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See how a 3D Point Cloud and Revit model helped develop an architect's designs for Monash Universities new sound stage construction.
3D Laser Scanning of a Commercial Property at Monash University to create a point cloud and revit model



When Monash University hired award-winning architect Tony Styant-Browne of Workshop Architecture to design a new Sound Stage Shell on their famous Lemon Scented Lawn, they encounterd a small problem; the proposed shell needed to be positioned as close as possible to the low-hanging limbs of the surrounding lemon-scented gum trees without interfering with them. 

A standard Feature and Level Survey would not have been enough to solve this problem so the Realserve team was asked for their expertise in using new technology such as 3D Scanning and Modelling.


We used the latest 3D laser scanning technology, the FARO 3D laser Scanner, to resolve the challenge. FARO is the world’s most trusted source for 3D measurement technology with a distance accuracy of up to ±2mm and a range of up to 120m. Multiple scanning stations were set up to collect the required property and building measurements quickly and accurately. 

The 3D Laser Scans showed tree spread, trunk location and ground level contours. They were then computer meshed, calibrated, and colour matched with the site photos. Additionally, the FARO scanner delivered the Point Cloud Data as a PTS file, a file format that is easily processed by most 3D software.


  • A quick and simple workflow for the designers at Workshop Architecture
  • Point Cloud data imported into their REVIT models quickly and accurately.
  • An ability to quickly design a Shell position that accommodates a large audience without interfering with the existing canopy on the lawn therefore maximising use of the available space.
  • A very easy final design review using the detailed point cloud data clearly showed the relationship between the Sound Stage Shell and the tree canopy.


The FARO 3D scanning allowed the location to be accurately determined and fine-tuned by the Architects from their initial Site Plan Study leading to a very quick solution created with an accurate design and build.


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