Following the completion of a major contract involving the scanning and generation of a large chemical processing site, Advanced 3D Laser Solutions were the recent successful bidder for similar complex projects related to the scanning
of five large UK fuel distribution terminals. Advanced 3D Laser Solutions client’s primary requirement was the preparation of precise piping isometrics for all terminal lines, in advance of inspections related to compliance with the Pressure Systems Safety Regulations.
Advanced 3D Laser Solutions expert engineering background, gained over the past 35 years within the field of process engineering in gas hazardous environment, gave the company a major advantage over the other competing surveying companies. So impressed was the client by the scanning methods and the highly accurateFARO Focus Laser Scanner
used, the client quickly realised the further, ongoing benefits of modeling the complex sites in a more comprehensive manor
The client had previously contemplated gathering all relevant measurements using traditional surveying techniques. However, it was considered that this time consuming methods involved significantly higher costs, in addition to representing a higher risk to surveyors when attempting to access elevated pipe lines.
Demonstrating the ability to quickly and safely collect and process a vast amount of data (the Faro Focus 3D can collect around a million data points per second), without the need to contact the client’s plant, convinced the client that FARO laser scanning represented the way forward. This methodology also vastly reduced the potential for
human error associated with hand measurements and was deemed safer. Consequently, a contract was awarded; Advanced 3D Laser Solutions submitted
a method statements and undertook risk assessments with the purpose of controlling onsite activities.
Two advanced FARO Focus 3D Laser Scanners, supplied by Opti-Cal Survey Equipment, were used to accurately complete the in-depth site survey work. The easy to use FARO Focus Laser Scanner is the smallest and lightest laser scanner
on the market and is the ideal tool for fast and exact indoor and outdoor measurements in three dimensions. Used throughout the world within the most demanding of conditions, the ultra-portable Focus Laser Scanner enables fast, straightforward, and accurate measurements of objects and buildings. It records architectural façades, complex structures, production and supply facilities, accident sites, and large-volume components.
FARO is the world's most trusted source for 3D measurement, imaging and realization technology. Technology from FARO permits high-precision 3D measurement, imaging and comparison of parts and compound structures within production and quality assurance processes. The devices are used for inspecting components
and assemblies, production planning, documenting large volume spaces or
structures in 3D, and more. FARO's 3D measurement technology allows companies to maximize efficiencies and improve processes.
The Focus3D X 330 offers an extra-long application range of 330m, whilst the Focus3D X 130model is a mid-range device offering precise scanning up.
Both scanner models are equipped with GPS and offer the ability to perform scanning even in bright sunlight. Remote scanning as well as almost limitless scan data sharing via SCENE Webshare Cloud
makes the laser scanning solution truly mobile.
By the use of FARO’s Focus Laser Scanners and four sets of ‘Flexi’ spheres for target referencing between scans, Advanced 3D Laser Solutions’ experience in the field ensured that all surveys were completed with minimal impact to the sites’ efficient
operation. In total, more than 1000 individual precise scans were completed across the five terminals. Typically, Advanced 3D Laser Solutions completed the site scanning of each terminal in 3-4 days. The collected point cloud files were then quickly converted
into easily manageable 3D CAD files.
In addition to benefiting from the contracted deliverables, Advanced 3D Laser Solutions’ client is already reaping the many further advantages of having a very accurate site model. With an accuracy of +/-2mm, sections of the site model are now being supplied to contractors involved with new capital investments. Advanced 3D Laser Solutions also supplied high-quality virtual video fly-throughs, which the client is now considering for use as aids in operator training events. In the future Advanced 3D Laser Solutions are looking to develop Assest and facility Management
systems based around the advanced site modeled process.