Inspect what you expect them to respect.

One of the most impressive stories to tell is how it’s possible to design and fabricate a highly complex piece of equipment and then install it into an environment already loaded with existing machinery (with a maze of utilities running every which way) without ever once using a tape measure. When you work exclusively in 3D, this is not just a story, it is simply how business is done. Using the power of 3D validation services to develop a highly accurate 3D model of the existing environment creates a background into which new equipment will be designed. This process can happen in just days, whereas the ‘old school’ method of documenting “as-built” conditions may have taken weeks or months with surveying equipment and tape measures.

Even if drawings exist for equipment retrofits and system updates, getting a clear understanding of a plant through decades of 2D drawings is a skill possessed by few. When a new retrofit project or safety evaluation needs to be undertaken, a disparate group of executives, managers, engineers and many others have to be able to see and understand key data points about plant equipment, operations, workflows and clearances. To make decisions everyone needs to be on the same page at the same time.

3D visualization and modeling is a way that everyone, from a brand new executive to the 30-year engineer, can immediately see real-life representations of the plant environment. Unlike a survey that creates a 2D layout, 3D scans are fast. 3D scanning equipment collects between 50,000 and 1,000,000 data points a second, delivering laser-precision and creating a ‘point cloud’ that makes up one chink of a larger 3D Model. 3D models are the best way to understand the plant environment in a way that lets you plan a project with considerations for clash detection, feasibility and fabrication requirements.

Understand As-Built Conditions.

Validate in the Shop


Complex design leads to complex fabrication in the shop. Quickly discover and correct deviations outside of tolerance BEFORE installations starts.


Certified drawings are provided with manufactured equipment, but major equipment purchases still need to be checked before they ship out of the shop.

Validate in the Field

Lunch Break!

Check construction compliance with design while your contractors are at lunch. Be able to provide quantitative feedback on work completed to date, showing deviations from the model.


Discover an unexpected, hidden, or operational constraint during construction? Utilize scanning, modeling and what-if scenarios, processed in the field office , to identify viable solutions to keep the project on track.

Capture savings and reduce risk with 3D digital twins for construction

3D Scanning for construction provides a digital environment that forms a digital basis for project planning, approvals and execution. Each phase of construction can be designed in one combined environment.

How Engineering Firms can Leverage 3D

Millimeter-accurate measurements can be made from a desk instead of onsite, detailed renderings can be delivered to all project stakeholders to make sure every party is in alignment and project risks can be identified with 3D scanning of a new project space.

Planning in 3D: Getting it right the first time

For project managers and teams managing complex demolition, installation and construction projects, avoiding risk is crucial. Often projects have large contingency budgets allotted to ensure that they can cover any unforeseen issues or difficulties during the project.

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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