3D Laser Scanning in Building and Topographical Surveys

Faro X130 3D Laser Scanner

Capabilities of Class 1 industry-leading 3D Laser Scanning equipment

Until recently, to achieve detailed and accurate As-Built land and building measured surveys, it required numerous staff members and a significant amount of time to complete the tasks.

Today the market offers 3D Laser Scanning technology solutions. With the help of class 1 laser scanners, what previously took days to survey can now be achieved in a matter of hours.


What is 3D Laser Scanning

3D laser scanning is the process of contactless digital data  collection of appearance, shape, measurements or both, from the real-world objects, shapes or surfaces. In the construction, design and architectural fields the 3D captured data can be used for the following purposes:

  • Constructing accurate and scaled 3D models.
  • Virtual tours around the scanned site.
  • Production of accurate As-Built architectural CAD drawings such as floor plans, section drawings, elevation drawings etc.
  • Extraction of areas, volumes and measurements.

What are the main benefits of 3D Laser Scanning

  • Speed

Our Faro 3D laser scanner is capable of capturing up to 1 million points per second. In just minutes the scanner is capable to complete a 360° by 300° scan, capturing measurements of everything to the smallest detail that is visible to the scanner. What takes days to measure using standard methods of surveying can now be achieved in hours.

  • Accuracy

The Faro X130 scanner has a range of 130 metres with accuracy of just +-2mm. Due to the lack of human error factor during data registration.

  • No human error in data capture

The terrestrial 3D laser scanners capture measurements of all visible surfaces and objects within their range in 360° by 300°, eliminating any human error factors in data collection.

  • Surveying hard to access areas

With scanner’s range of 130 metres, this allows us to precisely capture measurements of even hard to reach areas such as high ceiling and building elevations.

  • Suitable for sensitive environments

The Faro X130 3D laser scanner we use shoots out lasers in all directions 360° by 300° capturing measurements of all visible surfaces at a distance of up to 130 metres. As it is contactless method of survey, this makes it the perfect choice for surveying sensitive properties such as churches and listed buildings.

  • True-View imagery

Extract any measurements from 3D Point Cloud or directly from 360° Images.

  • Point Cloud Virtual tours

Benefit from virtual tours with ability to extract any measurements, minimising the need of site-visits.

What is Terrestrial Laser Scanning

Terrestrial laser scanning (TLS) devices also known as terrestrial LiDAR ( light detection and ranging ) are the laser scanners that are mostly used in the following fields:

  • Construction field – Performing quality control during and after the construction project is completed.
  • Surveying – Building measured surveys, topographical land surveys and structure health monitoring
  • Forensic investigations – Scanning the scene of crimes and capturing all data to the millimetre

Professional Terrestrial laser scanners typically have a range of 70 metres to 350 metres with an accuracy of +- 2mm. Some of the most advanced 3D laser scanners have a range up to 2km.


How 3D Laser Scanning works & how are lasers used to perform 3D Laser Scanning

Terrestrial 3D laser scanners works by sweeping the laser beam in all direction usually 360° by 300°). The scanner calculates the distance to an object by calculating the time it takes for the laser beam to hit an object and bounce back to the scanner. However unlike the normal rangefinders, the terrestrial 3D laser scanners record data in x, y and z coordinates. This makes it possible to convert the surveyed data into detailed 3D representation of all coordinates often referred to as Point Cloud.


What is 3D Laser Scanning used for?

3D laser scanning allows to solve many tasks, i.e.:

  • Measured Building Surveys

Creating accurate As-Built drawings of any kind with as much or as little detail.

  • Topographical & Property Surveys

Creating accurate and scaled 3D models of surveyed buildings, objects and land.

  • Structure Health Monitoring

Analysing the degree of deformation of a structure by comparing data from different points in time.

  • Construction

Quality control of proposed vs As-Built works in construction.

How much does a 3D Laser Scanner cost?

The entry level terrestrial 3D laser scanners from the industry leading manufacturers cost from around £30,000.The more advanced models can cost up to £100,000.

However, a terrestrial laser scanner is no more than a box on a tripod without the required software and PC machines that can handle pall data and a person with a knowledge of operating the scanner and software.

The following list is a guideline of the costs:

  • Terrestrial laser scanner: £35K – £100K+
  • Software for processing and registering scans into Point Cloud: £7,000 – £10,000
  • Software for processing PC desktop that would be sufficient to process scanned data: £3,000 – £10,000 and registering scans into Point Cloud: £7,000 – £10,000

Click here to see how we can help you with our Terrestrial 3D Laser Scanning equipment.

Measured surveying professionals

We are a team of UK measured surveying professionals who adhere strictly to customer requirements to get the best results. All team members are focused and perform the work to the best of their ability.

Industry leading technologies

We use Faro x130 3D laser scanning equipment for all our surveys. The scanner is capable of recording up to 1 million points per second, has a range of 130 metres with an accuracy error pf +-2 mm. We also use the most advanced software like Faro Scene, Autodesk Revit, AutoCAD and ReCAP to deliver the right product for you.

Adaptable list of services

Each client has different requirements, which is why we offer the most adaptable list of services to cater to your individual needs.

Competitive prices

Our company offers competitive prices. And there are no hidden fees. We always carry out work on time and offer flexible service terms.

Fast turnaround

Available as soon as the same day, delivering as-built plans typically in 3 days.

Single point of contact

We value our customer experience and want to make it as smooth as possible. Therefore we provide just one point of contact for each project.

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