What is 3D Laser Scanning?
3D Laser Scanning is a non-contact form of measurement and documentation using a laser. The laser will reflect off of anything visible and the laser light will return to the scanner. Typically, about 250,000 points per second are collected but the scanner can collect up to 976,000 points per second.
The laser, in conjunction with the integrated digital camera, capture precise shapes, details and geometries as well as color images. The color images can be overlaid on to the the laser points creating a photo-realistic 3 dimensional image. In addition, full-dome 360 degree panoramas are created. The colorized laser points can be further manipulated, analyzed and modeled when brought into a 3D CAD package.