A GPRS Case Study

Laser Scanning Manufacturing Facility for Capital Improvement Project

Laser Scanning Manufacturing Facility for Capital Improvement Project

Highlights

THE BIG IDEA

A Revit model will expedite design changes and fabrication of equipment to increase production capacity at the manufacturing plant.

INDUSTRY

Industrial, Manufacturing, Assembly & Distribution Facilities

SERVICE

3D Laser Scanning and 3D BIM Modeling

LOCATION

Boston, Massachusetts

PM Insight

Deliverables

PROJECT APPLICATION

GPRS provides 3D laser scanning services for facility upgrades and expansions, delivering 2-4mm accurate dimensions of building infrastructure: structural, mechanical, electrical and plumbing features; furnaces, equipment, conduit and piping. With an accurate, comprehensive data set, plant engineers can install new equipment and upgrade the three manufacturing lines.

TASK

3D laser scan a manufacturing facility that is receiving upgrades to three of its lines to capture point cloud data and generate a 3D Revit Model.

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Task

3D laser scan a manufacturing facility that is receiving upgrades to three of its lines to capture point cloud data and generate a 3D Revit Model.

PROBLEM

  • A specialty compound manufacturer was upgrading three manufacturing lines at its plant as part of a larger capital improvement plan.
  • The facility was originally built in the 1980's and has expanded several times over the years.
  • Multiple levels in the facility needed scanned at a very high level of detail, capturing structural, architectural, MEP and civil elements, along with a site plan.
  • The following areas required 3D laser scanning services:
    • On the ground production level, GPRS captured extruder areas for lines 1-3 and process equipment.
    • On the mezzanine level, GPRS captured mixers for each extrusion line.
    • On the second floor, GPRS captured blender areas for lines 1-3, process equipment, air handling equipment, and additional rooms.
    • Outside, GPRS captured the tank farm and silo farm.

Solution

  • The facility was 3D laser scanned on the weekend to minimize interruption to the manufacturing lines.
  • 73 scans were performed in one day with the Leica P40 ScanStation and the Leica RTC360 laser scanner, acquiring very high detail of the plant.
  • Colorized point cloud, TruView Viewer files, and a Revit model were delivered to the client.

Benefits

  • 3D laser scanning and a Revit model will expedite design changes and fabrication of equipment to increase production capacity.
  • The investment of laser scanning will reduce the project timeline, minimize downtime and change orders, providing cost savings for the client.
  • This client is pioneering innovation in its industry, upgrading the lines with updated extruders will increase capacity for long-term growth while minimizing stoppages, set-up times, and scrap material.

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