PointSense Plant

PointSense Plant

PointSense Plant

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PointSense Plant: Intelligent Plant Design from 3D Scans in AutoCAD<sup>®</sup>

POINTSENSE PLANT: INTELLIGENT PLANT DESIGN FROM 3D SCANS IN AUTOCAD®

 

PointSense Plant is designed for engineers and professionals specialized in maintaining industrial plants. The software allows the efficient modelling of piping systems and steel construction inside AutoCAD® based on 3D laser scan data. An auto-recognition feature based on editable catalogues identifies and pre-calculates industry standard components.

 

PointSense Plant provides tools for pattern recognition of plant assets from the point cloud data, giving designers the ability to work directly with their familiar AutoCAD® based plant design programs (AutoCAD Plant 3D®, MEP®, CADWorx®, AutoPLANT®, etc.). Users determine the precise tie-in points for the components without any modelling. A comprehensive tank analysis function is also provided. The resulting models can be exported to design programs such as AutoCAD® Plant 3D, Advance Steel® etc.

 

Combined with a FARO Focus Laser Scanner and FARO SCENE PointSense software, Plant forms the FARO Plant Ready Package for AutoCAD®. The AutoCAD® add-on is also part of the PointSense Suite.

 

 

 

 

PointSense Plant: Intelligent Plant Design from 3D Scans in AutoCAD<sup>®</sup>

POINTSENSE PLANT: INTELLIGENT PLANT DESIGN FROM 3D SCANS IN AUTOCAD®

PointSense Plant supports you when processing 3D laser scans. Piping systems or steel construction elements are efficiently modelled using semi-automatic feature extraction. The resulting models can be exported to plant planning programs such as AutoCAD Plant 3D®, AutoCAD MEP®, CADWorx®, AutoPLANT® etc. PointSense Plant has all the tried and tested tools to model, manage and process 3D scanner data in AutoCAD®.

 

WALK THE RUN – THE INTELLIGENT PIPE RUN TRACER

Automation and pattern recognition are the basis for the efficient processing of 3D laser scanner data, however too much automation can lead to expensive mistakes. The “Walk The Run” function guides the user through the pipe system, the pattern recognition feature suggests types and positions for recognized pipes, bends, tee-pieces and fittings, based on an existing catalogue. These procedures give the user full control over the modelling process and ensures geometrical and technical workmanship. In addition, the insulation thickness can be taken into account in pattern recognition. Pre-calculated cylinders accelerate this user-controlled workflow.

 

APPLY CONSTRAINTS – THE WAY TO COMPATIBLE MODELS

Plant design software requires coaxial centrelines for fittings and coplanar pipe bends. The function “Apply Constraints“ creates pipe runs that on the one hand fit in the point cloud and on the other hand satisfy the consistency conditions of the plant design software. In the same way Stacked Steel is supported, good axis configuration is found automatically, steel systems are aligned coplanar or perpendicular without overlapping and can be evaluated to “waterproof” axis models.

 

FITTINGS CATALOGUES

FARO PointSense Plant provides a standard catalogue of fittings and steel. AutoCAD Plant 3D and Advanced Steel catalogues can be directly imported. In cases where the fittings are missing or special fittings (out of spec.) are needed, the user can create his own fittings or even full catalogues. The software then uses them in the pattern recognition process.

 

DETERMINE TIE IN POINTS

If precise tie-in points are required, they can be surveyed in and marked – without any modelling.

 

ADDITIONAL SCAN VIEWS

The photo like view of the scan data that is provided by PointSense allows a more intuitive navigation than that in the CAD environment.

 

EXPORT PIPE CENTRELINES AND FITTING INFORMATION

After creating a piping system it can be converted into AutoCAD Plant 3D objects, 3D solids or a labelled centreline layout. The standard AutoCAD objects can be used afterwards in any plant software systems. The same applies to steel structures and the interaction with Advance Steel.

 

ANALYSIS OF CYLINDERS AND TRUNCATED CONES – TANK TOOLS

Tanks, boilers or containers can be checked for deformations and the results are e.g. elevation plans and lists, the deformations can be visualized by customizable 3D heat maps. It is possible to precisely compute volumes including taking the internal subtracted volume (deadwood) into account. Cylinders, elliptical and circular truncated cones are all supported.

 

 

PointSense for AutoCAD®  Minimum Requirements
Platform  PointSense is compatible with AutoCAD® and its associated products (e.g. Civil 3D, Architecture, Map   3D)   for versions 2015 and later.
 Should you be using older Autodesk products, please contact your FARO representative.
Operating system  Dependent on the version of AutoCAD® being used, 64-bit systems only.
Hardware requirements  Graphics card as recommended by Autodesk, RAM at least 8GB, better 32GB or more, processor at   least   2.5GHz, better 3-4GHz and 4-8 cores, SSD for larger projects; 
 Laser scanner type to suit job in hand
Data requirements  Registered, that is to say the scans are oriented to each other
Supported scan data formats  E57, ASCII, LAS, FARO (LSPROJ, FLS, FWS), Leica (PTZ, PTS, PTX), Zoller&Fröhlich (ZFS,   ZFPRJ), Topcon   (CL3, CLR) Leica (PTG) and Riegl RiScanPro-Projects (RSP).

PointSense for Revit                  

 
Operating system  Microsoft® operating system, Windows 7, 8, 8.1 or 10 in the 64-bit version.
Hardware requirements  Autodesk recommends a multi-core Intel® Xeon®, or an i-Series processor, or the AMD® equivalent with 16   GB RAM and DirectX® 11 compatible graphics card and SSD (Solid State Drive) hard disk with at least 5 GB   of free memory.
Supported Revit® Versions  Revit® 2015 or later
 
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