Case Studies

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Power Generation Station Upgrades

Introduction: After many decades of operation, this generation station was in need of a major upgrade requiring a replacement of most major electrical components, cable tray, transformer oil tanks, and piping.

Challenge: The proposed electrical equipment was bigger than the existing equipment and space was limited. Making sure the equipment would fit in these tight spaces required a high degree of accuracy.

Solution: A point cloud of the entire station was created to identify clearances and to create 2D AutoCAD as-builts and a 3D Revit model used for design.  

Benefit: Laser scanning was the best choice for this project as accuracy was crucial to the success of this huge project. The 3D model allowed Engineers to verify horizontal and vertical clearances and design using real-world data. 

Deliverables:

  • Point Cloud in RCS, RCP, and PTS formats;

  • AutoCAD general arrangements and lighting layouts for each floor;

  • 3D Revit Model; 

  • Cintoo Cloud web viewer access; and

  • 3D model web viewer.

As-Built Drawing Creation for Lighthouse 

Introduction: A 100+ year-old lighthouse equiped with a helipad was in need for a structural assessment.

Challenge: No drawings existed.

Solution: A point cloud of the entire lighthouse was created in order to create accurate as-built drawings.

Benefit: Laser scanning was the best choice for this project as it was the only technology capable of capturing the intricate details of a structure such as a lighthouse and hard to reach areas located under the helipad. The point cloud web viewer was used for internal coordination.

Deliverables: 

  • Point cloud in RCS and RCP formats and

  • Cintoo Cloud web viewer access.

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As-Built Drawing Creation for Treatment Plant

Introduction: A mining company recently came into possession of some assets after purchasing another mining company. Some of these assets did not have up to date accurate as-built drawings.

Challenge: A couple of their plants will be going through some major upgrades in the near future and working with accurate drawings was a must.

Solution: Point clouds of the two stations were created to create as-built AutoCAD drawings.

Benefit: Laser scanning was the best choice for this project as accuracy was important and a lot of time was saved over using traditional methods. The point cloud web viewer was used in design meetings between the Engineer and mining Client.  Laser scanning also identified bowing walls of below grade valve chambers. The client can now identify future movement of these walls by taking subsequent scans a couple years from now. 

Deliverables:

  • Point Cloud in RCS and RCP formats;

  • AutoCAD general arrangements and elevation drawings; and

  • Cintoo Cloud web viewer access.

Verifying Clearances for Specialized Equipment

Introduction: A rock breaker was replaced in a mining facility. Clearances needed to be verified before a new one could be purchased.

Challenge: No accurate drawings existed and downtime was an issue.

Solution: A point cloud of the rock breaker area was created to verify clearances.

Benefit: Laser scanning was the best choice for this project as it was the only technology capable of capturing all of this information accurately and within a short timeframe. A black & white point cloud was created to speed up the scanning workflow. The point cloud web viewer was used to coordinate the work between the Engineer, Contractor, and mining Client.

Deliverables: 

  • Point cloud in RCS and RCP formats and

  • Cintoo Cloud web viewer access.

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