Geo Week News

March 7, 2007

Laser Scanning Onshore Process & Power Facilities: Value of Owner Investments for New Capital Projects; Nuclear Applications

In the industry’s early days, owner/operators left decisions about 3D laser scanning largely to their EPCs. But today forward-looking owner organizations are actively embracing the technology. How owner/operator investments in laser scanning can improve new capital projects will be detailed at SPAR 2007 by Deborah Deats, Design and Document Supervisor at BP‘s Texas City refinery. Deats, who notes BP is among the first owner/operators to purchase 3D laser scanning equipment, will share the business benefits for new capital projects as well as safer and more efficient retrofits, maintenance and inspection. She’ll also talk about the paradigm shift that this requires for EPCM contractors working with such owners.

Another owner/operator case study will be provided by John Abraham, technology engineer with DTE Energy Services. Abraham and Martin Dunn, vice president of METCO Services, Inc., will describe using 3D laser scanning to maximize the operating life of a coke battery while making dimensional capture safer, faster and lower-cost.

Narinder Bains, director of reactor systems at AECL (Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd.), will tell how 3D laser scanning for planning, preparation and tooling design has saved enormous personnel radiation dose and project costs in reactor refurbishment projects.

Dave Danko, laser scanning project manager with Falk-PLI and an oil-and-gas industry veteran, will share best practices to achieve desired results – zero rework – from laser scan and survey data in piping projects. Danko will present the value of constructability reviews, monitoring fabricated piping spools and equipment during fabrication and installation, and what tools and software can help.

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