3D Building Scanning

3D Scanning of Buildings and large facilities

Nothing compares to 3D scanning when it comes to accurately capturing as-built measurements of a large building. If you have been given the task of creating as-built drawings the old fashioned way, you know how challenging that can be. 3D scanning can relieve you of this burden. A long range 3D scanner can capture an entire facility in a matter of hours with an accuracy that is 1/8″ or better. 3D Scanning Services from Arrival 3D can make your architecture, engineering, construction, building, or documentation project more efficient and cut costs.
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What can you get from 3D Laser Scanning?

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As-Built 3D Revit Model from scan data

3D laser scanning is a highly accurate method of capturing as-built conditions of an existing building. With these accurate measurements, we can create an as-built Revit model at any level of detail you need. Through a process called “scan-to-BIM”, our expert modeling team quickly creates high quality, fully implemented Revit models. QA/QC is applied throughout the process, ensuring that you receive the quality result you expect. Other formats are available including AutoCAD DWG, Navisworks, STP, Solidworks and many more

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2D floorplan, section and Elevation Views

With a 3D laser scanning project, 2D drawings can be created in three ways:

  • Export from Revit BIM model
  • Create directly from scan point cloud
  • Scan slices for direct visualization

We can redraw over scan sections to obtain standard 2D DXF/DWG line drawings. After creating the 3D CAD model, we can also generate standard drawings from BIM software such as Revit.

This data helps facility managers and project engineers save time by providing accurate building details for space planning and renovation. It aides in planning construction projects by providing general contractors and architects as-built documentation of the spaces under construction. Nothing compares to the benefits of 3d laser scanning for measurement accuracy, simplifying your work and reducing change orders.

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Virtual Reality Walkthrough

We offer our 3D laser scanning services to create a fully immersive Virtual Reality walk-through experience that will work with your off-the-shelf VR headset. Precision 3d laser scanning uses data from laser light to capture the precise shape of physical objects in your environment. Reality capture is an efficient solution for architecture and engineering needs, as well as professional demonstrations. Whether it’s a construction site, existing structure, an entire power plant or manufacturing complex, or a single room, we have the technology and ability to understand and meet your needs

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Full Color Point Cloud Data for Modeling

Point cloud scanning works by capturing millions of data points in space to generate an accurate representation of a building in its current state. That point cloud data can be used all by itself within CAD design software for your projects. Our 3D laser scanning services create exceptionally accurate data of laser scanned buildings, architecture features, and complex site topography.

Point Cloud As-Builts

If you have the capability to do your own as-built modeling from point clouds, we can be your field acquisition partner. We know exactly how to plan a scan because we create CAD models ourselves. Our process ensures that you are set up for success in capturing all of the detail needed for 3D modeling of your building. We also optimize the point clouds specifically for modeling to make work lighter and faster. 
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Beautiful, compelling point cloud imagery for visualization purposes

Beautiful full-color images can be generated for presentation purposes or to add impact to a proposal. Advanced 3d laser scanners combine on-board cameras with laser scanning to capture color, making these point cloud images realistic and stunning. Animations and videos can also be created, such as fly-through or orbit videos. It is even possible to create 3D virtual reality experiences. We look forward to helping you create an engaging professional presentation.

3D Laser Scanning Services are Highly Adaptable

3D laser scanning is an essential solution for building projects of any shape and size. The benefits of 3D scanning technology and data capture can be deployed nearly anywhere,  help engineering and architecture professionals produce excellent work with less effort. Point clouds and scan data reliable as built documentation so you plan and review projects, and avoid mistakes.

One particular benefit of 3D laser scanning to architects, engineering and construction teams is the ability to precisely record as-built conditions. Point cloud and CAD representation of walls, ceilings, floors, floor flatness, building features, and areas with limited access provide an ultimate source of truth for your project.

Whether you need to scan a small apartment or a mullti-story office building, Arrival 3D has the tools, techniques, and experience to make your project succeed. By adding laser scanning to your building project workflow, you simplify your own work while simultaneously increasing the accuracy and quality of the end result. Our technicians plan site visits and scans around your schedule and can even scan while the building is occupied. Our CAD designers are experts at working around any unneeded people or vehicles picked up in the scans as they prepare your models and drawings. 

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Building Information Modeling (BIM) has become the standard operating procedure for construction projects and renovations. The truth is, all man-made structure are flawed to some degree. When renovating existing buildings, even if design drawings exist, the actual existing conditions of the building are going to be a little to a lot different. Our 3D laser scanning services for buildings and facilities can measure these existing conditions and transfer this precise knowledge to you in the form of a building information model in a modern CAD program such as Autodesk Revit. 

Our entire company is geared toward getting you an accurate and high quality BIM model from your 3d scan in record time. With a QA/QC process at all stages during the project, you can be assured that you will receive an as-built Revit 3D model that meets industry standards, and more importantly, your standards. 

3D Building Scanning Questions Answered

Can you 3D scan an entire building?

Yes, 3D laser scanning can absolutely be used to capture an entire building. This technique, also referred to as LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) scanning, utilizes a rotating laser to accurately measure your building and produce a point cloud. From that, a 3D model is constructed that provides detailed structural information about the building, including its dimensions, architectural features, floorplan, floor flatness, internal equipment, and more. This technology is incredibly beneficial in various fields including architecture, construction, real estate, and historical preservation.

