Customer Success in Precision Measurement, 3D Visualization and Data Management 

F3 has served more than 800 world-class customers over the last 10 years.

 Civil engineers leveraging F3 measurement and data solutions during construction.

Civil engineers leveraging F3 measurement and data solutions during construction.

Case Study - infrastructure

Client: U.S. Federal Agency 

 The Project/Task: 

  • $900M to refurbish existing infrastructure, build new dam.  
  • Update existing assets, protect Sacramento region for next 200 years.  

 The Challenge: 

  • New construction, replicating existing structures while the dam was in operation.  
  • Unprecedented demand for accuracy of measurements.  
  • Managing multiple contractors, with overlapping project plans & timelines.

F3 Solution:  

  •  Combination of 3D scanning, laser tracking and conventional surveying methods to capture and position critical assets within project tolerances.  
  • To assist with design and construction, a 1:50 scale version of the dam (3D printed model) produced with interactive removable parts which engineers and project managers used during daily safety meetings and rehearse complicated operations.  

 The Data & Results: 

  • Enhanced cross-contractor communication, operation efficiencies and employee safety increased.
  • 800 GPM preconstruction water leakage, post construction - 75% reduction in waste with estimated 315M gallons saved over 12 months.
  • Engineering News-Record Magazine award winner – Best Project. 

 

 3D print of refinery assets, developed from 3D laser scans & models, used to rehearse extraction plan.

3D print of refinery assets, developed from 3D laser scans & models, used to rehearse extraction plan.

CASE STUDY - OIL & GAS

Client: Fortune 500 Refinery

 The Project/Task:

  • Replace the 26’ long manifold with four 2’ diameter flanges used to offload the crude from the oil tankers to the refinery.

 The Challenge:

  •  48 hour turnaround given tanker schedules which included taking existing manifolds off line and installing replacements.
  • Heavy congestion surrounded the manifold (i.e. hard to reach asset), requiring testing of crane operations prior to removal.
  • Anything less than precise measurements would result in total project failure, lost productivity and revenue.  

F3 Solution:

  •  Traditional land surveying methods to establish the project datum in the project area.
  • 3D scanning and metrology to accurately capture the manifold, its flanges and all the surrounding industrial congestion.
  • Fabrication drawings from the data captured to enable the accurate manufacturing of the new manifold offsite.
  • 3D scanning and metrology to verify the new manifold accurately matched the existing manifold on site (still in operation at this point).
  • Accurate 3D print of the entire area surrounding the manifold with removable parts for plant operators to rehearse the proposed extraction plan.

 The Data & Results:

  •  Project completed within 48 hours without incident. 
  • Need to shut down plant operations eliminated, preventing nearly $1M in lost revenue.

 

 3D CAD model used for design and construction of asset.

3D CAD model used for design and construction of asset.

Case Study - Energy

Client: Multinational Company

 The Project/Task: 

  • Replace critical components within a third-stage separator with an extremely short shut down window. 

The Challenge: 

  • Replace a component in a refinery that a majority of the product gets filtered through while minimize operational downtime.
  • No documentation available that would allow for offsite construction to occur prior to shut down.   

F3 Solution

  • Engineering grade fabrication drawings based on 3D scan and conventional surveys that enabled asset construction offsite. 
  • Data on demand and virtual models used for designing, planning and construction.
  • 1:12 scale 3D print of asset used to save costs and reduce project timeline.

 The Data & Results:  

  • Shortened project plan by two days, netting $1M savings.