3D building modelling services in Christchurch

  • 3D building modelling service in Christchurch
  • Surveyors available in every suburb
  • Latest software for modelling
  • Full range of scanning and document creation services
  • Creation of models for Revit & BIM implementation
  • 20+ years of experience in retail, commercial & industrial

Realserve uses cutting edge equipment to 3D scan building exteriors or interiors to then create a model of that site. Our surveying team in Christchurch provides a range of laser scanning services that enable the creation of complex 3D virtual views of a building, property, factory or industrial site. It can provide you with sharp, specific details and plans of complex buildings, landscapes, retail floor areas or large factory equipment. This makes analysing and navigating structures simple, especially whenever you need precise measurements that can be visualised.

This is a reliable non-contact scanning method, which allows for minimal site visits and provides accessibility of hard to reach areas, such as roof cavities, tall ceilings or facades. Our Christchurch office provides professional, streamlined, 3D scanning and modelling services that allow for the immediate processing of 3D scan data for a wide array of modelling and design applications.

Our team will help you reduce project timelines and avoid any costly errors.

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3D scanning and modelling company in Christchurch

The Realserve 3D building modelling service in Christchurch is a powerful way to render reality. The rich detail and colour embedded in our 3D modelling delivers effective and understandable 3D visualisation. 3D models are ideal for architectural restoration, proving highly effective in planning repairs and maintenance, or when deciding to reproduce/redesign intricate building features. 

At Realserve, we understand that in the dynamic landscape of property development, detailed and accurate information is not just a requirement but the cornerstone of impactful decision-making. Our seasoned team of professional surveyors, armed with cutting-edge technology, are adept at crafting comprehensive and precision-engineered 3D models that serve as an indispensable tool for any renovation, refurbishment, or repurposing project.

3D modelling in Christchurch refers to the process of creating a mathematical representation of a 3-dimensional object or shape. Lots of different industries use 3D models for visualising, simulating and rendering graphic designs. The expertise that our company has, is to conduct this for building or construction where the 3D modelling process begins by laser scanning an area or structure as a point cloud.

This point cloud data can then be used to create accurate as-built drawings through post-production software and CAD applications. The Realserve CAD model can be used in any 3D CAD software and can show specific measurements and detailed features of buildings and structures, perfect for your project.

Laser scanning to 3D modelling in Christchurch is changing the way architectural designs are being presented, it is enabling architects and designers to be more creative and experimental with their ideas, or in the case of fit out companies, an ability to be precise and accurate in their execution. With technologies like reality modelling getting weaved into the construction lifecycle it means this process no longer involves rolling out paper blueprints of building designs. 

Construction has largely gone digital so architectural presentations have moved from draft tables to desktops or tablets with immersive 3D modelling giving people a more ‘real world’ view of a project.

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What our 3D modelling services in Christchurch can provide

  • The ability to capture and receive detailed data quickly.
  • Unbeatable accuracy and precision that can reduce the risks associated with project execution.
  • Navigable virtual 3D models
  • Measurement of complex shapes and highly detailed objects
  • The ability to create as-built drawings
  • Reduction in the data collection time needed, meaning less time required for our technicians to be onsite.
  • Accurately measure complex, remote or inaccessible areas
  • Highly detailed data improves decision-making and engineering designs whilst reducing the likelihood of needing to conduct repeat site visits.
  • Ability to convert raw data into intelligent BIM or CAD applications
  • Archive data to provide a snapshot of a project for routine monitoring or future exploitation

Harnessing the synergy of sophisticated technology and human ingenuity, Realserve’s 3D building modelling services in Christchurch unravel intricate details, offering a multidimensional perspective of the structure. 

Every nook, cranny, and corner is meticulously mapped, ensuring a comprehensive repository of data that is instrumental for planners, architects, and developers alike.

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3D scanning and modelling for industrial or commercial property in Christchurch

We can provide innovative 3D laser scanning with as-built models of your large machine components or industrial plant. As-built 3D plans can help you see things like exact wall thickness, lighting and sprinklers, mechanical fixtures, window locations, and much more. Traditional construction drawings will seldom give an accurate representation of an installation and modifications typically occur after a significant period of time has passed resulting in older archived plans bearing no resemblance to the existing as-built conditions.

Complex piping and equipment layouts are quickly and accurately captured by the laser scanning process. This allows for exact dimensions and deformations of sites and equipment to be determined. Component and plant upgrades can be planned and modelled to ensure fit first-time, reducing the need for costly shutdowns and disruption. The point cloud generated from the 3D scanning allows for the ability to find potential faults with a redesigned area through an automated Clash Detection Plan.

