At CMS Surveyors we’ve invested in the latest 3D Scanning hardware and software so we can continue to provide our clients with the richest survey data possible.

The last few years have seen the design and construction industry embrace Building Information Modelling (BIM) as a tool for creating better products more economically and at CMS Surveyors we play a vital role in the creation of accurate Building information models, particularly when it comes to refurbishment and redevelopment projects.

Our Leica P40 Laser scanner is able to capture 1,000,000 points per second to an accuracy of 3mm at 50m from the scanner and is able to scan almost any material or surface.  Additionally, the scanner can capture High Dynamic Range photography which allows the collected point cloud to be accurately coloured, creating what is akin to a 3D photograph of the site.  A full 360° dome scan can be completed in under 5 minutes which allows sites to be surveyed at a speed and level of detail that has never previously been possible.


The point cloud serves as a digital record of the site.  We can provide this in a number of formats, including Leica Trueview (viewed in Internet Explorer), Autodesk’s Recap Format (for use in Revit, 3DS Max and AutoCad) and a number of others. Point clouds can be loaded into Revit, Navisworks, Autocad or other CAD packages to serve as a reference for design.


The Point Cloud can be used to build a virtual model of the site to the exact specifications required for the task. Depending on the requirements of the job we can then deliver:

  • 3D models
  • Building Information Modelling (BIM)
  • Revit Models
  • Elevations and floor plans (in 2D and 3D)
  • Geometric information such as beam thicknesses and pipe diameters
  • Floor slab analysis
  • Rendered Flythroughs
  • Shadow/Solar studies