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Improve facility management with Reality Capture and point clouds
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Improve facility management with Reality Capture and point clouds

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Improve facility management with Reality Capture and point clouds

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 memories of a few seasoned employees. The lack of accessibility of the data can be a nightmare for planning and maintenance teams.

Point clouds, 3D models and laser surveys are a simple way to capture, store and visualize detailed 3D information about an environment. They are now being used proactively in construction, renovation and maintenance projects. If you still haven't acquired a 3D laser scanner, ATIS invites you to take a look at the SLAM mobile laser scanners and more specifically the PX-80 laser scanner distributed by CYDIS.

3D laser scanning is the key to detailed capture and storage

3D laser point cloud surveying can provide a detailed view of your assets as a basis for the 3D "as-built" modeling phase. This allows older facility managers to model digital mock-ups comparable to those of modern facility managers with access to BIM (Building Information Modeling) data.

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, installation data, current operational costs, and maintenance cycle information can all be included and viewed easily. 3D modeling provides facility managers with an ideal vantage point from which to visualize their responsibilities in their facilities and obtain accurate details.

3D models help maintenance teams

The accessibility of information provided by 3D models improves long-term management and helps in times of crisis. Managers can analyze 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 maintenance teams. Obstacles or hazards, such as water pipes, can be identified and relayed to ground crews so that everyone has advance knowledge of the environment they will be traveling through.

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Point cloud data can serve advanced predictive maintenance technologies

The use of a 3D model of its installation allows the centralized storage of maintenance information. This facilitates the work of the machines at full capacity. In addition, this information 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 maintenance crews.

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. Removing the need to actively monitor machines allows maintenance cycles to be extended as long as possible at lower 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 take advantage of this type of technology requires a digital schema of your environment. 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 provides predictive maintenance analysis data in great detail, allowing teams to take immediate and accurate action.

Summary: 3D point cloud modeling provides visibility and clarity to facility managers and enables predictive maintenance

3D models are a powerful tool for storing and providing accurate information. This is exactly what facility managers need to maintain their facilities and create a safe working environment. This information can be combined with predictive maintenance techniques to further improve facility quality control and enhance productivity.

The ability to scan a plant and then create a 3D model of the facility has been made possible by the lower costs that have occurred as the market has matured. Advances in vector spherical alignments of adjacent point clouds using machine learning have automated the "registration" and reduced processing time by 40% to 90%. This has allowed facility managers to affordably enter the modern world by creating an "as-built" design model and give them the visibility they need to perform their maintenance operations efficiently.

Discover the hyper accessibility of 3D data of your installations thanks to the PX-80 laser scanner and the to improve your maintenance operations and the efficiency of your production flows.

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