3D Information for Structural Engineering.

LiDAR scanning and modeling is an important input for certain types of structural analysis where detailed, accurate and complete 3D information is needed. This technology is capability of quickly and accurately measuring steel structures, concrete, stone, wooden structures and many other materials.

The 3D scanning or ‘reality capture’ process relies upon portable equipment and skilled experts from the Applied Precision 3D Team. This information is transformed into a single 3D point cloud dataset prior to building highly detailed 3D models reflecting the ‘as built’ or ‘as found’ site conditions. This process is often called ‘scan to CAD’. These models can then be readily imported into most types of CAD and engineering software for further analysis and design reference. This includes, for example, AutoCAD, Civil3D, Navisworks, and Solidworks.