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3D laser scanning, sometimes called high-definition surveying (HDS) or terrestrial LiDAR (light detection and ranging) mapping, is a non-intrusive means of collecting detailed and accurate digital 3D data of existing physical conditions of an asset or entire project site.

Laser scanning transforms the process of planning, engineering, and construction of large scale projects through data visualization. Scanning is the most cost-effective and time-sensitive solution for addressing  complicated challenges regarding the as-built conditions of almost any environment. Instead of working with outdated building plans or field measurements, laser scanning provides true-to-life measurements and conditions. 

Use Cases for Laser Scanning

3D laser scanning is the ideal data capture and visualization solution for as-built conditions of a variety for projects, such as:


  • Above ceiling spaces

  • Bridges

  • Commercial buildings

  • Dams

  • Forensics, crime & accident scene documentation

  • Historical preservation

  • Hospitals

  • Infrastructure 

  • Manufacturing facilities

  • Mechanical rooms

  • Mines and quarries

  • Nuclear facilities 

  • Oil and gas facilities 

  • Pipelines

  • Roadways

  • Wastewater treatment plants

Laser Scanning Data Processing & Deliverables

Our primary processing software platforms for terrestrial laser scanning data are Faro Scene, Leica Cyclone, and Autodesk Recap. Learn more about our data processing services here.

Laser scanning deliverable options include:

  • 3D model

  • CAD drafting

  • Individual registered scan files (native format or recap with bubble views)

  • Unified point cloud file, optimized and cleaned

  • Webshare cloud project hosting

Benefits of Laser Scanning

  • Accurate as-built data 

  • Faster than traditional survey methods

  • Shorter operational shutdowns, reduced downtime

  • Lower project costs by reducing or eliminating re-design needs due to poor quality as-built records

  • Improved safety for personnel by keeping them off elevated platforms and at a safe distance from operating equipment

  • Scanned data can be viewed and measured virtually

  • Scanned data can be geo-referenced to existing site control

Laser scanning crew with Faro S70 Laser Scanner
Leica RTX360 Laser Scanner scanning commercial building
Faro S350 Laser Scanner scanning a mining facility
Faro X330 Laser Scanner scanning a railroad bridge
Faro S350 Laser Scanner scanning an oil and gas facility
Far S70 Laser Scanner scanning a commercial building renovation
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