What is Facility Management?
One of our biggest portfolios at Aries Geomatics, in terms of application, has to be in Facilities Management. The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) defines Facilities Management as encompassing multiple disciplines to ensure functionality of the build environment by integrating people, place, process and technology. Smart and efficient usage of space and infrastructure, coupled with technology, is crucial for facilities of various industries these days. A great many things depend on good facility management, and they include Business Continuity, Safety, Security, Operations as well as Efficiency & Effectiveness.
Difficult, Yet Important
It is, however, no mean feat to get it right. Facility Managers face countless obstacles and challenges in their daily course of work, with possibly severe implications if issues arise. Take a cleanroom for instance: an ill fitted piece of equipment has allowed inflow of air from the outside, effectively causing contamination in the cleanroom facility. This would translate into increased cost when the manufacturing process is affected, and a replacement of the ill-fitted equipment.
In some cases, Facility Management is crucial for plant turnarounds, which refers to a scheduled period for a particular process to be taken off stream for maintenance or revamping purposes. Drawings are relied upon heavily for such tasks, but drawings can be either missing or outdated, resulting in many complications when equipment are removed and re-installed. For instance, a pipe outlet on actual ground may lie a couple of metres away from that in the drawings, and recently installed equipment may not be updated in the floor plan. These creates delays for the plant turnaround, resulting in cost incurred due to additional loss of production and expenditure on overheads.
Alas, a Solution!
3D Laser Scanning has been widely adopted as a solution to many Facility Management woes. The idea is simple: create as-built 3D Floor Plans which include details to your requirement, such as machines, equipment, pipes, ducts, walkways, doors, shafts and many more. These floor plans are created by 3D Modeling, enabling the user to have an additional perception of depth, and also allowing them to extract traditional 2D drawings by simply choosing a plane in the desired axis. Talk about having the best of both worlds.
With the 3D model, the possibilities are countless. With the dimensions, equipment and machinery can be placed into the 3D model to check for installation constraints and/or clashes. A 3D Model allows for many engineering analyses, such as computational fluid dynamics, structural integrity etc. In Autodesk Revit, a popular programme for 3D Modeling, equipment accounting can be done in the blink of an eye due to its proprietary tagging features. With an in-built camera, a Google StreetView equivalent of the inside of the facilities can also be easily provided with most 3D Laser Scanners nowadays, allowing virtual tours to be conducted for visitors and new employees, without having the need to physically be there themselves. With the above value creations, it is certain that the upfront investment can be recovered in no time.
3D Laser Scanning has proven to be a trusted tool and a reliable solution to Facility Managers worldwide. At Aries Geomatics, we are proud to have created value and solved problems for many manufacturing and processing plants in Singapore, enabling our clients to take the bold but smarter way forward for a comprehensive, effective and management of their Build Environment.