The driver behind reverse engineering of any plant should be focused on the enterprise as this will assist in the maintenance and operations of the plant which represents 80% of the cost versus the design and construction at +- 20% of the plant (most 3D models are used for design). Having accurate 3D as-built data will minimise rework and downtime and increase productivity during maintenance shutdowns.
Laser Point Clouds and 3D models can be used effectively for inductions, safety, planning, installation, scheduling and operational discussions. This data can be used locally or remotely. Having the data in a 3D perspective means that all the existing infrastructure can be viewed while the correct human resources are available to provide input outside of the plant minimising security, safety, travel, carbon footprint and costs.