3D laser scanning

Our 3D laser scanning services accurately capture buildings, infrastructure, and landscapes. We provide BIM models, point clouds, and 2D & 3D CAD drawings. Available across the UK.

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Accurate as-is data collection

3D laser scanning an office building

3D building scanning

We can scan any building from small residential houses and construction sites to large office complexes and hotels. Digitise an entire property or specific areas like stairwell or roofing sections.

an old bridge leading into a railway tunnel

Civil infrastructure

Receive complete 3D data of civil infrastructure including railways, bridges and tunnels. We can supply a variety of deliverables to aid new design, urban planning, and refurbishment.

a mining site preparing for data capture

Terrestrial laser scanning

3D laser scanning of landscapes and outdoor structures such as farmland, coastal assemblies, and monuments. Allowing for environmental monitoring, preservation and restoration work.

3D laser scanning solutions we offer

As-built measuring services

Precise as-built data capture and modelling with minimal time on-site. Use these measurements to create missing as-built documentation including floor plans, roof plans, lease plans, elevations, and cross sections.

Our point cloud data can be post-processed into whichever format best suits your needs, such as 2D & 3D CAD drawings. Essential for informed decision-making and compliance in construction and property management.

Scan to BIM (Revit)

Our experts transform 3D laser scan data into textured BIM (Building Information Modelling) models, created in Revit. We can provide LOD 100 to 500 models to match your required level of detail.

BIM facilitates seamless collaboration across various disciplines, enabling more coordinated and integrated project management. It also significantly reduces construction errors and discrepancies, leading to cost savings and enhanced efficiency in building projects.

Design verification & clash detection

Our 3D laser scanning service provides exact spatial dimensions for brownfield and greenfield developments. Architects can use this information to generate dimensional callouts, order prefabricated panels, assess structural integrity, avoid design clashes and ensure that all planned features fit inside the space.

Compare the data with your design models to validate whether the construction is aligned with the design plans and identify any discrepancies for quality control. This allows you to correct any deviations early on before they become a serious issue.

Digital twin

We quickly gather full-field 3D data of your premises to be used as a starting point for digital twin creation. This can then be uploaded to your digital twin software and integrated with other data sources like cameras, sensors, and additional IoT devices.

In the shift towards Industry 4.0, digital twins are becoming increasingly popular for asset and facility management. They allow for real-time data monitoring, predictive maintenance analysis, and factory layout optimisation.

4D Analysis & Inspection

Scan data can be used to perform valuable simulations and tests, revealing structural or equipment failures not apparent to the naked eye. Employ stress analysis to track and visualize structural performance changes over time. Early detection of potential issues prevents further complications, saving time and reducing costs.

3D visualisation and virtual tours

Turn physical spaces into realistic 3D virtual environments, be it a walkthrough, 360 VR tour, panoramic imaging, or TruView display. 3D visualisation presents a more immersive way for both team members and clients to view your location.

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Fill in this form to receive a free, no-obligation quotation. Please attach images of the space that needs scanning and a basic outline of what you hope to achieve. 

Meeting industry-specific demands

AEC (Architecture, Engineering & Construction

AEC (Architecture, Engineering & Construction)

Having accurate, up-to-date 3D information at your fingertips offers immense benefits throughout the lifecycle of an engineering or construction project. It ensures that the final structure aligns precisely with the design plans, significantly reducing the risk of deformations and structural flaws. This technology not only streamlines large-volume calculations and geometrical checks but also aids in early detection of potential design clashes, reducing rework costs and minimising risk of change orders.

3D laser scanning excels in inspecting complex shapes and façade components, outperforming traditional methods with its precision and efficiency. It also fosters enhanced collaboration among project teams, with shared data improving communication and decision-making in hand-offs. Furthermore, the speed of data capture translates to considerable time and cost savings, particularly valuable in projects involving renovations or extensions where accurate as-built documentation is crucial.

