3D Laser Surveys and 3D Digital Twin Creation

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Surveying sites in days not years

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October 31 2023

Using 3D laser scanning technology, A3D is able to survey entire sites in days as opposed to years at a fraction of the cost compared to traditional methods. Laser scanning technology produces can produce an as-built survey of your entire facility at an accuracy of +/-1mm, without site disruption or the need for scaffolding. 

With the point cloud data, A3D has specialist techniques for producing piping and instrumentation diagrams, in a smart database-driven format without the need for specialist software, whilst benefiting from faster P&ID creation and updating whilst producing a huge range of metadata including line and asset lists.

Detailed spec-driven 3D process models, for use with project updates, design work, clash detection, and your first step towards digitizing your terminal. Cost-effective creation of API570 NDT inspection packs, with live updates from the 3D process model.

General arrangement drawings, tank tilt/verticality analysis, and a huge range of other outputs from a single survey.

Laser Scanning records everything allowing a single survey to be used for multiple projects, including the creation of a 3D Digital Twin.

Client Savings:

47% - Reduction in required on-site visits

75% - Projects re-used the survey data

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Survey: Faster Surveys than traditional methods
Survey: Cost Effective
Survey: Accurate +/-1mm
Survey: Records everything 360 degrees of itself
Survey: Safer with zero contact with process equipment
Cloud based access to point cloud data
Smart P&IDs are produced faster than traditional
3D Models are built against spec driven catalogues for dimensional accuracy
3D Models used across multiple projects
Huge range of exportable meta data
No special required software
Line of Sight Instrument
Non ATEX Rated
Limitations in accuracy when around vibrating equipment


Areas of Application Oil and Gas | Chemical Storage | Pharmaceutical | Food Industries
ATEX Certified No, hot work permit required
Engineering Tools API 570 NDT Drawing Creation | API 653 Tank Health Checks | Design and Clash Detection | Digital Twins
CAD & BIM Activities Dedicated CAD Designers, using Autodesk software not specialist expensive alternatives
Capabilities Full 3D site surveys, | Digital Twin Creation | P&ID Creation / Updating
Certifications / Licences First Aid, Confined Space, CCNSG, Autodesk Trained
Compliance Building compliance documentation for the process industry
In-Service Inspection Possible Yes
Measurement Accurate to +/-1mm
Speed Over a million points recorded per second, sites surveyed in days not months
Safety Safer Surveying Methods and methodology for conducting site visits

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With over 30 years’ experience in the energy sector, A3D has provided engineering, design, draughting and surveying services across a whole spectrum of process and manufacturing industries. During 2012 we embarked on the 3D laser scanning / point cloud related technologies. It is now widely accepted that A3D is the established leader in 3D laser technologies within the process industry. Our enviable status is possible through working for so long within process industries and being able to fully appreciate our client’s challenges.

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