Gathering Precise Data with 3D Scanning

From tiny components to large accident sites, our experienced technical staff have the expertise to digitally capture objects and environments of nearly any shape and size. Using this captured data, we create highly-detailed full-color point clouds that can be rendered as pictures, or employed to create animations and physical models.

Whether in one of our labs or at an accident scene, we utilize scanners that capture millions of points of measurable data, documenting every real-world detail – from tiny features to areas as large as factories or multiple city blocks – all with stunning (in some cases sub-millimeter) accuracy.

3D laser scanning yields highly usable, high-quality data quickly. Dimensions, elevations, topologies, and coordinates can all be displayed from a variety of perspectives, allowing you to fully document and preserve a scene or compare the dimensions of an as-build part to its CAD in an informative, non-destructive manner. You can even revisit a scene or explore a damaged part in virtual reality using our VR systems.

The 3D data collected from our scanners is then used in modeling and fabrication, damage/deformation assessment, accident reconstruction, simulations, and animations. Demonstratives created using 3D data from our scanners can be relied upon to aid courtroom presentations, depositions, mediations, and arbitrations. They effectively convey pivotal information to clients, opponents, mediators, and jurors.

Benefits of 3D Laser Scanning:

  • Safe, unobtrusive, and rapid data collection method that can be used to preserve large scenes accurately and measurably

  • Reduces field measuring and conventional data collection time

  • No physical contact objects at the scene

  • Helps eliminate return visits because data capture covers the entire site with millions of measurable points

  • Reduces errors because on-site measurements can be confirmed in the digital data

  • Allows safe, detailed documentation of hard-to-reach places

  • Provides data for 2D plan views, 3D models, 3D renderings, data fly-through movies, VR, and 3D animations

  • Enables accurate reverse engineering of components

  • Provides a detailed means to compare as-build parts to as-designed specifications

The FARO Freestyle3D

One of the pieces of equipment that the technicians at ESi utilize is the FARO FreeStyle3D. The following video gives a glimpse into how the technology is used, and what the data scanned can be used for.

"The FARO Freestyle3D is a top-quality, high-precision, handheld scanner for professionals. It quickly and reliably documents rooms, structures and objects in 3D and creates high-definition point clouds. With unbeatable precision, it is suitable for all uses in which installations, properties or environments must be quickly measured from various perspectives." -

For more information about our 3D Laser Scanning & 3D Modeling services, please contact Expert Consultant: 

Brian Thibault