What is a static scanner?

Static scanners, or tripod scanners, are the solutions for 3D building scan the most widespread. These 3D survey solutions make it possible to digitize various surfaces and objects from a fixed point.

Thus, to capture an area, or even an entire building, the static scanner survey process is sequenced into several stations from which a point cloud and a panoramic photo are captured.

The advantages of static scanners

Static scanners have 4 main advantages:

  • High acquisition accuracy;
  • Their long range;
  • Their agility;
  • The ability to identify high points.


The first advantage of static scanners is therefore their degree of precision and the density of the captured point cloud.

A high degree of precision may be necessary to meet the specifications of a project or the specificities of a building (example: fine modeling of production lines, architectural elements, etc.).


At the same time, static scanners have the particularity of offering a long capture range (from 30 to 300 meters for standard market solutions).

This advantage is essential when it is necessary to capture large outdoor spaces, points in height or specific areas of large buildings (attics, facades, etc.).


The third notable advantage of the static scanner is its agility.

Mounted on a tripod, it gives the possibility of accessing narrow, congested, high areas or areas that are more difficult to access.

Thus, the size and lightness of static scanners allow us to intervene in all areas of your buildings, indoors, but also outside to raise facades.

Use of tripods and capture of high points

To reach high points during capture, the scanner head can be separated from the original tripod to be mounted on a taller tripod to identify areas such as attics, or false ceilings.

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