Laser Scanning

Xmo Strata now offer Laser Scanning, Digital Reconstruction & More!

Point Clouds

A set of datapoints on the surface of anything being scanned, arranged in a digital cloud. A typical scan of a building may include a million or more of them.

Laser Scanning

The use of controlled laser beams to capture the surface dimensions of machinery, buildings or other objects. Also called 3D or Lidar scanning.

Fly Through Videos

A way of presenting the data from scans, giving the user the ability to digitally ‘fly through’ a building or other space, visualising it from different angles and navigating to different points.

Floor Plans

A highly functional version of an old style technical drawing, with significantly enhanced features, benefits and capabilities.

Accurate Surveys

The ability to use scans, processed into a digital model, to provide any information normally required from a site survey, for any trade or profession.

Virtual Reality

A software-generated simulation of the scanned area or space allowing the user to interact with it, through a computer, as though they were physically in that space.

Asset Management

The coordinated, planned, cost-efficient management of buildings, real estate, machinery and other physical assets, optimising performance, utility, sustainability, value, revenues and profit and minimising cost, overhead, depreciation and risk.


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A Warehouse Example

This warehouse was scanned to produce a full indoor point cloud. Scans were taken at ground level.

The scan took 2 days to complete including cleanup.

The registration accuracy of the project was 2.2mm!

This was supplied to the client as a point cloud file (various formats are available) and a customer friendly web export for easy measurement by non technical users that can be run from anywhere (even offline!)

– Double Click to zoom to a point
– Scroll in/out with your mouse wheel
– Pan the camera by holding the right mouse button
– Rotate/Tilt the camera by holding the left mouse button

Please note that the online version of the point cloud is a much less dense version of the full point cloud due to the size of the raw data, so will be of lower quality than an offline cloud.

This is to ensure that it loads properly in web browsers without causing issues.

More Information

Answers to some frequently asked questions

Laser Scanning at its core is quite simple, it is a method of capturing the shape of physical objects using a laser. The laser will accurately capture fine details of an object and measure its exact size. The laser data is presented in the format of a “Point Cloud”.

3D Scanning is another term for Laser Scanning.

A Point Cloud is the resulting data set from a laser scan. Each point is a data point in space that represents a position/measurement on an object. Laser Scanning devices will generate a point cloud when capturing the area around them which can be imported and viewed into various CAD software. The point cloud can then be used to build accurate models by drawing over the cloud or modelling from the cloud.

Point Clouds are highly accurate, most laser scanning devices will be within the accuracy range of between 1-5mm depending on how well your data was captured and processed. This allows for incredibly accurate measurements and dimensions of any object that was scanned. Point clouds have uses in many industries, ranging from building/land surveying to millimeter accurate machine part building. If you’d like to know the size of your farm land or quarry, that’s possible, likewise if you’d like to know the size of a bolt/screw in your machine, point clouds can be useful to you.

There are no set answers for this question. Lots of things need to be factored in when planning a laser scanning job. – How high do you need the quality of your scan? – Do you need your scan in colour or black and white? – Do you want high quality photographs with your scan? – Is your scan of a building that requires working at height (Roof capture?) All of these things can alter the time of your scan.

Digital Reconstruction is a term used to describe the way that a building/object is reconstructed in a digital format. If we scan a house and use the point cloud to generate a model of the house, it has been reconstructed digitally.