Architectural principles and styles tend to evolve slowly, over several years. But, the technology that makes design more intuitive and accurate seems to be changing by the second. One such advancement is the use of LIDAR (LIght Detecting And Ranging) scanning. This system is used to create incredibly precise digital reproductions of structures. Beers + Hoffman Architecture recently completed an intensive three dimensional scan of Marlton Assembly of God, in Marlton, New Jersey. Shown here are the results of that scan. No these are not pictures, but actual results from the scanning software!

Marlton Church of God is in the process of adding a third addition to their building. Unfortunately, little documentation exists on the structure as it stands now. The planned additions call for removing components of the current metal building. It is crucial that the architects and engineers involved have a comprehensive view of the structure as it stands today. The technology is penetrative, ensuring that dark and unreachable spaces are not overlooked.

Once the scan is complete, the gathered data can be integrated with popular design software packages, such as Revit, Navisworks, and Unreal Engine. Being able to see the components in this way provides an additional level of quality control. This enables designers to “see” the building utilizing 3D virtual reality systems. Doing so gives them instant access to a building walk-throughs even though the physical location is more than two hours from the Beers + Hoffman office.

This is just the latest example of how Beers + Hoffman is committed to utilizing the latest technology to provide the best experience possible for our client partners!