3D Laser Scanning Services for theaters

Theater 3D Scanning for planning renovations or performances

A theater is a complex form with few 90 degree angles. A handful of linear measurements, even at high accuracy with a single point scanner, is typically not going to be useful for many requirements. 3D laser scanning can capture millions of points on complex walls or ceilings, or the pitch/grade of seating areas. Stage, backstage, and orchestra areas can be captured as well. 3D laser scanning can be used in the creation of accurate as built models to plan theater renovations or sets and rigging to ensure a design will fit the existing space and/or structure(s).

Theater 3D Scanning process

Scanning the theater space requires multiple scans with sufficient overlap to ensure accuracy in scan registration to provide a unified result that captures the complete space. Areas that are not line of sight from the scanner should be evaluated prior to onsite scanning to ensure onsite support with scaffolding or manlift to access areas that may not otherwise be captured, or require additional scanning time.

Given that theaters may contain hundreds or even thousands of seats, and that the focus of scanning a theater is typically the architectural elements such as floors, walls, ceiling etc., it is typical that the scans of the seating itself is largely incomplete. Therefore, if there is a requirement to capture seating in specific detail this should be identified in the RFQ process. It may require significant additional time and effort to capture seating to a higher level of detail and provide it in a deliverable format.

Theater 3D scanning details

Theaters often contain ornate woodwork, sculpture, relief or fixtures, these items can also be captured to reproduce details that are faithful to the original if reproductions are required. Scanning of such decorative elements should be evaluated in addition to the scanning of large surface areas as they may require supplemental scanning technology as well as specialized processing to provide a format that is compatible with the reproduction method.

results of Theater 3D Scanning

The initial result of the scanning is a point cloud and additional work is required to generate a CAD result. 3D models in common CAD formats can be provided, as well as 2D drawings or sections.

The CAD results can be a significant budget consideration, perhaps equaling or exceeding the cost for the scanning. Therefore, a requirement for CAD should be considered and built into the budget simultaneously with any scanning requirement.

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    The key to receiving an accurate quote for a project is to provide a detailed scope.

    The total cost scan a theater space and provide results can be unique to the theater and the deliverable format required. RFQs for scanning should provide complete info about the space including photos of existing conditions, as well as elevation and plan drawings with approximate dimensions. Specific requirements for CAD should be identified on the RFQ as well.