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

About Plant 3D



We are market leaders in the production of ‘brownfield’ technical process models. We realised the critical importance of our laser surveyors’ site familiarity to our clients, rejecting overseas modelling companies. We focused on training our own laser surveyors who can prepare technically correct process models and recognising/identifying site assets that require new component build within our component library.

It is our attention to the fine technical details that set us apart, and is key to seamlessly linking our ‘Intelligent’ models and P&IDs to our Clients’ asset management systems. Our policy of continuous development means we maintain a principal role with our software supply chain partners, offering our Clients a technical point of reference when providing solutions to their challenges. Our Client relationships are fundamental to our growth and at the core of all new development.

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


This is a segment of a Client site 3D Model. Have a closer look and pan around the 3D Spec Driven model. It illustrates many different elements, e.g., which product is running through the lines.


The modeling software we use at A3D is Auto Cad Plant 3D, with which many of our Clients are familiar, due to its use for other forms of in-house P&ID work. We trace over the data gathered on-site to produce a spec-driven catalogue with all its piping components.


API 570 NDT Packs

More and more Clients are migrating from piping isometrics to piping orthographics as they are much easier to read (basically a 2D snapshot from the 3D model) and can hold much more information such as surrounding features like bundwalls, steelwork and local equipment. They are also kind to the environment, reducing the amount of paper, requiring only 10% of the isometrics total sheets.

Clash Detection 

A 3D Model serves multiple purposes in the battle to save time and money for other projects. New project work always features a multitude of design details/hurdles, including how it will fit/tie into your existing brownfield site and the relationship between existing and new plants. A3D always take even the smallest of details into account.

Asset Management

A3D captures huge amounts of data in a VERY limited time. We quickly and accurately model out 3D models, using systems like Autodesk plant 3D which allows us to model out specific pipe work catalogues such as ASME with piping specs, like CS150. Once modelled, the piping isometrics are exported via automated processing (with a full list of bill materials if required). All isometrics are customised around individual Client standards, e.g. drawing sizes and borders.


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

Risk & Method Statements

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

Recognized as the preferred method for accurately capturing measured site data 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.

Auto Pipework Recognition

A3D uses pipework recognition software to pick out the spherical shapes from the point cloud data this saves valuable time modeling.

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

3D Spec Driven Models

Extrapolate Steel Work

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

A3D uses the client's specific nomenclature.




Do we require specialised software, to use the models?

Our models for digitising terminals are created in Autodesk Plant 3D, so it’s highly likely 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 of an Autodesk Partner, so you can proceed to fully digitise 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 immense benefits of digitising their terminals. As laser scanning is so rapid, we are able to quickly and accurately model all parts of a terminal, providing a powerful tool in upcoming design work.

Could this be used for digitising a terminal?

The 3D models we create play a huge part in the fundamentals of digitising terminals.

Can you model in Pipe Supports?

Absolutely, we have access to a vast 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 brought in via a piping standard catalogue, for instance for many of our UK clients we use an ASME catalogue.

How do you know what to spec you're modelling to?

We use multiple methods, for instance using P&IDs, pictures from scan data and if those aren’t available, we work with our Clients’ engineering teams.

Can the models export Bill of Materials?

Yes, as long as the spec components are created correctly.  When a flange valve is modelled in, the package we use ensures the gasket and bolt set are all accounted for in dimensions and BOM.

Can the models be used for asset management?

Absolutely! We can set up your models to store detailed information on 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 very cost-effectively.



A3D is proud to have established point cloud technologies – now recognized as the preferred method for accurately capturing measured site data using 3D laser scanning instruments – traditional methods are time-consuming and subject to error


Piping and instrumentation diagrams (P&IDs) are considered a fundamental requirement for companies managing a process operation. P&IDs play a significant role in its maintenance and modification.


The A3D Tank Analysis Reports deliver critical information at a high level of granularity, unachievable by traditional methods.  We use advanced 3d laser scanners without the need to employ temporary access platforms, proving to be a very competitively priced alternative.

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3D P&ID Validation

Using 3D process models to cross-validate with smart P&IDs to determine their as-built accuracy and also allow for their on-site documentation to be kept up to date via a 3D model.

Pharmaceutical 3D Design

Complete 3D laser scanning and 3D modeling of a specific process area ahead of a new capital initiative. This initiative would require process changes to enable removal of gas from the top of the existing two vessels, compressing the removed gas and returning liquid downstream.

Large Petrochemical Terminal

Client required A3D to prepare an Autodesk Plant 3D Process model where ALS would be exporting pipework orthographic drawings as part client’s NDT inspection program in meeting their health and safety initiatives. 

Water Authority Design Service

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.

NDT Inspection Drawings

A major UK pharmaceutical firm, required piping isometrics for NDT purposes of their main process plant, because of the size of the processing unit (over 6000m2) and their limited staff, they asked us to scan the unit and from the scan data produce isometrics. The unit consisted of two buildings (each roughly 500m2), which both had a minimum of 3 floors, and a roofing area, which consisted of a further few levels of steelwork walkways.