The complicated processes of the survey, design, operations, improvement and asset management have evolved with the advancement of electronic and computer technology. The development of modeling software, process control software and various other automation tools have transformed the way the industry works and functions.
One such technology which has been increasingly used is 3D laser scanning technology. The primary benefit of this technology is that it greatly reduces the need and instances of follow-up visits and onsite maintenance. It assures safety and improves the chances of future modification. It increases profitability, offers great accuracy, and enables faster turnaround times for projects.
It is used for 3D terrain survey of a proposed upstream or downstream site. The outcomes of the models can be sued for terrestrial and nautical charts and reports. The data used in the development can also be used for seismic evaluations, field development, and site constructions like pipelines and storage facilities. With the use of various laser scanning tools, the surveyor can capture millions of data points which can be imported into a 3D modeling software application for realistic rendered images of the zone or facility.
Three-dimensional imaging also helps in comparing the model with a new design. It can facilitate the detection of errors and weaknesses in the current model. Any deviation from the original design of the structure can be detected easily from a visual perspective. It also allows the surveying team to inspect the numerical data. Any error can be detected easily within hours and corrections can be made accordingly. 3D model can also be used by the engineers and planners to investigate specific details. It helps them to identify the future needs and proportions.
3D laser scanning also provides physical data for asset management activities. It includes quantity surveys, asset documentation, condition monitoring, tank calibration, maintenance support, and intelligent plan modeling. Another benefit of laser scanning is that the amount of data it provides is astonishing. Researchers can perform continuous data analysis as the data is rich and the laser scanned datasets can be revised and worked on continuously.