What factors can impact the 3D laser scanning environment

Have you ever worked with FARO 3D Laser Scanning equipment, or are you curious to gain a deeper understanding of the 3D Laser scanning environment and what factors can impact your results? Our London 3D laser scanning and measured survey company use high-quality equipment and scanners to deliver successful and efficient results. Our surveyors are wary and have extensive knowledge in using the equipment, as well as analysing the scanning environment and what factors can create a significant impact on the scanning results and data. This article will explore the site factors in interior and exterior scanning, how our surveyors evaluate the conditions of each site, which factors can cause a significant impact to the scanning data captured and how we prepare scanning process through analysation.

What is required by the client?

Many professionals may enquire about 3d laser scanning depending on their focus and intent. If you are an architect, property or project manager, an interior designer or technical consultant, our goal is to provide incredible accuracy and reliable data to the service specified. Our professionals conduct a survey with the highest-quality intentions and methods in all requested services. Yet, it is critical to understand the client’s needs to consider the best application to the project. This may include any potential site or workplace hazards, and how the positioning of your scan can widely determine the access of data. Also, the confidentiality of information regarding the location and what has been discussed with the client. You can read all about the safety guidelines when using the 3D Laser Scanner here.

Environmental factors: interior and exterior

Whether the scan takes places indoors or outdoors, the physical space you are scanning will inevitably contain factors which could negatively impact the resulting data of your scan. Both environments will have natural or man-made factors which may cause an abruption to data collection. What are the most common factors to be aware of?

  • Any interruptions to electrical power or sudden electrical cuts
  • Movement of machinery and people entering scan view
  • The lighting used indoors such as incandescent or fluorescent
  • Air quality and corrosive materials

For land and exterior surveying:


  • Weather conditions such as overexposure of sun or rain and wind
  • Movement and traffic causing ground vibration and shake
  • Humidity levels and temperature (avoiding machinery to overheat)
  • Direct sunlight reducing a scanner’s range and rise in noise levels

What can impact collection of scanning data?

We have discussed the environmental factors which can dictate the results of a scan, so what other factors can impact the collection of scanning data and how to minimise?
We established the noise level caused by direct sunlight will increase within the data, that is why our surveyors move the scanner closer to the targets to help minimise the negative impact. Additionally, unnecessary movement can be an element of concern and easily fixed with our following methods. That is why we use high-quality tripod to ensure complete stability of scanner and object, and using highly visible tape to alert people from entering. Want to read more on the common mistake which can be avoided? Our blog post here will tell you everything you need to know to organise a reliable and exceptional scanning routine.

If you are interested in using our measured survey service to produce accurate, top-tier as-built drawings and plans, make sure to contact us today and get a quote online for free! No matter how urgent you require a service, Red Laser Scanning will be able to provide you with the best results as soon as possible.

About Red Laser Scanning

Red Laser Scanning specialises in 3D Laser Scanning services for architects, interior designers, construction professionals and contractors all across UK. Our experienced team is here to deliver a quality service which is quick, efficient and reliable for your project needs.

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