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3D Laser Scanning & Point Cloud

3D Laser Scanning & Point Cloud

Here at Target Surveys, we have a depth of experience in providing both 3D Scanning and Point Cloud services, and as always, we will take your unique needs and requirements into account. We are able to survey sites of all shapes and sizes, delivering you with accurate and efficient Point Cloud data which can then be used to create a variety of different 2D drawings or 3D BIM models, depending on your preference.

Point Cloud data is often used for conservation purposes as it allows professionals to scan both cultural and heritage sites in meticulous detail. These scans can record all of the features and details that give a property or site its character and charm, allowing it to be restored in the most authentic way possible. The 3D Laser Scan also allows you to present your site in a convenient and accessible way. 

So whether you have the data but are struggling with your Point Cloud manipulation or utilisation, or need a hand with your 3D scanning requirements, Target Surveys is here to help.

Key Points

BIM Models

Historical archiving


Faro Focus Scanner

Leica BLK360






What Is 3D Laser Scanning & Point Cloud?

Point Cloud represents a set of data points in a specific space. These points usually represent a 3D shape or object and each point has its own set of X, Y and Z coordinates. In order to collect the data to map out these points, 3D laser scanning techniques are used to collect and collate millions of accurate coordinate points. The coordinates in the Point Cloud represent the surfaces that have been hit by our 3D Laser Scanner. 

Here at Target Surveys, we offer a range of 3D Laser Point Cloud Surveys using our Faro Focus Scanner or Lecia BLK360. These devices allow us to produce an internal and external scan of a building by sending out millions of laser beams that plot points as they hit surfaces.

When Do I Need 3D Laser Scanning & Point Cloud Services?

Point Cloud allows us to capture a highly accurate image of an environment whilst simultaneously providing us with a more comprehensive means of collecting data. Unlike traditional surveying methods, Point Cloud can capture all of the intricate and minute features from a building or surface, this makes it particularly useful when surveying heritage sites that contain vast amounts of architectural detail, or if you are planning on exporting your data into a 3D environment.

When you contact us about a project we will evaluate whether you need a Point Cloud Survey – this is dependent on the building site you are working on, as well as your brief, the scale of your project and your requirements. Here at Target Surveys, we usually use Point Cloud Surveys for projects that involve 3D modelling.

How Can 3D Laser Scanning & Point Cloud Services Benefit My Site?

3D Laser Scanning offers multiple advantages when compared to traditional surveying methods.

  • By collecting and sharing significantly more data in a shorter time frame, your designers, project managers and contractors will have access to information in a more efficient and comprehensive manner, allowing them to make more informed decisions throughout the lifecycle of your project.
  • 3D Laser Scans can reduce or even remove the need for costly and timely site revisits, resulting in a quicker and more cost-effective turnaround. 
  • Our 3D Laser Scans and Point Clouds allow you to visualise designs in a virtual environment before they are even built. This means that you can test concepts and understand the full impacts of a decision without lifting a finger.

Get In Touch With Target:

Target Surveys was established in 2011, and since then, we have quickly built a reputation for offering fast, reliable and highly accurate surveying services to a wide range of clients throughout the UK.

To find out more about our services, please visit the contact section of our website here, get in touch with us at 01926 313419 or reach out to us on We look forward to advising you on your next venture!

Frequently Asked Questions

The cost of our 3D Scanning and Point Cloud services is dependent on the size and complexity of your structure or site. As such, if you would like an accurate quotation then we would recommend that you reach out to a member of our team via this form.

We’re able to export and issue our Point Cloud data in various formats depending on the requirements of our clients. This includes ASCII, OBJ and PTX. 

However, we typically utilise our Point Cloud data to create BIM/REVIT models via our ‘in house’ team.

Point Clouds provide you with a visual representation of the raw scanned data. Although these initial points will not be of the highest visual quality, they can be applied to CAD designs to provide an effective and efficient 3D modelling solution. 

Many clients use their Point Cloud data for conservation purposes as it allows them to map out all of the intricate architectural properties of a heritage site – allowing it to be maintained, conserved and restored in the most accurate way possible. 

Similarly to the above, the time taken for our 3D Scanning & Point Cloud services is dependent on the size and complexity of your structure or site. The level of accuracy you require can also significantly increase the time taken for each scan. To give you an idea for reference, we usually allow 4-6 hours for an average London townhouse. 

A member of our team will be able to recommend the time needed for your unique project based on your requirements.

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