3D Scanning

3D scanning is an essential step before the installation of the BWTS. Our technicians in 375 global ports are skilled and experienced in 3D scanning to ensure that the scans are as accurate as possible. Contact our team today!
BWTS Installation - 3D Scanning
3D Scanning

A successful Ballast Water Treatment System (BWTS) installation starts with an accurate drawing that is achieved through the 3D scanning of your vessel’s structure. Therefore, precision is key. Ensuring that all components are correctly specified from the start can help prevent delays and ensure that the installation proceeds as efficiently as possible. A 3D scan of the vessel is a crucial step in this process.


About BWTS 3D Scanning

The installation of BWTS on existing vessels is a complex and challenging process. Vessels have various sizes and designs, making it difficult to develop a one-size-fits-all system. In addition, the installation can be long-term and expensive, often requiring vessels to be dry-docked for an extended time.

3D scanning allows for a detailed, digital representation of the vessel’s layout to be created. This information can then be used to create precise drawings of the vessel’s compartments, which are essential for planning BWTS installations in these confined spaces. By having accurate drawings, engineers and technicians can identify potential challenges and develop solutions before the installation begins. This can help save time and money, as it reduces the need for costly changes or rework once the installation has already begun.

Benefits of 3D Scanning

The 3D scanning of BWTS integrates several benefits:

  • Precise Measurements: 3D scanning allows for the accurate measurement of the available space within a vessel’s engine room or other specific areas. This precision is essential in designing and installing BWTS components, reducing the need for extensive modifications due to space constraints.
  • Customization: The detailed 3D scans of the vessel’s interior allow the creation of custom solutions that fit perfectly within the available space. This customization decreases the risk of extensive retrofitting and the time required for installation.
  • Decreased Downtime: Traditional BWTS installations can lead to extended periods of vessel downtime, causing financial losses since the vessel is not operational. 3D scanning generates prompter and more efficient installations.
  • Compliance: 3D scanning ensures that BWTS components are installed correctly, according to the applicable rules and regulations (e.g., IMO, USCG). This minimizes the risk of non-compliance and affiliated penalties.
  • Maintenance: 3D scanning also aids in the maintenance of BWTS. Regular scans can help identify and address issues early, preventing system failures and ensuring consistent compliance.

Steps in the 3D Scanning Process

The usual 3D scanning of BWTS integrates the following main steps: 

  1. Preparation and Planning: The first step refers to the identification of the specific area that needs to be scanned. Next, the scanning equipment and technology to be used are determined, considering factors like the size of the area and the required level of detail. Given the performance of 3D scans in confined spaces sometimes, it is also important to ensure safety measures. 
  2. Equipment Setup: The next step integrates the set-up of the 3D scanning equipment that incorporates laser scanners, structured light scanners, or photogrammetry cameras. The equipment is also calibrated to ensure accurate measurements.
  3. Scanning Process: At this stage, the actual 3D scanning is performed, capturing data points from various angles and positions. 
  4. Data Processing: After capturing the raw data, it is processed and converted into a usable 3D model.
  5. Model Generation: Through the use of special software, a 3D model of the BWTS is created. This model represents an accurate digital replica of the physical system. 
  6. Quality Control: The quality control checks ensure that the 3D model accurately represents the BWTS. 
  7. Application: The 3D models are used for various purposes, integrating designing custom BWTS components that fit precisely within the available space, performing virtual inspections, conducting simulations, or planning installations and maintenance tasks.

3D Scanning for Your BWTS at Mr. Marine

At Mr. Marine Ballast, we understand the importance of precision when it comes to BWTS installations. That is why our high-quality technicians and equipment ensure that we get the best possible results every time. Our technicians are skilled and experienced in 3D scanning and they use state-of-the-art equipment to ensure that the scans are as accurate as possible. Additionally, we use the latest software to turn the scan data into detailed drawings that can be used by our engineers and technicians to plan the BWTS installation.

Once the 3D scan and subsequent drawings have been completed, our team will work closely with you to develop a plan for the BWTS installation. This plan will take into account factors such as the vessel’s layout, the type of BWTS being installed and any potential challenges that have been identified during the 3D scanning process. Our team will also work with you to ensure that the installation is planned around your vessel’s schedule and that it is completed as quickly as possible.


Mr. Marine Ballast – Your Reliable Partner for 3D Scanning

Installing a BWTS on a vessel is a complex process that requires precision and attention to detail. An accurate 3D scan and subsequent drawings of the vessel’s layout are essential for planning such installations and ensuring that the project proceeds as efficiently as possible. At Mr. Marine, our high-quality technicians in 375+ global ports and equipment ensure that we get the best possible results every time. 

If you’re planning to install a BWTS on your vessel, contact our team for more information. We’ll work closely with you to ensure that the installation is completed on time, on budget and to your satisfaction.


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