Correct assessment of construction safety requires reliable information about geometrical shape of the analyzed object. The least square method is the most popular method to calculate object deviation between theoretical geometry and the real object shape measured with geodetic methods. The paper presents the possibility of using robust estimation methods on the example of Hampel's method. Deviation values obtained in this way are resistant to outliers influence and are more reliable. This problem is illustrated by a hyperbola which is approximated in survey points (measured by terrestrial laser scanning) localized on the generating line of the cooling tower shell in one of its axial vertical cross-section.