Ajinomoto North America – Iowa Plant Eddyville, IA

raSmith provided LiDAR (3D laser scanning) services to Upper Consulting, Inc., on this major plant process upgrade project, located in Eddyville, Iowa. Approximately 45,000 square feet of process plant was scanned to create an as‑built model in AutoCAD Plant 3D. Once the as-built model was in place, the engineering team used it to facilitate the design of the plant process upgrades.

Challenges included scanning a highly congested process plant environment while also adhering to an accelerated time frame. The challenges were successfully met with the simultaneous use of two scanners and four field personnel. The entire area, located on three floors, was scanned in four days, resulting in approximately 950 scans.

Once the point cloud data was registered and verified through raSmith’s rigorous QA/QC process, it was strategically split up into manageable sized seamless pieces and then converted to an Autodesk Recap format so that the engineering team could work with it in AutoCAD Plant 3D. Final deliverables included the point cloud data and a TruView data set.