Laser Scanning

3D laser scanning is relatively new technology that PCI Skanska began incorporating into our design processes in 2015.


Laser scanning is a non-contact, non-destructive technology that digitally captures the shape of physical objects using a line of laser light. 3D laser scanners create “point clouds” of data from the surface of an object. In other words, laser scanning is a way to capture a physical object’s exact size and shape into a digital 3-dimensional model. It is ideally suited to capture contoured surfaces and complex geometries such as mechanical and electrical systems, structures and building elements that require massive amounts of data to accurately depict in a model and in spaces impractical to collect using traditional measurement methods.

Our customers have realized the benefits of laser scanning including:

  • The ability to view and evaluate our design as it progresses in the existing setting and consider design options, reducing the risk associated with customer directed changes during construction when changes are costly and can affect the schedule.
  • Design coordination and design accuracy that improves construction bids, planning and installation, saving our customers money and time.
  • Reduction in time and effort needed to develop a design solution, by providing accurate and complete existing conditions.
  • Less time required to collect site conditions, reducing the number of needed trips to the site and the time spent on site to collect information.
  • Safe collection of site conditions that are not accessible using traditional site measuring methods.
Last updated: 11/6/2019