CASE STUDY: 3D Scanning of an Electric Vehicle Factory in San Francisco, CA

Arrival 3D are tasked with the 3D Scanning of an electric vehicle factory for the purposes of providing 2D Elevation’s (.dwg) documentation to facilitate spacial planning for changes and additions. In addition, the full color point cloud contributes to a continually updated Point Cloud record of the facility.

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    What Was Scanned

    3D Laser Scanning in CA: Our client, a pioneering electric vehicle manufacturer, require continuous additions & improvements to their advanced manufacturing facility in California. Arrival 3D, as a trusted service provider, often scan several designated areas within a day and provide rapid follow up with “As built” condition documentation. This data set enables project Team Leaders to communicate concisely, spatial opportunities and requirements to every member of the team.

    The starting point is to document the structure via 3D Laser Scan Data, which is where Arrival 3D bring value.

    The resulting Scan Data, a “point cloud” comprising millions of points of data, can be utilized as is for both measurement and spatial planning, or the data can form the basis of an accurate, geometric CAD model. In this case, our client requires 2D Elevations (.dwg) and the registered full-color Point Cloud to facilitate their plans. In addition, the Point Cloud data is added to a continually updated catalogue of data encompassing the entire manufacturing facility.

    The Arrival 3D data collection process takes only a few hours onsite, the equipment is compact and clean, and we require only easy access to the property. You will see the Leica RTC360 positioned in one of multiple positions in the accompanying image.

    This facility is highly secret and so stock photos are used for illustration.

    Electric Vehicle Factory 3D Scan

    Leica RTC360 3D Laser Scanning of an advanced electric vehicle manufacturing facility in San Francisco, CA (Stock photo)

    Location of Scan

    San Francisco, CA.

    3D Laser Scanning Point Cloud

    Leica RTC360 3D Laser Scanning of an advanced electric vehicle manufacturing facility in San Francisco, CA (Stock photo)

    Scanner(s) Used

    Arrival 3D have a large inventory of 3D Scanners suited to a variety of tasks. Our most recent acquisitions, and currently our favored multi-tasking 3D Scanners, are our Leica RTC360’s. Arrival 3D now have several Leica RTC-360’s positioned strategically around the United States. We use the RTC360’s frequently due to their great versatility; portable size, long range accuracy and rapid scanning capability. 

    3D Laser Scanning an advanced electric vehicle manufacturing facility in San Francisco, CA.


    Our client chose, in this case, to receive 2D Elevation drawings (.dwg) of the designated areas, in addition to the registered full color Point Cloud. The “Point Cloud” comprises the combined points from several scans into a single, registered 3D file. The data represents a full 3D image of the subject which can be navigated through, which can provide measurements and angles, and which includes the images created at each of the scan positions, referred to as “Viewing Spheres”. 

    Leica RTC360 3D Laser Scanning of an advanced electric vehicle manufacturing facility in San Francisco, CA (Stock photo)

    Added Value

    Arrival 3D have in the past been called upon to scan architectural projects where the client had attempted, unsuccessfully, to take manual measurements of the area they have intended to change. Later, having spent a great deal of time & money, and having constructed sub-assemblies that won’t fit, Arrival 3D have been called upon to 3D Scan and document the areas in question. Rarely do existing architectural structures have existing, or accurate, blueprints. Furthermore, existing structures can subtly change dimensionally over time from their built condition, for countless reasons. 

    Arrival 3D are equipped and able to rapidly document existing conditions, provide that data to our clients in a multitude of formats, and ultimately save our clients time, trouble and valuable funding in documenting the reality of projects presented to us. The peace of mind that is inherent with a digital representation of a project is priceless and the ability to share this accurate data with the entire team instantly, and often remotely, is one of the wonderful benefits that these technologies allow us today. 

    Elevation drawings (.dwg)

    Elevation drawings (.dwg)