The output of a 3D laser scan is a point cloud consisting of hundreds of millions or even billions of points. This point cloud can be entered into various design software packages (e.g. in Autodesk via ReCap), and can also be combined with another model, such as the design for a modification. This allows you to easily verify if a design can be realised on the ship in question. Engine rooms, for example, are often crammed full of equipment, piping and other objects. Performing a 3D laser scan of such an environment offers the important advantage of being able to install new equipment or piping perfectly to the as-is situation on the ship without the risk of clashes. Another benefit is that the point cloud allows you to check the situation on the ship at any given time. When ships are in dry docks, access is often restricted. With 3D laser scanning, only one visit needs to be scheduled to obtain a detailed picture of the as-is situation. The point cloud can then be consulted at a later time, for example when the ship is back at sea and you need to check a detail concerning the situation on board.
In short: 3D laser scanning saves time and costs, minimises risks, results in fewer site visits, and offers increased efficiency and ease of use. The technique provides numerous benefits and the application possibilities are endless. Nevesbu has already successfully applied 3D laser scanning in various submarine and FPSO projects.
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