Typical industrial applications for 3D scanning are;

  • Plant room and equipment scanning.
  • Pipe Installations.
  • As-Built Engineering Structures.
  • Structural Steel As-Built’s.
  • Bridges and Tunnel scanning
  • Building renovations and extensions (Existing Conditions Plans)
  • New constructions (As-Built Models)
  • Plant and Processing sites
  • Façade detail
  • 3D modelling
  • Heritage preservation
  • Topographic Surveys
  • Concept visualisation
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3D scanning & modelling for retail tenancy sites in Christchurch

Our bespoke solutions are tailored to meet the unique needs of each client. Whether it is a retail space awaiting a fresh lease of life, a commercial entity gearing up for refurbishment, or an industrial complex slated for repurposing, Realserve is the ally that guarantees an unwavering commitment to accuracy and quality. 3D modelling in Christchurch has revolutionised the landscape of property surveying and planning, particularly in bustling metropolitan areas in New Zealand.

In the context of retail tenancy, it plays a pivotal role in facilitating the effective utilisation of space, ensuring compliance with legal requirements, and enhancing the aesthetic and functional appeal of a retail location. Surveyors leverage 3D models to offer a detailed and comprehensive visual representation of the retail space. This aids in analysing the spatial arrangement, optimising floor plans, and ensuring that every inch of the space is used efficiently. Retailers can explore various layouts and designs virtually, making informed decisions that maximise the functionality and aesthetic appeal of the space.

For retail spaces that are undergoing renovations or modifications, 3D modelling offers an invaluable tool for visualising changes in real-time. Surveyors can model different design variations, allowing property owners and retailers to explore and select options that align with their brand identity, operational needs, and budget constraints. 3D models serve as a dynamic asset management tool. They provide detailed insights into the structural elements, installations, and fixtures within the retail space. Surveyors, property owners, and tenants can access an interactive model that aids in maintenance, repair, and upgrades, ensuring the space remains in optimal condition.

3D scanning & modelling of building architecture in Christchurch

Realserve is a recognised leader in measured building surveys across Christchurch. We continue to deliver innovative ways to use 3D laser scanning to create building models of properties including heritage building sites. This process enables people to explore, investigate and document heritage elements in ways never imagined possible. As 3D scanning and modelling is non-contact, fast and cost effective it becomes ideal for;

  • Heritage Buildings.
  • Facade Mapping.
  • Detailed Floor Plans.
  • BIM / 3D Revit Modelling.
  • Topographic Surveys.
  • As-built Surveys of Engineering Structures.

We supply valuable high resolution scan data on any project — from a floor plan to complex heritage building elevations. Even roads and landscapes are documented in vibrant detail that could be used for redevelopments, refurbishments and more.


How does our company deliver 3D building modelling in Christchurch

As part of our 3D building modelling process in Christchurch, we use the most advanced laser scanning surveying technology to collect and capture our data. In order to generate the desired visual outputs, the latest software programs are used to capture and process everything accurately and to start the production process as soon as possible. In addition to the state-of-the-art equipment, we use the most advanced RPA (drone) tools that are currently available. 

Our company uses only the latest software tools, including AutoCAD & Revit, in the design process. Once all the data has been collected, it will be put through a rigorous quality assurance process via a comprehensive independent audit to ensure that the data captured is as accurate as possible in order to ensure that it will be delivered to the right people at the right time.

In summary;

  • Initial consultation to ensure we can meet your needs.
  • Agree on a scope of work.
  • A site visit is organised with one of our qualified technicians with the necessary equipment.
  • All data is then processed via our team located in one of our offices around the Country.
  • All plans or drawings are then independently reviewed via our QA process.
  • Creating a basic 3D model of the building using software such as AutoCAD, SketchUp, or Revit.
  • Refining the model to add more detail and accuracy, such as doors, windows, and other architectural features.
  • Adding textures, materials, and lighting to create a more realistic representation of the building.
  • Analysing the model for structural integrity, energy efficiency, and other factors.
  • Using the model for visualisation, planning, and other purposes.

We can deliver all building surveys as CAD or REVIT models, making the transition to BIM workflows simple.

Multiple scans of the subject site may be required. These scans are then merged into a single three-dimensional representation of the area and post-processed within various software packages. From there you can utilise the data as a point cloud model by directly inserting it into a CAD drawing. Point Cloud scans can be utilised to create traditional 2D drawing sets or create 3D CAD / REVIT models. Realserve has a team of experienced CAD technicians to create these drawings and 3D models from a point cloud.

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Level of Detail (LOD) in 3D Modelling in Christchurch

Level of Detail (LOD) is a term used in Building Information Modeling (BIM) to describe the level of completeness and accuracy of a model. It refers to the level of development of the different components of the model, and it is used to define the purpose of the model and the stage of the design or construction process.

