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Investing in the Latest Laser Scanning Equipment

Investing in the cutting edge of laser scanning equipment

Robertson Elliot have recently been able to purchase equipment at the forefront of 3D laser scanning by acquiring the Trimble X9 3D scanner.

This allows us to scan up to 1 million points per second allowing for extremely detailed scans in a short period of time. The X9 also has a range of 150 meters allowing for large buildings to be scanned with ease and reducing the amount of scans that are required allowing for less time on site. With Trimble Perspective software our surveyors are able to view the scans in real time and piece together the entire scan on site allowing for a lot less mistakes and means the team can limit their need to revisit sites.

We then input the data collected on site into Trimble Realworks to begin the process of drawing and plotting the floorplans and elevations. Realworks illustrates a 3D model of the building in question from which we are able to plot and produce the what is needed for the customer.

Having used the very similar X7 3D scanner from Trimble before on many projects like 23 Devonshire place in London. Which was completed on site within a day and required detailed scans of both the interior and exterior of the building which we sent off to the client quickly thanks to the speed of the scanner and the limited time on site.

Having experienced the X7 before we can’t wait to see what the X9 will be capable of in the future projects.

Area Measurement Survey of Office

Area Measurement Survey – A Week in the Life

A Week in the Life


As a surveyor no week is the same and every site is different, posing varying issues and problems to solve. This is one example of how the week may play out if we are instructed on an Area Measurement Survey. The next could be completely different depending on the site or service required. This is what keeps the job varied and keeps us on our toes.


We have been instructed on a job starting on site on Monday for an Area Measurement Survey. On Friday afternoon we will have a debrief on the clients needs and requirements, the site location and condition and go through any questions and queries anyone has. By the end of this session everyone will be clear on everything for Monday’s job.


Set the alarm early to make sure I’m on site on time! I will then meet the site contact and have a walk over of the site to get myself familiar with the area. I will plan scan positions and scanning route to guarantee the capture all areas of site. Then get stuck into the scanning!


Return to site to continue the site work, picking up where I left off from yesterday. Checking site plans against scan locations to make sure I have captured and measured all areas required. Once all scanning has been completed, pack up all the equipment and head back to the office to download all data.


Processing work now starts in the office; all the data has been downloaded so it is ready imported into the scanning software to be registered (stitched together). This can take a while and a lot of computing power due to the large file sizes produced! Once registered together this laser scan file is ready to be imported into CAD to draw the floor plans and elevations.


Back into the office, firstly a coffee then to continue drawing the floorplans and elevations in CAD, using the assistance of photos and sketches from site to make sure the drawings are accurate.


Complete the finishing touches to the drawings, then put them through the QC process to make sure they are ready to be delivered. Once passed they can then be plotted into PDFs. Final checks are made, and the deliverables are sent to the client. All files are archived for use in future projects. Now time for a well-deserved pint!

If you would like to get in touch with the team about any of our services please don’t hesitate, we’d love to hear form you.

Area Measurement of a Factory

Area Measurement – Why is Accuracy Important?


Why its Important


The built world is all around us, and it is only increasing further as we build more commercial, residential, and industrial property. This means that the value and potential rental income of properties is increasing as well, and for the people who own, invest, and purchase these assets their value is very important.

The value and rental income value are often determined based on the size of the property. This means that the measurement and calculation of these floor areas must be consistent and accurate. With some property in London costing up to £1,000 per sq ft, it is essential for all parties that the property is measured correctly. An incorrect report on size could have massive financial impacts.


How We Stay Accurate


In 2018 The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Property Measurement (2nd edition) professional statement was published which outlined the standards expected to be followed when measuring property. It incorporates the International Property Measurement Standard (IPMS) and the exiting RICS Code of Measurement Practice. This statement was introduced to ensure the measurement of property is consistent across all markets allowing for more transparency and confidence for investors and the like. Meaning all components of the building which are included and excluded during area calculations are the same across all markets.

Additionally, to this, the method of area measurement must achieve a required accuracy outlined in RICS Measured Surveys of Land Buildings and Utilities 3rd edition. Ensuring this accuracy is achieved also gives confidence that the floor area reported is correct. Small errors due to poor accuracy can compound over a large property and produce large inaccuracies which again will have a big financial impact.

