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High definition surveying, or 3D Laser Scanning, can provide you with a more enhanced and versatile measured survey solution. The technique remotely captures data on site, making it particularly useful in areas that are difficult to measure and areas of highly ornate detail, which also eliminates access or health and safety issues. It enables us to provide you with a highly sophisticated, efficient and cost effective 3D Laser Scanning survey service for your project, to millimetre accuracy.


The benefits of using 3D Laser Scanning for measured surveys include:

  • Laser scanning is an extremely fast method of capturing large amounts of highly accurate data, which reduces project cycle times.
  • Survey data can be captured remotely to the area of interest, which can be crucial to historical or highly sensitive sites. Data can also be archived for heritage sites.
  • All of the data can be captured at once, which removes the need for additional site visits to gather further information.
  • Resulting pointcloud files offer incredible detail enabling a range of final deliverables for our clients, including 2D drawings, 3D models, pointclouds and Truview.
  • Excellent photo realistic representations and visualizations when combining scan data with HDR photography.

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    Once the site data has been captured, the resulting point cloud can be extracted as a final deliverable or it can be edited to produce traditional and enhanced survey information for CAD applications. This is ideal for architectural, engineering and construction clients, as well as those in archaeological and related professions. The data can also be processed as the project progresses, reducing your cost.

    The final deliverable can also be published in Leica TruView format. TruView allows you, via a free plug-in, to view, edit, zoom-in, measure and mark-up rich point cloud information. It is quick and easy to use, and coordinates and measured distances can be extracted, as well as having the facility to use hyperlinks to asset information and publish TruView file sets.

    • We will work with you to tailor a specification and proposal that suits your requirements. Depending on the size and type of your project we can provide the information important to you.
    • Using modern technology we will provide you with the most cost effective solution, delivering your information quickly.
    • Using only experienced land surveyors you can be confident that our topographical surveys are drawn to the highest standard.
    • With our extensive survey experience our surveyors will provide additional information that may be vital to your successful project, such as neighbouring building heights.
    • Survey drawings are supplied in various 2D and 3D CAD formats and paper copies can be provided.
    • Should you require a topographical survey to support a BIM project we can provide you with a 3D surface model solution in Revit format.
    • Additional services that we are able to offer to support your project include measured building surveys, utility surveys and CCTV drainage surveys.

    If you have a survey requirement please get in touch by calling 01438 841300 or email enquiries@terrainsurveys.co.uk.

    For a fast response quotation use the ‘contact us’ facility and provide us with as much information as you can. When specifying the survey area it is important to provide us with a clearly marked site plan.

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    Frequently asked questions:

    What is the RICS Code of Measuring Practice?

    The purpose of the Code is to provide succinct, precise definitions to permit the accurate measurement of buildings and land, the calculation of the sizes(areas and volumes) and the description or specification of land and buildings on a common and consistent basis.

    Why get an area reference survey done?

    It may be required for valuation, management, conveyance, planning, taxation, sale, letting, or acquisition purposes.

    What is the difference between GEA and GIA?

    GEA – Gross External Area is the area of a building measured externally at each floor level.

    GIA – Gross Internal Area is the area of the building measured to the internal face of the perimeter walls at each floor level.


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