Improving Industrial Health and Safety with 3D Reality Capture

How to keep track of a structure and ensure the safety of those moving through it

Improving Industrial Health and Safety with 3D Reality Capture

Many industrial settings present inhospitable environments where the health and safety of employees and site visitors is paramount. Hazards including temperature, corrosive materials, moving machinery and heavy objects are abundant, and it is the responsibility of site management to ensure not only all those on site are safe but also those in the immediate surroundings.

The challenge is that these sites can be large and complex, with networks of pipes, tunnels, storage vessels and other structures that have been extended and adapted over time to meet production. This presents plant managers with a problem: how can you keep track of a structure and ensure the safety of those moving through it? The answer is 3D Reality Capture.

Efficient management


Having a complete 3D model of your site can improve operational efficiency through optimisation of production routes, management of maintenance regimes and positioning of personnel. Knowing what is where without accessing the site means more time spent managing and organising efficient production and less time spent navigating the site.

Improved safety


Using the model, a 3D map of the site can be created highlighting danger zones, safe areas and escape routes, which can be used to train both employees and visitors to the site. Offering an immersive experience means safety officers can clearly highlight risks and procedures visually to staff and visitors before they enter risk areas, improving safety for all. An example is the use of tablets to guide maintenance contractors around a site, taking them through safe areas, highlighting high-risk areas and identifying the exact part of the site that requires maintenance, down to an individual pipe or valve.

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