3D modelling in surveying means creating a 3D computer model of a structure or building. The 3D model provides everyone with an accurate visual representation of its size, shape and texture. 

3D modelling can be useful in planning since it can create in-depth 3D designs for buildings and structures that haven’t been built yet. Need to win over key project stakeholders and decision-makers for a proposed development? A 3D model could help to bring your idea to life and give stakeholders an insight into the plans. Building Information Modelling is compulsory for UK public-funded building projects. 

Here we go into a little more detail into the impact of 3D modelling on surveying in the UK. 

3D modelling saves time and money

3D laser scanning surveys can save significant time and money because they allow architects and building designers to identify issues and defects early on in the process before it gets further down the road and more money is spent. 

At Midland Survey, we cherish modern surveying technology and all its wonders. Time is money in the building game. Fortunately, comprehensive 3D data capture surveys prevent staff in building or renovation projects from needing to do multiple site visits. 

Image of a 3D modelling design.

Surveying historical buildings 

Historical buildings need to undergo thorough surveying prior to any new renovations or building changes taking place. 3D laser scanning technology is often used today to survey historical buildings. Looking after historic buildings is important, and you want to do your homework with 3D surveys to reduce the risk of there being any costly damage down the line due to a lack of due diligence in the planning stage.

3D modelling is a non-invasive surveying method for historic buildings. 

At Midland Survey, using 3D modelling to survey historical buildings is one of our expertise. Find out more in this case study of our handheld 3D scanning project for Oriel College, University of Oxford. 

How accurate is 3D survey modelling?

3D scanning is a highly accurate surveying technique, and it can provide you with a representative geometry of a historic building. No need to assume that every wall is a straight line. Got a bend? No problem!

Minimising data loss

On-site data is being collected far more diligently and accurately thanks to 3D modelling. Previously, before advances in technology, measurements and key pieces of data could be missed or lost in translation, but this is no longer the case with 3D laser scanning. 

After an intricate 3D modelling survey? Get in contact with Midland Survey today by calling 01926 810 811 or emailing mail@mslsurveys.co.uk

Bringing your project to life with 3D modelling can really seal the confidence of all of the project stakeholders – including yourself. 

When your project is in pre construction, it can be difficult to understand your structure’s dimensions on site, the complications of multiple contractors or the marriage of design and engineering. However, with 3D modelling you can see a fully realised and scaled down version of the project before you’ve even laid the foundations.

Learning more about 3D modelling

A digital scale model for visualising the project in full. Our 3D modelling specialists use a variation of technologically advanced 3D lasers, 3D fly throughs and modelling software to measure your site with precision and draw up a digital plan of the finished project. 

The measurements are pulled together to create an accurate digital life drawing of your project. These can be easily animated and used for virtual tours around the building or site. 

In construction, 3D modelling helps stakeholders produce the build more efficiently and with a reduction in expenditure. 

You may have heard of BIM (Building information modelling)? BIM is the progressive partner to 3D modelling. You’ll find it being incorporated as a key feature of BIM during project management. 

3D modelling allows cross department problem solving as well as helping coordinate MEP systems (mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems). 

What are the benefits of 3D modelling?

There are many benefits to having 3D modelling. Here are our top rated ones.

Accurate measurements and dimensions.

Being able to see footfall obstacles in areas early on in the project allows adjustments to be made pre construction saving time and money when nearing the compilation date. 

Lowers the chance of communication mistakes 

It’s sometimes easier to show someone than to tell someone. The 3D modelling allows you to really point out the item you are talking about and even demonstrate solutions with efficacy. 

With projects having so many stakeholders, the chances are there will be a few language barriers to overcome. 3D modelling is a strong visual communicative tool.

Allows stakeholders to have virtual walkthroughs of the building 

Investors, clients, developers alike will all want to know the progress of their investment. Having the 3D model established in the BIM, you’ll be able to take all project stakeholders on virtual tours which will emphasise progress, design and adjustments that need to be made which may affect the timeline of the overall build.

Being able to communicate these implications effectively allows for good communication to be maintained across the span of the project. 

Details and the surrounding area 

Whether you’re getting a 2D or 3D survey carried out, you’ll be able to understand your project in the situation. You’ll be able to see how it relates to the work and landscape around the site. This could even help you with your preservation or enhancement of the site’s biodiversity

You’ll also be able to experience detailed design features like wall colour, tile texture and flooring. This is where your project will really feel like life has been breathed into it. 

How Midland Survey can help you 

Using highly accurate point clouds to create our 3D plans can produce all our models to a high degree of accuracy. 2D plans can be easily extracted from our models giving consistency throughout the project.

With a process designed to make things as easy and straightforward as possible, our services can be tailored to the exact requirements of you and your organisation.
Get in touch today for a free quote and place your trust in experienced hands.