May 2020, Vol. 247, No. 5

Features

3-D Scanning Used to Fabricate Replacement Pipe in Offshore Vessel

Special to P&GJ The task of replacing a pipe sounds simple enough. However, it became much more complicated when that pipe was 50 feet (15 meters) high in an offshore vessel surrounded by other pipes and equipment in a room nearly 100 feet (30 meters) high, 33 feet (10 meters) long and 10 feet (3 meters) wide.  Working within such a tight space, the men rappelled down the pipes armed with hand-held 3-D scanners. (Photo: ASOM). To make matters worse, there were no accurate measurements on hand and the pipe was leaking produced water – water that contains hydrocarbons, heavy metals and other pollutants, a byproduct of the oil and nat

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