Costain Achieves Significant Time Savings with AVEVA Laser Modeller

Laser scan technology used on brownfield revamp project is up to 5 times quicker for as-built modelling

Chesterfield, UK – 17 September 2013: AVEVA today announced Costain, a leading UK Engineering Contractor (EPC) has achieved significant time and cost savings using AVEVA Laser Modeller. As an early adopter of the AVEVA software, Costain utilised the technology for a major North Sea oil & gas facility upgrade project. AVEVA Laser Modeller enabled the rapid conversion of nearly 1,000 laser scans into intelligent, as-built 3D plant models (in AVEVA PDMS), which helped to ensure the planned plant shutdown period of just 10 days.

“We faced a number of significant delivery challenges at the start of this project, including the need to minimise plant shutdown during revamp,” said Chris Bridgland, the Head of Engineering Delivery at Costain. “By adopting the best technology for the job, our dedicated team of expert engineers overcame these challenges and achieved the seemingly impossible by demonstrating impressive time and cost savings. We estimate that we were 2-3 times quicker for pipework modelling and 4-5 times for steelwork structural engineering.”

“By adopting a ‘survey to CAD’ technology approach, Costain was able to reduce risks such as safety, access restrictions and construction accuracy”, added Fredy Ktourza, Senior Vice President – Western Europe & Africa, AVEVA. “The production of an as-built 3D model of the facility allowed Costain to plan the revamp work very accurately, avoiding unexpected on-site modifications that could have resulted in huge delays and costs.

“By joining AVEVA’s Early Adopter programme, Costain was able to take advantage of this powerful new technology ahead of its official release in 2012. In turn, AVEVA gained valuable knowledge from the use of the product in a real-world project environment. This proved be extremely beneficial for both parties and we are very pleased with what Costain has been able to achieve.”

AVEVA Laser Modeller software is hardware-neutral, accepting data from all leading laser scanning systems. Unique in the laser scanning market, it removes the need to produce interim ‘dumb’ geometric models. To learn more about AVEVA Laser Modeller visit

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