Design & Capture Buildings

Accurately capture the existing environment to create the best design to ensure building projects start the right way.





Ensure management, processing, analysis and quality assurance of survey data. Start building the right way with Leica Infinity.

Whether from the air, ground or underground, you can capture data efficiently to generate 3D digital twins. Create 3D models of the new design in CAD & BIM software and transfer from the office to the field in a complete BIM digital workflow.


Capture all site conditions to start projects on the right foot

Building construction contractors must avoid costly mistakes and deliver projects on time and within budget. Hence, designs for construction projects must be based on accurate and complete data that provides a precise and clear understanding of a site, its design layout and its associated challenges.

Surveyors are the experts who provide the data to represent the existing conditions which form the basis of designs as BIM models. Our solutions allow you to capture the most complete and accurate data from the air, ground or underground to provide survey deliverables that can be visualised and managed. We empower you to digitally capture and map what meets and escapes the eye, such as underground utilities, through point clouds or imagery to support optimised designs and planning.

Go beyond the digital twin for your building projects

Preparing a building project for success requires having a complete set of data that mirrors the reality of the construction site. Surveyors provide the digital twins - or digital representations of reality - needed for building projects.

Our solutions empower you to go beyond the digital twin and create Smart Digital Realities, adding real-time data capture and analysis. Whether you capture large commercial properties, roofs, facades, or indoor spaces, we gear you with the fit-for-purpose equipment to complete the job in the fastest and most efficient way. Provide scan to BIM services with the most precise and complete point cloud data and many other preconstruction deliverables to influence the success of construction activities.

Connect design data from the office to the field accurately and in real time

The surveyors’ goal is that all design matches reality ahead of the next project phase. They are best positioned to ensure commercial and residential construction projects are being built according to specifications.

Geared with Leica Geosystems solutions, surveyors optimise workflows and improve collaboration between field and office for enhanced project execution while ensuring everything fits. Our solutions connect office and field data and are compatible with CAD & BIM software, helping you create 3D models that form the basis of BIM digital workflows. We accelerate workflows in the design phase with software and apps that provides real-time, onsite visualisation, verification and deliverables.

Discover our solutions for the design & capture of buildings


Establish high-quality survey control for your newly constructed buildings


The most accurate total stations, field software and GNSS

With Leica Geosystems total stations and GNSS systems, new building projects start with the most accurate control. Integrated with Leica Captivate field software, rigorous results ensure confidence and quality assurance before leaving the site.

Industry-leading accuracy with Leica Geosystems digital levels

Leica Geosystems’ digital levels provide industry-leading accuracy levelling. With image-assisted aiming and autofocus, efficiency is maximised and user fatigue is minimised. Onboard applications ensure results can be verified onsite to avoid costly revisits.

Rigorous network adjustment

Once data collection is completed for the site control network, final coordinates are delivered after completing a network adjustment. Leica Infinity, LISTECH Neo, and MicroSurvey STAR*NET are designed to integrate measurements from all sensors to provide a rigorous least squares solution. Adjusted coordinates can be shared with field teams via Leica Exchange or directly uploaded for onsite use.

Accurately capture existing conditions and features for your building project


Capture indoor and outdoor reality from the ground with laser scanners

To replicate the physical world and turn it into a digital twin or a virtual environment, our 3D laser scanning solutions: the Leica ScanStation P-Series for the highest survey-grade accuracy and longest range,the Leica RTC360 for the highest productivity and the Leica BLK360 for tight locations and interiors using Leica Cyclone FIELD 360. Once the data is acquired with outstanding speed and the highest quality from the field it can be shared straight via Leica TruView Cloud or HxDR (Hexagon Digital Reality), connecting multiple sites and teams working with the same source at the same time. Data can be further processed, optimised, managed and delivered with Cyclone REGISTER 360, Leica Cyclone 3DR, Cyclone ENTERPRISE, and Leica CloudWorx to visualise, extract, analyse, collaborate and share, enabling you to get the most out of high-value deliverables.

Capture indoor and outdoor of buildings from the ground with mobile mapping

The revolutionary handheld Leica BLK2GO with BLK2GO Live app is an imaging laser scanner that creates a 3D digital twin while you walk through a space. One button is all you need; it is the fastest and easiest way to scan a large building, difficult-to-access locations or complex structures. When higher accuracy is required, the Leica Pegasus:Backpack wearable mobile mapping solution is recommended. Once data is captured, it is processed and optimised with Leica Cyclone Pegasus OFFICE to visualise, extract, analyse, collaborate and share, enabling you to get the most out of high-value deliverables.

