3D Laser Scanning


What is the point of using Symbiosis for your 3D scanning needs? Well there's 360,000 points, and that's for every second of operation.


Symbiosis and its clients have embraced 3D laser scanning technology to provide faster and more comprehensive data.


3D Scanning is a non-destructive way of capturing digital real world representations of objects. With the ability to measure fine details and capture free-form shapes, 3D scanners can generate highly accurate point cloud data within minutes.


From a simple scan, registration and processing, 2D and 3D models can be generated using 3rd party software to achieve a deliverable specific to the clients needs.


The sky is the limit when laser scanning and drone imagery point cloud data are combined capturing full facility data (i.e. water pump station from ground to roof) allowing the client capability for full visualisation, interrogation, design, modelling and analysis.

Ideally suited for the measurement and inspection of contoured surfaces and complex geometries, the 3D scanner can be utilised for: 

  • Building Architecture
  • Water and Wastewater Utilities
  • Road and Transport
  • Marine Infrastructure
  • Mining
  • Oil and Gas
  • Industrial Plant and Equipment

                     3D Scan still of Concrete Road bridge

When objects or existing site conditions are scanned, millions of data points are recorded (invisible to the human eye) and the result is an accurate depiction of the scanned site or object. This accurate depiction is called a point cloud.


Point cloud data goes in to a common reference system where its merged in to a complete model. This process of alignment allows dozens of scans to be quickly stitched together.

                      3D Scan of heritage building facade

There are many additional benefits of using this technology, including: 

  • Tender scoping / Pre-construction as-builts
  • Building Information Modelling (BIM)
  • Virtual Design Construction (VDC)
  • Quality Control during construction
  • Field annotation and dimensioning
  • Reverse engineering
  • Process comparison i.e. design vs construction

                        3D Scan of Heritage Rail bridge

  3D Scan of wharf face with basic annotation