3D Laser Scanning Applications
There are a variety of surveying applications for 3D laser scanning, from architectural and archaeological surveys to the construction and maintenance of railways and highways. Do you need to create a highly accurate and detailed 3D model with 4D, 5D and even 6D capabilities available? A high-performance 3D laser scanner is the ideal tool to collect the survey data.
Common 3D Laser Scanning Applications
We work with a variety of clients who require laser scanning for surveys to inform project planning and also maintenance. Some of the industries that have benefitted from our expertise include:
Architectural Laser Scanning
As a major aspect of all architectural and construction projects, the drawings and models produced for building and land surveys should be as accurate as possible. 3D laser scanning allows surveyors to do just this. It aids in the creation of complex BIM models as well as 2D floor plans, elevations and building sections for architects to design building modifications.
Automotive Laser Scanning Surveys
We can also use point cloud data to create detailed 3D & BIM models and 2D floorplans of automotive factories. This can assist in the design or redesign of plants or assembly lines. Laser scanning is also useful for automotive manufacturing and assembly, non-contact data collection. It also provides accurate modelling methods to help automotive manufacturers create prototypes and improve quality control.
Oil & Gas / Petrochemical Laser Scanning
In the quality-critical oil & gas and petrochemical industries, accurate drawings and models are of the utmost importance for safety standards and regulation compliance. A laser scanner can provide point cloud data to help create 3D as-built models of refineries and processing plants, as well as existing pipe systems or steel structures. This enables the design and fabrication of a new plants and pipe systems. Or you can replace existing, failing, or outdated systems. For oil & gas systems, laser scanning can accurately monitor tooling erosion and reverse engineer oil & gas tools.
Archaeological Laser Scanning
The highly detailed and dense point clouds a laser scanner creates can be used to create realistic, 3D records of historically significant items, including carvings, buildings and tools. Laser scanning can also help create models or meshes for archaeological replicas (with 3D printing, moulds, and other techniques). Being able to see a replica of an artefact or explore a historical area through the medium of an accurate 3D model is helpful for academic study, the preservation of important artefacts, and also increasing public engagement with archaeological finds and historical events.
Civil Engineering and 3D Laser Scanning
Producing 2D drawings and 3D models from laser scan data of existing roads, buildings and structures gives the ability to easily design additions or upgrades. Digital terrain models (DTMs) are particularly useful for modelling large areas, allowing you to easily calculate slopes/gradients for cut & fill purposes, or for drainage. Another civil engineering application for laser scanning is highways. They can be captured using a vehicle with an onboard laser scanner, known as mobile mapping.
Laser Scanning for Railways
Laser scanners can rapidly capture railway track and platform information or obtain accurate data. This aids in the production of models of areas where proposed new tracks have been planned.
Other 3D Laser Scanning Applications
3D laser scanning is by no means limited to the above applications; a 3D laser scanner can deliver the point cloud to help create detailed 3D models and 2D drawings wherever needed. This is why laser scanners have proved revolutionary for measured surveys across industries and disciplines.