The Importance of Registration in 3D Laser Scanning

Registration is the process of compiling individual scans into a cohesive point cloud. It involves taking the raw scan data collected onsite and producing a point cloud that can be used for modeling and measuring. Getting the registration right ensures the most accurate measurements, and the best drawings and models.

This process is so vital that TruePoint has a team dedicated to ensuring your scan data is properly registered. Our scan technicians are trained to acquire data in ways that allow for a good, tight registration. Our modeling and registration team performs quality checks on every point cloud, removing noise, setting the coordinate system, and validating the precision of that registration. We make sure all the scans fit together exactly as they should, so that your cloud and models will have tight lines and accurate measurements.

TruePoint can register data sets of any size. We have completed projects with literally thousands of individual scans, on sites that are tens to hundreds of acres large, and mapping miles of piping. No matter how big or small your project, TruePoint provides you with the most precise point clouds for the most accurate models.


Registration example for two large storage tanks, including a ladder/cage on the one on the left.


Registration example of door openings.


Registration example for a wall and two columns. Each color in this image represents a different individual scan. A good registration brings all of these scans together to form tight, precise lines.


Registration example of a cross section of a column and a drain pipe. A proper registration provides tight lines on the column and wall and a tight circle for the pipe. This allows for accurate placement in a model and precise measurement of column size and pipe diameter.