GPRS Laser Scans Stadiums and Arenas

GPRS Laser Scans Stadiums and Arenas

Precise As Built Data Delivered for Signage and LED Video Display Installation

Stadiums and arenas are being upgraded with new signage and LED video displays to enhance fans’ experience, build excitement, and create state-of-the-art athletic complexes. These are large capital expenditures that require considerable planning, engineering, and execution.

GPRS 3D laser scanning delivers accurate data for design engineering. Whether you are renovating an aging stadium or arena, or adding technological improvements, exact building dimensions and site information are critical to your decision making.

GPRS is the nation’s largest 3D laser scanning company, utilizing Leica survey-grade laser scanners to quickly and accurately survey the interior and/or exterior of structures and sites. Complete as built data is collected with millimeter accuracy, delivering exact building dimensions, locations, and layouts. GPRS has over 22 years’ experience. No other company can capture the precise engineering details required for signage and LED video display installation projects.

GPRS offers a consultative approach to project management, working with you to ensure the data we deliver is the perfect solution for your project. The GPRS Mapping & Modeling Team can transform the point cloud data collected from the laser scanner into highly detailed 2D CAD drawings, 3D BIM models, 3D meshes, TruViews, and virtual tours, depending on your needs.

Below, you can see some of the ways GPRS assisted stadiums and arenas with accurate data for design engineering and installation, reducing change orders, and keeping projects on schedule and within budget.

3D Laser Scanning Arena
The Arena was replacing LED ribbon displays around the arena as part of a facility upgrade. LED Ribbon Displays Upgraded with the Help of GPRS

Task: The Arena in Los Angeles, California was laser scanned and 3D modeled to capture site data for the purpose of replacing LED ribbon displays around the arena as part of a facility upgrade. Our client, a world leader in manufacturing and installing audiovisual systems, was installing more than 3,000 linear feet of LED ribbon displays at the arena. These upgrades were completed to maintain the arena’s reputation for world-class amenities and deliver an experience that is second to none.

Challenge: Three new ribbon displays were being installed along different levels of the seating, tripling the number of linear feet of ribbon displays that the Arena previously had. Ribbon displays are thin and long, and can run the length of the venue and even wrap around it. The lower-level ribbon display measured 2.5 feet high and 894 feet wide; the mid-level ribbon display measured 2.5 feet high and 1,096 feet wide; and the upper-level ribbon display measured 2.5 feet high and 1,096 feet wide.

Solution: 3D laser scanning captured precise as built data of the arena, providing critical structural details to aid the installation of the new ribbon displays. Design planning and coordination between the display manufacturer, structural engineers, and the installation crew was necessary to ensure the LED ribbon displays were securely installed.

3D Laser Scanning Stage
GPRS 3D laser scanned a Hollywood film studio’s stage and LED wall panel system.

3D Mesh of Hollywood Studio Stage and LED Panels

Task: GPRS 3D laser scanned a Hollywood film studio’s stage and LED wall panel system to tie into a virtual reality experience during the filming of a segment for an upcoming Xbox Game Showcase. The client needed an accurate representation of the stage and the location of each LED panel to tie virtual reality into the real world.

Challenge: LED walls are large high-resolution displays made up of multiple LED tiles that are seamlessly joined together to form a single, continuous screen. For this project, every surface of the LED panel on the wall and floor needed to be 3D modeled and converted to a 3D mesh file to be utilized in the virtual reality experience.

Solution: 3D laser scanning quickly gathered accurate data of the stage and LED wall panel system. The GPRS Mapping & Modeling Team modeled the site in very high detail and converted the data into a .obj 3D mesh file. The studio will be able to easily display realistic environments in the LED wall panel system while filming on set.

3D Laser Scanning Basketball Arena
The University of Oklahoma Lloyd Noble Center was adding a new LED video display over the top of the players entrance tunnel.

As Built Dimensions Captured in OU Arena to Install LED Video Display

Task: The Lloyd Noble Center, home to The University of Oklahoma men’s and women’s basketball teams, was adding a new LED video display over the top of the players entrance tunnel. The general contractor hired by the University has completed hundreds of video display installations across the United States and brought GPRS in to capture the exact details and dimensions of the players tunnel to plan the structural steel support, anchor points, and electrical tie-ins.

Challenge: The massive video display weighed thousands of pounds and was suspended over the players entrance tunnel and court. The structural engineering of this large-scale display was critical to ensuring the physical safety of the players, fans, workers, and anyone who enters the facility. Design planning from accurate as built site conditions ensures that the system will be precisely installed and prevent miscommunication, risks, delays, and unexpected issues.

Solution: The GPRS Project Manager used 3D laser scan technology to quickly document the existing conditions of the players tunnel in the form of a 3D point cloud. The accurate as built data GPRS provided was used to plan the engineering of the mounting structure and connection points. It was important for the general contractor to have a design plan documented for the crews to follow with strict safety and installation procedures.

3D Laser Scanning Stadium
The general contractor called GPRS to 3D laser scan TQL Stadium and verify the centerlines of the structural steel framework where exterior signage would be attached.

3D Laser Scanning of TQL Stadium to Install Exterior Signage

Task: TQL Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio, home of FC Cincinnati, was installing large-scale exterior signage. The general contractor called GPRS to 3D laser scan the site and verify the centerlines of the structural steel framework where the signage would be attached. GPRS captured as built data of the stadium and aligned the point cloud data to the client’s existing 3D model.

Challenge: Our client specializes in the design, fabrication, and installation of large-scale exterior signage. They needed to verify the centerlines of the structural steel framework that their components would be fitted to. All components were to be manufactured off site, so it was important to have accurate as built conditions of the structural steel. Also, data needed to be collected without interrupting the other construction work occurring at the site.

Solution: The value of GPRS services was recognized almost immediately on this project. Upon reviewing the data, the client noticed that the steel on the north and south ends of the stadium did not align with the design plans. As a result, our client and the project’s general contractor made arrangements for the steel in these areas to be corrected.


GPRS has extensive experience 3D laser scanning stadiums and arenas for facility modifications and upgrades. These are just a few examples of the many projects GPRS has completed. When you hire GPRS 3D laser scanning, you are hiring the most accurate data collection experts in the business who will get the job done right – and fast – the first time.

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

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