3D laser scanning helps Chevron revamp platform

Chevron USA Production Co. exceeded its project goals by deploying 3D laser scanning and modeling on a Gulf of Mexico platform upgrade project.The technology reduced shut-in time by more than 40%, and capital savings more than paid for the deployment cost.Retrofit and upgrade projects frequently contain more risk than greenfield projects. For retrofit projects, both design and construction planning have the added challenge of having to take existing structures, piping, etc. into account.These projects often encounter scope revision, hefty field rework, and schedule delays, all of which originate from not having accurate as-built information for design or construction planning.EI 252 I pla...

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