When it comes to retrofit projects for oil and gas companies, keeping workers as safe as possible should be a top priority. Sending surveyors into an existing facility for any extended period of time will certainly increase the possibility of serious injury or even death. In addition to the obvious human costs involved with unsafe working conditions, developers must also consider the disruption and high costs that a serious accident could cause. At the same time, government regulations for worker safety are growing more stringent all the time, and limiting the amount of time workers have to spend in existing facilities can play an important role in complying with those regulations.
New surveying technology is key to making retrofit projects safer. With 3D laser scanning, also known as a terrestrial LiDAR scan, organizations can remove many of the issues that would otherwise require workers to enter a facility with unsafe conditions, while also gaining a better understanding of how safe a facility really is.
Faster, Safer Scans
If your company is attempting to retrofit a facility that has experienced a natural or manmade disaster, a LiDAR scan could be especially useful for you. In the wake of a disaster, it can be very difficult to know whether or not a facility is safe for workers to enter. Since the structural integrity of the site may have been severely damaged during the event, keeping workers out of the site is key to ensuring safety.
Using a LiDAR scan can help you conduct the damage assessment work you need to do from outside the facility, thereby removing the need to put workers at risk. Your workers can use LiDAR scanning to conduct a thorough survey of the entire facility, including all of the damage from the event in question, without having to physically set foot inside the facility.