Naval Architects Use Latest Technology

Architects worldwide have adopted 3D laser scanning, but many naval architects have found that it is undeniably useful. It can help create digital replicas of yachts and revolutionize how we vision superyachts. Many don’t know this, but to make a yacht involves planning, analyzing, and creating multiple models before building anything physical. 3D laser scanning can help the process become less tedious and more fun.

Anything that needs to be manufactured or needs to be refit can take loads of time out of water. Sometimes this means days to measure and draw up. Most naval architects will draw something called ‘as-built’ drawings, which means it’s a one size fits all situation. That is not the case with many yachts and often leads to expensive repairs and fixes that could have been avoided.

3D laser scanning helps architects get exact measurements and specific pieces that need to be worked on or upgraded. It can take all of the information and store it for future reference. They can consistently see what needs to be reworked and understand how to make the pieces better for less work in the future.

Though we have not heard of many naval architects adopting this technology, we will slowly see a rise in those using it. There are many advantages of using this technology, and one of them is it allows the yachts to be under construction for less time and out in the water more often.

The advantages of using 3D laser scanning

No matter what you read, you will see all of the different and new types of 3D laser scanning and all of the benefits. There are some amazing outcomes a naval architect can receive by adopting this tool.


If an architect is repairing one piece on the yacht that is broken or in need of work, it is imperative to not harm the rest of the yacht. Taking measurements by hand often is tedious and inaccurate and can lead to unknown damage on a yacht that later needs to be repaired. This is one of the best ways to ensure accurate information without any excess damage.


This technology is much more precise than other ways of taking measurements. It can get every microscopic detail that may go missing. This can also be programmed to tell the difference between yachts. We all know there is no such thing as a one size fits all, and this can ensure drawings are not that way either.

Cloud storage

One of the best features of 3D laser scanning is that the information is held in the cloud. An online service that is safe and effective for storing data. You can access this information at any time, and it won’t be erased.

Editing system

Once the scan is complete, it can be uploaded or imported to your desired editing system. From there, a detailed model can be made, showcasing the problems or highlighting the best areas. This can be useful for someone to see the entire model or drawing at once with real measurements.

Final thoughts

3D laser scanning has made its way into naval architecture, and we will see more of it in this field. It has brought us many amazing changes, and we can’t wait to see what new yachts come from this technology.

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