CASE STUDY :

 A3D has the right individuals that have the engineering experience to complete any job across a whole spectrum of process and manufacturing industries.

SPECIALISTS IN THE PROCESS INDUSTRY CUTTING EDGE 3D SCANNING TECHNOLOGY MAPPING YOUR SITE FOR ANALYSIS, MODELING, AND DOCUMENTATION

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. 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. For instance, a large proportion of the process pipework is below ground and for this project, ALS would be using data from a buried services study to complete our 3D modeling. Having developed our scan plan and submitted RAMS (Risk Assessment + Method Statement) documentation to the client, our site scanning activities were completed in less than three days. Part of the scan would require surveying of green-field areas where ground profiling would be completed using the Autodesk Civils software.

Within process buildings pipework was routed within covered trenches and access plates needed to be removed to
gain vantage areas for scanning. ALS deployed our inverted tripod to allow the FARO Focus scanners to be lowered into the trench to gain process can data to allow modeling of buried services. Our background in working on industrial sites-enabled ALS to liaise with on-site operations to ensure safe access to exposed trenches. On completion of the site surveying, the individual scans were registered and processed in preparation for 3D modelling of all scanned processes. The 3D modeling for this client would however extend beyond our captured 3D laser scan data to files covering the visible process. Files handed over from the buried services study would also be used by ALS to prepare a site model covering both the above and below ground process pipework. The client operations also required ALS to layer our model to reflect product color-coded pipework nomenclature consistent with coded pipework used across their network. Another satisfied client looking to partner with A3D in the future, across the water industry network.

The water industries present different challenges, such as pipework underground that we used ground-penetrating radar systems to find the buried lines

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JOB BREAKDOWN

Pre-Planning

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.

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RELATED SERVICES

LASER SCANNING

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

P&ID DRAWINGS

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.

TANK ANALYSIS

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.

RELATED CASE STUDIES

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.

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