 

a construction site mid project
architects working with 3D printed building models

We can 3D print models of your building for visualisation

Factory, Plant & Industrial

Factory, Plant & Industrial

An industrial plant ready to be scanned to create a digital twin

Our 3D laser scanning services enable the creation of precise digital twins, crucial for planning and verifying factory layouts, HVAC & piping, and as-built documentation of plant and MEP systems. This technology allows for accurate measurements of tie-in points and clearances, essential for modular exchanges like SKID assemblies. In challenging environments like oil and gas facilities, digital twins facilitate remote and collaborative work, enhancing safety and efficiency.

For your company, this means the ability to virtually deploy equipment, machinery, and vehicles, optimizing space use without physically moving anything. For example, robotic arms and CNC machines can be properly aligned. This approach results in significant time savings and cost reductions, with millimeter accuracy providing a solid foundation for effective and error-free operations.

Civil Engineering & Infrastructure

Civil Engineering & Infrastructure

Our technology aids the development and upkeep of bridges, tunnels, highways, mines, and dams among other infrastructure projects. It can also be used in the energy sector to assess defects with powerlines, perform wind turbine and solar inspection, and hydro, gas, and nuclear power plant scanning.

The 3D laser scan data can be used for inspection reports, computer visualisation and various simulations. Confidently complete tasks such as pothole detection, overhead cable clearance, damage assessment, track monitoring, or analysing potential collision events where moving parts are involved. The non-invasive nature of the scanners minimizes disruption in public spaces and operational environments.

Reality capture for everything from airports to railways

Inspecting a road leading into a small tunnel

Commercial Real Estate

Commercial Real Estate

3D laser scanning in commercial real estate transforms the way properties are developed, managed, and viewed. As well as new builds, it presents a fast way to acquire measurements of spaces that are currently in use without having to shut down for extended periods. Minimise the need for frequent site visits during the planning and design phase.

Having precise spatial dimensions and a pliable 3D model assists shopfitters in creating innovative retail spaces and eye-catching storefronts. Even large office blocks and university campuses can be digitised for BIM, detailed inspection, and jobs like staircase, elevator shaft, and wall plump analysis. Create 360 virtual tours to give customers and stakeholders a unique way to explore your property, and allow team members to collaborate remotely.

using a 3D laser scanner to measure hard to reach areas and unven surfaces
a creative retail store design using measurements from 3D laser scan

Get creative with the way you design spaces

Cultural Heritage & Archaeology

Cultural Heritage & Archaeology

facade of derelict cathedral to be digitised
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Rewriting the way we preserve and interact with historical sites and artifacts. Generate orthographic images, 3D tours, and VR experiences, enabling detailed documentation and digital preservation of listed buildings, churches, ships, and other cultural landmarks. Our data facilitates pre-emptive repairs, recovery from unforeseen damage and natural disasters, and complete restoration of heritage sites.

Combine this with our reverse engineering and 3D printing solutions to produce replica design features and realistic physical models. By precisely capturing structural details, we remove any bias from your renovation decision-making process. Additionally, our non-contact, non-destructive equipment offers a safe way to acquire this geospatial information without risking any damage or deterioration.

Film, Gaming & VR

Film, gaming & VR

We can help film and TV teams with location scouting, pre-visualisation, and planning of scenes, significantly enhancing the production and post-production processes. With our highly detailed data, you can create exact copies of locations and assets, reducing the time and cost of visualisation and enabling more realistic visual effects (VFX). The technology also supports the creation of virtual sets and LED walls, projecting 3D environments in real-time behind actors to simulate physical locations.

Working in video game development? Capture real-world environments and objects to build detailed 3D models for game engines, enhancing the realism and engagement of virtual environments. In virtual reality, the combination of 3D laser scanning and VR technology means immersive experiences, with applications extending from entertainment to healthcare for patient rehabilitation and educational purposes.

Bring real-world locations to life in your film sets & virtual environments

A map in a video game based on 3D laser scan data from a real place

What our customers say...

How does 3D laser scanning work?

Our scanners work by emitting an infrared laser beam, which is directed into the surrounding environment by a rotating mirror. This process captures scattered light from objects, reflecting it back into the scanner. They use phase-shift technology to measure distances, where constant infrared light waves are sent out and reflected back. The phase shifts in these waves are analysed to accurately determine the distance to objects.

