Laser Surveys & Point Clouds

Retail store point cloud survey

A Laser Scan Survey is a fast and accurate way of capturing existing building data in 3D.

Working collaboratively from the outset, our experienced surveyors will hone the survey brief with you. Ensuring you get the information you want in the right format either a 3D model and/or 2D plans alongside the registered Point Cloud data file.

Following our visit to site, we will quickly share the survey data with you as a Point Cloud. We will deliver it directly to your desktops, so you can immediately start working.

Meanwhile, our surveyors will create the 3D Revit model or 2D plans to your specification.


CADS’ laser survey clients include

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C A Design Services client Morrisons logo
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C A Design Services client Pick Everard
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Experienced laser scanning surveyors

Whether your survey is for a construction project or property asset record, our skilled surveyors will take a highly accurate 3D laser survey of the existing building and site. Recent examples of such projects include Chelmsford Leisure CentreGoodmayes Hospital, Salisbury Maltings and Gentleman’s Walk in Norwich.

We also have surveyors trained to undertake laser surveys of historic buildings to Historic England’s requirements such as Eling Tide Mill.

Point Cloud Surveys

Point Cloud Surveys

Using the FARO Focus 3D scanner, our surveyors capture the real world environment at a particular point in time. We create a Point Cloud by registering the geometric scan data. The Point Cloud contains fully aligned high quality 360 degree panoramic photographs.

Once registered the survey data may be promptly shared with the client via WebShare. This means you can start work using the data without delay. You will be able to virtually walk around the site or taking check measurements as needed.

Creating a BIM-ready 3D Revit® Model

Creating a BIM-ready 3D Revit® Model

Using BIM authoring software such as Revit® we will quickly turn the Point Cloud data file into a BIM-ready 3D model of the facility. You can then practically interrogate the model and start working on developing the architectural designs.

The point cloud data files can also be imported into Autodesk Inventor and used in the design of digital prototypes.

3D models or 2D drawings

3D models or 2D drawings

The data deliverables from your laser scan survey can include both 3D models and 2D CAD drawings. As with a traditional survey, we can create your models and plans to varying levels of detail in line with your budget, timescale and specification. This includes creating CGI architectural visuals if you need them.

To avoid unnecessary work, delays and costs we will work with you to ensure these deliverables are defined in the survey brief.

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Comprehensive service delivery

Our surveyors, using the latest technology, are proficient in capturing and managing the large amounts of data created by the laser scanner. We will provide access to the data via SCENE WebShare while we are preparing the final plans and models. This also means we can phase delivery of the survey information as the project progresses without the need for costly return visits to site.

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We recognise the importance of developing good lines of communication from the very first point of contact. By understanding the full scope of your project we can provide expert advice. This will result in you receiving the best service and a practical cost-effective output for the project now as well as over the longer term.

How Can We Help You?

Please get in touch to discuss your laser survey project with us.

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Laser Survey Case Studies

Laser scan of Natural History Museum’s retail space

Laser scan of Natural History Museum’s retail space

Approaching C A Design Services, the Head of Retail requested measured surveys of the museum’s three permanent gift shops and storage areas so that configuration and product categories could be identified.

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Survey and 3D model for civil engineering project

Survey and 3D model for civil engineering project

Structural steel fabrication company Nusteel approached CADS to laser scan Heath Town footbridge in Wolverhampton and deliver an HD 3D model and Point Cloud data file.

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Our clients include

Employing over 100 people across five UK locations we offer an unrivalled, comprehensive and integrated range of planning, communication, design, architecture and implementation services, as well as sector specific software applications StoreSpace® and Storeview®.

C A Design Services is registered in England No. 01595687 at The Design Centre, Hewett Road, Gapton Hall, Great Yarmouth NR31 0NN.

Phone: 01493 440444

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