Laser Scanning

We take your laser scan projects to the next level

Through our staff's many years of experience, ARC has perfected processes that ensure high quality and accurate measured results.

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Benefits of 3D Laser Scanning

  • Precision and Accuracy. While our laser scanners can accurately measure objects as small as 2 millimeters from a distance of 10 meters away, having a thorough understanding of the process of using a laser scanner is crucial to maintaining these accuracies. Through its years of experience, ARC has developed such processes. ​

  • Efficiency. Laser scanners can capture up to 2 million measurements per second, which is faster and more efficient than traditional methods of measure. This means less time can be spent on-site disrupting occupants and their operations.

  • Freedom to Design. Having confidence is key when proceeding with a design. There is no need be forced into making bad assumptions by outdated floor plans when you can base your design decisions on the actual conditions that exist as shown in our laser scans.

  • Safety. Worried about on-site surveying hazards? Scanners improve the safety of survey personnel, allowing them to stay to the side of roadways, clear of operating equipment, and reduce the need to climb to capture building elements at great heights.

  • Quality Assurance. Laser scans generate point clouds which can be utilized for quality control checks, eliminating return trips to the site. Hand measures and other traditional forms of measurement often require a return trip due to the heightened possibility of errors.

  • Geo-location of Data. Laser scan data may be geo-located, giving designers the ability to model on real-world civil coordinates.

  • Orthogonal Imagery. Have you ever needed to see a wall, but from a perspective that is shown to-scale, square and plumb, and isn’t warped? Scan data can be used to capture and publish structures in an orthogonal fashion for the generation of plans, sections, and elevational views accurately, without having to model or draw line work.

  • Virtual Tours and Collaboration. Scan data may be published as a virtual tour, allowing easy access to technical and non-technical users through their web browsers. These tours give users a 360-degree view of the space and allow measurements to be taken directly from the imagery.

  • Complex Capture Made Simple. Complicated geometries are easily captured with a laser scanner. We can scan and model rockwork, curved and warped surfaces, or even capture and calculate volumes of cut and fill.

  • Above Ceiling Utility Surveys. Scanners are line-of-sight instruments. If they can see it, they can most likely capture it. This means SMEP/FP systems above ceilings such as ducts, piping, beams, conduits, and fire sprinklers may be modeled, as well as in exposed places such as central plants.

  • Time and Cost Savings. Laser scanning gives you the confidence to pre-fabricate materials in the factory and bring them to the site for precise installation, resulting in tremendous time and cost savings.

  • Risk Reduction. Laser scans can enable significant risk reduction by providing designers and contractors accurate information of existing conditions. When field data is not validated, costly change orders and project delays are often the result. Elimination of even one such change order can often pay for the cost of the laser survey.

The art of the point cloud

Laser scanners capture everything within their line-of-site. As the laser paints across the surface of an object it is taking millions of measurements.  Each measurement results in a single point in space.  These millions of individual points form what is called a point cloud. A point cloud is three dimensional and shows all the out-of-plumb / out-of-square conditions found in the real world.  The point cloud may then be used to represent structures as either 2D CAD line work, or even a 3D intelligent Building Information Model (BIM).

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Receiving the laser scanned data provided us with the ability to refer back and measure areas without having to return to the site for additional field investigation. This is not only a time saving advantage, but a sustainable one also."


- Lawrence C.

I have always looked to ARC as an expert on matters related to 3D laser scanning and building documentation. ARC has always provided me with the straight-forward, objective answers and takes the time to thoroughly answer all of my questions.


- Peggy Y.

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U.S. Institute of Building Documentation/LOA Certified

Staff at ARC is LOA (Level of Accuracy) certified by the U.S. Institute of Building Documentation. The LOA standards were created by the USIBD as a guide for reality capture professionals within the AEC industry. LOA certified individuals have demonstrated their understanding of the USIBD's LOA specification and how to apply its principles to ensure accuracy and precision in the measurement process.

To us, every square foot matters. That's why our professional employees are trained to follow these standards when working on projects—so you can know that your deliverables are always accurate.

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