Originally constructed as a nuclear decommissioning site, the Space Power Facility (SPF) is a NASA facility used to test spaceflight hardware under simulated launch and spaceflight conditions. The SPF is part of NASA’s Plum Brook Station, which is part of the Glenn Research Center. The Plum Brook Station and the SPF are located near Sandusky, Ohio.
The SPF can simulate a spacecraft’s launch environment, as well as in-space environments. NASA has developed these capabilities under one roof to optimize testing of spaceflight hardware while minimizing transportation issues. Space Power Facility has become a “One Stop Shop” to qualify flight hardware for human-crewed space flight. This facility houses three record-setting test devices:
Worlds largest vacuum chamber
Worlds largest vibration table
Worlds loudest room
PMC was brought in to laser scan and create high accuracy 3D models of the Mechanical Vibration Test Facility (MVF). The MVF is designed to simulate the vibration forces spacecraft endure when passing through the atmosphere. The 16 vertical actuators of the MVF allow for testing of up to a 75,000 lb (34,000 kg) article. The entire SPF facility supports the testing of substantial pieces of spacecraft. The MVF, in particular, must have custom scaffolding developed to prevent uncontrolled tipping of the test articles.
The goal of scanning and modeling was to virtually plan the assembly of fall arrest scaffolding for future vehicle vibration tests.
Over the years PMC has completed a lot of unique models but this was our first greenhouse and with a construction value of $22M this was not your typical greenhouse. Although mostly constructed out of curtain walls there were several elements within the greenhouse that were unique and required custom family development within Revit.
On a very strict timeline, our team completed the model and coordinated BIM issues for our customer Stuppy Greenhouse. The15,250 square foot greenhouse was an interesting model for our BIM team to develop. The model featured all major framing of the greenhouse, support systems such as fans, foundations, and specialty equipment all in a 13-day turnaround with very tight MEP integration into the space.
Working with Level Architects we were contracted to scan the 12 story 40,130 Sq. Ft. Building. Our work provided 3D Historical Revit Model Interior and Exterior. The project will be converted to Retail and Office space, maintaining Historical attributes. The building was scanned for dimensions and all Historic details Modeled for the lobby, mezzanine, stairways, and hallways, Offices were modeled for interior revision by Architects. Exterior Model will all details including rooftop assets.
Total Project time 5 weeks
High Detailed 3D Historical Revit Model Interior and Exterior
Point cloud scanned data to High detailed Revit Model.
PMC can create a 3D Interior and Exterior of your building.
PMC’s customer needed to capture a high level of detail laser scanning in order to document existing historical elements. The scan data was used to record the features of a historic structure prior to its renovation. If at any time in the future there is an interest in returning the structure to its “original” state, the customer has documented the original features’ exact details and dimensions.
Organizations that are charged with preserving national monuments or historical buildings may commission “current state” scans to document conditions, then follow up with periodic scans, typically at 5-year intervals. Comparisons of successive scans often reveal indications of condition changes before damage becomes outwardly apparent. Also, when a structure’s site is prone to natural disasters (flood, earthquake, tornado), recorded scans can provide vital documentation for restoration efforts.
PMC delivers models with the level of detail that your organization requires.
Laser scanning captures all features and conditions in order to ensure an accurate 3D model.
Realistic 3D models are based upon the very precise point cloud data that PMC captures.
PMC field teams are able to add realistic textures and lighting to a render.
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.