This is a great example on how laser scan
data can be used to fit new equipment in
busy areas, With 3D we are able to easily
take into account all site
surrounding features, finding
clashes and restrictions before


For this project our client required Advanced 3D Laser Solutions (A3D) to complete 3D laser scanning and 3D modelling 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 existing two vessels, compressing the removed gas and returning liquid down-stream. A new
gas compressor, tank and heat exchanger would be added to achieve this, however due to complexity of existing process and limited access, a 3D model was chosen to site new installations and provide client management with an easy to understand layout.

Advanced 3D Laser Solutions completed the 3D laser scanning within one day before returning to office to complete the 3D process model. Having the original scan data available to view with the new 3D process model ensured no clashes would occur during the modelling in of the new equipment and pipe lines.

The benefit of modelling with full view of scan data cannot be underestimated as A3D were to route new 6” lines through floors, avoiding existing pipe lines, steelwork and cabling.

Once the existing plant was modelled we were able to contact his vendors about documentation on his new compressor and heat exchange, expecting to receive traditional 2D General Arrangements, A3D were pleasantly surprised to discover the equipment vendor
had an accurate 3D model for the equipment already. Once received A3D were able to import this equipment model into our 3D process model and complete the pipe routing. The whole process took a matter of days opposed to taking weeks or months and we were able to quickly produce a Bill of Materials, enabling client to quickly and accurately budget for his future project. The installation being completed without fuss, on cost and within the tight schedule this process dictated.

Pharmaceutical plants are extremely busy process areas, by having a 3d model built can aid new site installations due to the outputs a 3d model can offer




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  

Ounce 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 spherical shapes 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.


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


ALS uses the clients specific nomenclature.





ALS 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,


The vast engineering experience from over 30 years working within process industries has resulted in ALS now leading in the production of ‘brown field’ technical process models. ALS recognised the importance of our skilled 3D laser surveyors site familiarity.


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


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…


ALS are proud to have been instrumental in advancing the engineering industry from traditional 2D to the growing opportunities afforded by our 3D technologies. As a result of our marketing, the majority of engineers and managers working in


Webshare is freely available software offering powerful facilities for use with scan files. An intuitive overview map presents scans arranged as a ‘birds-eye’ view of your plant. Webshare enables you to walk your site from your PC, record measurements, annotate


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water authority

design service 

Advanced 3D Laser Solutions (ALS) 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.