Laser Scanning Shoot-out at Eaton Technology Center

Thanks to the folks at Eaton, LFM Software, AVEVA, and participating laser scanning companies, the scanning industry will have the opportunity to compare laser scanner data from a variety of systems. The point cloud data is being collected over the next month in a shoot-out with various participants, all collecting in the same space under similar circumstances. Once collected, each dataset will be registered, compiled, and made available for comparative review and training purposes.

Eatons world-class industrial training facility and technology center located just minutes from downtown Houston, is the host site for a laser scanning shoot-out. The laser scan activity is taking place in a replica of an industrial plant. The project scope areas have been setup with approximately 45 scan setup locations and is pre-targeted for consistent capture. The Jacobs Laser Scan Services group provided survey control so that all participants are working from a common reference point.

It is planned that there will be representative projects using the Z+F 5006h, Leica P20, Trimble TX8, Faro Focus3DX and DotProduct DPI-7 laser scanning and imaging systems. The first laser scan project collected data using the Z+F 5010c color laser scanner. point3D performed this work along with data capture using the DPI-7 handheld laser scanner. While the tripod based system captured the complete scene, the DPI-7, being a small area capture device, captured selected units of the refinery units.

AVEVA will be modeling from one of the laser scan project sets in their new Everything3D integrated suite of software for plant engineering and design. The AVEVA work will allow users to the complete data cycle from capture to 3D intelligent model. Powerful object-centric technology is at the heart of the AVEVA E3D engineering and design software.

The Eaton Technology & Experience Center is strategically located in Houston, Texas which has become a hub for the oil industry and home to some of the world’s largest consulting engineering firms. The Center was established to provide a learning environment and demonstration setting for the over 2,000 Eaton industry-specific offerings as they would appear installed in a refinery. This setting is the perfect location for this activity as it will allow laser scans to be captured in an industrial setting without interfering with an operating facility.

For more information the different aspects of the program please utilize the contact information below:

LFM Software: Matthew Craig email:

phone: +1 832-372-6212 web:

AVEVA: Craig Mathews email:

phone: +1 281-630-5384 web:

Eaton: Allan Clark email:

phone: +1 713-280-3493 web:

DotProduct, Z+F or point3D: Greg Lawes email:

phone: +1 281-624-5051 x101 web:

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Greg Lawes

Greg Lawes...<!-- is a California licensed architect with 30 years of work experience in existing conditions documentation, building code analysis, construction document preparation, specification editing, interdisciplinary document coordination, quality assurance review, plan check agency processing, construction contract administration and project closeout on a variety of project types including healthcare, educational, hospitality, commercial, institutional, industrial and residential. Since 2005 he has been with Irvine, California based, Architectural Resource Consultants (ARC), , a firm that specializes in documenting existing building conditions. In 2012 he joined the U.S. Institute of Building Documentation (USIBD), . The USIBD is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to all stakeholders with an interest in building documentation.
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