3D laser scanning is the process of applying powerful, advanced laser measurement to the normal building industry workflow.  It is a vehicle used for capturing spatial data in a three-dimensional format, with high precision and accuracy and relatively low processing time.  Developers, building owners, architects and engineers are able to incorporate this three-dimensional data in their normal design workflow using Revit and AutoCAD Civil 3D.  The 3D laser scanner produces a real world, geo-referenced, colorized 3D point cloud that can be modeled for BIM purposes and can be used to measure the horizontal and vertical positions of existing infrastructure and building resources. It can also be a reliable tool for construction management and as-built purposes.

3D High Definition Laser Scanning Uses:

Topographic Surveying | Structural Steel As-built | Industrial Plant As-built | Historical Architectural Preservation | Architectural Floor Plan and Building Elevations | Right of Way Line of Sight Surveying | Earthwork Volumetric Surveying | Subsidence Monitoring and Deviation Surveying | Building Information and REVIT Modeling | Floor Flatness Verification| Site Plans | View Corridors

BWE has always remained at the forefront of technology and in doing so, we have adopted one of the most advanced platforms for scanning available.  Our FARO X330 Scanner is capable of obtaining 976,000 points per second at a range of over 1,000 feet.  These points, when combined together using geo-referenced targeting systems provide an accuracy of ±2mm. Our newest 3D laser scanner, the FARO S150 (2018) is capable of obtaining 976,000 points per second at a range of over 400 feet. This 2018 model provides an accuracy of  ±1mm. We utilize Trimble Realworks Advanced Modeling software to register and model these point clouds into a format that is directly compatible with Revit and AutoCAD Civil 3D. For target equipment, we use 230mm diameter spheres and checkerboard targets.

3D Laser Scanning offers BWE’s talented team of Surveyors the accuracy and technology needed to provide Project Managers with the clearest, most precise vision of a site. A unique approach, coupled with years of on-site surveying experience, makes BWE the premier choice for 3D High Definition Laser Scanning Surveying services in San Diego and throughout Southern California.

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