I am sure that you would agree, there is always room in a projects delivery for making a saving. Of course delivering a project under budget or ahead of schedule is always rewarding and provides a sense of achievement, but nobody could argue that reducing risk and completing a project safer was any less important.
So when completing a recent 3D laser survey and reviewing the specifications requested by our client. I was looking at the connection of an exhaust to a chimney located approx 10m above the ground and I couldn’t help but notice how this scenario embodies PointSCAN’s ethos to provide a SAFER, FASTER and BETTER way to acquire on-site measurement data.
Scaffolding was being erected by another contractor on the adjacent chimney stacks, presumably to complete some remedial or maintenance works.
35%* of all fatal injuries in the workplace in 2017-2018 can be attributed to falls from heights. It goes without question the easiest way to reduce the risk is to eliminate it, therefore by acquiring the measurement data safely from ground level 3D laser scanning eliminates the risk at this stage of the project.
Even mobile access equipment would have increased the overall risk although due to access restrictions these were not possible on this site.
Throughout the day contractors erected the scaffolding around the labyrinth of pipes, tanks and steel structures. As a working platform this probably provided best access for the required tasks to be undertaken.
However, had scaffolding just been erected to allow access for survey purposes, it would have possibly added 2-3 days to the overall process. More importantly it would increase project costs and possibly obscured the ability to obtain suitable measurements. The fact was that 3 of 4 laser scans were completed within a matter of minutes and within a couple of hours millions of data points were acquired from the remainder of the site.
So the 3D laser survey has proven to offer a safer and faster solution to acquiring on-site measurement data whilst at the same time creating visual imagery that can be interogated.
One critical piece of information required by the clients design is what angle the flange comes off the stack at?
Given that there is little of no suitable point to reference from a few degrees off at this point could have major repercussions later in the project.
How many times have you reviewed site photographs only to find the specific detail is just out of shot? Now a 3D laser survey allows your team to safely walk around the site in virtual reality without having to leave their office.
Point clouds can be incorporated into presentations and 3D simulations and shared digitally throughout the team.
If you are looking to make savings on your project wouldn’t you look to do it #SaferFasterBetter ?
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*Health & Safety Executive – hse.gov.uk/statistics/fatals.htm