Heritage Surveying

Step into the future of heritage preservation with Nelson Surveyors. Our cutting-edge laser scanning and high-definition imagery capture the soul of South Australia’s architectural history, ensuring it stands the test of time.

Heritage Surveying Adelaide

Preserving History in High Definition

Preserving and documenting our architectural heritage is significant to ensure we remember our roots and the rich history of South Australia. We excel in the art of precise heritage surveying, designed to protect architectural history so that it can remain standing for generations to come. 

Nelson Surveyors uses state-of-the-art laser scanning technology and high-definition imagery to deliver unparalleled accuracy and detail in documenting heritage listed buildings and other structures of significance.

If you’re seeking a surveying partner for the preservation, restoration, or risk assessment of a heritage building, reach out to us today.

6 Reasons

Why Heritage Scanning?

Heritage scanning allows us to precisely and comprehensively measure historical monuments and buildings. The resulting point clouds can be transformed into 3D mesh models, creating invaluable archives in case structures require restoration. These datasets help us in identifying potential risks that heritage sites or structures might face.

Our Heritage Scanning services have left a mark on a diverse range of heritage sites right across SA, serving a multitude of purposes.

  1. Digitising Structures: Whether it’s a medieval city’s ruins or a fading fresco on a church wall, our 3D solutions create true-to-life digital replicas of vulnerable heritage. These recreations ensure the original look is never lost.
  2. Documenting Archaeological Findings: Safely capture data from extremely fragile artifacts right on site with our non-contact scanners.
  3. Measuring for Reconstruction: Precision is our mantra when capturing architectural details. With our scans, you can confidently make design changes and conduct maintenance without disruption or damage to the heritage site.
  4. Preservation: Heritage buildings are vulnerable to natural wear and tear over time. Detect structural weaknesses or hidden damage, preserving heritage sites for generations to come.
  5. Site Monitoring: Our scanning data isn’t static; it’s a living record. Track changes in the earth or walls over time and predict the future movements of these structures. It’s a proactive approach to heritage site preservation.
  6. Compliance: Many heritage sites are subject to strict preservation regulations. Our scans facilitate compliance by providing comprehensive data for decision-makers.

Laser Scanning & High Definition Imagery

Our commitment to precision drives us to be early adopters of the latest and most progressive technology in the field of surveying. We employ advanced static & vehicle mounted laser scanning devices that capture millions of data points in intricate detail, with unrivaled precision.

Our lasers are accurate, and fast. Here’s a few other benefits that only our technology can bring to the table:

Contactless Precision

Our non-contact 3D scanners ensure the safety of delicate and ancient objects during scanning.


We can scan on the go, providing real-time 3D replicas of cultural objects or sites.


Minimal training time is required, allowing us to focus on delivering intuitive and effortless scanning.

High Resolution

Achieve maximum detail with a maximum resolution, capturing every shape and surface flawlessly.

Exceptional Accuracy

Survey grade accuracies that will guarantee sharp and precise results from the very beginning.

Coupled with high-definition imagery, we can create a digital representation of heritage buildings that captures both their physical dimensions and their unique architectural features.

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Our Work

We are so proud to contribute to the conservation of South Australia’s rich architectural heritage. No matter the size or scope of your project, we have the technology & experience to accurately communicate and record the data you need.

Contact us today to discuss how our heritage surveying can support your project.

The National Trust, a heritage-focused organisation, has been proud to collaborate with Nelson Surveyors on several of our projects including the preservation of our national heritage sites and the development of tourism infrastructure in regional locations

We continue to place our trust in Nelson Surveyors to consistently deliver exceptional results.

James Guy
Heritage Project Manager
National Trust of South Australia

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