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Trimble expands tank inspection and pipeline measurement portfolio

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Trimble has developed an expanded geospatial portfolio that extends operational efficiency and improves workflows for oil and gas companies. The portfolio includes new laser scanning instrument features, an enhanced automated storage tank inspection solution, as well as an advanced pipeline data collection and analysis software functionality. The new capabilities address several challenges the oil and gas industry is currently facing and can reduce project durations and expenditures.

The enhanced solutions for oil and gas industry applications include tank inspection and pipeline measurement.

Tank inspection

To ensure clients obtain the most accurate representation of their tank assets, tank inspectors, surveyors and service providers are using 3D laser scanning technologies to quickly capture and generate high quality asset information. Trimble has enhanced its tank inspection solution with updates to the Trimble® TX8 3D laser scanner and an enhanced workflow in the Trimble RealWorks® software, which can increase productivity and reduce costs.

The Trimble TX8 3D laser scanner delivers the accuracy, point density and scanning range oil and gas professionals need to reliably capture data in demanding work environments. Enhanced, extended range functionality streamlines the traditional two stage scanning workflow into a single, faster operation to collect more data with fewer instrument setups. The TX8 also has a new high quality scanning mode that provides data accurate to 1 mm to support precise tank measurement, facilities rework and fabrication projects. These features, along with several other interface and workflow enhancements, make data capture with the TX8 even more efficient. The Trimble RealWorks Advanced-Tank Edition provides simple guided workflows to perform thorough tank inspections and automatically produce detailed reports according to API 653 Standard guidelines. New automated modelling tools improve tank and facilities operations by producing accurate data to make informed decisions and reduce downtime. The combination of the Trimble TX8 and Trimble RealWorks software can save field and office time, improve worker safety and provide superior deliverables.

Pipeline measurement

Designed for surveyors working on oil and gas pipeline projects, the Trimble Access™ Pipelines application automates critical tasks and simplifies the collection and integration of specialised pipeline data. New functionality focuses on flexibility and quality assurance in the field, including improved end user experience and the ability to support new and multiple workflows based on unique and continuously changing project requirements. The software also provides enhanced documentation and reporting capabilities, reducing the time needed to produce final deliverables.

Adapted from press release by Rosalie Starling

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