The scanners assess the reflectivity of surfaces by measuring the intensity of the returned laser beam. This reflectivity data, combined with the distance measurements, is used to generate a detailed point cloud. This point cloud represents a three-dimensional dataset of the scanned environment, comprising millions of points, depending on the chosen resolution.

engineer conducting a 3D laser scan on the Milton Keynes dinosaur statue

Recent jobs

We scanned a dinosaur!

The famous ‘Leonasaurus Rex’ giant dinosaur statue in Milton Keynes had fallen into disrepair. We conducted a comprehensive 3D laser scan and reverse engineered the data to help the local council with the restoration project. 

Our process

What to expect

Here’s a breakdown of the typical workflow when you employ our 3D laser scanning services.

01.
Quote.

Send us some pictures, a brief description of your project and what you’d like to acheive. We’ll get back to you with a no-obligation quote. 

02.
Scan.

We come to site and conduct the 3D laser scanning. We’ll usually have a telephone or video meeting beforehand to discuss the details.

03.
Post-processing.

Once we have captured the raw data, our experts back at HQ will use a specialist suite of software to produce your desired output. 

04.
Delivery.

Receive your deliverables in the requested format. Let us know of any iterations that need to be made. We want you to be 100% satisfied.

Deliverables

Data generated during the 3D laser scanning process can be converted into a wide variety of outputs.

FAQ

The time required to complete a 3D laser scan can be anywhere from a few hours to multiple days, depending on the scope of your project. Factors including building complexity, square footage, number of rooms, occupancy, and the level of detail you need all contribute.

LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) is a specific type of 3D laser scanning technology. It uses pulsed laser light to measure distances to the Earth’s surface, which is particularly useful for large-scale geographical surveys. 3D laser scanning, in a broader sense, encompasses various methods of using laser beams to capture the physical properties of objects or environments. While LiDAR is a subset within 3D laser scanning, used for specific applications, 3D laser scanning refers to a wider range of techniques and uses.

Yes, absolutely. Our scanners are IEC Class 1 laser products, meaning they can be freely operated without the need for eye protection and are safe under all conditions of normal use.

The technology is non-contact and non-destructive, meaning that whatever we are scanning is equally safe. The process is as non-intrusive as snapping a photograph.

Yes, we have a selection of scanning equipment to produce the best results for all sorts of use cases. This includes metrology-grade scanners and full-colour texture scanners. Learn more here.

We regularly work with clients across industries such as automotive, aerospace, medical, furniture, and many more.

We can 3D laser scan your house to gather detailed measurements of all surfaces, both internal and external as required. The collected data, known as a point cloud, is then processed using specialized software to create a professional 3D model of your house.

Old buildings or heritage sites can be 3D laser scanned to quickly capture accurate as-is data. The resulting point cloud can then be used to produce updated as-built documentation reflecting the current condition of the property.

Our 3D laser scanners provide precise measurements of even the most complex geometries, at an impressive scale. With a range of up to 350m, we can supply you with dimensions of inaccessible areas, as long as the scanner has a line of sight.

This can be used for tasks such as correcting uneven concrete slab levels or recording documentation for building management post-handover.

By 3D laser scanning a space and overlaying the data with your designs, we can verify that installed components match your design intent. This allows any deviations to be promptly corrected before they become an expensive issue further down the line.

3D laser scanning is used for volume calculations by capturing detailed three-dimensional data of an area or object. The scanner generates a point cloud, which is a collection of data points in space representing the scanned surface. By processing this data, software can accurately calculate the volume of the scanned area. This method is especially useful in industries like construction, mining, and waste management, where precise volume measurements are essential for tasks such as resource estimation, inventory management, and space planning. The accuracy and speed of 3D laser scanning make it a preferred method for volume calculations over traditional, manual methods.

Record data and monitor positional changes to floors, steel beams, walls, columns, windows and doors for liability documentation. Ground surfaces,  pillars, roofs, stairwells, pipe runs and much more can be scanned. 

3D laser scanning is an optimal technology for collecting precise measurements of complex production lines. It is significantly faster than traditional methods and leaves less space for human error. Additionally, the resulting point cloud can be converted into a wide array of useful deliverables to boost project performance. 

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