PointSense Plant: Intelligent Plant Design from 3D scans in AutoCAD®
PointSense Plant supports you when processing 3D laser scans. Piping systems or steel construction elements are efficiently modelled using semi-automatic feature extraction. The resulting models can be exported to plant planning programs such as AutoCAD Plant 3D, AutoCAD MEP, CADWorx, AutoPLANT etc. PointSense Plant has all the tried and tested tools to model, manage and process 3D scanner data in AutoCAD®.
Walk The Run – the intelligent pipe run tracer
Automation and pattern recognition are the basis for the efficient processing of 3D laser scanner data, however too much automation can lead to expensive mistakes. The “Walk The Run“ function guides the user through the pipe system, the pattern recognition feature suggests types and positions for recognized pipes, bends, tee-pieces and fittings, based on an existing catalogue. These procedures give the user full control over the modelling process and ensures geometrical and technical workmanship. In addition, the insulation thickness can be taken into account in pattern recognition. Pre-calculated cylinders accelerate this user-controlled workflow.
Apply Constraints – the way to compatible models
Plant design software requires coaxial centrelines for fittings and coplanar pipe bends. The function “Apply Constraints“ creates pipe runs that on the one hand fit in the point cloud and on the other hand satisfy the consistency conditions of the plant design software. In the same way Stacked Steel is supported, good axis configuration is found automatically, steel systems are aligned coplanar or perpendicular without overlapping and can be evaluated to “waterproof” axis models.
FARO provides a standard catalogue of fittings and steel. AutoCAD Plant 3D and Advanced Steel catalogues can be directly imported. In cases where the fittings are missing or special fittings (out of spec.) are needed, the user can create his own fittings or even full catalogues. The software then uses them in the pattern recognition process.
Determine tie in points
If precise tie-in points are required, they can be surveyed in and marked – without any modelling.
Additional Scan Views
The photo like view of the scan data that is provided by PointSense allows a more intuitive navigation than that in the CAD environment.
Export pipe centrelines and fitting information
After creating a piping system it can be converted into AutoCAD Plant 3D objects, 3D solids or a labelled centreline layout. The standard AutoCAD objects can be used afterwards in any plant software systems. The same applies to steel structures and the interaction with Advance Steel.
Analysis of cylinders and truncated cones – tank tools
Tanks, boilers or containers can be checked for deformations and the results are elevation plans and lists which can be visualized as 3D heat maps. It is possible to precisely compute volumes including taking the internal subtracted volume (deadwood) into account. Cylinders, elliptical and circular truncated cones are all supported.