For bulk storage operators capturing accurate tank data is an integral part of ensuring efficient day to day running of your facility. Be it for production, engineering, maintenance or health & safety, having a level of recorded information that can be shared readily with your colleagues across the globe can be invaluable.
No longer will you require temporary access platforms to elevate your traditional equipment into position in order to collect information about the tank surface. No longer are you limited to a few hundred data points offering limited information for your reports. 3D Laser scanning is cost effective and in a short period, provides many millions of data points for your analysis and reporting.
In worst-case scenarios, inaccuracy or absence of data can lead to costly incidents such as a storage tank rupture, with consequential repairs, loss in production and negative environmental impact. The Storage sector is already benefiting hugely from use of our 3D Laser scanning technology, backed ably by our tank analysis program. Tank scanning can be completed before influencing factors including temperature or tank contents can affect your results. Our tank analysis reports are both versatile and informative and can include, but not limited to the following outputs:-
Surveying within the tank with 3D laser scanners, we are able to map the whole tank floor to accurately calculate the lowest point within the tank, allowing a water draw of line to be added at the optimal place.
With scan data from either inside or outside the tank we are to take area measurements, every 1mm up the tank, taking volumes from tank nozzles, manways. Bearing in mind traditional methods, which would use total stations to record 160points we are able to record over a million per second.
With those operators still using earth bunds for containment, our scan files now offer the most accurate approach for calculating bund volumes. We can not only assess ground levels, but can interrogate the variances that occur with natural bunds.
Looking at the skirt of the tank we take measurements, using the 3d scan data, of its height around the whole tank. Giving us an idea of its height in relationship to the rest of the tank.
Taking a cut through the side of the tank, vertically, at regular intervals usually every 10M around the circumference of the tank we are able to gauge the tank vertical integrity.
Taking radial cuts horizontally through the middle of each tank plate (or more if required) we can take a look at the radial deflection of a tank compared to a true cylinder (an accurate 3D model of the tank)
Taking snapshots of the tanks gradient deviation map, from four elevations (North, East, South & West) giving the report analyser an overall picture of the tanks integrity.