Structural Stability Evaluation of Existing Buildings by Reverse Engineering with 3D Laser Scanner

Arum Jang, Young K. Ju, Min Jae Park

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In the Fourth Industrial Revolution, research and development of application technologies that combine high-tech technologies have been actively conducted. Building information modeling (BIM) technology using advanced equipment is considered promising for future construction projects. In particular, using a 3D laser scanner, LIDAR is expected to be a solution for future building safety inspections. This work proposes a new method for evaluating building stability using a 3D laser scanner. In this study, an underground parking lot was analyzed using a 3D laser scanner. Further, structural analysis was performed using the finite element method (FEM) by applying the figure and geometry data acquired from the laser scan. This process includes surveying the modeled point cloud data of the scanned building, such as identifying the relative deflection of the floor slab, and the sectional shape and inclination of the column. Consequently, safety diagnosis was performed using the original evaluation criteria. This confirms that it is precise and efficient to use a 3D laser scanner for building stability assessment. This paper presents a digital point cloud-based approach using a 3D laser scanner to evaluate the stability of buildings.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2325
JournalRemote Sensing
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2022 May 1

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Funding: This work was supported by a National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Korean government (MSIT) (No. NRF-2021R1A5A1032433 and NRF-2020R1A2C3005687). The authors are grateful to the authorities for their assistance.

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© 2022 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.


  • 3D laser scanner
  • BIM (building information modeling)
  • reverse engineering
  • safety inspection
  • structural safety assessment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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