BLK360 Measures Up for Tekla Verifications

31 January 2019

Project Manager Zachary Orr for Superior Steel & Ironworkers uses the Leica BLK360 to capture a 3D point cloud scan of a project in Bellevue, Seattle USA.

The scans are imported into Autodesk Recap Pro, where the point cloud is meshed and cleaned up. The file is then exported from Recap Pro and imported into Tekla Structures, where the required steelwork is detailed with the accuracy of field-verified measurements.

Zachary was initially skeptical if the accuracy of such a compact scanner would work with the tolerances he required. However, Zachary has since performed multiple scans of existing concrete structures and used the point clouds to field-verify dimensions for their steel fabrication. He also field verified the same measurements with a tape measureand found the measurements from the Leica BLK360 to be accurate down to a 32nd of an inch.

"I was blown away to be honest!"



Tekla Structures can import a variety of point cloud formats, with e57 and PTS being exported directly from Autodesk Recap Pro after registering the BLK360 scans.

Superior Steel and Ironwork guarantee the best in class services throughout the entire construction process: scheduling, budgeting, value engineering, on-site activities, and post project support. We work largely with repeat clients, and historically have had minimal staff and crew turnover. Innovation is what drives Superior Steel. 


Company founder Jim Edwards comes from a long line of ironworkers. The Edwards family traces its involvement in the iron working industry to the early 1900’s.  Jim’s father worked on national landmarks, such as the Golden Gate Bridge, the Yukon River Bridge, and the Tacoma Narrows.  This interest was passed on to Jim, two of his brothers, and his brother-in-law. The family’s legacy is an established commitment to the iron industry, and the incorporation of Superior Steel & Ironworkers on April 1st, 2006 was a testament to that legacy. 


Zachary Orr

Project Manager

Superior Steel and Ironwork


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