Capture site conditions point by point

Capturing detailed site conditions is essential to create accurate designs before progressing with construction activities. Maximise efficiency with the Leica TS16 and the Leica AP20 AutoPole, collect point clouds with the Leica MultiStation MS60 or position and measure with images using the Leica GS18 I. With Leica Captivate field software, you can capture all point and line features in the field to ensure minimal post-processing in the office and create deliverables ready for building design activities to begin. Processing point clouds is easy with Leica Infinity surveying software.

Capture buildings from the air

Leica BLK2FLY is the world’s first fully integrated LiDAR UAV - an autonomous flying laser scanner with advanced obstacle avoidance for easy reality capture from the sky. Surveyors can capture building facades, roofs, and construction environments to create 3D point clouds while flying. Control the BLK2FLY Live App with a few taps on a tablet for simplified, app-based flying without requiring prior UAV experience. Define your scanning area, press a button, and you're clear for take-off. Directly upload your data to HxDR with automatic conversion to OBJ and cloud-based visualisation or transfer your data to Leica Cyclone REGISTER 360 for to proceed with scan-to-BIM workflows in Cyclone 3DR.

Capture underground

Safety is paramount in construction, and knowing everything about the site before beginning construction is essential to ensure safety. Using Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR), the Leica DSX utility detection solution easily detects underground utilities. The Leica DSX maximises productivity with cutting-edge software that automates data analysis and creates a 3D utility map directly onsite. The utility map can then be exported to leading CAD formats and directly imported to Leica Geosystems Leica MC1 machine control software to increase safety by avoiding utility strikes during building construction.

Design with freedom and visualise every phase of the workflow


Detailed design with CAD, BIM, and AI solutions

Our solutions empower design teams to create more accurate and realistic BIM models during the design phase. In BricsCAD, a modern 2D/3D CAD & BIM, artificial intelligence (AI) tools can automatically convert concept study models to fully-classified BIM models. Designers can automate and accelerate previously mundane or laborious tasks with AI-powered workflows.

Visualise and collaborate effectively

Leica Infinity, LISTECH Neo and MicroSurveyCAD provide tools to import building design data from all leading design packages. The design can be quality checked before being prepared and sent directly to Leica Captivate with Leica Exchange cloud services. With Infinity office software and Captivate field software, you can get direct access to your AutoDesk BIM 360° account or Bricsys 24/7 to ensure efficient access to the latest design data. Using Bricsys 24/7 as a cloud-based CDE (Common Data Environment), stakeholders and owners can efficiently review designs and plans, collaborate on solutions, manage documents and automate workflows. Clash detection technology also helps identify potential construction issues during the design phase that can be addressed without causing rework, schedule delays or budget overruns.

Digital Reality – Visualise building models in context

HxDR is a cloud-based visualisation and collaboration platform for spatial data and services. Access precise real-world spatial data for project design and show your clients immersive 3D visualisations that can help drive decision-making. Users can upload CAD or object models and place them in real-world locations for visual context.

Unlock deeper insights for your urban projects and construction planning

HxGN Content Program is the world’s largest database of consistent, high-resolution aerial imagery, elevation data, 3D models, and analytics across the United States and Europe. The unprecedented quality is an ideal base for machine learning and AI applications to extract features and classify objects. With immediate access, you can plan and assess building construction sites remotely with high-quality base maps. The airborne imagery is available in 15 cm resolution in urban areas and 30 cm resolution in wide areas. Clear cloud-free professional-grade imagery streamed or downloaded helps the project to stay on schedule and budget.

Customer success stories


Using laser scanning technology for retail redevelopment

Read how RM Surveys provided a BIM model of a 90,000m2 area in Australia for architects, engineers and facility managers to accurately plan the work needed.


Read how RM Surveys provided a BIM model of a 90,000m2 area in Australia for architects, engineers and facility managers to accurately plan the work needed.


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Engineering Surveying

Geared with the right equipment, software and services, you can deliver construction and civil engineering projects on time and within budget while reducing waste and increasing safety.
Geared with the right equipment, software and services, you can deliver construction and civil engineering projects on time and within budget while reducing waste and increasing safety.

Grow your business

Discover how embracing digitalisation with technologies and processes can support your business to create new opportunities, stay competitive and improve productivity.
Discover how embracing digitalisation with technologies and processes can support your business to create new opportunities, stay competitive and improve productivity.

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Regardless of how complex your task is, a solution is available within our diverse measuring, positioning and visualising portfolio to help you collaborate, be more efficient and succeed.
Regardless of how complex your task is, a solution is available within our diverse measuring, positioning and visualising portfolio to help you collaborate, be more efficient and succeed.

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Learn the skills to be more efficient and react to business opportunities. Unlock your potential to offer faster and more specialised services to your clients.
Learn the skills to be more efficient and react to business opportunities. Unlock your potential to offer faster and more specialised services to your clients.