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What is 3D Laser Scanning – And How Does It Work?
For the most accurate architectural plans and images, millions of professionals turn to 3D laser scanning. Rather than depend on physical measuring and guesswork, 3D laser scans allow users to produce hyper-accurate overviews of even the most complex of spaces. This means that there will be less chance of errors arising, and it will also mean you save time and money on your project.

But what does 3D laser scanning actually involve? How does it all work in practice? Let's take a look.
How It All Works
If you're new to the idea of 3D laser scanning, it's probably tempting to think that it's a fairly complex process. It is true that a lot of engineering expertise goes into creating some of the best hardware in the industry – however, the actual process of scanning an area for a 3D BIM or 2D drawing is likely to be much more straightforward than you might imagine. In brief, a 3D laser scan works by plotting millions of different points across a wide open space. These spaces may even be very complex or intricate. These plot points emerge through a laser scanner, and work to build what is called a point cloud.

The 3D scanning process can take some time to complete. If you have a particularly large area to cover, or if you have complex spaces and interior fittings you need to measure, you will need to make sure to cover all bases. This means using a scanner to emit and retrieve lasers throughout the whole of your space.
Laser scanners will arrange points as far and as wide as possible to ensure that measurements are taken and recorded for optimal precision. One of the best features of a 3D laser scanner is its ability to scan across X, Y and Z axes. It removes the need for you to physically measure and account for the space yourself, which is naturally going to be an appealing prospect to many architects and designers.

The fact that you can scan full axes of your area means that you can effectively build 360 flythroughs and designs which you can edit, amend and build on as you see fit. The time it takes to set up a 3D laser scan may vary, however, it is markedly quicker than having to measure everything yourself. It is also worth noting that scanning times will vary depending on how large your space is, or how complex the area you wish to scan and plot might transpire to be.

3D laser scans will, as stated, deliver a point cloud, which is a file that export and be edited in a variety of different pieces of software and suites. Within a few days of your scan completing, you will be able to access 2D and 3D models, from full CAD designs showing floors and elevations, as well as 3D BIMs and flythroughs which you can use to help offer your clients more confidence in what their final project will look like. Ultimately, a 3D laser scan and data export will allow you to take away a portable version of your physical space, which you can then use to edit and build on with incredible accuracy. You can use this to make precise changes and suggestions without having to actually physically edit the space yourself.
3D laser scanning is a remarkably swift and simple process, particularly when you compare it with physical measuring and data capture. It is also a huge cost-saving standard for many people, as you would normally need to pay for extra expertise and labour in the long run – especially if you make errors. With 3D laser scanning, there are zero errors – giving you more time and money in the bargain. If you'd like to know more about 3D laser scans, be sure to get in touch with our team for more details.
Will 3D Laser Scanning Work for Me?
There's every chance that it might! If you struggle to draw up accurate plans and models for spaces, it is a fantastic way to ensure no errors arise. This means that you are able to approach your clients with greater confidence.
It also means that projects can turn around quicker and to lower costs. Time, hassle and energy are all factors you are going to want to save!
Therefore, why not call our team and find out more about 3D laser scanning? Let us know more about your project and we will only be too happy to help.