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Viewport3 – subsea scanning that delivers substantial savings

Viewport3 – subsea scanning that delivers substantial savings


Technology start-up Viewport3 are making waves in the industry with their reactive subsea scanning services. The company’s innovative, high-accuracy photogrammetry process has helped their customers to make significant cost savings over the past year.

Viewport3 apply their expertise in underwater photography to capture 3d geometric data for operators or marine contractors. Using underwater digital cameras mounted on ROVs or divers, the team are capable of retrieving technical-grade point cloud data with proven accuracies of under 1mm. This data can then be measured, compared, reported on and exported to CAD, allowing their clients to make accurate, informed, high value decisions.

Simplicity is key to Viewport3’s success, as the simple capture process enables them to begin scanning as soon as they enter the water. This ability to integrate their photogrammetry process into the existing work flow further minimises project disruption and risk.

As a result, the company can offer market-leading turnaround times. Removing the need to co-ordinate additional hardware or diving campaigns saves their clients vast amounts of operational time and expenditure.

The way they present the scanning data is equally straightforward. Understanding that miscommunication is costly, Viewport3 provides a bespoke service producing anything from a dimensional report, simple 2D CAD or a full point-cloud output.

After scanning, they can produce highly accurate surface reconstructions, based on the data processed and interpreted by the intelligent software workflows.

Richard Drennan, Director of Viewport3 said: “Quite often we use the cameras that you’ll already have on your ROV, although occasionally we’ll augment them with something with a better resolution. We then take home sub-millimetric data that people can rely on - that’s what matters. Giving someone a 3d shape is one thing but giving them a shape that they have full confidence in, is something quite different.”

3d scanning provides opportunities for the industry to create additional value across a range of engineering tasks. Whether it’s capturing a subsea anomaly, reverse engineering or importing into a CAD platform, the ability to create an exact 3d copy of what lies subsea is proving popular with north sea operators, and Viewport3’s success is testimony to that.

Published: 02-04-2019

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