Case Studies

Dodger Stadium & The Pavillions, Los Angeles, USA

Laser scanning was used in a variety of projects throughout Dodger Stadium.  First, when the stadium was under re-development for the new stadium seating, Mollenhauer provided scanning in which to determine current seating and aisle ways for the new seating requirements.  Second, Mollenhauer provided laser scanning and a Revit model for the Pavillion seating to show existing structural elements and MEP services.  Lastly, and most importantly, Mollenhauer provided an exterior laser scan of Dodger Stadium and model of the exterior in Revit to be used for the design of the “Next 50 Years” project when McCourt was the owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, USA

The Art Center College of Design is planning a phased renovation of the Hillside Campus building which was completed in 1976 and designed by Craig Elwood and is considered a major work of Southern California modernist architecture. The Project Architects required a point cloud survey and as-built Revit model to create comprehensive documentation to be used as the basis of design at each renovation stage and as a dynamic Facility Management resource which will be updated continually.

The Beverly Center Shopping Mall, Los Angeles

The eight-story (just under 3 million sq. ft.) shopping mall located in Beverly Hills requires upgrading to meet the needs of todays’ customers. An international team of Architects and Engineers led by Neumann Smith Architects were put together to redesign parts of the mall. An important part of the process was the creation of a BIM of the Center. Mollenhauer Group scanned the facility using both a Leica P20 and Faro Focus which was used as the foundation of a Revit model of the existing building including structural, architectural and MEP components. The laser scan survey and model were carried out to a tight schedule and the point cloud data viewable using Leica’s Truview. The project is vast, by far the largest scan to BIM survey undertaken by the Mollenhauer Group. The as-built Revit model proved to be a vital part of the redesign and building management process.


The May Company Building, Los Angeles

This renowned 1930’s former department store, now a designated Historic Cultural Monument, is soon to be the new home of the Academy of Motion Pictures. Mollenhauer Group worked with the project Architects, the Italian based Renzo Piano and Los Angeles based SPF:a, to create a geometrically accurate BIM ready Revit model of the building using laser scan data, captured with the Faro Focus laser scanner, and precise survey control.

John Anson Ford Theatre, Los Angeles

This 1930’s Theatre is one of the oldest performing arts venues in Los Angeles that’s still in use. It is currently undergoing a complete restoration and redevelopment programme. Mollenhauer Group have worked with the Project Architect, Levin and Associates, on many prestigious LA based projects and on this occasion were asked to provide a BIM ready Revit model of the Theatre for use in the redesign and future management of the site. Of particular importance was the thickness of the amphitheatre slab which was accurately recorded with the Faro Focus laser scanner.

Thomas Laboratory, Caltech University, Pasadena, California

Los Angeles based Architects AC Martin requested a scan to Revit model of the Thomas Laboratory, part of the renowned Caltech University campus. The laboratory is being updated, but key components had to be retained including historic ironwork. The building was recorded using both laser scanning and conventional measured building surveying techniques. The as-built model was supplemented with structural information taken from the original construction drawings to infill areas that could not be physically measured, for example hidden structural components.