What is ‘Point Cloud Scanning’?

“Point clouds may be created by 3D scanners. These devices measure a large number of points on an object’s surface and often output a point cloud as a data file. The point cloud represents the set of points that the device has measured.”

“As the result of a 3D scanning process point clouds are used for many purposes, including to create 3D CAD models for manufactured parts, metrology/quality inspection, and a multitude of visualisation, animation, rendering, and mass customization applications.”


3D Data Acquisition/Laser Scanning

We’re not constrained by being a survey company or metrology company, so we’re able to provide 3D Data Acquisition using a multitude of tools. 3D Laser scanning provides a large part of our data acquisition techniques.

For larger schemes, we selectively use other equipment from the survey and metrology disciplines to provide an optimized solution for any project size. The native output of a laser scanner is known as a Point Cloud. 3D Scanning output is extremely large and often causing ordinarily powerful workstations to at least slow down if not fail.

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Your one-stop solution for Point Cloud Utilisation

With our combined knowledge and experience of both 3D scanning and Point Cloud Utilisation and  Manipulation, Majenta offers an end-to-end solution for your 3D scanning requirement and be able to deliver a usable, rich output in a format that suits you.

If you require Point Cloud Manipulation but you’re struggling to work with the data that you are being provided, we can handle billions of laser scanned points and offer automatic (targetless) registration, denoise, simplification and plane/pipe CAD extraction, all in a single package.

Benefits of our Point Cloud service:

  • Complete end-to-end solution
  • Over 20 years of data integration solutions
  • Multi-CAD vendor knowledge
  • The flexibility of data handling /outputs/service
  • Can work with very large datasets
  • Rich viewer content which does not require licensed software.
  • Oculus multi-user viewing

What software do we use?

We have a dedicated large scale point cloud handling tool which is used in:

  • Shipbuilding
  • Plant
  • Manufacturing
  • Construction
  • Architecture

There are two main advantages of working with this type of software:

  1. Time and effort required to prepare data for utilisation are very much reduced due to the possibility of registering multiple scans from a laser scanner. Noise is also greatly reduced which contributes to the ease of data preparation.
  2. Working in a large scale environment runs smoothly, the user being able to easily handle point clouds, whilst the time and effort required for modeling are very much reduced.

Point Cloud Utilisation Flow

Data Import⇨ Data Pre-Processing ⇨ 3D Simulation ⇨ 3D Modeling⇨ Sophisticated Outputs

Data Import

  • Import scanner data formats
  • View large scale point clouds

Data Pre-processing

  • Markerless automatic registration
  • Automatic noise reduction
  • Point Cloud thinning
  • Target recognition


  • Measurements using extracted planes/cylinders
  • Real-time interference check along the path and with interaction
  • Comparison between CAD and Point Clouds


  • Mesh Creation
  • Pipe Modeling
  • Equipment Modeling
  • Steel Structure Modeling

Sophisticated Outputs

  • Export Ortho Images
  • Fly-through Movie
  • Export Viewer File
  • External Links

BIM Model Assessment: Work Site Scanning

Earlier this year Majenta Solutions were on a site in Central London using a Faro scanner to create a BIM model assessment of a Building site for The O’Keefe Group. These scans take place to enable the contractor on site – in this case, O’Keefe, to make sure their BIM model still accurately represents the physical site itself. If there are some components out of place – e.g. a Pipe is 100mm higher than anticipated – they can quickly amend their BIM model and correct any issues this may have caused further down the design process; saving money and time.

  • "We’ve really appreciated Majenta’s consultancy – they’ve been liaising with some of the large contractors who are now relatively advanced in BIM for help and feedback on what we’ve done and their response has been very positive."

    Chris Hinton

    Senior Technical Specialist
    University of Cambridge

  • "The training course leader was a very knowledgeable instructor, who had a great deal of patience and understanding. He could easily adapt to all of the people within the class, giving them the attention that they required."

    James Rushton


  • "We trust Majenta because everyone we speak to has made a real effort to understand our business and our priorities. And we have noticed that because the training we received was so thorough we do not often get stuck, we really have not had to make many requests for support."

    Martin Peach

    Quality Manager/CAD Engineer, Barrier Division
    Hill and Smith Ltd

  • "Inevitably price is a factor when selecting a Partner to support your business.  However, choosing a Partner who you have complete confidence in and work well with is in our opinion more important.  That’s why we have a longstanding relationship with Majenta."

    Russell Ward


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