Using LiDAR in Retail Real Estate Scanning Service: How It Works


February 28, 2022
By: Natalie Perri

LiDAR is a ranging scanning method that emits infrared light rays. It measures how long it takes to come back to the scanner after hitting nearby objects. This measurement reflects a distance from each object precisely, based on the speed of light. 3D LiDAR laser scanning has multiple applications in the world of real estate and architecture. Commercial real estate developers find Robotic Imaging’s services invaluable, as it saves precious time and money. LiDAR scanning in real estate ensures highly accurate and precise measurements that simply cannot be achieved by hand.

Hand measuring is the traditional methodology that dominated the field, just due to lack of technology. The process can be very laborious and calculation errors are common. Also, multiple site visits are required to get dimensions, extending the process.

Renters and managers naturally have specific spatial needs and the world is fast paced. Using LiDAR scanning services in retail real estate grants clients highly accurate models with the best data available. Even as sites change over the years, keeping updated 2D and 3D models saves time and energy.

At Robotic Imaging, our retail real estate scanning services works as follows: Our trained team will scan buildings, industrial sites, and other real estate using a 3D scanner, such as Matterport, LiDAR, or Lecia RTC. As mentioned above, scanners measure light reflections from every angle. Shape components are recorded, as millions of digital points are virtually plotted, generating a point cloud. After the scan on site is complete, the point cloud data extracted is translated into a 2D or 3D format, depending on the clients’ needs.

Now, how do you know if 3D scan-to-BIM services are right for you? As mentioned throughout our website, there are a variety of applications. Real estate set to be refitted and redesigned need accurate base drawings to reference and redesign. There is reduced risk and financial reliability when requesting a scan-to-BIM service. From a repair and maintenance standpoint, capturing such data provides a lasting record of building construction. Also, in real-time owners and investors can gather and store these insights on the built environment. Better scheduling and competent decision making is feasible with all this data provided to our clients. Lastly, scan-to-BIM services produces a data-rich, accurate 3D model you cannot receive from the traditional route.

If you are seeking for a 3D laser scanning and/or scan-to-BIM service for retail real estate (or any type of real estate) don’t hesitate to contact Robotic Imaging!

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