If you are requiring an area measurement report on your property or would like to find out any more information, please get in touch with our team.

3D Laser Scanning a Building

What is 3D Laser Scanning?

In the surveying industry we are increasingly using 3D laser scanning to provide many services and deliverables, but why is this technology so popular and what are the advantages of using it.

How does it work?

3D Laser Scanning works by the scanner sending out laser signals, these laser points hit a surface and bounce back to the scanner. The scanner can then identify the distance to and location of the object it has reflected off. The resulting output is the physical world around the scanner being shown as millions of points of 3D data.


3D Laser scanning is very popular for a variety of reasons:

  • Increased data captured
  • Difficult and dangerous sites can still be measured from a safe distance capturing areas which may not be possible traditionally.
  • With high density scanning the level of detail captured is far superior to anything you could measure traditionally.
  • Minimal disruption
  • Non-contact measurement ensures no damage/disturbance is made to the site.
  • Less time on site meaning disruption to businesses or the public are reduced.

Increase Efficiency – more information can be captured much more quickly and easily than traditional methods.

High Accuracy – still provides survey level accuracy and providing much higher amounts of detail, so quality of service is not compromised and, in many cases, improved.

Intricate and complex features and can be accurately measured and modelled with no disturbance to the building itself. This is especially beneficial for historical buildings.

We use 3D laser scanning to accurately capture, measure and model the existing building and its features. This information is often used for development or redevelopment, planning and applications, construction and design work.

Examples of this technology being used in real world applications can be seen here published by GeoSLAM, a manufacturer of 3D Laser Scanning equipment.

If this is something you would like to know more about or would like to speak the team about this, please get in touch.



Area Measurement Survey of Bridgend Designer Outlet

Bridgend Designer Outlet

In recent project we caried out an area measurement survey on Bridgend Designer Outlet. We were asked to produce floor plans and area reports for a sample of the shopping units, the mall walkway, and the central management office space.

As this was a very large and busy shopping center, we used equipment which allowed us to accurately capture all the data required whilst reducing site time and disruption to businesses operating in the shopping center. For this project we used a GeoSLAM Horizon handheld laser scanner. This scanner gives you the ability to walk and continuously move with the scanner whilst capturing data which is a huge advantage in busy environments. The time taken on site and disruption to businesses and shoppers was significantly reduced compared terrestrial laser scanning.

We will continue to use this cutting-edge technology to assist with our projects which will benefit our clients, tenants of the properties as well as us.

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Robertson Elliot – Introduction

Who: Robertson Elliot are a team of measured survey specialists who have a vast array of experience in a variety of surveying disciplines. Our team includes Llyr Lane, Anthony Howcroft, Dan Elliot, Joanne Whitehorn, Kirstie Hetherton, Duncan Bell.

How: The company was founded by our two directors Llyr Lane and Anthony Howcroft. Combining their expertise of Land/Building Surveying with the knowledge and experience of property and the commercial and investment markets. This combination lent itself perfectly to the formation of
Robertson Elliot, who use their surveying skills to provide a range of clients, including those involved in large property portfolios, with deliverables to assist decision making or development on their asset.

When: Robertson Elliot was formed in 2021, our first job was completed in June 2021 on an office building in central Glasgow.

What: We specialise in measured surveys, providing our clients with accurate drawings of their properties.

These deliverables include Floor Plans, Elevation, Sections. These can assist with the Planning, Development, Construction of an asset.

We can also produce Floor Area plans following RICS property measurement 2nd edition, January 2018 using both IPMS and Code of measuring practice NIA, GIA, GEA. This information is crucial for the valuation and analysis on rentable areas within a property.

Why: Firstly, why the name Robertson Elliot. The name was inspired by Nigel Robertson Elliot, a very close relative of a few of our team members who sadly passed away a couple of years before the company was founded. 

Why the business? We believe that with our vast skills and knowledge in the industry coupled with our passion for quality work, using latest technology we can provide a service and produce accurate deliverables which will save our clients time and money when key information regarding their asset is required.

Where: We operate nationwide. We have a head office in Manchester as well as a Cardiff office which allows us to operate across the UK.

We look forward to meeting you!
Don’t hesitate to get in touch!