Tools of the Trade: 3D Laser Scanners

In the world of legal graphics, 3D laser scanners are a game changer. They allow us to perfectly replicate the environment of an event, quickly and accurately. It takes the guesswork out of the most difficult part of 3D modeling, measuring placement, distances and curvatures.

Laser scanners are used to collect millions of data points to create a three-dimensional representation of objects and environments. These point clouds are then used to create 3D models that are 100% accurate to real-world dimensions. Creating animations and graphics from these accurate models has distinct benefits for cases.

How Do 3D Laser Scanners Benefit Your Case?


When creating animations or graphics for trial, admissibility is essential. Whether it is a line-of-sight obstruction in an automobile collision or an extremely small and detailed part of a machine in a products liability case, using a 3D point cloud ensures the creation of the 3D model will be scientifically accurate.


Presentation is key in delivering a message to a jury, judge, or mediator. Using a point cloud in the creation process acts as a blueprint that allows the artist to create the most realistic graphics possible. Having animations and graphics be realistic is often essential in conveying the points that will make or break a case.


Using point clouds reduces cost and time. Working from a 3D blueprint as opposed to traditional data (pictures, total station surveys, aerial imagery) allows the artist to create a 3D object or environment in a fraction of the time as using other sources of data.

Here is an example of how a point cloud collected from a 3D laser scanner is used to create an accurate 3D model: