Example of the Point Cloud Survey Process
Point Cloud Survey - What is it ?
Point Cloud Surveys use 3D Laser Scanning that digitally capture the shape and dimensions of physical structures and objects using a line of sight laser light. 3D laser scanning uses a very rapid laser beam of up to 1 million points per second to scan the environment and capture a vast quantity of data from the surface of structures and objects in the form of a pointcloud, where each point has it’s own xyz coordinate.
In other words a Point Cloud Survey is a way to capture a structure or an object's exact size and shape and represent this in the computer world as a digital 3-dimensional model.
3D laser scanners measure fine details and capture free-form shapes to quickly generate highly accurate point clouds. A Point Cloud Survey is ideally suited to the measurement and inspection of contoured surfaces and complex geometries which require massive amounts of data for their accurate description and where doing this is impractical with the use of traditional measurement methods.
How Much Do Point Cloud Surveys Cost?
A Point cloud survey cost will vary and will depend upon
- The size and complexity of the area, building or structure to be surveyed
- Required level of content to be incorporated in the model or drawing ie main features (walls , floors etc) or including features such as light switches - generally the more the content the higher the cost will be.
If you have a job you would like to discuss with us then please contact us on 01625 260446, we can arrange a presentation/meeting or give you a quote via email. If you would prefer to contact us through our online quote form then please do so providing us with as much information as possible, and we will provide a price to you as soon as possible.
Point Cloud Survey Deliverables
Here at Scantech International we have a huge amount of experience in dealing with 3D point clouds and getting our clients the deliverable's and results they need. We work with most of the 3D software platforms including: Revit, AutoCAD, Recap, Leica Cyclone, Navisworks, LFM, ClearRoute just to name a few. As we were one of the first five companies in the UK to purchase a laser scanner, we have more experience than 95% of other 3D laser scanning companies when it comes to handling and getting deliverable's out for 3D point clouds.
Point Cloud Into Revit
We have 5 years experience of BIM Modelling using point clouds inside Revit software ie since this particular application became available. Revit is a superb design tool for new build but difficulties are encountered when modelling non flat or straight surfaces including walls, floors and ceilings. We have developed techniques for handling these issues and producing true as-built 3D Revit models and can demonstrate this expertise with many examples.
For more information on point cloud surveys please see our 3D laser Scanning Page