Laser scanning user stories

Survey of a cavity with the GeoSLAM ZEB Horizon

In the Hattorf/Wintershall mining facility of the company K+S Minerals and Agriculture GmbH, a conveyor system is located about 500m below the earth's surface with a depth of 70m. The cavity is not accessible from any opening. The aim is to obtain a three-dimensional survey of the conveyor system with the highest possible resolution for inspecting the condition of the system as a data basis for the system operator. A mobile laser scanner was used for this purpose.

Cavity in mine


Highway Survey with Mobile Mapping for BIM Models of Transport Infrastructure

The German highway A4 frequently reaches the limits of its capacity in some sections. Therefore, ideas for a further expansion or reconstruction are under consideration. Current as-built data is needed for this. As part of the digitization process, a BIM-compliant as-built survey and modeling is to be carried out.


Scanning elevator shafts using a horizontal tripod

This project involves surveying two elevator shafts in a district in Hamburg. The building complex is quite outdated and is therefore being renovated from the ground up. The building extends over 7 floors including the basement. The two existing elevator shafts have been completely gutted and are being surveyed to determine the possible dimensions of the new elevators.


Scan time of the FARO Focus S series

With a variety of different 3D laser scanning systems on the market, it is not always easy to keep track of everything. In order to offer our customers and partners the best possible solution for their individual requirements, our service team regularly tests and compares a wide range of systems and scanning solutions. We recently took a closer look at the FARO FocusS series.


Scan time FARO Focus S 350

Monitoring the Construction Sites of Tomorrow with ZEB Horizon

The Cluster of Excellence IntCDC (Integrative Computational Design and Construction for Architecture) of the University of Stuttgart aims to rethink design, fabrication and construction in order to tackle the current challenges of the building industry, such as the lack of sustainability and productivity.

One of the research activities within this interdisciplinary project is the development of a cyber-physical construction platform for automated on-site assembly of prefabricated building elements. For the realisation of such automated processes, the availability of suitable spatial data is essential. As the IntCDC team wants to be able to monitor the progress of construction works at its test site in a daily or even shorter interval, the team decided to use the ZEB Horizon as a tool to capture this data in a fast and flexible way.

3D scanning as the basis for modern art

The use of scanning technology provides a wide range of possibilities in art. Ya-Wen Fu, a Taiwanese artist living in Germany, also saw the advantages of the modern capturing process for her work. The artist contacted us with her request to reproduce and scale her carefully created art objects as effectively as possible. These reproductions were then to be used in turn for an exhibition in which the objects should be placed in various artistically valuable constellations.

Ya-Wen Fu »Metamorphose« | Photograph: Nicolás Rupcich

Parametric modeling with user-specific data

Many of our customers have identified the advantages of 3D modeling in recent years and actively use these models in further data processing. So far, the focus has been mainly on building geometry. In the meantime, we are receiving more and more requests for the creation of user-specific data, e.g. technical building equipment, wastewater facilities, underground supply channels, etc. The further development of 3D models with their advantages and disadvantages as well as various questions regarding modeling are explained, analyzed and considered in the following project.

Detail of a model


Scanning of a villa in the canton of Tessin for a rehabilitation concept & a virtual tour

Some time ago, we had a special scanning training in beautiful Tessin (Switzerland). The aim was to capture a stately villa from the early 20th century and the surrounding magnificent garden in three dimensions. The documentation provided the basis for a renovation concept. The training participants also created a virtual tour based on the scan data.

2D modelling vs. 3D modelling for as-built capture

Time is changing. While in many areas people still work in 2D, others have recognised and implemented the advantages of 3D modelling long ago. Especially in the fields of industry and automotive engineering, 3D modelling has become firmly established and is constantly developing.

In architecture, we are experiencing a rather timid change. The 2D analyses of floor plans, sections and views are a familiar and firmly rooted basis for creative planning and conversion work. Ideas are developed on sketch paper, materials are assigned, rooms are furnished – and then digitally implemented.

We are often asked where the real added value of a 3D model is? Where exactly are the advantages or disadvantages of 2D or 3D modelling and which variant should you use in your next project?