Industrial facilities generally have a very complicated construction, i.e. installations, various systems, devices, steel structures, etc. In most cases, there is a lack of any precise documentation informing about the spatial and real course of the installation, steel structures. As a rule, there are only updated diagrams of different systems.
Inventory of industrial facilities using the traditional method is ineffective and very expensive due to the very high labor intensity. Laser scanning technology is currently the fastest and most accurate inventory method. A very big advantage is the ability to create a real 3D model in BIM technology, thanks to which you can easily manage your industrial facility.
The use of 3D scanning before modernization and installation of new systems significantly facilitates its earlier design. In virtual reality, you can accurately design the course of individual elements avoiding collisions with existing objects. This design path significantly reduces the time to install new elements, and above all reduces the cost of modernization to a minimum.
THE MOST IMPORTANT FEATURES OF USING SCANNING TECHNOLOGY IN INDUSTRY:
- TIME SAVING – inventory with 3D scanners reduces working time to a minimum. It does not require the use of any booms or scaffoldings, as the scanner’s range is 130 m.
- BIM – intelligent object information modeling. The facility can be managed on an active 3D model that carries the most important information, i.e. system number, material, technical documentation, inspection dates, planned investments, etc.
- REDUCED COSTS – modernization time is reduced to a minimum, due to the designed systems and constructions based on a point cloud. Thanks to this, the exact amounts of material needed are known. There is no waste of material. Faster completion of modernization / renovation means less downtime in work / production.
- SIMPLIFIED DESIGNING – design based on obtained data from laser scanning enables accurate design of structures and systems, avoiding collisions with existing elements.
- NEW POSSIBILITIES – developed 3D models can be subjected to CAE strength analyzes to examine, e.g. whether a given steel structure needs stiffening before installing a new device, whether the objects withstand pressure tests, etc.
- SECURITY – scanning does not require pausing the work being carried out. The laser used for spatial measurement is safe for the human eye. In places with an increased risk of possible explosion, I use an ATEX certified scanner.
- POINT CLOUD – Necessary for collision-free design.
- POST-CONTRACT INVENTORY – reconstruction of 3D documentation using Autodesk Plant 3D and P&ID, Revit, Navisworks Manage and Inventor Professional. 3D inventory includes:
- Point cloud
- BIM model – industrial installations, HVAC, steel structures, devices, architectural objects
- P&ID – updated diagrams of industrial installations
- Executive drawings and isometrics with a material list
- NWD – a collection of 3D models for object management
- PREFABRICATION DOCUMENTATION – Project of piping installations, steel constructions, foundations for devices etc.
- COLLISION REPORTS – Point cloud analysis along with the project. The list of possible collisions is presented in the PDF report
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