Most Frequent Questions and Answers

How long does a scan take?

3D laser scanning can reduce on-site survey times by up to 80% when compared to traditional techniques. Most scanning applications take between 1.5 – 8 mins per scan depending upon the level of detail, location and distances scanned. A site may require a few to several hundred scans.

How much does a measured building survey cost?

When compared to traditional survey techniques, 3D laser surveys offer excellent efficiency.  As well as reducing survey times, the improved data can be interpreted resulting in a faster more comprehensive design.  The long-term benefits of acquiring 3D laser surveys can be recognised throughout the project with savings still being made long after the project handover.

What industries can benefit from 3D laser surveys?

Industries such as engineering, architecture, manufacturing, oil and gas, mining, and construction can benefit from 3D laser surveys.

How can 3D laser surveys improve efficiency in manufacturing?

By providing accurate measurements and digital models, 3D laser surveys can help manufacturers optimise their production lines, reduce waste, and enhance quality control.

Can 3D laser surveys improve safety in construction?

Yes, by creating digital models of potentially hazardous environments, such as construction sites, 3D laser surveys can help identify and mitigate safety risks before they become a problem.

Can PointSCAN's 3D scanning services be used for large-scale projects?

Yes, our services can be used for both small and large-scale projects, and can capture detailed data of objects and environments of any size.

What can I do with the point cloud?

Point clouds offer a visual representation taken directly from the raw scan data. Made from millions of individual points they are not photo quality but can be applied to CAD designs and presentations to provide a cost-effective 3D modelling solution.

Can you scan through objects?

Sadly no. 3D laser scans provide surface measurement data only.  However, the general rule of thumb is “if you can see it we can scan it”.

Due to refraction, laser scanners are not able to scan through water and may be affected by inclement weather.

Is 3D laser scanning safe?

PointSCAN operates laser scanners which use class 1 laser products.  These can be safely operated without the need for eye protection.

The scan is no more intrusive than taking a photograph and there is no requirement to touch any plant, machinery etc. whilst undergoing a survey.

Can I use point clouds in my CAD software?

3D laser scans and point clouds can be easily exported into multiple file formats which are compatible with most of the major CAD software suppliers.

You may need to test different formats as some file formats create large file sizes which may slow down some applications.

How much does a 3D laser survey cost?

The price of capturing on-site measurement data through the use of a 3D laser survey depends on a number of factors, including the level of detail and the duration of the job. 

For more information about pricing, please take a look at our pricing page or contact us using the button below.

What are as-built drawings?

As-built drawings are created after the completion of a construction project and show the exact location, type, size, and configuration of all the components that were installed. They are used for various purposes, including maintenance, renovation, and future construction projects.

What is a 3D laser scanner?

A 3D laser scanner captures accurate building measurements which can be used to develop 2D floor plans and elevations, 3D CAD models and registered point clouds.

How accurate are measurements captured with a 3D laser scanner?

Depending on whether the scans are captured indoors or outdoors, measurements taken with a 3D laser scanner can be as accurate as 1mm.

What is a topographical survey?

A topographical survey or land survey captures accurate site elevations and measurement data from natural and artificial topographic features along with specified boundary information. 

Who can benefit from 3d laser scanning services?

3D laser surveys prove to be beneficial to a wide range of industry professionals including architects, engineers and project managers. However, they can also be beneficial for individuals needing accurate measurement data for personal projects like 2D floor plans and elevations of a property. 

How does 3D laser survey technology differ from traditional surveying methods?

3D laser surveys provide more accurate and detailed measurements than traditional surveying methods, and can capture 3D data in a fraction of the time.

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