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 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 up to the task, so Tony turned to Realserve for assistance.
Realserve used its new 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, having a distance accuracy of up to ±2mm and a range of up to 120m. Multiple scanning stations were set up to collect all possible measurements. 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.
Workshop Architecture imported the Point Cloud data into their REVIT model and they were able to design a Shell position that accommodates a large audience without interfering with the existing canopy on the lawn. At the final design review conducted by the University, the point cloud data clearly showed the relationship between the Sound Stage Shell and the tree canopy.
FARO 3D scanning allowed the location to be accurately determined and fine-tuned by the Architects from their initial Site Plan Study - problem solved!