Laser Scanning


The Meon Survey Partnership has an enormous amount of experience in using laser scanners, we have our own in-house scanner, the Leica BLK360 which is small, light and perfect for most measured building surveys. To assist on large, complex or historic projects we also use the Leica P40 which is a high definition and long range laser scanner.
All our surveys are fully controlled to ensure accuracy, this is particularly important with the latest range of scanners using cloud to cloud technology.
With this scan data we can produce traditional 2D plans, elevations and sections or create a 3D model either in surface/solid form or as a Building Information Model (BIM), take a look at our 3d modelling page for more information.
Accessing the scanner views is also readily available using the realview function in Autodesk ReCap or Leica TruView, this can help enormously with your project.
We also have the capability to use a UAV/Drone to capture and create 3D point clouds of previously inaccessible areas and also to survey large areas very quickly and efficiently, more information here on this.

To compliment our laser scanning services we also offer a wide range of photography and photogrammetric services, this includes ortho photos direct from a laser scanner, high quality rectified photography using a DSLR and 360 virtual tours again using a DSLR, see more here...

What is laser scanning? Read more here...


Uses

Laser scanning is standard on most of our measured surveys now, listed below are some of it's uses;


  • Heritage detailing including individual stone and brickwork
  • Visualisation of a development within a street scene, for massing purposes
  • Wireframe models, solid models and fully surfaced 3d models, scan to BIM.
  • Room layout visualisations and flythroughs.
  • Building facades to produce elevations, floorplans, sections etc...
  • 3d models suitable for Rights to Light calculations.
  • Digital terrain models in the form of points-in-space or rendered faces
  • Accurate volume calculations for quarries and spoil heaps, can combine with UAV.
  • Complex plant scans for modelling of plant detail.
  • Scanning of electricity pylons and overhead cables.
  • Infringement surveys and crash accident analysis.
  • UAV: Upper parts or roofs of historic monuments and buildings where visibility or access is limited.
  • UAV: Unsafe areas - cliffs, sea walls, derelict buildings, bridges etc.

  • 3D Modelling read more

    More information

    The point cloud data can be supplied in its raw format or viewable via your Internet Browser using Leica TruView or Faro Scene software.

    We can also provide high resolution 360 degree panoramic images that can be used to provide visually verified surveys, these techniques enable us to create accurately rendered 3D models that can be textured using the photography taken on site. Architect's designs can then be added to the scene for photo realistic visualisation and 3D fly-throughs. This is ideal for presentation to planning departments, public exhibitions, sales and marketing of properties and developments.

    Read more on 360 imagery.

    What is laser scanning?

    3D Laser Scanning is a non-contact, non-destructive technology that captures digitally the shape of physical objects using a laser beam of light. 3D laser scanners create “point clouds” of data from the surface of an object. In other words, 3D laser scanning is a way to capture a physical object’s exact size and shape into the computer world as a digital 3-dimensional representation. 3D laser scanners measure fine details and capture free-form shapes to quickly generate highly accurate point clouds. 3D laser scanning is suited to the measurement and inspection of contoured surfaces, structures and complex geometries, in most cases this would be a quicker way and a more accurate way of capturing these shapes than traditional surface techniques. which require massive amounts of data for their accurate description and where doing this is impractical with the use of traditional measurement methods or a touch probe. Point clouds are small 3D points, most scanners capture hundreds of thousands if not millions of points per second, these can be coloured by photography captured usually by the scanners onboard camera, these points are not intelligent and are not joined together, many software solutions are available to mesh these together as a surface. Care must be taken in registration to ensure accuracy, we are surveying experts and will always establish extensive control schemes, in particular cloud to cloud registration can be fraught with inaccuracies and for measured surveys should always be based on control established using a total station instrument. The point cloud data can be supplied in its raw format or viewable via your Internet Browser using Leica TruView or Autodesk ReCap.

    Video below showing raw point cloud data:


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