The oil and gas industry has always looked for innovative ways to manage its assets. So, regarding the latest 3D laser scanning technology, some companies have asked us, "How easy is it to scan an oil storage tank with a 3D scanner?"
Let's explore some benefits of 3D tank scanning, how it can benefit, and why you should consider investing in a Leica BLK360 G1 LiDAR scanner as your go-to device.
Scanning Storage Tanks
3D laser scanning has transformed the inspection and measurement of large storage tanks because it is a quick and easy way to capture a space's reality accurately. Also, like other technological advancements, the price of equipment has fallen to the point that it is readily justifiable.
You can collect millions of data points in a single scan with 3D laser scanning technology and achieve exact results quickly. Then, use the captured data to create a detailed 3D model of the tank's structure, including height, diameter, shape, tilt, area/volume, and any changes or deformations over time.
Use this information for various purposes, such as tank inspections, structural design projects, modification projects, deformation monitoring, containment dike analysis, and volume calibration.
The accurate and comprehensive data obtained from 3D scanning can save time and money in design and modification projects, ensuring that the design fits the existing conditions and reducing costly delays and rework.
Benefits of the Leica BLK360 G1
Investing in a Leica BLK360 G1 LiDAR scanner can greatly benefit oil and gas companies looking to improve their inspection and measurement processes.
High Accuracy: The BLK360 G1 is a highly accurate LiDAR-based scanner that captures 360,000 points of data per second and has a range of 200 ft, making it ideal for scanning large areas. The built-in FLIR sensor also captures thermal data, providing extra detail and accuracy.
Secure Mounting: The BLK360 G1 has a secure mounting mechanism, allowing you to scan upright, sideways, or upside down, making it easy to use in any scenario.
FLIR Thermal Imaging – The BKL360 G1 has onboard FLIR Thermal Imaging technology. FLIR stands for Forward-Looking Infrared. Inspectors use this technology to detect potential safety or environmental risks in storage tanks and pipelines, such as leaks and corrosion.
The BLK Thermal Sensor captures a 70°V x 360°HZ Thermal image panorama, while the BLK360 captures its spherical HDR imaging. This technology allows the IR sensor to provide precise and accurate data, calibrating within +/- 1°C. In addition, the IR sensor also gives a color scale, making it easier to understand the captured thermal data.
As-built Conditions: The BLK360 G1 accurately captures as-built conditions, making it ideal for monitoring construction progress. The charged point clouds can also be used for scan-to-BIM, providing crucial data for BIM modeling.
Easy to Use: The BLK360 G1 has a push-button scanning mechanism that automatically stitches and registers captured scan data, making it simple to use in the field. The scanner is also fully compatible with the Leica Geosystems High-Definition Surveying (HDS) software suite, Matterport, and Autodesk's design solutions, providing interoperability with existing systems.
Portable and Lightweight: The BLK360 G1 is small, lightweight, and has removable batteries, making it easy to carry and use on large projects. This portability makes it the ideal solution for on-site inspection and measurement.
Benefits of 3D Scanning Storage Tanks
3D scanning technology collects millions of data points for accurate, comprehensive results. This data is beneficial for various purposes, such as tank inspections, design, modifications, and volume calibration.
The reduced data collection time, less time spent in the tank interior, reduced labor costs, and higher accuracy all contribute to the benefits of using 3D scanning for oil storage tanks in the oil and gas industry.
BLK360 Tank Scanning Takeaways
3D scanning technology has dramatically improved the oil and gas industry's inspection and measurement processes of large storage tanks.
It enables the collection of millions of data points, providing accurate and comprehensive information for various purposes such as tank inspections, design, modifications, and volume calibration.
The investment in a Leica BLK360 G1 LiDAR scanner can significantly benefit companies seeking to enhance their processes due to its high accuracy, secure mounting, FLIR thermal imaging, as-built conditions capture, ease of use, portability, and compatibility with existing software.
Furthermore, 3D scanning saves companies time and money, reduces labor costs, and ensures precise results, making it a valuable investment for the oil and gas industry.
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