The concept of LOD is important in BIM because it allows stakeholders to understand the scope and limitations of the model, as well as its potential uses. There is a common definition of LOD for BIM models, ranging from LOD 100 (conceptual design) to LOD 500 (as-built and operational).

The LOD level required for a specific project will depend on its purpose, scope, and stage of development.We can assist in determining the suitable LOD rating for the project, with LOD200 and LOD300 the most common for creating existing conditions 3D models.

3D scanning and building modelling costs in Christchurch

3D scanning and building modelling costs will vary based on a combination of factors which include;

  • Location of the site being surveyed.
  • How easy or difficult is site access?
  • How large is the area that needs to be scanned either land, building exterior or interior floor area?
  • How complex is the site either externally or internally?
  • The estimated time it will take to 3D scan all the required areas
  • How many point clouds need to be created to fulfil the brief given to the surveyor?
  • The number of models and/or other 2D documentation that needs to be created.

The best way to calculate your 3D scanning and building modelling costs in Christchurch is to complete an online quote request or call our local number so that our team can assess what is required and provide a written quotation. We can then provide a suggested scope of work, list of inclusions and proposed pricing to produce the point cloud survey/s you require.

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Frequently asked questions about 3D building modelling in Christchurch

3D building modelling in Christchurch is the process of creating a digital representation of a physical building using 3D modelling software. This software allows architects, engineers, and designers to create accurate, detailed, and realistic 3D models of buildings that can be viewed, analyzed, and modified in a virtual environment.

3D building modelling is used for a variety of purposes, including architectural visualization, structural analysis, construction planning, and facility management. It can also be used to create digital twins, which are virtual replicas of physical buildings that can be used for simulations, testing, and monitoring.

The process of 3D building modelling typically involves the following steps:

  • Gathering data and measurements of the building and its surroundings using surveys, photographs, and other sources.
  • Creating a basic 3D model of the building using software such as AutoCAD, SketchUp, or Revit.
  • Refining the model to add more detail and accuracy, such as doors, windows, and other architectural features.
  • Adding textures, materials, and lighting to create a more realistic representation of the building.
  • Analysing the model for structural integrity, energy efficiency, and other factors.
  • Using the model for visualisation, planning, and other purposes.

3D scanning and modelling can provide several benefits for heritage buildings, including:


  • Preservation and Restoration: 3D scanning and modelling can help preserve heritage buildings by creating accurate digital replicas of the building that can be used to monitor and assess its condition over time. These digital models can also be used to guide restoration efforts and ensure that the building is restored to its original condition.
  • Documentation: 3D scanning and modelling can provide a detailed and accurate record of the building’s current condition, which can be used for documentation purposes. This documentation can be used to inform future preservation and restoration efforts, as well as for research and educational purposes.
  • Virtual Tours: 3D scanning and modeling can allow for virtual tours of heritage buildings, which can be used to showcase the building’s historical and architectural significance. This can help increase public awareness and appreciation for the building and its heritage.
  • Risk Assessment: 3D scanning and modelling can be used to identify potential risks to the building, such as structural weaknesses or damage caused by natural disasters. This can help inform risk assessment and management strategies to ensure the building’s continued preservation.
  • Planning and Design: 3D scanning and modelling can be used to inform planning and design decisions related to the building and its surroundings. This can help ensure that any new development or construction in the area is sensitive to the building’s historical and architectural significance.

3D laser scanning is used to define the shapes of objects, buildings or landscapes in a 3D model. It involves the creation of “point cloud” data that defines the surfaces under inspection. The scanners measure the fine details of complex surfaces which would traditionally require massive amounts of manual input for their accurate depiction. So compared to traditional methods, using the latest 3D scanning will save time both on-site and in the office for any modelling services. This enables measuring where traditional methods would be take too long, be impractical or not really possible at all.



Our surveying company in Australia creates accurate and detailed digital twins of retail, commercial and industrial properties. These virtual replicas of physical spaces provide a wealth of information about a property’s layout, structure, and systems. They are incredibly useful for a wide range of applications, including facility management, asset tracking, energy optimisation, and more. Our process is quick, non-invasive, and provides a level of detail that traditional surveying methods cannot match.

A digital twin is created, it can be used for a wide range of applications. Here are just a few examples:

  1. Facility management: A digital twin can be used to monitor the performance of a building’s systems, including HVAC, lighting, and security, and identify issues before they become major problems.

  2. Asset tracking: By creating a digital twin of a building, you can easily track the location and status of assets, such as equipment or furniture, within the space.

  3. Energy optimisation: With a digital twin, you can simulate different scenarios to identify the most efficient ways to use energy within a building, reducing costs and environmental impact.

  4. Design and construction: Architects and builders can use digital twins to simulate and test different designs and construction methods, helping to optimise the building process and reduce costs.