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Improve the management of its industrial facilities with point clouds and Reality Capture
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Improve the management of its industrial facilities with point clouds and Reality Capture

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05
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2020
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3 minutes
Improve the management of its industrial facilities with point clouds and Reality Capture

Industrial maintenance and facility management require visibility. Older facilities, in particular, find it difficult to centralize information.

Documentation on machinery, piping, electrical equipment and past renovations is often stored on dislocated pieces of paper. Sometimes this information is only stored in the memory of a few seasoned employees. This can be very problematic for planning and maintenance, especially for new management.

Point clouds, 3D models and Reality Capture are simple ways to capture, store and visualize detailed information about the space in question. They are proactively used in construction projects, renovations and high-end manufacturing. Recently, this technology has been put to good use in facilities management and ongoing maintenance of existing spaces.

Laser scans allow the capture and storage of details

By carrying out a 3D laser survey campaign, you can get back on track with your management. You can get a detailed view of what you already have and form the basis for an "as-built" 3D model. This allows older facility managers to create the digital amenities available to modern facility managers with access to BIM (Building Information Modeling) data themselves.

These models can be easily updated during renovations. Information can be added directly to the models, often using the same software needed to view them. If machines are replaced, areas can be isolated, reanalyzed and updated in the central database.

The 3D models are easy to use, intuitive and provide an excellent platform for storing and viewing detailed machine information. Model numbers, plant data, current operational costs, past maintenance and service cycle information can all be included and displayed in a flexible manner. 3D modeling provides facility managers with an ideal vantage point from which to view their responsibilities as a whole and zoom in for fine detail.

3D models help repair teams

The accessibility of information provided by 3D models improves long-term management and helps in times of crisis. Managers can view their facility in 3D models and filter the information presented to reflect certain categories of machines or infrastructure. If there is an electrical fault, for example, a manager can examine only the electrical capabilities in that area and use that model to direct repair teams. Obstacles or hazards, such as water pipes, can be identified and relayed to ground crews so that everyone has prior knowledge of what they are walking into.

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3D data powers advanced predictive maintenance technologies

Having a 3D plant model allows centralized storage of maintenance information. This makes it easier to work with machines at full capacity. However, this level of visibility can be combined with other technologies to enable predictive maintenance through airborne sound analysis, thermal video analysis or X-ray cameras.

Thermal and radiological analyses are often actively undertaken. 3D models provide the information needed to direct these actions, just as this information can inform repair teams or traditional maintenance operations.

Airborne noise analysis, also known as acoustic condition monitoring, is a passive technology that assesses the health of machines by constantly monitoring the sounds they produce. Programs can detect tiny frequency variations caused by loose screws or deteriorating gears - allowing managers to be alerted before problems arise.

This approach has the potential to fundamentally change the way industrial maintenance is undertaken. Eliminating the need to actively monitor machines allows maintenance cycles to be extended as long as possible at the lowest cost, while avoiding downtime. Buffer periods are no longer required to avoid a fault and machines can run at full capacity for longer, allowing plants to get the most out of their investments.

However, the ability to apply this type of technology requires a digital schema of what you have. Sound analysis programs need to know what they are listening to. Managers also need a medium on which fault information can be relayed. Coupling these two technologies delivers predictive maintenance analysis data in great detail, allowing teams to take immediate, remedial action.

Summary: Point clouds and Reality Capture provide visibility and clarity to facility managers and allow them to perform predictive maintenance efficiently

Point clouds and Reality Capture are powerful tools to capture all the information needed for facility management. However, this set of information can be cumbersome and difficult to exploit if the IT prerequisites are not in place. Thus, the fast acquisition of 3D data thanks to the mobile laser scanner PX-80 must be supported by powerful Cloud solutions intended for the analysis and theexploitation on line of the clouds of points and digital models. ATIS.cloud allows it. This is what we call at CYDIS, the hyper accessibility of the 3D data of your installations. This is possible thanks to the acquisition and the fast generation of a cloud of points but also thanks to its availability for analysis, exploitation and sharing just as fast on ATIS.cloud.

This workflow will allow you to exploit the point cloud of a 5000 m² installation in 3 hours, including acquisition, processing and provision.

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