Oct 8, 2018

Advanced 3D Laser Solutions (ALS) recently completed a project for the water industry at one of their pumping and filtration sites. Our client for this project was an EPC contractor who required first a RECAP scan project file, Smart 3D process model and Smart P&IDs (Piping and Instrumentation diagrams). Although smaller in terms of number of laser scans than a typical bulk storage terminal, water industry installations present different challenges. For instance, a large proportion of the process pipework is below ground and for this project ALS would be using data from a buried services study to complete our 3D modelling.

Having developed our scan plan and submitted RAMS (Risk Assessment + Method Statement) documentation to the client, our site scanning activities were completed in less than three days. Part of the scan would require surveying of green-field areas where ground profiling would be completed using the Autodesk Civils software. Within process buildings pipework was routed within covered trenches and access plates needed to be removed to gain vantage areas for scanning. ALS deployed our inverted tripod to allow the FARO Focus scanners to be lowered in to trench to gain process scan data to allow modelling of buried services. Our background in working on industrial sites enabled ALS to liaise with on-site operations to ensure safe access to exposed trenches.

On completion of the site surveying, the individual scans were registered and processed in preparation for 3D modelling of all scanned process. The 3D modelling for this client would however extend beyond our captured 3D laser scan data to files covering the visible process. Files handed over from the buried services study would also be used by ALS to prepare a site model covering both the above and below ground process pipework. The client operations also required ALS to layer our model to reflect product colour coded pipework nomenclature consistent with coded pipework used across their network.

Another satisfied client looking to partner with ALS in future, across the water industry network.

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