Scanphase provides a state-of-the-art 3D laser scanning service tailored to assist ship owners and shipyards in staying at the forefront of the market. This service plays a pivotal role in precise project planning, reconfiguration design, and expedited procurement of materials, enabling immediate commencement of work upon the ship's arrival at the repair dock.
Collaborating seamlessly with naval companies and field specialists, Scanphase upholds a commitment to delivering high-quality services to shipping companies across various European ports including Portugal, France, Italy, Spain, Malta, the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Turkey, and more. Notably, we extend our expertise and dedication to major Spanish ports such as Valencia, Algeciras, Barcelona, Las Palmas, Bilbao, Santander, Tarragona, El Ferrol, Cartagena, Avilés, in addition to regions across North Africa.
Laser scanning technology offers unparalleled precision and comprehensiveness, making it a versatile tool applicable across all stages of the modernization process. From the initial feasibility assessment and conceptual design to the final meticulous detailing phase, laser scanning excels. The laser scanner operates with a remarkable precision rate of +/- 2 millimeters, empowering engineers to capture exceptionally accurate data. This precision, in turn, enables the creation of optimally detailed three-dimensional representations of any portion within the targeted volume earmarked for adaptation.
In numerous scenarios, laser scans can be swiftly conducted within a single day. Notably, for critical endeavors such as Ballast Water Treatment Systems (BWTS) installations or water washing system upgrades, laser scans are often executed while the ship's crew is actively engaged onboard. This strategic approach significantly economizes time, as crucial scans can progress concurrently with operational activities.
Moreover, laser scanners prove highly beneficial during ship inspections. They facilitate the swift and straightforward generation of 360-degree images and detailed scan position maps, essential for creating an accessible inventory library aboard the vessel. In summary, laser scanning stands as a swift, user-friendly, and exceedingly precise tool, invaluable for both routine ship management needs and ambitious modernization projects
The early availability of detailed and precise 3D studies derived from laser scanning data empowers shipyards and shipowners to meticulously plan projects, design refurbishments, and procure materials ready for immediate implementation upon the vessel's arrival at the repair dock. The integration of scanning processes significantly contributes to minimizing the vessel's downtime.
A compelling case can be made for rendering comprehensive laser topography of an entire vessel as an integral facet of its life cycle management. This holds particularly true for smaller fleets, where the downtime of a single vessel profoundly impacts the overall operations. This consideration becomes particularly relevant for shipyards engaged in maintenance and repair contracts for ships and naval support vessels.
3D laser scanning studies facilitate the swift and cost-effective reverse engineering of intelligent and precise 3D models.
Equipped with 3D scans, refurbishments and conversions become markedly more efficient, accruing benefits not only to the shipowner but also to the shipyard at large.
Marine Industry 3D Laser Scanning
The typical approach for ship verifications involves bringing designers and/or engineers on board where, using tape measures, they record measurements of existing systems and spaces. These measurements are then utilized to develop scope and construction documents. However, the uncertainty associated with these measurements necessitates allowances to account for discrepancies between the measurements and reality. These allowances can be costly and/or prevent the installation of new equipment in a specific location because the space was deemed too small when there was actually adequate free space. Conversely, it might not be sufficient at the time of installation.
A superior approach involves scanning ship spaces with a 3D laser scanner to create a highly detailed and accurate 3D point cloud model. High-speed laser scanners are highly suitable for this purpose, as they can capture tens of millions of measurements in just a few minutes. Scans are taken from multiple positions to provide sufficient coverage around the equipment. The scans are then registered together to bring them all into the same coordinate system. Hull and keel scans can also be taken, from which hull curves and surface models can be created for fuel or stability analysis if needed.
3D scanning allows the user to get a very accurate “as build” of the scanned area. This information can be used for different purposes, such as:
Ballast Water Treatment System installation
Scrubber System installation
Ventilation upgrade (duct modifications)
In-service pipe spool replacements
Hull geometry / Production of Lines Plan
Visualization of damage to the ship structure
Any alteration done to a ship structure or systems
3D Laser Scanning for Ballast Water Treatment Systems (BWTS)
In accordance with the Convention, all ships engaged in international traffic must adhere to prescribed standards for the management of their ballast water and sediments. We facilitate ship owners in the seamless installation of highly efficient onboard Ballast Water Treatment Systems (BWTS) with a paramount level of assurance. The utilization of 3D laser scanning is instrumental in capturing the precise 'as-built' conditions of a ship or vessel prior to the installation of a ballast water treatment system (BWTS). This scanning process yields meticulous measurements and intricate details pertaining to existing piping and structural elements.
3D Scans for repairs or refits
During the replacement or integration of new parts or structures, which are often fabricated off-site, attaining an impeccable fit is imperative. To guarantee this, the existing structure undergoes precise scanning and modeling to ensure a high degree of accuracy, subsequently informing the design and manufacturing of new components or structures.
Benefits of 3D Laser Scanning encompass
Measurements are easily acquired through a laptop or office computer, obviating the need for numerous manual measurements in the field.
Mitigation of clashes in the design phase is substantially improved. Laser scanning provides a comprehensive 3D environment where optimal placement, available space, and pipe routing can be effortlessly verified.
Dry-docking of vessels is not always a prerequisite. Scanning procedures can frequently be executed without disrupting regular operations.
Additionally, we offer services encompassing the surface fitting of hulls, modeling of bulkheads and structures, and centerlining.
Methodology for marine laser scanning projects
A marine laser scanning project typically follows the steps shown below:
1. Formulation of the scanning plan
When a scan request is received, the first step is to have a good idea of the purpose and scope of the scan according to the customer. If it is not possible to visit the area to be scanned, plans of the work area are requested. Based on the information available, a scan plan will be formulated.
2. On-board scan
A work team will travel to the area that needs to be scanned to make the captures according to the work plan. It will ensure that the captures of each scan overlap enough without too many blind spots. For this, the scanning equipment will be placed in the appropriate position so that the same area is illuminated with the other scans from a different point of view.
3. Refinement of the point cloud
Once the team has performed enough scans to cover the designated area, a preliminary point cloud of the work zone can be obtained. This point cloud will be "refined", aligning the different scans to best fit, eliminate "noise", and so on.
4. Modeling and engineering
One misconception regarding 3D scanning is that the scanner does all the work and that what comes out of the scanner is a definitive model that shows everything you need. The point cloud is the raw data that needs to be designed into a viable 3D model. In many cases, the actual scanning activity is only a small part of the total project scope.
Depending on the conversation with the client's requirements, it is possible to convert the point cloud into a viable and adaptable 3D model.
5. Manipulation of the As built model
Once the point cloud has been designed in a building model, manipulations can be performed on it such as:
• Incorporate ballast water systems (BWTS)
• Incorporate the installation of the exhaust filter (EGCS)
• Make any kind of change in the environment.
• Damage repair