Many design engineers of custom manufacturing and processing equipment are faced with a unique challenge. Prior to drafting a proposal, they perform a walk through of the client’s facilities for evaluation of optimal solutions. After successfully winning the project, the engineers will refer to the existing conditions that they start laser scanning during their walk through as they design and fabricate the new equipment.
Design and fabrication can take anywhere from 6 to 12 months. During that time frame, the facility often changes in ways that aren’t communicated to the design engineers. For instance, elements such as cable trays and control boxes are frequently moved, requiring modifications to the new equipment in order to accommodate them. These issues are often overlooked until the new equipment’s installation date, which results in field change orders.
By using laser scanning during the initial walkthrough, design engineers can document all conditions in the facility. This key procedure can help resolve questions that may subsequently arise concerning the responsibility for any field change orders and their costs.
PMC’s reality capture team documents existing conditions as point cloud data.
Point cloud data are important for producing accurate 2D CAD drawings of as-built facilities.
The laser scanning process captures facility layout information for accurate data .
PMC field teams can scan black and white to color of your facility.
The Model T Building is a former Ford Motor Company factory located in Highland Park, MI. From 1910 to 1927, the Highland Park Ford plant was the site where the iconic Model T automobile was manufactured, and it served as the headquarters of the Ford Motor Company. It was at this plant that the first moving assembly line was introduced. The 5-dollar work day was introduced at Ford Motor Company.
PMC’s scanning experts documented physical historical evidence of existing conditions in this long-abandoned building. Our safety-trained staff carefully scanned the challenging structure. We made an 3D model in Revit. By leveraging captured data to provide online virtual walkthroughs to our client, we were able to minimize the number of their people who needed to access the site; and by utilizing Scan-to-BIM, we provided our client with an as-built model for planning restoration.
Scan data allows for a virtual walkthrough of an unsafe building, thereby minimizing the risks associated with real-life visits.
Virtual walkthrough of scan data for safe viewing of historic buildings.
Point cloud data modeled into a 3D realistic render.
Laser scanning documented all conditions. PMC created an as built Revit Model.
PMC field teams were able to safely scan the complex structure and to create an as-is model in Revit.
Mega projects that exceed 1,000,000 sq. ft. or 100,000 sq. meters are a PMC specialty. Our teams have some of the most experience in the industry in the execution of mega-scale laser scan and modeling projects. Having completed multiple projects that approach 10,000 scans, few others can provide proof that your next mega project can be completed without any issue.
There are numerous challenges when performing work at a large scale. Everything from data management to schedule can make these jobs a challenge. Most mega projects also present challenges in accessing of facilities, whether that’s a running assembly line or a hospital that is seeing patients, PMC has the experience to work under all circumstances.
PMC’s Laser Scanning capabilities can range from small projects to million-square-feet factories. Laser Scanning and 3D modeling provide companies with construction validation built-to-model, route verification of MEP’s, virtual design and construction, information for equipment relocation, identification of CAD errors and challenges with factory obstacles like overhead conveyors for off-site fabrication.
PMC delivers models with the level of detail that your organization requires such as MEP and HVAC.
Laser scanning captures all features and conditions in order to ensure an accurate 2D/3D model.
Our scan team captures all aspects large or small.
PMC has worked within a wide range of environments that demand industry-specific procedures and policies with laser scanning. There is little that we have not seen, and our experience includes:
Clean rooms and sanitary requirements, such as food production.
Specialized safety training (chemical, explosives, oil & gas).
Security clearances for secure government facilities.
Our field teams ensure that scanners and equipment are properly cleaned and have the correct protection needed for laser scanning. PMC reality capture experts also wear safety clothing as required (sanitary covering, fire retardant) when walking through the facility. Our knowledge of specialized protocols helps us avert delays or unexpected complications when preforming field work, and the result is that projects are completed on schedule every time.
With our wide range of past experiences, we are ready to take on the most complex requirements of any reality capture project.
PMC reality capture teams record point cloud data of existing conditions while complying with safety training.
Point cloud data is vital to the creation of accurate 2D CAD drawings of documented clean rooms.
Laser scanning verifies and abides by governing protocols while documenting conditions throughout a facility.
PMC field teams ensure that all scanners and equipment are properly cleaned and covered in advance.
The James Scott Fountain was scanned by PMC pro bono for the Belle Isle Conservancy to assist in the historic restoration of the fountain. The scanning process took just 1 day in colored scans and another day to register. The fountain has been damaged, with the beautiful tiles being destroyed, cracks in the base, and stolen copper pipes that had been located under the fountain. The scanned data could be used to help restore the fountain to its prime and to get it back running as the crown of Belle Isle.
The fountain was designed by Cass Gilbert, opened in 1925 and is in Belle Isle Park, Detroit Michigan. The fountain is to honor the controversial James Scott. Gilbert left $200,000 to Detroit to build the fountain and statue of himself. The size of the fountain is 510 feet across and made of marble, with mouths of turtles, lions, Neptune figures and artistic horns that project water from the bottom of the fountain. The original tile border of the fountain is made of Pewabic Pottery.
PMC used Recap 360 to create a mesh of the fountain to create realistic renders in 3DS Max for historic restoration using point cloud data. Textures and water animations were added to the fountain and rendered to a short-animated clip, with water projecting from the turtles, lions, and horns, and a bright sunny surrounding.
Quaified scanning experts have wide-range experience in collecting point cloud data.
Laser scan data will be important for restoration made to the fountain.
Accurate renderings allow for a visual of the fountain at its original state in 1925.
3D laser scanning and modeling will offer the client accurate, as-built certification of the fountain.