3D Point Cloud Surveys

3D Point Cloud Surveys

Covering Bristol, Bath and the South West, Pinpoint Mapping can supply 3D Point Cloud Surveys to existing clients and new customers who prefer to create their own two dimensional plans and three-dimensional models of scanned geometries within the built environment.

We use non-invasive 3D laser scanning technology to safely capture millions of 3D point cloud data at millimetre accuracy. This laser scanned three-dimensional data can subsequently be fully combined into one 3D point cloud and then delivered quickly on to the client for them to insert into their own projects.

3D Laser Scanning Technology

The applications of 3D scanning are unlimited. For instance, the technology is deployed into civil engineering, architecture, land surveying and heritage building preservation. When it comes to surveying existing buildings, 3D Point Cloud Surveys are accepted as the industry norm due to the high degree of precision in the point cloud dataset acquired by 3D laser scanning.

3D laser scanning is acknowledged as the industry standard to rapidly acquire accurate 3D point clouds. Via 3D laser scanning technology it is now possible to scan the external and internal elements of an existing building to create a digital ‘cloud’ of geometrical points. 

3D Point Cloud Surveys from Pinpoint Mapping captures all the necessary geometric point data and where requested the colour information of a building including any heritage or ornamental features that are present. Point clouds significantly reduce the amount time spent on site and improves survey accuracy.

How It Works

A 3D scanner emits millions of beams of laser light which strike surrounding surfaces and reflect the point of light back to the scanner. The more time the scanner is scanning the richer the point resolution of the 3D point clouds. Each point contains information (X, Y, Z coordinates) about the distance it has travelled from the scanner plus a colour code (red, green, blue) of the surface it has hit. 

Data from 3D point clouds can then be used to generate the geometry of the building within a BIM enabled CAD software package such as Revit from Autodesk.

Existing As-Built Developments

Architects, civil engineers and other property consultants in Bristol, Bath and the South West are often involved with build projects that require the redeveloping or the refurbishing of existing properties. Many existing buildings do not have models available and this is where a point cloud can help with the creation of an accurate 3D Building Information Model. A BIM can subsequently assist with the design process, assess ongoing progress of a build project and enable better informed decisions.

New Build Projects

On many new build projects our clients now prefer to make use of BIM (short for Building Information Model). A BIM should be established early in any new build project so that it can be fully utilised right through every phase of design and construction until its digital handover to the client on completion of the building. A further benefit to the end-client of having a BIM is the support of facility management: having digital documents recording exactly what materials the building is made up of can help to maximise efficiencies in terms of running costs.


By providing a professional three-dimensional laser scanning technology we save our clients time and money with our 3D point clouds surveying facility. So whether its for a right to light project, structural analysis task, construction development or project monitoring, choose Pinpoint Mapping and our 3D Point Cloud Survey service for all your future Architecture, BIM and Civil Engineering needs.

To enquire please use the contact form below or email us on office@pinpointmapping.co.uk with your requirements and we will be in touch shortly to discuss.

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