The most important aspect of
any new plan is understanding what you have to start out with. What are your
assets? What is the starting point? Increasingly, companies are using the
“reality capture” component of 3D scanning as the important first step in answering
3D scanning involves the use of a rotating laser
that takes millions of measurements in mere minutes, delivering highly detailed
3D documentation. 3D images of complex environments and geometries can be
generated with remarkable clarity in a fraction of the time it would take to
perform the same work manually. While
this technology is improving the workflow in multiple sectors, possibly the
most significant benefits can be realized in the 3D modeling of process plants
3D scanning produces a high definition,
three-dimensional, photographic quality image of whatever space you’re
scanning. Those scans can then be applied to a multitude of tasks that can
provide incredible value in the industrial environment.
Imagine being able to view and walk through your
entire facility on a PC. You can see every nuance of that space, from the
smallest signs on equipment to the broken glass in a window. You can measure
clearances, aisle ways, ceiling heights and equipment skids. You can determine
the size of columns and the capacities of tanks. Now imagine doing all of this
from the comfort of a conference room table, where all “the powers that be” are
seated comfortably, all seeing the same images, all being able to communicate
their ideas effectively, away from the noise and distractions of the “actual”
space. 3D scanning is taking project planning to new levels of efficiency.
Reality capture is driving down the cost of
projects in one of the most amazing value plays in industry today. Having a 3D
scan of a space eliminates the MAJORITY of the prime factors leading to cost
overruns. The scan generates an exact image of the space. No stone is left
unturned, no measurement is left untaken. There can be no excuse of unexpected
conditions. Measurements are so accurate, more welding and fitting can be done
in the shop. Pipe can be routed accurately through the tightest of openings.
Interferences are detected well before they ever become a problem. Projects can
finally come in on or under budget.
Reality capture via 3D scanning can provide
quantifiable cost reductions in planning and project management. However, the
real value may be in its affordability. For all of the advantages it can
provide, the cost is remarkably low.