We can challenge traditional design
costs with 3D laser scanning
and modeling techniques.




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.



Advanced 3D Laser Solutions (A3D) are now widely acknowledged as the foremost 3D Laser surveying and modelling company, specialised in the process industries. The A3D client base establishing business across major petrochemical and chemical storage terminal operators and refineries. Now, with the launch of our 4D Lizard software, A3D introduces the capability to optimize client’s existing asset, document and maintenance management systems, using our A3D process models and P&IDs as a viewing portal. For our smaller process operators, our 4D Lizard software has built in management systems already. As an economically viable cloud-based viewing platform, 4D Lizard is also used by our clients to view our 3D models and Smart PIDs during construction.

Our success in establishing ourselves within this demanding industry can, in no small part, be attributed to our solid traditional engineering background. Maintaining our knowledge of current legislative influences, A3D continue to support our client’s operations. With the introduction of our 3D technologies, A3D have striven to advise our client’s in the many ways a 3D process model can be utilized in support of their business.

One important facility being the use of our component models as a basis for carrying out detailed design. The gathering of 3D laser scan data, especially that covering elevated pipework and structures, will remove the need for temporary access for subsequent measurements to be completed. Using our captured 3D laser scan data, A3D can prepare site GA’s, complete bund volume analysis, tank visual analysis and develop our 3D models where further site details can be added from the recorded laser scan files. An example being for A3D to develop our 3D model to demonstrate conceptual studies as part of a FEED project. The potential savings to clients our considerable using our 3D techniques rather than having to engage separate companies who will insist on completing their own site surveys. As FEED moves through to detailed design, the final 3D model will enable export of to the pipework fabrication packs.

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


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 A3D 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.



By using proven 3D Laser Scanning techniques A3D are able to get a full 360 survey of your site, which means we only need to survey your site once and are able to take into account everything for future clash detection.

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3d Modelling

A3D use Autodesk Plant 3D a cost-effective option for detailed plant design and when coupled with the sites point cloud data, you have a powerful tool to layout pipework & equipment.

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fabrication isos

Once the 3D Design has been undertaken, its becomes a quick function to export detailed isometrics, bill of materials, cut piece lists, weld lists and all built against clients design/CAD standards.

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cost savings

The potential savings to clients our considerable using our 3D techniques rather than having to engage separate companies who will insist on completing their own site surveys. As FEED moves through to detailed design, the final 3D model will enable the export of the pipework fabrication packs.


By using systems such as laser scanning technology, semi-automated modelling systems and cost-effective modelling design packages, clients see a reduction in design costs.


With our 4D Lizard cloud application, clients are able to login and get a complete picture of design progress, with the ability to comment and upload / download required documentation.


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.


The 3D models we produce have a list of outputs, including fabrication isos, Bill of Materials, Cut Piece and Weld lists. Also PCF files which can later be used for stress analysis.




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.

Will we have access to the scan data?

A3D give our clients full access to the point cloud data, including webshare access.

Do you have Case Studies for Design work?

Speak to our commercial department who will be able to send over case studies and testimonials

What will happen to the model after the project is finished?

All files are sent over to the client after completion and archived for a year, which afterwards will be deleted, unless stated otherwise.

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.

Does A3D supply stress analysis?

This is not a service we currently supply but we do have contacts that can work with our files

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.