How accurate is 3D building scanning?

The accuracy of 3D laser scanning is one of its most impressive features. Modern laser scanners are capable of achieving millimeter-level precision, capturing minute details of a building that could be overlooked in traditional surveying methods. This level of accuracy ensures that the resulting 3D model provides a comprehensive and precise representation of the building. This makes it an invaluable tool for planning renovations, identifying structural issues, or modeling for facilities management.
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How long does it take to 3D scan a building?

The time required to 3D laser scan a building can vary significantly depending on a number of factors. Key considerations include the size and complexity of the building, the level of detail and precision required, and the type of scanning equipment used. For a typical residential property, the process might only take a few hours. Larger or more intricate structures, such as commercial buildings or historic monuments, might require several days to capture in full detail. It’s also essential to factor in additional time post-scanning to process the data and create the final 3D model.

How much does it cost to 3D laser scan a building?

The cost to 3D laser scan a building can also vary significantly depending on the same factors affecting the time it takes to do the scan. 3D scanning a small residential property may take a single day and cost between $4,000 and $6,000, whereas a mansion with many rooms may take the better part of a week and cost $10,000 or more depending on its complexity. A multi-story hotel or office building can take 3-5 days and cost anywhere between $10,000 and $30,000 depending again on the size and complexity of the building. 

Factories and industrial plants are vastly different than residential scans and project scope varies widely. Some projects are sections or single rooms and can cost around $5000, while others are massive – sometimes entire campuses consisting of multiple buildings – and can cost $100,000 or more. Historic buildings typically cost in the $15,000 – $30,000 range due to the accuracy and level of detail required to create the most true-to-life record possible.

How can I use 3D laser scanning services in Building Renovation?

Using 3D laser scanning services in building renovation can greatly improve the efficiency and accuracy of your project. It can help you identify project objectives such as creating accurate as-built documentation, detecting structural issues, and planning for architectural changes. By scanning your site or structure, you can substantially reduce or even eliminate surprises that cause cost and schedule overruns. Once you have a 3D point cloud, BIM, or 3D rendering, you can model your project virtually. Your 3D scan can serve many purposes, including use as documentation, assisting in obtaining necessary permits, and compliance with local building codes. When you work with Arrival3D, we help you leverage 3D laser scanning technology to its full potential.

What is 3D laser scanning used for in construction?

3D laser scanning has numerous uses in construction, including everything from project visualization to quality control.

  • It is used in site surveying to generate topographical and contour maps for planning, grading, and earthwork calculations.
  • Scans results are used to create precise as-built documentation of existing structures or construction sites, as well as as-built verification when performed after project completion.
  • 3D laser scanning can be used to identify spatial design conflicts in complex projects that involve multiple systems, such as HVAC, plumbing, electrical, and layout.
  • During construction, accurate dimensional control is essential. Laser scanning ensures that structural elements, such as columns, beams, and walls, are built to the specified dimensions.
  • Scanning technology allows for comprehensive quality control of your construction project. Contractors can compare the scanned data to design plans to identify discrepancies and ensure construction adheres to specifications.
  • 3D scanning can be used to assess safety conditions on construction sites. By analyzing the data, safety hazards and potential risks can be identified and addressed.

What type of scanner is used for long range scanning on a construction site?

Long-range scanning on a construction site typically requires the use of terrestrial laser scanners. These scanners are specifically designed to capture detailed 3D data over extended distances, making them well-suited for construction and surveying applications where large areas need to be scanned with high accuracy. Examples of well-known manufacturers of terrestrial laser scanners used for long-range scanning in construction include Leica Geosystems, FARO Technologies, Trimble, and RIEGL, among others. The choice of scanner depends on the specific needs of the construction project. That’s why it’s essential that you work with experienced professionals, such as those here at Arrival 3D, who can select the right scanner for the project scope and budget.

What type of project benefits most from 3D laser scanning services?

3D laser scanning services can provide significant benefits to a wide range of projects across various industries. However, certain types of projects tend to benefit the most from the use of 3D laser scanning due to their complexity, need for accuracy, and potential for cost savings.

  • Construction & Renovation – Large-scale construction projects including commercial or government buildings, infrastructure, and industrial facilities
  • Historical Preservation – Historical buildings, archaeological sites, and cultural heritage assets
  • Architectural and Engineering Design -Create precise as-built models, verify design concepts, and detect clashes in complex building systems
  • Manufacturing and Industrial Facilities – facility planning, layout optimization, floor flatness, and machinery and equipment alignment
  • Utilities, Energy Production , and Telecommunications – mapping utility infrastructure, facility maintenance, inspection, regulatory compliance
  • Infrastructure, Transportation and City Planning – project planning, modeling and visualization, surveying, structural health monitoring, deformation and settlement detection

Why should my company use Arrival 3D's services for our 3d laser scanning project?

Arrival3D brings years of multidisciplinary experience to your project. Our team takes the time to listen to your project requirements and develop a plan that fits perfectly and is delivered on time and on budget. Call us today for a consultation and find out how Arrival3D can bring the accuracy and cost-saving benefits of 3D laser scanning to your project.

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