Laser Scanning Applications for Architecture (Print Version)

High definition laser scanning is a non-destructive method for recording a 3D digital image of a building. Its unique ability to precisely record flat and uneven surfaces makes it a valuable tool within the AEC industry. One real advantage of 3D laser scan data is its ability to accurately document variations in surface conditions. When properly scanned in the field, the resulting data will capture every nuance of a building’s surface, such as the variations in surface plane of a rusticated stone wall, or the bulges and tilts in a seemingly flat planar wall or floor surface. As modern design leans towards creating buildings with multiple undulating surfaces and non-planar walls, and century-old ornate masonry buildings begin to deteriorate and shift, 3D laser scanning becomes a needed and effective method to gain accurate documentation for both design and construction.