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Digital Dry Dock Captures Marine Assets in 3D

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Digital Dry Dock Leverages 3D Laser Scanning

When we talk about yacht refits or any form of manufacturing within the yachting industry, our minds are drawn to time out of the water and time in the dry dock. Typically, it takes days to carry out the measuring process alone and, due to the absence of fit-for-purpose ‘as-built’ drawings, failure to measure accurately often leads to poorly estimated projects and costly re-work. In this article Oliver Graffy, Co-founder of Digital Dry Dock explains how 3D laser scanning is transforming the yachting industry.

From an article in SuperyachtNews by Oliver Graffy, Co-founder of Digital Dry Dock.

However, with the introduction of 3D laser scanners it is now possible to accurately measure the hull, superstructure exterior, interior and engineering systems in just a few hours.

This technology has already been put to widespread use in the building industry. It is even a legal requirement for government-owned buildings because of the time and cost savings it offers throughout the building’s lifetime. So how does it work? And what value can its use bring to yacht owners?

How does it work?

The process begins with boarding the boat and gathering information. While it is an option to scan the entire vessel, nothing beats the knowledge of the owner, the captain or the crew in knowing where to start. From here, the laser scanning begins.

With the use of laser scanners, photogrammetry and scanning accessories, designed especially for yachts – such as the counterbalance rig which can be suspended over the side – almost any part of the boat above the waterline can be measured while it is still operational and in the water. This means that no matter what is being surveyed, whether a small engineering compartment or even an entire vessel, measurements can be taken while the boat is fully operational. Technology is currently being developed to enable inspections to be completed below the waterline too.

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