Sometimes referred to as High-Definition Surveying (HDS) or Terrestrial LiDAR, laser scanning relies on a laser beam coupled with a rangefinder to capture the shape and position of all visible surfaces and objects. Laser scanning offers several advantages over conventional surveying, not the least of which is greater data density. The average laser scan yields more than one hundred million data points, which can be grouped into a point cloud database and manipulated using a variety of software applications to produce as-built drawings, contour maps, colorized slope maps, and other deliverables. Wherever possible, WithersRavenel relies laser scanning in place of conventional surveying methods to capture more data in less time with fewer safety concerns, and with the added flexibility to provide multiple deliverables from a single database. With our laser scanning services, our clients are able to make informed decisions with confidence at every stage of a project.