Laser surface mapping of a canister closure weld provided data that was used to generate three-dimensional images of the weld failure. These images were invaluable in that they allowed people who did not have access to the canister to see the anomaly in great detail. This aided in the scientific examination while reducing exposure to the radiologically contaminated canister. Precise measurements from the surface maps provided useful information about the location of weld features that were used in the examination of the weld failure. Laser surface mapping proved to be a powerful addition to the nondestructive examination tools available for surface phenomena.