How long does it take to scan a property?

Introduction

The time it takes a scan a property can vary greatly. Scan time is based on:

  1. The complexity of the property
  2. How you intend to use the 3D space

Both of these factors influence how many scans you should take, which in turn means how long you spend on-site.

For example, heavily occluded spaces like MEP (Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing) rooms require more dense scanning to gather lots of 3D data. Wide open commercial real estate spaces like an empty factory take less scans, but have their own unique set of problems.

The calculations and rules shown below are just some rules of thumb.

 

How long?

An individual scan takes about 30 seconds. This includes:

  • Camera scanning and rotating (20 seconds)
  • Transferring data from camera to the iPad (5 seconds)
  • Aligning to previous scans on the iPad (5 seconds
  • Moving the camera to the next spot (can be done at the same time as transfer and alignment)

Multiply this by the total number of scans. Most residential homes (2000 ft2 or 185 m2) can be done in 50 to 75 scans.

Altogether, this means it takes about 25 min to 38 minutes to scan a typical residential home (2000 ft2 or 185 m2)

This calculation does not include the time you spend to stage and prepare the site.

 

Speed it up

You can speed up the process by:

  • Staging and cleaning the site beforehand.
  • Become very familiar with the Matterport system so you can setup the tripod and use the iPad with ease.
  • Use a new iPad, such as an iPad Pro. This will speed up alignment.
  • Take less scans. However, we generally recommend you take more scans. With more scans, there's more for visitors to see in the 3D space. Plus you can gather more 3D depth data for a better Dollhouse View. Finally, with more scans you have more chances to get great 2D photos at the right angle without having making a return visit to the site. You can always hide extra scan positions in the 3D walkthrough later.
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