Realserve uses cutting edge 3D Laser Scanner and modelling equipment to provide a range of services to create virtual views of your building, property or industrial site. It can provide you with sharp, specific details and plans of complex buildings, landscapes, and large objects. From the data generated by our technology we can also produce precise 2D scale drawings or 3D models. This makes analysing and navigating structures simple for you especially whenever you need precise measurements that can be visualised.

3D laser scanning in New Zealand for commercial properties.

3D laser scanning is a technology breakthrough in surveying that has been adopted by Realserve’s range of building measurement services. Within minutes, our 3D laser scanner can fully capture in 3D the shape of existing buildings, landscapes and large objects.



It does this by collecting thousands of 3D coordinates or points, resulting in a tightly packed point cloud ‘constellation’ that creates a supremely accurate output that can be used for a range of purposes to help manage a property.



The resolution, speed and intelligence of our 3D laser scanner is truly impressive. It can rapidly measure and map complex shapes in precise detail to specified tolerances. We can now survey environments once considered impractical for traditional surveying techniques.



Machinery, large buildings, highways and structures can all be captured by our 3D laser scanner. The point cloud data sourced from the scan is then converted for compatibility with AutoCAD, Revit, ArchiCAD and many other 3D CAD applications. From this CAD format we derive precise ‘as-built’ 2D scale drawings and a virtual 3D model to be used for all kinds of purposes in retail, commercial or industrial property management.


Incredible building details delivered with 3D laser scanning


Realserve 3D models are a powerful way to render reality. The rich detail and colour embedded in our 3D model give 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.

The 3D modelling process begins by measuring an object/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.

Advantages of 3D scanning and modelling include;

    • Capturing and receiving data quickly.
    • Unbeatable accuracy and precision that can reduce the risks associated with project execution.
    • Navigable virtual 3D models
    • Measuring complex shapes and highly detailed objects
    • Ability to create as-built drawings
    • It reduces 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

3D scanning industrial property, commercial buildings or factories

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 visualization

3D scanning of buildings and architecture

Realserve is a recognised leader in measured building surveys across the country. We continue to deliver innovative ways to use reality capture technology and 3D laser scanning of heritage buildings is another example of this.


This process enables people to explore, investigate and document heritage elements in ways never imagined possible. As 3D Laser scanning 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.

Our typical process

We utilise the latest surveying technology to capture our data to produce our 3D scans and models. Using the latest software programs everything is captured and processed accurately to start producing the required visual outputs. The equipment we use is state of the art, even the latest RPA (drones) tools. We only use the latest software tools including AutoCAD & Revit.

Once our plans are drafted they go through an intensive QA process via an independent audit to ensure that what we have captured is delivered to the highest levels of accuracy possible.

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.
  • All deliverables are then created for viewing.

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 pointcloud model by directly inserting it into a CAD drawing. Pointcloud scans can be utilised to create traditional 2D drawing sets or create 3D CAD / REVIT models. Realserve have a team of experienced CAD technicians to create these drawings and 3D models from a pointcloud.

3D Scanning & modelling samples

See some of our case studies