Laser Mapping

Laser Mapping is a non-contact, non-destructive technology that digitally captures the shape of physical objects using a line of laser light. Reflector dots are placed all around the object.  Lasers reflect off the dots capturing a physical object’s exact size and shape into the computer world as a digital 3-dimensional representation.

3D laser scanning is ideally suited to the measurement and inspection of contoured surfaces and complex geometries which require massive amounts of data for their accurate description and where doing this is impractical with the use of traditional measurement methods or a touch probe.

Applications for Laser Mapping

The scanner is a general purpose surveying instrument suitable for a wide range of applications:

  • Tank surveys including measurement of settlement; dents; floor ripples and slope; volume and bund volume.
  • Settlement and other measurements to API-653, EEMUA-159 or as required.
  • Coke drum scans to measure bulging, bending and lean.
  • Comparison of new and old nozzles and pipe spools to check the fit before installation.
  • Production of as-built dimensions for replacement or refurbishment projects.
  • Volumetric measurement of product stockpiles.

Advantages of Laser Mapping:

  • Non-contact measurement
  • Automated data acquisition
  • Interchangeable sensors allowing quick changeover to new barrels
  • Full-featured analysis and reporting functions
  • Provides reliable and accurate repeatable results which are traceable for future pipeline integrity analysis
  • Full-length bore mapping
  • Complete surface characterization
  • Photography quality bore and chamber image using laser video imaging

Limitations of Laser Mapping:

  • Expensive instrument
  • Actual set up of equipment is very labor intensive
  • Requires enough clearance from the surface to be modeled (about 18”)
3D Laser Mapping

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XCEL NDT Inspection Services

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