3D laser scanning...the key to project design and planning in a post-COVID world.

After a period of considerable growth and to capitalise on market demand, our client planned to expand on current operations by constructing a purpose- built, ready-to-eat (RTE) fresh salad manufacturing facility.

The new facility would need to be constructed to meet the stringent requirements of retail consumer markets and configured to maximise efficiency and optimise best practice processes and quality. The process design requirements included the incorporation of new and existing equipment into the final design, as well as the provision of high-care hygiene processing environments.

Key Requirements

Foodability Co. was engaged by the client to utilise 3D laser scanning technology to survey and document the existing process, providing accurate and detailed data for the design and construction phases of the project.

Specific deliverables included:

  • 3D laser scanning of existing facility processing areas.
  • Suvey of existing process and equipment requirements.
  • Development of 3D As-Built models incorporated into proposed new facility design.

Delivered Value

Utilising our own 3D laser scanner the data-collection process was completed in a single site visit with just two personnel, providing a non-intrusive and safe method of capturing the data required to make accurate and detailed models.

The high level of detail of the 3D models generated for the client provided a platform for making informed decisions regarding the as-built environment and the preliminary designs of the project, improving the coordination and accuracy of prefabrication, installation and contractor services.

Utilising 3D laser scanning technology in the early phase of a project not only substantially reduces the risks of costly changes to the design, it also provides improved safety outcomes in managing external contractors, trades and services.

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"Extremely proficient and knowledgeable ..."

Precinct Urban Planning have worked with Michael Matthewson, Principal of Foodability Co. on a variety of intensive agriculture and complex food processing projects including extensive dairy’s, livestock feedlots, milk and juice processing plants. We have found Michael and the team at Foodability Co. to be extremely proficient and knowledgeable in the project management and efficient delivery of such projects.

Foodability Co. has a comprehensive knowledge of the practical and commercial imperatives involved in the successful establishment of agribusiness and food based enterprises, and both coordinate and work effectively with associated consultants in facilitating the establishment of such enterprises. We consider Foodability Co. to be industry leaders in this specialised area of project coordination and delivery and give them our highest possible recommendation to prospective clients in this area. We look forward to the opportunity of working with Foodability Co. on future projects.


Director | Precinct Urban Planning Consulting Town Planners