Published on 02-Dec-2021

Digitising One of the World’s Most Effective, Safest and Cleanest Tank Storage Facilities

Digitising One of the World’s Most Effective, Safest and Cleanest Tank Storage Facilities

We’ve just completed the digitisation of Vopak’s Deer Park Terminal in Houston Texas, which stores biofuels, chemicals, petroleum products, base oils and lubricants in its 243 tanks.

Scanning the 1.8km long facility took just 14 weeks, including the tanks, 5 ship docks, over 45 rail/road loading stations and 24 hose exchanges producing over 650 very precise 2D P&IDs from 3D scan data using FARO Focus Scanners.

We completed the whole survey, recording a total of 5,136 scans and including scan file registration, filtering and data processing in just 3 months during the Texas wet season.

To work as efficiently as possible, A3D planned individual aspects of the job to run concurrently, such as scanning and registering one area, which was converted immediately ready for the CAD team to start building the P&IDs before returning to field validation and client E&I updates.

“It’s not just the initial project clients pay for,” Lewis Boxer added. “It’s the other ongoing outputs born out of it. Typically, when you think about point cloud data you think about 3D models. But with A3D’s specialist techniques, it’s really so much more, including API570 inspection isos, tank verticality, bund volume analysis and as-built 3D models amongst many other outputs utilising the vast extensibility of point cloud data.”

For project aftercare, we are now intending to keep Deer Park’s P&IDs as-built using our revolutionary 4D Lizard software we have developed and we look to use the point cloud data for bund volume analysis, tank integrity etc. A virtual site tour is likely to reduce required site visits by up to 40%, massively reducing H&S risks, increasing efficiencies and reducing costs across the entire terminal operation.

To find out more about how we can help you digitise your operations, contact Colin Pittman on +44 (0)7435 760153 or email: colin@lasersurveying.com, and take a tour of our animated videos showing how we capture data and the resulting applications:

https://youtu.be/Tg_u60zIRBY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_SGvEVfIAE 





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