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CASESTUDY :

Scanning large terminals with 100 bulk

storage tanks, enables the client to

have their entire terminal digitally

available. In only 5 days the data was

captured using 3 surveyors and

4 scanners. 

LARGE PETROCHEMICAL TERMINAL

Advanced 3D Laser Solutions (ALS) completed the 3D laser survey on a large upper tier COMAH chemical terminal in the North East of England. The client required ALS 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. Prior to start of survey our Operations Manager prepared a detailed scan plan, necessary to ensure efficient progress during the survey given the multiple scanners the three-man team would be operating. ALS submitted RAMS (Risk Assessment + Method Statement)
documentation to the terminal management team covering our site scanning activities and mobilisation commenced. ALS used FARO Focus 3D laser scanners, our preferred choice for field surveying as the reliable instruments are light and easy to use. The overall site would require over 1200 scans making the scan plan prepared at outset, essential in determining the daily schedule for the six days spent surveying. Given our experience in surveying large bulk storage terminals, ALS would divide the terminal in to logical areas, for instance tank bunds and loading racks.

 The individual areas would eventually be linked together using strategic reference scan points throughout the terminal. On completion of the site surveying, the individual scans were registered and processed in preparation for our 3D modelling team, each dedicated to their own areas in building the process models. This method enabling large terminals with over 100 bulk storage tanks, to be modelled efficiently. Advanced 3D Laser Solutions completed this project on time and within budget. From scanning site to completion of Orthographic NDT inspection pack, the overall project was completed within 12 weeks. Our impressed client being pleased with the efficient turnaround and the ongoing support ALS offered their team in adopting the modelling technology. For those client’s not having accurate P&ID files, ALS can prepare Smart P&IDs using our specialist surveyors who use the smart P&ID package for many reasons including the ability to automatically cross validate our 3D modelling file as a checking facility.

AN ENTIRE SITE CAN BE SURVEYED IN A MATTER OF DAYS WITH LASER SCANNERS,  TRADITONAL METHODS WOULD HAVE TAKEN AT LEAST A YEAR USING TWO SURVEYORS. USING LASER TECHNOLOGY IS QUICKER, SAFER AND MORE COST EFFECTIVE.

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JOB BREAKDOWN

PRE-pLANNING 

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

RISK & METHOD STATEMENTS 

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

AUTO PIPEWORK RECOGNITION 

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

STEEL WORK EXTRAPOLATION 

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

ADD PIPING COMPONENTS

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

LINE NUMBER

ALS uses the clients specific nomenclature.

 

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CLIENT BENEFITS

LASER SCANNING

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,

3D MODELLING

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.

SMART P&IDS

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

VIDEO FLYTHROUGHS

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…

TANK ANALYSIS

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

SITE WEBSHARE

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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