Document scanning is a well-understood process for ‘capturing’ legacy information in the form of paper hard copy. But what if you are trying to populate a plant information system with the ‘as built’ configuration of an oil refinery or offshore production platform? An alliance between plant information specialist Aveva and Quantapoint targets this issue with the integration of photo-realistic laser scan data from Quantapoint’s Prism 3D and Aveva’s Vantage Plant Design Management System (PDMS).
Aveva’s PDMS can now ‘consume’ 3D laser models through an ‘open’ laser model interface. Users can compare and validate CAD plans against 3D laser models, visualize proposed modifications and ‘clash-check’ models to identify physical interference—a major cause of rework.
David Wheeldon, Group Product Development Director at Aveva said, ‘Quantapoint holds several laser technology patents and has nearly 700 projects to its credit. Closer integration between our products will significantly decrease design and modeling time.’
Quantapoint CEO Eric Hoffman added, ‘This integration enhances the value laser scanning brings to owner-operators who recognize the benefits of using ‘as-built’ documentation as part of an asset lifecycle management strategy.’ Aveva clients include AMEC, Daewoo, Halliburton, Petronas Carigali, Shell and Sinopec Engineering.
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