3D Laser Scanning
3D laser scanning is a valuable tool for the oil and gas industry. A 3D laser scanned model is used to provide asset management for industries to reduce down time and cost when it comes to planning maintenance, and replacement of equipment. Scanning a plant will cut down time in dangerous areas by gathering more information efficiently. It can also cut down on time spent on-site for planning and physical measurement. In addition, it provides real as built plant measurement with a high degree of precision.
It can aid in failure investigation where equipment can be scanned and saved in a database for later review. FEA analysis can then easily be conducted to do the level 3 (as per API-579-1/ASME FFS-1) analysis. Additionally, laser scanning provides additional information for FEA and modeling work, which would aid in analyzing real world scenarios on as-built models.