3D Scanning

Why 3D Scanning?

  • Reduces production down time
  • Faster to market with innovations
  • Decreases engineering costs
  • Enhances engineering collaboration
  • Improves stakeholder design reviews

What is 3D scanning?

  • 3D scanning uses a 3D scanner to capture objects/environments in 3D.
  • 3D scanners use laser and gyroscopic stabilizers to accurately measure millions of points in minutes.
  • This creates a point cloud which can be viewed, measured, and clipped to assist in documentation, project engineering, and 3D modeling.

Other Advantages of 3D scanning:


  • More accurate than manual tape measuring
  • Safer than manual measuring


  • 3D scanning can capture an immense amount of information faster than manual measuring.
  • This works well with short turnaround engineering projects.


  • The point cloud can be used to review existing conditions in the process facility.
  • 2D layouts of buildings, equipment locations, and traffic paths can also be generated from the point cloud.

Reduce project cost

  • Increased accuracy in process piping/equipment design leads to more shop fabrication which in turn lowers downtime and overall project cost.

3D visualization

  • The point cloud can be used at the plant to walk through without going into the actual process area.
  • Subsequently, the point cloud can be sent anywhere and used to walk the plant without a plane ticket and travel time!

3D modeling

  • Point clouds make 3D modeling more accurate
  • Less overall 3D modeling is required as the point cloud captures surrounding environment.

Reduce project change orders

  • All stakeholders can provide input on process design before installation. Including:
    • Sanitation
    • Production/Operations
    • Quality
    • Maintenance
    • Engineering