Dimensional Control Taken Offshore

Spatial constraints are a common problem for in the offshore construction industry, due to the nature of its infrastructure. Together with bulky equipment which are synonymous with the industry, dimensional control is of particular importance to companies and professionals in this area, in order to reduce loss time (which translate to increased cost) and wastage in man-hours.

ENGINE room in a bulk carrier

ENGINE room in a bulk carrier

Pump Room in a CHEMICAL carrier

Pump Room in a CHEMICAL carrier

3D laser scanning has proven to be invaluable to countering the problems as mentioned above. For instance, vessels find themselves constantly having to change out equipment, or re-position them in accordance to the different project requirements. Layouts are constantly changing, and updating them accurately and efficiently can be a challenge. With 3D documentation of the layouts, planning via the 3D models becomes significantly clearer, reducing the chances of rework, and any subsequent changes can be done digitally in a quicker and more efficient manner. 

Another example would be the Ballast Water Management, specifically the installing and retrofitting of Ballast Water Treatment Systems (BWTS). Invasive aquatic species present in the ship's ballast water is one of the consistent problems in the offshore industry, as it leads to increased bio-invasion, posing a threat to the marine ecosystem. Regulations have resulted in an increased number of BWTS being installed in both new and old vessels, but this can be a challenge due to several factors, including (and once again) space constraints. 

At Aries Geomatics, our experience lies strongly within 3D laser scanning and modelling conversion, in support for BWTS retrofitting companies. By scanning and modelling all the related location on the ships, including tie-in and cable locations, we will be able to export them into clear 2D drawings and 3D models to aid in the retrofitting, reducing loss time and chances of error.  

The possibilities and capabilities of 3D laser scanning are endless, but do let us show you how we can even adopt the use of Unmanned Aerial Systems to aid us in the laser scanning of large areas in a short time.

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