GPRS Laser Scanning Delivers BIM Model for The University of Texas Stadium LED Ribbon Display Upgrade

GPRS Laser Scanning Delivers BIM Model for The University of Texas Stadium LED Ribbon Display Upgrade

“GPRS came highly recommended, and rest assured that your reputation as the defacto ‘Go To’ will be reinforced after my experience with your team.  Thank you for your attention to detail and prompt response to getting us the information we needed to make some critical path decisions on this project."  Lawrence Bittock, Project Manager, Daktronics

When the Darrell K. Royal Texas Memorial Stadium planned to upgrade multiple LED ribbon displays, they required precise existing conditions data to integrate the new displays into the existing architecture. UT contracted the services of Daktronics, a world leader in manufacturing and installing audiovisual systems.

Daktronics called GPRS to 3D laser scan Darrell K. Royal Texas Memorial Stadium on the campus of the University of Texas in Austin to deliver a 3D BIM model to design and plan for the new LED ribbon boards.

The scope of work included capturing the stadium’s structure, including the precast concrete foundation, columns, beams, fascia, walls, stairs, seating, and more. Precise as-built data was required to engineer, fabricate, and install the new stadium LED ribbon display. A typical ribbon board has a height of 48 pixels, and a width of 10,000 pixels. This creates many challenges during design and installation since the boards typically curve around the stadium.

Jim Cardoza, GPRS’ Senior Project Manager for the Houston area, was called to 3D laser scan the stadium and capture exact as-built conditions. Cardoza demonstrated the elite level of service and quality that GPRS is known for when he 3D laser scanned Darrell K. Royal Texas Memorial Stadium in one day.

“We are proud to partner with Daktronics and the University of Texas to provide an up-to-date as-built model for this project,” said Cardoza.

3D laser scanning stadium
GPRS provided 3D laser scanning services for Darrell K. Royal Texas Memorial Stadium on the campus of the University of Texas in Austin.

3D point cloud data of the stadium infrastructure was captured with an RTC 360 Leica laser scanner.

“It was imperative to capture the exact architectural and structural details of the stadium. Our client needed 2-4 millimeter-accurate dimensions of the existing fascia and column locations to design the new LED ribbon displays,” added Cardoza.

Point cloud data was delivered to The GPRS Mapping & Modeling team to create a precise 3D BIM model of the stadium. With a 3D BIM model, Daktronics could access precise data needed to make accurate decisions for this sports facility upgrade.  

“We are pleased to continue our longstanding relationship of providing accurate as built data and models to Daktronics.” said Steve Weldy, GPRS CAD designer on the project.

The GPRS Mapping & Modeling Team Delivered:

  • Autodesk ReCap Point Cloud
  • TruViews (a portable 3D virtual tour dataset (.LGS) and plug-in published from Leica)
  • 3D BIM Model at Standard Detail

3D BIM model of stadium
With a 3D BIM model, Daktronics can access precise data to design and plan for the new LED ribbon displays.

“One of our top priorities is offering an exceptional fan experience at Darrell K. Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium, helping to make it one of the most exciting venues in college sports,” Texas Men’s Athletics Director Mike Perrin said. “Upgrading LED technology throughout the stadium will enhance the viewing experience for our fans.”

Previous LED Video Display Upgrades at The University of Texas

In 2017, The University of Texas hired ANC to upgrade video boards in Darrell K. Royal Texas Memorial Stadium. $4.5 million was spent to upgrade the video board in the south end zone, LED ribbon boards, and several more fascia boards at different levels of the stadium.

According to Sports Business Journal, for this project UT worked with Mitsubishi Electric, to manufacture a new video board for the south end zone. The video board was 56 feet high and 134 feet wide, and contained more than 2.7 million physical pixels, making it the 4th largest video display in the NCAA.

ANC specializes in designing and installing technology systems for high-profile sports arenas, transit hubs, commercial destinations, and major entertainment venues in the U.S.

“We knew we needed to upgrade the board because technology changes so fast,” said Arthur Johnson, the University of Texas' Executive Senior Associate Athletic Director. “It’s like your televisions and computers at home.”


Many sports and athletic facilities are planning construction projects and infrastructure upgrades to attract and retain the next generation of students.

GPRS has extensive experience 3D laser scanning stadiums and arenas for facility modifications and upgrades.

We have scanned SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland, Arena, TQL Stadium in Cincinnati, and dozens more.

The point cloud data captured by 3D laser scanning is accurate within 2-4 millimeters and can be processed into custom 2D CAD drawings and 3D BIM models at any level of detail.

GPRS uses the most advanced ground penetrating radar (GPR) and electromagnetic (EM) imaging technology available, to detect and map underground utility lines for construction and excavation projects.

GPRS SIM-certified Project Managers provide comprehensive concrete scanning mark-outs for post tension, pan deck, and other varieties of concrete slab.

We provide NASSCO-certified CCTV Video Pipe Inspection with photo and video documentation. We find lateral lines, cross bores, and detail every pipe defect in a comprehensive VPI report.

All GPRS data is uploaded to SiteMap®, our industry-leading project and facility management software to aid in construction and renovation planning.

With over 500 Project Managers in every major market and city across the United States, GPRS has an unmatched nationwide service network that makes it quick and easy to find an expert Project Manager in your area.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a LED Ribbon Display?

LED ribbon board displays are made up of thin, flexible, ribbon-like panels embedded with LED technology.  They employ one green, one blue, and one red Light Emitting Diode (LED) to form one pixel. They are used in stadiums and sports arenas to display live information such as scores, statistics, announcements, and other relevant content during sports events or entertainment shows.

What is a TruView?

TruViews are 3-dimensional photographs overlaid on top of the point cloud data. TruViews are utilized by construction professionals, designers, engineers, and architects to share point cloud data and mark-ups; take basic dimensions; estimate clearances and distances; and print and convert data. TruViews can also be useful for those who have not been to the site and need to view specific details of a particular area. A person with minimal knowledge about AutoCAD can use the TruView program without any problem or difficulty.

Why is a point cloud important?

Point clouds provide powerful and dynamic information for a project. By representing spatial data as a collection of coordinates, point clouds deliver large datasets that can be mined for information. The visualization and analysis from point cloud data is invaluable for decision making. CAD technicians transform point clouds into customized deliverables used for visualization, analysis, design, construction, renovation, prefabrication, and facility modifications.

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