Laser Scanning

Laser Scanning, Surveying & Virtual Tours

This is a highly accurate data capture technique that provides an alternative to traditional surveying methods. The Laser Scanner is simple to use and works by transmitting a laser beam and using the reflection of the beam to generate a ‘point cloud’. It is this point cloud that creates the image as it is made up of thousands of 3D points which are calculated by the scanner. Using the image or ‘point cloud’ it is then possible to manipulate the information as required. For example, if CAD drawings are required, the point cloud data can be directly imported into a variety of CAD packages, or even graphic packages (e.g. Studio Max), which enable photo realistic rendered views to be produced.

So how does it work in practice? One of our highly skilled surveyors will come to your site with our Laser Scanner, set up the equipment at predetermined points, aim, click, and we’re done. We can then provide all the data that is needed to produce 2D general arrangements, maps and plans, elevations, construction drawings to 3D intelligent models, panoramic virtual tours and lifelike 3D animations. It’s safe, fast, accurate and offers huge project cost savings.

Our highly skilled surveyors are able to obtain more data, more consistently in a single day on site than would take many weeks using traditional methods. This provides reduction in time spent in potentially hazardous areas, it also provides a greater degree of accuracy and removes the ‘human error’ factor in all types of surveying.

Over recent years, we have employed our laser scanning service to the nuclear industry as a speedy, accurate and non-contact form of data capture; we also utilise laser scanning across the industrial, utilities and manufacturing sectors.

Laser scanning offers a range of benefits such as:-

  • The data collection is accurate and makes retrofit design projects more accurate by reducing clashes and rework
  • Gives a true 3D image of the built environment
  • Reduced costs
  • Quick Surveying – typically one to two days on site are required to measure the medium to large AGIs
  • Safety first – no need to work at height
  • Allows you to obtain accurate data fast and reduces the need for multiple site visits
  • Scan provides 360 degree surround imagery
  • Scans demonstrate accurate height, elevation and distance between buildings/structures
  • Data captured easily imported into CAD packages for easy manipulation
  • Minimal field fit-up, field fabrication and field rework due to accurate survey data.

Many clients often face the problem of lost/missing ‘as-built’ drawings or even drawings that do not match the kit that is installed. More and more are looking for a time and cost effective solution to this problem.

The data can also be imported into graphics (e.g.) Studio Max which enables photo realistic rendered views or fly through presentations.

Data imported into graphics packages as well as CAD packages can achieve varying levels of realistic render.