Industrial maintenance and facility management require visibility. Older installations, in particular, find it difficult to centralize information. Documentation on machinery, piping, electrical equipment, and past renovations is often stored on dislocated pieces of paper. Sometimes this information is only stored in the memory of a few experienced employees. This can be very problematic for planning and maintenance, especially for new management.
Point clouds, 3D models and Reality Capture are simple ways to capture, store and view detailed information about the space in question. They are used proactively in construction projects, renovations and high-end manufacturing. Recently, this technology has been put to good use for the management of facilities and the ongoing maintenance of existing spaces.
Laser scans allow capturing and storing details
The realization of a 3D laser survey campaign allows you to resume management on a good basis. You can get a detailed view of what you already own and form the basis of a “as built” 3D model. This allows managers of older facilities to create the digital amenities for modern facility managers with access to Building Information Modeling (BIM) data themselves.
These models can be easily updated during renovations. Information can be added directly to models, often using the same software needed to view them. If the machines are replaced, the zones can be isolated, reanalyzed and updated in the central database.
3D models are easy to use, intuitive, and provide an excellent platform for storing and viewing detailed machine information. Model numbers, installation data, current operational costs, information on past service and maintenance cycles can all be included and displayed flexibly. 3D modeling provides facility managers with an ideal perspective from which they can view their responsibilities as a whole and zoom in to get precise details.
3D models help repair teams
The accessibility of the information provided by 3D models improves long-term management and helps in the event of a crisis. Managers can view their installation in 3D models and filter the information presented to reflect certain categories of machines or infrastructure. If there is an electrical fault, for example, a manager can examine only the electrical capabilities in that area and use this model to lead the repair teams. Obstacles or dangers, such as water pipes, can be identified and relayed to ground teams so that everyone has prior knowledge of what they are stepping into.
3D data powers advanced predictive maintenance technologies
Having a 3D installation model allows centralized storage of maintenance information. This makes it easier for machines at full capacity. However, this level of visibility can be combined with other technologies to allow predictive maintenance thanks to aerial sound analysis, thermal video analysis or X-ray cameras.
Thermal and radiological analyzes are often undertaken actively. 3D models provide the information necessary to direct these actions, in the same way that this information can inform repair teams or traditional maintenance operations.
Airborne noise analysis, also known as acoustic condition monitoring, is a passive technology that assesses the health of machines by constantly monitoring the sounds they produce. Programs can detect tiny variations in frequency caused by loosening screws or deteriorating gears – allowing managers to be alerted before problems arise.
This approach has the potential to fundamentally change the way industrial maintenance is undertaken. Eliminating the need to actively monitor machines makes it possible to extend maintenance cycles as cheaply as possible, while avoiding downtime. Buffer periods are no longer necessary to avoid a fault and machines can run at full capacity longer, allowing factories to get the most out of their investments.
However, the ability to apply this type of technology requires a digital diagram of what you have. Sound analysis programs need to know what they are listening to. Managers also need a medium on which information on faults can be relayed. The coupling of these two technologies makes it possible to deliver predictive maintenance analysis data down to the smallest detail, allowing teams to take immediate and remedial measures.
Summary: Point clouds and Reality Capture provide visibility and clarity to facility managers and enable them to perform their predictive maintenance effectively
Point clouds and Reality Capture are powerful tools for collecting all the information necessary for managing facilities. However, this set of information can be cumbersome and difficult to exploit if the computer prerequisites are not there. Thus, the rapid acquisition of 3D data using the PX-80 mobile laser scanner must be supported by high-performance Cloud solutions intended for the analysis and online exploitation of point clouds and digital models. ATIS.cloud allows it. This is called at CYDIS, the hyper accessibility of the 3D data of your installations. This is possible thanks to the acquisition and rapid generation of a point cloud but also thanks to its availability for analysis, exploitation and sharing just as fast on ATIS.cloud.
This workflow will allow you to use the point cloud of a 5000 m² installation in 3 hours, including acquisition, processing and provision.