3D Laser Scanning in Industry

by Jason King on December 16, 2012

3D Laser ScannerFrom the period of the 1990s when 3D laser scanning was introduced, the number of industries that have benefited have been varied and many.

3D laser surveying has actually helped many sectors accumulate spatial information.

It has reduced costs and improved timeliness and precision of typical surveying techniques.

This has actually earned its recognition by businesses, which previously relied on conventional survey methodologies. Let us look at some of them:

Law Enforcement

A 3D laser scanner benefits law enforcement agencies by recording the various objects and their original dimensions at the scene of the crime or incident. This captures the true picture of what could have happened and means the police will not miss any crucial evidence. Using 3D laser scanners also help them store a vast amount of data

Historical Preservation Efforts

These 3D Scanners assists historians and other archaeological experts in archiving spatial data related to many of the old historical structures and terrains. They can refer to this data and no longer need to reply on photographs or drawings. This data will also help them reproduce the objects when needed using CAD engineering models.


Architectural firms derive benefit by getting to know about occupancy patterns, access and egress flows so that they can quickly identify the possible damage areas and high roofs that are otherwise difficult for the human eye to see. They also use data for interior decoration and restoration purposes.


Telecommunications companies learn the best pathways for placing their equipment by using the topographical survey method. They can then place such equipment that is compatible. They are also able to maintain their equipment, keep the lines free from distortion and reduce troubleshooting instances.


3D laser scanners helps engineers in their site and structure modelling exercises. The internal systems like the ductwork, plumbing can all be completed based on accurate pictures taken of the structure. Using CAD simulation models, they would be able to reverse engineer what they wish to accomplish. Inspection as well as trouble shooting soon becomes very easy.

Public Transportation

Agencies in charge of roadways are able to accurately understand the terrain and take precise soil measurements. These are important steps before planning roadways and the data collected becomes a great reference tool for current and future projects. Repair costs can come down and re-routing efforts also become much easier.

There is no doubt from the above few examples that the 3D laser scanner is here to stay and has been of great help in a variety of industries. Enhanced technology over the coming years will only make this much better and that is good news for anybody wanting to use this great innovation to its maximum.

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