Our process models are
created from 3D laser scan
data and can be exported
in a 2D design file format.




In just four years, Advanced 3D Laser Solutions has quickly established itself with a strong client base in the UK and Europe. After Establishing a strong client base in the UK, the team set its sights on Europe, particularly  in the Netherlands, as its offered new opportunities  to  expand the company’s offering.



The vast engineering experience from over 30 years working within process industries has resulted in A3D now leading in the production of ‘brown field’ technical process models. A3D recognised the importance of our skilled 3D laser surveyors site familiarity being utilised when producing technical process models. Their job specific training, for which A3D have prepared over 400 training videos, ensures our modelling team prepare good quality technically correct process models. As a company we rejected the use of overseas modelling companies, concentrating on developing our own modellers skill set to identify site assets and recognise assets requiring new component build within our growing component library.

It is this ability to give the attention to technical details that sets A3D apart from would be competitors and key to development of our ‘Intelligent’ models and P&IDs being linked to client asset management systems. Our policy of continual development ensures A3D maintain a principal role with software companies in our supply chain. As a result, A3D offer our clients a technical point of reference where new client challenges are addressed and solutions provided. Our client relationships are fundamental in our company’s growth and remain core to all new developments.

Pipework models that include pipe
supports, fittings, valves and equipment can
all be drawn from our 3D catalogues covering
mainstream pipe specifications.


This is Part of a clients site 3D Model,have a closer look and pan around this 3D spec driven model it  depicts the different services. For example what product is running through the lines. These Models offer a number of different outputs.


The modelling software we use at ALS is Auto Cad Plant 3D. We have found that this software is familiar with most of our clients engineering departments as they use the software for other forms of in house P&ID work. We use the data gathered out on site to then trace over, using the Auto Cad software which provides a spec driven catalogue with all the piping components.



More and more clients are moving over from piping isometrics to the piping orthographic, due to a whole range of reasons, including that there a lot easier to read as they are basically a 2D snap shot form the 3D model, they also can hold a lot more information including surrounding features like bundwalls, steelwork and local equipment. the biggest reason is the fact they reduce the amount of paper as we usaully require 10% of the required isometrics total sheets.

clash Detection 

A 3D Model serves multiple purposes in the battle of saving time and capital for everyday procedures and for future projects. New project work always has a multitude of design hurdles, including how it will fit and tie into your existing brownfield site, the relationship between new plants with your existing, remembering to take into account even the smallest of these hurdles.


A3D  capture huge amounts of data in such a limited time, we are able to quickly and accurately model out 3D models, using systems such as auto desk plant 3D which allows us to model out specific pipe work catalogues such as ASME with piping specs like CS150. ounce modelled you have the automated processing of exporting a full range of piping isometrics fully dimensioned  with  full list of bill materials if required. All isometrics are all customised around our clients standards including drawing sizes and borders.


To find out more on how having your site scanned and modelled will benefit you and your business please fill out the form below.

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A3D will complete pre-planning in order to determine the most efficient and therefore, cost effective solution.


A3D recognise that any form of site work on an operating site must be subject of both RAMS along with planning documents in order to expedite an efficient and safe survey.

3D Laser scan 

Recognised as the referred method for accurately capturing measured site data in using 3D laser scanning instruments. Traditional methods being time consuming  and subject to error.

register scan data  

Once A3D has been out on site with the 3D Laser Scanners we then process the scan using faro scene software.


A3D uses pipework recognition software to pick out the pipework from the point cloud data this save valuable time modelling.


A3D can provide steel work models this can aid clients in the situation where they need  feed a new line through the site. A3D offer clash detection services.


Auto Cad Plant 3D has a catalogue of spec driven components which replicate onsite assets which can be given individual numbers which correspond with asset management systems.


A3D uses the clients specific nomenclature which allows us to produce 2D deliverables  such as orthos and isos which tie into existing management systems.




Do we require specialised software, to use the models?
Our models for digitising terminals are created in Autodesk Plant 3D, chances are if you already have an AutoCAD licence, you will have access to the same software package.
Would we need specialist training?
Advanced 3D Laser Solutions can supply training to you and your team, or give you details to an Autodesk Partner, so you can proceed fully with digitising your terminal.
Could the 3D models be used with our upcoming project work?
More and more of the oil and gas industry are seeing the benefits in digitising terminals, because of laser scanning, we are able to quickly and accurately model all parts of a terminal, this can provide a powerful tool in up coming design work.
Could this be used for digitising a terminal?
The 3D models we create have a huge part in the fundamentals of digitising terminals.
Can you model in Pipe Supports?
Absolutely, we have access to a huge range of different pipe supports, which can help aid NDT API570 inspection and help with pipe stress analysis.
How do you model in valves?
All our piping components flanges, valves, elbows, tees etc are all brought in via a piping standard catalogue, for instance for a lot of our UK clients we use an ASME catalogue.
How do you know what spec your modelling too?
We use multiple methods, for instance using P&IDs, pictures from the scan data and when those aren’t available we work with the clients engineering team.
Can the models export Bill of Materials?
Yes as long as the Spec components are created correctly; because of the package we use, when a flange valve is modelled in, the gasket and bolt set are all accounted for, so they can be accounted for in dimensions and BOM.
Can the models be used for asset management?
Absolutely ! we can set your models up to store detailed information about the individual assets, including serial number, service, status, design pressure and more.
Are these models expensive?
Alongside laser scanning and our automation software; we can produce 3D models cost effectively.

related SERVICES


A3D are proud to have established point cloud technologies, now recognised as the preferred method for accurately capturing measured site data in using 3D laser scanning instruments. Traditional methods being time consuming and subject to error


Piping and instrumentation diagrams (P&IDs) are considered a fundamental requirement for companies operating a process operation. P&IDs play a significant role in the maintenance and modification of the process that it describes and should be maintained


The A3D Tank analysis reports deliver critical information with a level of detail not previously achieved using traditional methods. since we are using advanced 3d laser scanners with out need for temporary access platforms, thus technology is a market leading competitively priced alternative..


water authority

design service 

Advanced 3D Laser Solutions (A3D) recently completed a project
for the water industry at one of their pumping and filtration sites.


inspection drawings 

A major UK pharmaceutical firm, required piping isometrics for NDT purposes of their main process plant, because of the size of the process unit (over 6000m2) and their limited staff, they asked us to scan the unit and from the scan data produce isometrics.

working in

the netherlands 

Our client had a job to design and build a replacement top loading gantry, which was to feed oil into a road tanker, they tried going in and surveying the area, but it was very congested and found they were constantly missing dimensions.