Project Description

Commercial office space planning

Two separate scans of an office complex set in the context of a city block with mixed retail, parking, restaurants and busy thoroughfare. Interior scan by Contour in 20 min. Exterior scanned with Stencil in under 30 minutes, including roof access and no aerial to provide complete cut-away. Very useful for zoning studies. Visualization shows office area color-coded by elevation. Gray area provides context.

Project Details

DATE

December 2016

LOCATION

216 Oakland Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA

PRODUCT

Stencil, Contour

INDUSTRY

Architecture, Real Estate

APPLICATION

As-built 3D models for architectural design

DIFFICULTY

Medium

CHALLENGE

Capture the interior and exterior of buildings from street level to above the roofline to plan additional floors taking into account various floor levels in each building.

A ground map was created and used to register additional scans from within the building and from the roof.

Scans were merged from multiple Stencil scans and a Contour scan of the interior. In this case, merging was a post-processing operation but done very easily by placing the point clouds in close proximity and then an automated process took over.

RESULTS

An excellent and comprehensive interior and exterior scan that showed the relationship of interior and exterior features. The architect even remarked “I don’t need to go to CAD for the information I needed.”

PREVIOUS METHOD

Tape measure and old out-of-date blueprints with reference points established by surveyors.

TIME/TIME SAVINGS

60 minutes to scan inside and out. Compared to 8 hours inside and out using stationary lidar and not counting post-processing.