The first time you see our 3D modelling software in action…
You’ll likely have a bit of a Eureka moment.
Sure, you’ll have an initial moment of confusion when you’ll wonder:
Wait, is this actually showing me a full 3D rendering of our entire site?
And then as our team break it down and walk you through just how the technology works, your mind will start to do overtime as you realise the full potential of what we’ve got here.
You see this isn’t about making a small, incremental change to structural engineering design…
This technology has the potential to completely transform the way you work onsite.
It’s an opportunity to increase quality, save time, cut costs and improve safety.
But look, the best way to understand how it works is to get in touch.
That way, we can happily walk you through it all in person.
Still, to give you some idea of the process, we’ll give you a brief walk-through here…
Building The Perfect Model
You’ve got a problem…
You’re installing a new piece of machinery onsite but at the same time you know you’re going to need to change the way the pipes fit around it.
Plus you need to take into account some of the existing gear you have operating already.
To top it off: you’ve spoken to the team onsite and there are a few obvious inefficiencies concerning crossing the plant to reach different valves, which would be better closer together.
It seems like a lot of work…
But with our help, it’s about to get a whole lot easier.
You see, rather than spending an age consulting the existing schematics, measuring up pipework by hand and trying to imagine how everything will fit together…
The first thing we’ll do is a full survey of the area using our state-of-the-art scanners.
Using simple and safe laser technology, a scanner is placed at various points around the site and then rotates 360 degrees to take a complete picture of the area.
The picture itself is pretty impressive.
But that’s just the start.
The scanner is able to take all the information it has collated and render a 3D image of the area you can move around in virtually.
Again, this is pretty good, but what happens next really takes things to another level…
You see we’re able to use this 3D rendering to build what we call a ‘cloud’ of the area. This is essentially a 3D scan of all the machinery and piping ‘as built’. It’s what’s there currently.
We’re then able to allocate standards to this model so you can see which pipes and flanges are being used, the measurements and the materials.
It’s important to point out that the ‘cloud’ model we build for you at this stage is almost perfectly accurate in terms of scale and measurements.
More than that, the scan will reveal where any existing pipes are curved, any valves are awkwardly positioned or where any existing machinery might cause a problem when moving things around.
To create the same thing with drawings would be pretty much impossible.
And even if you could recreate something half as accurate as the 3D model you’d have here, the fact is you just wouldn’t have the same visual understanding of how it all works together.
In fact, that’s a big part of the next stage of the process…
Putting You In Control
With an almost perfect 3D model of the area you plan to work on, now it’s about moving things around and seeing how additions might change things.
Again, when working with paper drawings or more basic technology, here you’d find only those with a highly technical understanding would be able to really get to grips with the design.
But the 3D model enables anyone to see very easily how things fit together. In fact, we even have the technology to ‘enter’ the model using virtual reality technology so you can see ‘in person’ how things look.
Imagine the time and cost you could save if instead of having a team of ten people touring a site to consult potential changes, you could just login online from anywhere in the world and take an accurate tour of the site.
Depending on the job at hand and how much you want to collaborate on the design (or if you’d just prefer we put the design together for you), we’ll piece together a new version of the 3D model with everything in it.
In one go we can take into account new machinery to be added…
We can move around pipework and reposition flanges and valves to make things more efficient…
And we can even make recommendations as to how to structure things more effectively.
We’ll put a full model together and then you and your team will be able to review it in person or online if you’d prefer – whatever makes things easiest for you.
Once the model is approved, you’ll have a full specification ready to send off to be fabricated and fitted. And if you’d like, we can even scan all the new items to check they’ve been fabricated correctly and fitted properly.
Ultimately, thanks to our 3D modelling technology – you are in control at all times. Rather than leaving measurements and fittings to chance, you know you have the exact specification and can visually see how it all fits together in 3D.
We can assure you that when you experience the whole process and see each of the stages in action, you’ll never want to go back to the old way of doing things.
So, if you’re looking for a more effective way of modelling your next engineering project…
Or you would like to learn more and see how our 3D modelling technology could be applied to a challenge you’re currently facing…
Don’t hesitate to get in touch.
You can contact us through our contact page here or call us directly on 01469 576677.