanners capture form and color of an object). One person can efficiently map crime scenes. A criminologist can revisit a 3D crime scene at any moment without visiting the site. 3D laser scanners are also used for the documentation of crash scenes. It is used for legal proceedings in court.

💢 Used in Entertainment Industry

The movie and gaming industries have come a long way in recent years, and it is reasonable to say that 3D scanning has been a major contributor to these breakthroughs in technology. The accuracy of a laser scan allows for a wide range of applications, from the revival of historic structures and environments to the creation of videos for movies and games.

Explore Applications of Laser Scanning

In these times when clients cannot afford any delays or malfunctions, laser scanning has emerged as a revolutionary technology. Laser scanning is just moving a laser beam across a surface, while conceptually simple, the actual technologies used for it can be quite sophisticated.

Let’s explore the innumerable applications of laser scanning and how it is reshaping sectors from aerospace and manufacturing to most important AEC, it is coming out as efficient without compromise. 

Rapid Data Collection for Project Management

Through its ability to capture thousands of points per second, it is extremely efficient.  The laser beams sweep across surfaces, to measure distances and record in real-time. High-speed data acquisition allows for efficient scanning of large areas or objects providing valuable insights and data for effective project planning and execution. 

Non-Contact Measurements

One of the key advantages of laser scanning is its non-contact approach. It captures surface details without any physical contact by using laser beams. This non-invasive approach is valuable in various fields, including manufacturing, construction, and healthcare. It allows for precise measurements without affecting the object being scanned, reducing the risk of damage or disturbance. 

Healthcare Advancements

Compared to X-rays or MRIs, the 3D scanner is a safer imaging solution. Its versatility in creating custom prosthetics, orthotics, and more as well as its precision in surgery is the reason why most medical practitioners are accepting it. The technology provides detailed scans for accurate diagnoses and personalized treatment plans.  

Accident Reconstruction and Crime Scene Investigation  

Forensic teams have used cameras for decades, but 3D scanners have accelerated the process of reconstructing accidents and crime scenes. It is extremely beneficial in shooting investigations. This technology allows for accurate measurements directly in the 3D point cloud, aiding blood splatter analysis and bullet trajectory assessments. This enhances the overall efficiency and accuracy of investigations.  

360-degree coverage and Versatility

This technology captures intricate details from multiple angles, making it highly adaptable for various applications. Whether used in accident reconstruction, media production, or archaeological documentation, the ability to collect data comprehensively from all perspectives enhances its accuracy, adding to its versatility across various industries.  

Renovation and Remodeling

For renovations or any construction project that lacks accurate existing conditions documentation, the laser scan data can be converted into models to provide the missing information thereby helping in optimizing building performance and ensuring renovations align with precise measurements, minimizing errors in the construction process. 

Historical Preservation

Historical Preservation

It is crucial in preserving and presenting artifacts, monuments, and archaeological sites.  Registering geometric information of monuments, statues, archaeological remains, etc. makes a major contribution to preserving and visualizing these elements digitally. Archaeologists can create the appearance of ancient sites using point cloud data. The precision and accuracy of laser scanning contribute to authentic historical representation and conservation efforts. It facilitates remote data collection thereby it allows for efficient data collection without the need for physical proximity. 

Clash Detection

Creating precise 3D models of existing structures and proposed designs helps to identify potential clashes or conflicts between different components. This approach allows industry professionals to detect and resolve issues before they arise on-site, minimizing errors and costly rework. It ensures a smooth workflow of the project and enhanced construction efficiency. 

High Precision in Construction

Laser scanning achieves precision through the use of highly focused laser beams that measure distances with great accuracy. This precision is crucial for construction ensuring accurate measurements and reliable data. The as-built documentation generated ensures that future construction aligns seamlessly with the existing structures, promoting efficiency and minimizing errors in the building process.  

Surveys using remote data collection

It automatically monitors and collects the data in real-time with 3-dimensional surface coordinates of an object in a normal grid. This technology allows project managers to conduct a non-contact survey, and remotely monitor progress and potentially dangerous conditions, reducing the need for frequent site visits.  

Media and Entertainment Industry

In the fast-paced and dynamic realm of the media and entertainment industry this revolutionary technology enables it to produce elaborate set and costume designs. The ability to capture detailed 3D environments designers can create intricate and realistic designs.  The detailed data obtained through laser scanning facilitates realistic Computer-Generated Imagery (CGI) integration. The 360-degree coverage ensures that CGI elements seamlessly blend into the real-world environment. This results in a more immersive and visually stunning experience for audiences. For filmmakers and production teams, location scouting is the critical aspect of the pre-production process. It enables efficient and accurate location scouting by providing comprehensive data on potential filming sites.  

Laser scanning stands today as a testament to transforming industries with its high precision and versatility. From security and defence applications to global collaborations, many domains are yet to be explored. With the advancement of technology in the upcoming years laser scanning holds infinite development opportunities to look forward to, promising a future where accuracy and efficiency go hand in hand across various industries.

In the upcoming years, with the technological advancements, it is poised for greater contributions. The fusion of accuracy and efficiency positions laser scanning is vital for technological evolution of industries worlwide.  


The reality of the AEC industry and its vision for the future both involve 3D laser scanning surveys. Within the next ten years, 3D laser scanning will be utilized in every stage of the building process, including construction, renovation, and remodeling, as well as facility management. 3D laser scanning is also employed outside of the construction industry for various purposes including accident reconstruction, crime investigation, medical industry, etc. 

We offer 3D laser scanning surveys for the creation of as built drawings for renovation, remodeling, facility management, and historic building restoration.  If your project requires a 3D laser scanning survey, contact our surveyors for more information.

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