3D scanning services for buildings, facilities, objects and parts
What results can you obtain from 3D scanning services?
3D scanning services are your “easy button” so that you can obtain useful 3D files, drawings and reports such as:
Why hire us for 3D scanning services?
- We cover the entire USA
- We use the latest 3D laser scanners
- Quality control and on-time delivery are paramount
- Your satisfaction is guaranteed
Is this your first time using 3D scanning services? Here are a few articles that you may find helpful
3D scanning services solves problems like:
- Easily obtain an as-built CAD model where none existed before
- Perform simulation and analysis
- Analyze whether something is flat, such as a floor or wall, or round such as a tank
- Create a full set of 2D and 3D drawings
- Create an As-Built Revit model for building renovation
- Create a Solidworks model for manufacturing
- Plan the floor layout during a renovation or restoration
- Capture the exact shape of something to analyze it for flaws
AT A GLANCE 3D scanning services FAQ
WHAT TYPES OF OUTPUT FILES CAN BE OBTAINED?
Popular output formats include Autodesk Revit, DWG, STP, IGES, Solidworks SLDPRT, STL for 3D printing, ReCap point clouds and many more. Here is a more extensive list of the file formats you can get from 3D scanning services.
HOW MUCH DO 3D SCANNING SERVICES COST?
On-site 3D laser scanning cost starts at $1,750 per day or more depending on the situation. Every scan is different, so call us for a customized quote for your project. Check out more information on the cost of 3D scanning.
HOW LONG TO 3D SCANNING SERVICES TAKE?
The typical onsite time for a location scan is 1-3 days. Typical turnaround for a simple scanning project is usually a week or more. If CAD modeling is involved, the turnaround time varies according to complexity.
WHAT TYPES OF 3D SCANNERS DO YOU USE?
We use some of the best 3D scanners available. And if we don’t have it, we know where to get it.
WHere can 3d scanning services be done?
The truth is, we can scan just about anywhere. There are some environments that are more challenging than others, however.
WHAT ACCURACY CAN BE EXPECTED?
Recent model 3D scanners like the Leica RTC 360 we use are incredibly accurate and precise. There are factors that influence the overall accuracy such as project size and method of targeting/control, but in general the expected accuracy range is 1-3 mm.
Scan scope area and level of detail - the two factor most affecting price
It is possible to scan vast amounts of space in a single day. Examples include:
1) The entire engine room of a huge sea going vessel
2) A 10,000 sq. ft luxury home
3) A large 2-story office building
4) A small oil storage terminal
5) Large sections of a gas plant
But capturing the necessary level of detail is equally important to covering large areas. That is why it is important to optimize the scanning process to get most coverage possible in a day while being careful to capture the necessary detail. We can help you determine the necessary level of detail by asking simple questions such as “What is the smallest object you need to see in the scan?” Another way of asking is, “What is the smallest pipe or conduit diameter that you want to appear in your CAD model?” If the answer is 1″, the scanning strategy must be different than if you answered 4″. Our commitment to you is to strike the best balance between coverage and detail so you get the most scanning for your dollars.
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scan output file download
Experiment and test these models with your own software.
Some applications of 3D scanning services:
Obtain as-built models of your plant
Many industrial facilities have outdated as-built drawings. 3D scanning provides a way to obtain updated drawings in the form of 3D CAD models of structural steel, ducts, equipment and piping. Armed with accurate models, your engineers can route new designs around existing objects, avoiding potential clashes and interferences during new construction.
Design to fit existing pipes, vessels and equipment
When a processing plant adds a new product line, there is new piping and equipment that needs to be installed. With careful planning and the as-built drawings obtained from doing 3D laser scanning, the new piping designs can be engineered for precise fit, minimizing installation delays due to unforeseen conflicts.
Plan for building renovations
3D laser scanners are very efficient at capturing floors, walls and ceiling of building interiors as well as anything outdoors. Apartment complexes, hotels, hospitals, casinos, shopping malls, and parking garages are all great examples of architectural structures that can be scanned. The point clouds can be used directly s, or we can extract a Revit model for you.
Blueprints for boats, ships & vessels
When a boat is in dry dock for maintenance, it is an opportune time to take a 3D laser scan of the hull. Any sized boat, ship or vessel can be scanned. For smaller boats (depending on location) this can be done in a day. The scan can be turned into 2D drawings for use by a naval architect, or into 3D solid models for various types of analysis.
analyze wind turbine towers for defects
Wind Turbines can be scanned safely and easily from ground level. Scans can be used to analyze to identify any dents that may be present, and map out their location and depth. Scans can also be used to analyze the tower has a whole, and determine whether it has been structurally compromised after a failure event.
neasure stockpile volumes
Measuring stockpiles is easily done using long range 3d laser scanning. The scans can also be taken from the air using a drone. The scans are used to create a digital model of the pile from which the volume can be calculated. Aerial scanning has the advantage of capturing the top of the pile which is sometimes not visible from the ground.