Posted on June 2nd, 2008

PROjEN acquire new £85,000 Laser Scanner

PM PROjEN, the award winning Project Management Company based in Northwich, Cheshire, have recently invested in a new £85,000 Leica ScanStation Laser Scanner to widen their range of data acquisition services and build on its existing offering of digital photogrammetry and document management services.

With so many clients facing the problem of missing “as-built” drawings and drawings that do not match the kit that is installed, more and more are looking for a time and cost effective solution.

PROjEN now offer data acquisition through laser scanning which is less time consuming, less prone to error and less expensive than more conventional measurement and architectural services. The laser scanner also complements PROjEN’s 3D digital photogrammetry service; a more specialist application which resulted in PROjEN receiving the Bentley Systems “Business Excellence Award for Adoption of New Technology in 2005.

The Laser Scanner is simple to use; transmitting a laser beam up to a range of several hundred metres and using the reflection of the beam it generates a “point cloud”. It is this point cloud that creates the image as it is made up of thousands of 3D points which are calculated by the scanner. Using the image or “point cloud” it is then possible to manipulate the information as required. For example, if CAD drawings are required, the point cloud data can be directly imported into a variety of CAD packages, or even graphic packages (e.g. Studio Max), which enable photo realistic rendered views to be produced.

The Laser Scanner, coupled with PROjEN’s expertise can dramatically reduce the time and cost involved in determining accurate data needed for engineering services. It is also safer a means of performing data capture as the need to work at height is eliminated.

PROjEN are already benefiting clients through the use of their laser scanner, and are currently using it to scan Greenergy’s £15 million Biodiesel facility in Immingham.

John Poppitt, PROjEN’s Mechanical Design Section Head speaking today said, “PROjEN’s in-house drawing office already has the capability of producing CAD drawings for buildings and mechanical plant layout, pipe layout and electrical drawings from existing drawing formats and /or site surveys. PROjEN’s investment in the Laser Scanner is a valuable addition to PROjEN’s drawing office, further enhancing our portfolio of services.”

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