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The surveying team at Realserve was contacted to create a 3D Point Cloud to begin assessing a space for potential new tenants in a commercial property.

Case Study: Using a point cloud to find a new tenant for a commercial property

The Australian team of surveyors at Realserve was contacted to create a 3D Point Cloud to be coordinated to MGA AHD coordinates to begin assessing a space that was 1150m2 in size that could be used for potential new tenants in a commercial property. The previous tenants had vacated so the leasing agent wanted to present different potential ways the space could be utilised. 

This site was a heritage property in The Rocks in Sydney that had lots of intricate details and tall ceilings that had to be captured. Our surveyors carried out a 3D laser scanning service at the site in order to deliver the requested point cloud and very quickly our client then requested a set of existing conditions survey drawings so that design work could commence for the new tenants.

Why is a point cloud used for commercial property leasing?

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3D scanning of shopping centre amenities in Noarlunga South Australia photo of roof access 3D scanning of shopping centre amenities in Noarlunga South Australia point cloud of roof access

A point cloud is a collection of data points in a 3D coordinate system that represents the external surface of an building or even an internal room/s space/s. Our surveyors can generate these data points using 3D laser scanning technology. In the context of a commercial property, a point cloud can be used to create a detailed and accurate 3D model of any of the spaces to be rented which can then be used to explore different ideas for its utilisation to attract various types of tenants.

How is a point cloud created of a commercial property for lease?

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Using a Leica TS11 Total Station, Leica RTC360 & Leica BLK3603D laser scanning our surveyors can capture the data from the site that needs to be leased. Building exteriors, parking areas, warehouse space, offices or even retail shop locations can be captured using this technique. The data captured creates the point cloud that is turned into formatted information such as PLY, STL, or OBJ.

From that point it can be used to create a 3D model in software such as AutoCAD, Revit, or SketchUp. This facilitates the ability to develop a digital twin of the commercial property which can be used to visualise and manipulate in a ‘virtual 3D’ environment.

So rather than looking at traditional, large, paper based 2D plans any stakeholder can look at a virtual model on a computer that is interactive. It can be viewed from many different angles and treated as a virtual walkthrough to enable discussion and idea creation.

What are different things that can be done with a point cloud of a commercial property?

Once you have a point cloud and are able to create a 3D model it can be used for many different tasks which include;

  • Compliance – given this site was heritage listed there could be certain changes, renovations or refurbishments that may not be approved based on the local laws to preserve older buildings. The digital twin that is created can be used to simulate ideas to help determine their feasibility or be reviewed by a heritage consultant in Sydney.
  • Space optimisation – the 3D model can be used to identify ways to optimize space, rearrange internal structures, or consider expansions. This enables the customisation of spaces for potential tenants based on their specific needs or requirements.
  • Virtual Tours – a virtual tours using the 3D model can be used to showcase the property to potential tenants locally, interstate or even globally. This can make the job easier for a real estate agent or property manager to attract a new tenant quickly as it gives them broader reach and an easier way for potential tenants to assess the property vs a few photos or a site plan.
  • Safety and Accessibility – depending on the type of tenant that is considering the use of the property there could be the need to assess the safety and accessibility features it has. So, for example, a child care company might want to use the site, but may require ramps, gates or other boundary fences for it to be usable.
  • Layout options – if the tenants are going to use the location for retail then a 3D model can be used to create different layouts and designs. These can consider foot traffic, visibility, and accessibility from different angles including street frontage or even stock storage space. If it is to be an office then the same idea applies where layouts for desks, meeting rooms or mixed-use areas can be considered.
  • Foot traffic and lighting – a virtual model can help simulate foot traffic patterns to optimise a layout for customer flow and accessibility. This is especially important if it is to be used as a retail shop like a supermarket for example. Lighting as well as ventilation can also be considered to ensure any occupant’s comfort while potentially also reducing energy costs.


So essentially the use of virtual models can help an existing commercial property be presented to a diverse range of tenants by making it simpler and easier for any of them to visualise how they could use the space. Once a tenant has decided to take up a new lease the model can then be used to adapt the space to their specific requirements whether they are a dentist, retail shop, educational institution or accounting firm.

Can a point cloud be used with an old heritage site?

By utilising point cloud together with 3D modeling, property owners and managers can explore a wide range of possibilities for the use of commercial properties, allowing them to make informed decisions that optimise the attraction of diverse tenants while maximising the property’s value and functionality.

The benefit of using 3D laser scanning for heritage sites are twofold
a) it is a non-contact form of surveying that will preserve the condition of any site
b) it can capture millions of points of data including very intricate details to create a model that is accurate down to the last mm

So for this engagement, while our client initially only requested a 3D point cloud, once they received it they realised the benefits of also getting other drafting completed by Realserve to help get the site tenanted faster.


What survey documentation did we deliver?

We were able to expedite the drafting which included;

  • 3D Point Cloud (MGA AHD Coordinates)
  • Existing Conditions Plans
  • Reflected Ceiling Plan
  • Elevation Plan
  • Equipment used

What other survey documentation could have been created?

Revit Model –
A Revit model refers to a multi-dimensional and dynamic building model created using Autodesk Revit software. Revit is a Building Information Modeling (BIM) tool that architects, engineers, and construction professionals use to plan, design, manage, and construct buildings and infrastructures.

A Revit model provides detailed information including architectural details, structural plans, MEP (mechanical, electrical, plumbing) systems, materials, costs, and more. It’s not just a visual representation but includes a wealth of metadata for each element in the model. It can create interactive 3D tours of the property. Prospective tenants can explore the space virtually, understanding its layout, dimensions, and features.

Multiple digital twins can be created of a space to try different layout ideas or set ups to see how a space can be used in different ways.


Evacuation plan –
if any changes are made to the existing layout of the property it would require new evacuation plans to be created to ensure any local OH&S regulations are being adhered to in order to keep people safe.

Car parking plan –
For some commercial properties the exterior walls might be changed to create a loading area and this might facilitate the need to create a revised car parking plan so that the appropriate markings can be placed on the ground and space allocated correctly. The Revit model could be used to determine the best location and pathways for traffic before committing to making any changes

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Realserve has a team of surveyors who can provide 3D Laser Scanning services in each capital city of Australia. We use use the latest cutting-edge equipment to produce a wide array of survey plans, point cloud data, Revit or Digital Twin 3D models. 3D laser scanning allows surveyors to provide as-built, existing condition, surveys that are incredibly accurate for internal or external spaces. 

Our qualified surveyors can play a pivotal role in any project with the use of laser scanning technologies to improve the plan, design, construction, management, renovation or refurbishment processes for any building type.