When it comes to providing the latest high-tech services, VanDemark & Lynch, Inc. is setting the standard.  Through the acquisition of a Faro Focus 3D scanner, we have added three-dimensional, high-definition, high accuracy laser scanning technology to our repertoire.  Our surveyors have been creating high quality, completely scalable, 3D photographic scans for our clients ever since.


The technology’s obvious use is to create detailed documentation of existing conditions; but at V&L, we’re taking it beyond a single purpose.  We’re also using the scanner to take virtual tours of sites, design facilities, and even create detailed three-dimensional CAD models.

Many survey methods can be time-consuming and costly for highly detailed areas.  However, with the 3D scanner, we’re able to scan millions of points in a matter of minutes.  The 3D scanner also allows our teams to survey roads while traffic is moving and without entering the roadway, something traditional methods can’t offer.


In addition to the 3D scanner, we have incorporated the latest in laser scan processing software.  Now the client can receive an exact reproduction of existing conditions in a 3D environment in which distances and dimensions of any scanned object can be analyzed.  Our technicians are also able to take three-dimensional point cloud data and create two-dimensional linework.  From this data, we can produce standard drawings and plans on request, giving our clients a diversified and customized range of options to suit their individual needs.

A significant benefit of the detailed scans is our ability to obtain detailed measurements that may not have been originally requested in the survey scope.  These measurements can be found by reviewing the scan without needing to return to the site.

Clients are not only getting the most useful end products possible, but they are also getting more bang for their buck.  The 3D scanner gives more accurate results, has more dense coverage, less time spent in the field collecting data, lower number of repeat visits to job sites, and lessened safety hazards by the passive nature of collection.  All of this adds up to a reduced field crew cost and, therefore, a lower cost to the client.


Beyond documenting existing conditions, laser scanning is ideal for:

  • Three-dimensional modeling for Building Information Modeling (BIM)
  • Piping and ductwork design, analysis, and retrofitting
  • Determining wire heights
  • Utility/structural interference analysis
  • Construction as-builts
  • Mechanical and structural as-builts
  • Monitoring and settlement detection
  • Volume analysis
  • Architectural Façade Surveys
  • Historical documentation
  • Crime scene and accident analysis
  • Data collection in hazardous areas, confined spaces, and other hard to reach locations, such as roads and bridge structures
  • Topographic analysis of features and solid surfaces
  • Drainage analysis of solid features, such as asphalt parking lots and concrete platforms