ScanLAB Projects is a pioneering creative practice.

As the UK’s leading provider of large scale 3D scanning services we capture precisely measured, beautifully coloured digital replicas of buildings, landscapes, objects and events.

We digitise the world, transforming temporary moments and spaces into compelling permanent experiences, images and film. We design online environments, immersive installations and objects.

Our primary medium is 3D scanning, a form of machine vision that we argue is the future of photography and much more beyond. As the electronic eyes for billions of mobile phones and driverless vehicles 3D scanners are the cartographers of the future. By critically observing places and events through the eyes of these machines our work hopes to glance at the future we will all inhabit.

Founded in 2010, we have worked with leading architects, broadcasters, scientists and artists from across the world. ScanLAB operate from concept, through on location scanning, to delivered product. Our work has featured in major TV documentaries and cinema screenings, been widely published and exhibited internationally.

  • 'A joy to work with. Their visual work is stunning, their understanding and treatment of difficult subjects is sensitive.'

    'innovating in a fascinating visual space, trying techniques not seen before'

    Francesca Panetta - executive editor, virtual reality at the Guardian

  • 'They've always been prepared to misuse the equipment, like two friends who hot-wire a Ferrari one night only to become the world's best stunt drivers less than five years later.'

    Geoff Manaugh - BLDGBLOG

  • 'Spectacular scans ... breath-taking visual impact'

    'A brilliant team that never stops innovating and taking you by surprise.'

    Chris Granlund - Executive Producer, BBC History

The Team Behind ScanLAB Projects

  • Matthew ShawDirector

    Matt is co-founder of ScanLAB Projects. His background is in architecture, digital fabrication and speculation about digital cities of the future. Over the last 5 years he’s been turning the relentless, machinic eye of the 3D scanner on anything and everything - from giant mirrored sculptures, Arctic ice floes, Roman Sewers and graceful dancers. He is fascinated by the creative and critical role of the pointcloud, and is a big believer in experimentation and precision in equal measure!

  • William TrossellDirector

    Will is co-founder of ScanLAB Projects. He loves building new and extraordinary ways to expand our understanding of the material world. An architect in training he graduated from the Bartlett but has been somewhat sidetracked as a creative technologist. With a keen interest in how the digital and it’s augmentation might impact our cultural heritage Will has working closely with Museums and World Heritage Sites around the world.

  • Soma SatoPhotographer

    Soma is the longest serving member of the ScanLAB team. He has a vast body of photographic and architectural experience, including study at the Bartlett and years travelling the world with some of Japan’s leading photographers and artists. He brings this knowledge to our practice, ensuring our data is photoreal and perfectly coloured. Since joining the team his skills have lead to the huge success of our Horizontal Humans project at The Photographers' Gallery, our unique full colour capture of The Last Supper with Factum Arte, and our BBC ONE series Invisible Italy.

  • Tom BrooksComputational Designer

    Tom's interest in all areas of digital arts has helped to cultivate a wide range of computation and design skills. Tom joined ScanLAB in February 2017 after graduating with a BSc in Mathematics and Physics from the University of Bath. Prior to ScanLAB he embarking on a varied freelance career, working on projects from video production and photography, to coding automation scripts and software. This diversity has been reflected in the roles undertaken for ScanLAB so far - moving between app development for the latest VR and AR technologies, and creating, editing and coding stunning 3D content and video.

  • Jean-Christophe NicolasWeb Developer

    Jean is a web developer with a keen interest in online 3D storytelling. Since joining ScanLAB he’s taken the weird and wonderful pointcloud world into wonderful new spaces online. He’s the force behind our digitisation of the Sir John Soane Museum and is currently bringing the lost tunnels of London’s Mail Rail system to life a series of new installations coming soon!

  • William TrossellDirector

    Will is co-founder of ScanLAB Projects. He loves building new and extraordinary ways to expand our understanding of the material world. An architect in training he graduated from the Bartlett but has been somewhat sidetracked as a creative technologist. With a keen interest in how the digital and it’s augmentation might impact our cultural heritage Will has working closely with Museums and World Heritage Sites around the world.

  • Soma SatoPhotographer

    Soma is the longest serving member of the ScanLAB team. He has a vast body of photographic and architectural experience, including study at the Bartlett and years travelling the world with some of Japan’s leading photographers and artists. He brings this knowledge to our practice, ensuring our data is photoreal and perfectly coloured. Since joining the team his skills have lead to the huge success of our Horizontal Humans project at The Photographers' Gallery, our unique full colour capture of The Last Supper with Factum Arte, and our BBC ONE series Invisible Italy.

  • Reuben CarterSoftware Engineer

    Reuben is a software and electronic engineer with an incredible understanding of interactive, spatial environments. He completed his MEng in Electrical Engineering at Southampton University in 2014. Since joining ScanLAB in 2015 his R&D has enabled pioneering VR projects with the BBC and led to exciting, new pointcloud visualisation and interaction workflows. His diverse digital skill-set is currently being put to task on series of AR + VR environments that allow us to wander through pointlcouds in groundbreaking new ways.

  • James WhiteArchitect

    James joined Scanlab in 2017 after working in a London based architecture practice.He is a graduate of BA Hons Architecture at the Canterbury School of Architecture, UCA. James joined to pursue his interest in visual representation of architecture in the digital environment. He has made vital contributions to various projects, most notably in the production of the latest Bartlett School of Architecture scan and our latest Guardian VR work.

  • Luca VeroneseVisual Effects Supervisor & 3D Artist

    Luca is lead 3D Artist at ScanLAB. Having previously worked in the jewelry and interiors industries he joined ScanLAB in 2015 and has thrived learning new 3D modelling, texturing, animating, rendering and compositing techniques to create visual elements that interact with and refine our pointcloud animations. Luca has been digitising a series of cast’s from the Sir John Soane's Museum and instrumental in the success of Pompeii | New Secrets Revealed.

  • Past Members

    Over the years we’ve had the pleasure of counting Egmontas Geras, Julia Schütz, Sammy Lee, Fiona Zisch, Berni Devilat, Thomas Parker, Tom Svilans and Thomas Pearce as fantastic team members.

Come Join Us

We are always looking for talented individuals to join the team from a broad range of backgrounds. If you are from a photographic, computer science, geomatics, digital fabrication, architecture, design or film based background, or just a talented someone interested in the pointcloud world then we’d love to hear from you.

Please email CV’s to Matt & Will

studio@scanlabprojects.co.uk