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smartgeometrics velocity 2014 For more Solutions visit 44 IN THE PETROCHEMICAL INDUSTRY, the status of key infrastructure such as oil and gas pipelines, often in far-flung and inhospitable places, is absolutely crucial. To deliver quick and comprehensive visual information on the state, location and positioning of these and other physi- cal assets, SmartGeoMetrics uses the p3d sys- tem. ProScan is a mobile laser-scanning rig that includes NovAtel's IMU-FSAS inertial measure- ment unit, FlexPak6 receivers and antennas. Sam Billingsley is Vice President, Business & Product Development, at SmartGeoMetrics. He says adaptability is the hallmark of the ProScan. With the terrestrial laser scanner (LiDAR) and all other components on a single spindle, the unit is completely self-contained and very easy to use with all types of mobile platforms. "We have used it on a trolley, on a golf cart, and with a glide-arm vest," he says. "However, our in- corporation of the unit on our ATProfiler seems to have gained the most attention." The ATProfiler is an eye-catching all-terrain vehicle with treads, as opposed to wheels. "It al- lows us to quickly visually capture pipelines just before they are buried, in exceptionally rugged environments," Billingsley explains. "The ve- hicle uses a boom to hold the laser scanner, in an inverted position, over the trench so that the pipe location as well as welds and flanges can be scanned while all of the right-of-way topography is being captured." Like no other system "There is no other system in the market with the capabilities of our ProScan and accompanying software," says p3d systems CEO Erwin Frei. "We can capture 3D data with high productivity, accuracy, unparalleled versatility—including in- doors, ease of use, minimal 'time-to-results' and at a huge cost reduction." Capturing reality accurately in three dimen- sions requires an incredible amount of skill and precision. p3d systems combines components, in- cluding the LiDAR, Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) and Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) elements, into a single integrated sys- tem. The resulting portable platform enables the capture of both exterior and interior spaces with more flexibility than ever before. Frei says p3d systems started using Novatel components some years ago, specifically the ProPak–V3 GNSS receiver, as the principal po- sitioning sensor to aid the IMU in trajectory de- termination in outdoor applications. "Later we switched to the FlexPak6 GNSS Rx GNSS receiv- er," he says, "because of its additional capabilities, which are now paramount to the performance of the ProScan system." The NovAtel FlexPak6™ is a triple-frequency GNSS receiver based on the OEM628™ receiver card. It can track GPS and GLONASS. Frequen- cies include L1, L2, L2C, L5, E1, E5a/b, AltBOC, B1, B2 and L-Band. "We do need a state-of-the-art, dual-frequency receiver with GPS as well as GLONASS tracking Trolly-mounted ProScan. SEEING IS BELIEVING powerful visualization services from SmartGeoMetrics Petrochemical companies need to know the conditions of their pipelines, to ensure proper maintenance and plan for modifi cations. Now, U.S.-based SmartGeoMetrics, and p3d-systems, in Hamburg, Germany, are combining laser-scanning technologies with advanced NovAtel IMU and GNSS capabilities to deliver fast, fl exible and precise visualization services to the industry, saving time and money, and reducing maintenance-related downtime. Photo courtesy of p3d systems.

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