Using some of the most cutting edge technology, CWL can provide 3D laser scans of almost anything, from building interiors, too full sites. Delivered as, highly accurate drawings, 3D point cloud or 3D model, laser scanning data provides some of the highest measured accuracy currently possible.

What is Laser Scanning & 3D Surveying?

‘Laser Scanning’ & ‘3D Surveying’ read as though they’re from an Isaac Asimov novel, and tend to invoke images similar to those seen in the film Prometheus, of a floating ball firing lasers in all directions.

Although technology isn’t quite there yet, I think those who aren’t already familiar with the discipline might be surprised to know how close imagination is to reality.

In very simple terms, the majority of today’s laser scanning instruments work similarly to a total station or a high end disto, in that they use a laser and some clever maths to judge distance, direction and elevation to identify a point in 3D space.

Where the laser scanner really takes the lead is in the sheer amount of points it can record in a relatively short time frame. This mass points allows for the creation of point clouds, where several individual scans are stitched together to create an accurate model of the scan target and it’s surroundings. These point clouds can (amongst other things) then be used to take measurements, generate renderings and create very high accuracy drawings.

So why would you want to use one?

The reasons (in my perhaps bias opinion) are extensive, but two key selling points are; if used correctly, these instruments capture the world in 3D accurately and effectively. It’s almost like bringing the site back to the office with you, almost.

Here are just a few things I use ours for:

  • Floor plans
  • Elevations
  • Sections
  • Topographical surveys
  • Heritage Surveys
  • Fly-troughs
  • Visualisations

So…. sold on 3D Scanning yet?

If you have a project in mind that you think the Laser Scanning team at could help you with. Please feel free to get in touch.

If you’d like to read more about laser scanning, why not check out our ‘What Is Laser Scanning & 3D Surveying’ article?