Prioritizing Safety

3D Scanning Services

Project risk management in 3D eliminates unnecessary downtime

Humans are wired to work visually. We can formulate 3D images in our heads through reading text and by looking at 2D images, with varying degrees of success, but there is simply no substitute for designing and reviewing projects just as we live our lives… in 3-dimensional space. The phrase “a picture is worth a thousand words” carries no less weight when applied to the field of design engineering. When engaging in a project where people will be operating around, or directly with, equipment in the project’s scope, projecting yourself into the space by leveraging 3D scanning services is the most effective way to illuminate safety concerns before any work begins. Project Risk Management is key to avoiding the numerous challenges in implementing a retrofit plan. Upgrading, replacing or expanding equipment is both challenging and difficult if proper planning and risk analysis is not undertaken. When delays or downtime can result in significant negative outcomes, project risk management becomes more than a matter of efficiency and becomes a matter of necessity. Acensium leverages 3D laser scanning and 3D modeling technology to evaluate the engineering demands of material handling or retrofit engineering projects.

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Whether through Virtual Reality (VR) or Augmented Reality (AR) (or even by incorporating avatars into computer models) there is nothing as powerful or as accurate as personally experiencing and observing how the human form will interact with elements within a project. Every project has its own unique concerns when it comes to safety, each of which can be visualized and addressed with 3D models, with the process sometimes going through several iterations before all parties, regulations and protocols are satisfied before a design is approved to move forward.

In addition to the ability to visualize objects in three dimensions, the ability to step into 4D design (the 4th dimension is time, which, when added, creates animations) ensures you’ve really got a powerful tool! Animations not only allow the team to bring motion and movement into consideration for the design, it allows for the creation of procedural and safety training videos that can be 1000% more descriptive than a manual could ever be, and 2000% more likely to be watched by your employees.

The trial and error process involved in effective material handling engineering can be daunting. Dozens of testing and simulation iterations, often with long simulation rendering times, mean that the process must be completed in a way conducive to meeting tight deadlines. Because of the time-sensitive nature of most projects, Discrete Element Modeling (DEM) simulations become as much art as science, requiring educated decisions on what to simulate and test. Materials may have variable conditions, such as varying water content depending on uncontrollable environmental variables. Understanding this reality and accounting for it in the model is only possible with accurate data gathering coupled with repeated simulations. Some materials may have critical limitations on some variables, where the material is damaged or destroyed by excessive force, heat or some other environmental condition. Calculating these variables in the design process can only be only possible with adequate data-gathering efforts.

3D laser scanning for project analysis and project risk management delivers tens of thousands of dollars worth of savings if only a single issue is detected. An issue with conduit or sleeve alignment, or other issues discovered only after concrete is poured, can pose serious issues and extensive costs. A scanning partner with experience and skill makes 3D scanning a versatile and valuable tool. 3D scanning is quick and accurate, providing project insight and risk management that helps ensure projects are completed on-budget and on-time. Whether it’s new construction, renovation or retrofit projects, 3D scanning provides architects, engineers, BIM managers, general contractors, and construction managers with the information and insight to fix issues and make critical decisions before they cost time or money.

Scan. Model. Plan.
Reduce Risk.

Benefits of Working in 3D

The positive impacts from working exclusively in 3D are extensive, but can be captured in a few major themes:
What could you do with a high definition scan of your next project? Our millimeter-accurate scanners capture reality in very high detail. Want to learn more? We’re ready to help. Let’s discuss your project today!

 

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