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Blenkarn - 3D Laser Scanning - Shrewsbury, England, UK

Nick Blenkarn

Shrewsbury, England, UK


3D Laser Scanning


Laser scanning since 2004, scanning buildings, bridges, tunnels, roads, ships, golf courses, accident scenes, churches, crypts, confined spaces, landscapes and stuffed animals ! From Architectural heritage to engineering structures.

Giving guest lectures at Universities & conferences home and abroad on 3D Laser scanning techniques, applications, specification pros and cons.
* MGM Grand, Las Vegas

(See Public Speaking page)

Also consulting on large projects to create bespoke specifications and advise best practice.

Evangelising on the benefits of laser scanning at CPD presentations to prospective clients.

Hardware & Software used:
Cyrax 2500
Leica HDS 3000
Leica HDS Scanstation 2
Leica HDS C10
Leica HDS 6100
Amberg Kinematic scanning
Cyclone V4 to 8

Work History


The Severn Partnership Ltd

January 2003 - January 2003

Management, Finance, New Business development, Tenders, IT Strategy, Business & Web Development, Social media


The Severn Partnership Ltd

January 2000 - January 2003

Senior Surveyor & Quality manager

Severn Partnership

January 1992 - January 2000


Marine / Ship Modelling

3D laser scanning in dry dock to create a highly accurate NURBs model of ship hull and desk / bridge detail of a 170m long cable laying ship.

Model then used for inclusion in 3D navigation software and for retrofitting of on deck structures & A frames.

Serious Games APP developmment

Creation of ios / android / pc / mac compatible 3D visualisations with embedded panoramic images and attribute information for situational awareness.

Large project - scan to Revit BIM

Scan to BIM of a large factory unit - over 40 scan days on site and equivalent time modelling to create a Revit BIM for structural, architectural & M&E piping / ducting details.

Location & nature confidential.

Medium sized - scan Revit to BIM survey, Hospital

Creating a bespoke specification for a staged BIM survey at a Hospital site. Detailed control network put in place from rooftops to under crofts to act as the accurate skeleton for stitching together registered scan clouds of the site.

Detailed modelling taking place where required, with block modelling elsewhere for situational awareness & outline planning.

Some Parametric elements introduced (windows & fenestration).

Small example - scan to ArchiCAD BIM survey, Victorian property

Done in the day - scan to BIM of a Victorian Semi in Birmingham. The level of detail for the BIM being agreed with the client, but with the option to augment the model with additional detail at a later date should it be required. This is one of thee benefits of the scan to BIM workflow - more detailed modelling later without a site revisit.

Guest Lecture at London South Bank University - 2012

Lecturing on 3D Laser scanning and BIM Execution plans for reurb and retrofit projects

Speaker at Institute of Mechanical Engineers BIM conference - 2012

One Birdcage walk, London - Talking on Scan to BIM, laser scanning and BIM execution plans

Speaker for RICS Building Surveyors Technical seminars - 2012

Talking on 3D laser scanning and scan to BIM specifications for Retrofit and refurb survey - buildings and infrastructure.
Venues: Cambridge, Birmingham and London

Speaker at Hexagon Metrology Conference, Las Vegas - 2012

Speaking on business diversification and 3D laser scanning, modelling and applications in the Marine sector. Venue - MGM Grand

Speaker at WMCCE BIM adoption conference - 2011

Talking on 3D laser scanning, scan to BIM and retrofit BIM survey specifications

Speaker at Ajman International urban planning conference (UAE) - 2011

Talking on 3D laser scanning, modelling and visualisation to aid the preservation of urban heritage.

Also guest lecturing to Masters students at Ajman University on Laser scanning & modelling

3D laser scanning & modelling - Superstansformer

Electrical transformer - scanning & modelling. ideal for 'non' contact survey in a hazardous environment

Heritage building elevations & modelling

3D laser scanning, modelling, visualisation and measured building surveey for elevations

United Reform Church

3D laser scanning of Church - insude & out

Golf course survey

Laser scanning golf courses around the UK and abroad (Kentucky USA) for course design, re-modelling, TV animations and high accuracy contours

Viaduct road survey - above and below

Working in road blockages and under the viaduct to laser scan enough detail to generate topo survey, elevations and sections through the structure

Quarry survey

Yearly 3D laser scanning of a quarry for volumes, terrain modelling and stock assessment

Viaduct laser scanning & modelling

3D laser scanning of a large viaduct for bridge elevations and modelling

Paddington Station survey

3D laser scanning, track survey & topographical survey at Paddington Station and 3 miles beyond.
Working days, nights and weekends on and off track

Kings Cross survey - 3D Laser scanning

3D laser scanning, measured building survey, topographical survey and track survey for planning refurbishment works

3D Laser scanning - Marine & ships

A case study of 3D laser scanning for 3D modelling of a ship hull and deck - surveyed in dry dock. Time on site - two days.
3D modelling from the point cloud for the ship's 3D navigation systems and also as a record of on deck equipment

Qualifications & Certifications






University College London, U. of London

BSC (Hons)

University of Gloucestershire

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