Newcastle survey specialists invest in 3D scanning tool

A project with Google has led to Newcastle's Digital Surveys investing in a 3D scanner, opening the door to more work within a range of sectors

Pipeline scanning by Digital Surveys
Pipeline scanning by Digital Surveys

A leading light in capturing data in 3D data has invested £60,000 in a new scanning tool which could pave the way to more work within the oil, gas and engineering sectors.

Newcastle-based Digital Surveys now owns a portable Exascan, made by Creaform, which it said will boost inspection capabilities for its clients.

The firm, a member of business development organisation NOF Energy, has been providing long and medium-range scanning services to a range of sectors for the last five years and the new piece of kit means it can also offer 3D inspection and reverse engineering services to the oil, gas and engineering sectors .

The firm invested in the scanner after dealing with an enquiry from Google, requesting the scanning of three light aircraft.

Ben Bennett, digital survey’s chief technical officer, said: “They wanted an accuracy of plus or minus 25 microns (a millionth of a metre). This was far lower than anything we had worked to before and required a very high end industrial grade system. After researching the available solutions, the only system on the market that could provide that type of accuracy in a portable device was the Creaform Exascan.

“When working in the aerospace sector, accuracy is paramount. The Google project was demanding but allowed us to scan the aircraft at various locations around Europe quickly and efficiently.”

Paul Livingstone business development manager at NOF Energy, said: “It is great to see companies such as Digital Surveys rising to challenges such as this and using the experience to drive their businesses forward into new areas.

“To have been selected for the initial project by Google shows the quality of the firm, and the investment it has inspired will continue to help the firm develop its position as a global go-to firm in this market.”

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