Modern industrial engineering and steel structure design is evolving at a rapid pace, with designs undergoing repeated reanalysis and evaluation before, during and after the construction phase. 3D laser scanning has significantly optimised the rate of data acquisition and analysis through the capture of high resolution spatial data. By providing a cost efficient, safe and un-invasive method of collecting CAD compatible spatial data which encapsulates sites and structures, 3D laser scanning enhances any mechanical works and opens up new opportunities in designing additions and modifications to existing works projects as well as ongoing monitoring.
Able to provide incredible point density in short scan occupation times, the Z+F 5010 series of laser scanners offers a robust and reliable spatial data capture solution. With millimetre precision and accuracy, in conjunction with colourisation and photo capability, the Z+F 3D laser scanner range is able to tackle any mechanical project quickly and efficiently.
By also implementing Z+F Laser Control Scout field software it enables operators to evaluate the scanning process on the fly and in the field, providing them immediate results and on-site point cloud registration.
Featuring the ability to add thermal imagery and Z+F Smartlight capability, Z+F’s 5010X / 5016 scanners are able to function in low light conditions as well as providing heat-map analysis of structures. These product features allow the monitoring of heat stress and deformation in metals, including the reliability and degradation monitoring of vital machinery such as mining mills. Furthermore, digital data capture has enabled the creation of “digital / virtual factories”, wherein a factory is entirely modelled with 3D data such that operators and engineers are able to optimise factory assets, ducting and machine installation.
An example of a mechanical works application is the capture of the DNA spiral tower in Kings Park, Perth, Australia. Being a complex steel structure with many very small details it poses a challenge for photogrammetry or other such applications. Employing the Z+F 5010C scanner in scanning the structure and its surroundings, millimetre precision was achieved with a photorealistic point cloud. The resulting high quality scan datasets offer a reliable future method to perform design drafting of structural extensions and modifications.