APC 3D Modelling Using Laser Scanning

In September 2020, EPROM was awarded a ‘3D Modelling using laser scanning’ project by Alexandria Petroleum Company (APC). This project required providing an intelligent 3D Model for the plant and all its utilities, updating P&IDS and PFDS, isometric drawings in addition to an electronic technical library of all the previously mentioned areas. The implementation of this project is ongoing through 2021 and expected to continue till 2023.

The Project realized the vision of Ministry of Oil and Mineral resources and Egyptian General Petroleum Cooperation (EGPC) of the digitalization and modernization of Oil and gas Sector. A “smart” 3D model for oil refinery plants has proven to be invaluable as it improves its efficiency, sustainability, safety, accuracy, quality and reduces overall cost of future projects. All these efforts are to ensure proper asset management and maintain asset integrity. EPROM’s outstanding performance for the project made it within provided financial and time resources while ensuring optimum quality of deliverables. This performance has shown a new level of cooperation between EGPC companies that could be a good example for further cooperation among other companies.

There are several units of the APC site that are involved in this project such as the distillation area, lube oil area, supporting units & utilities for lube oil area, lube oil storage tanks area, distillation storage tanks area, spent oil and asphalt area, flare area, harbor area, outside tank farm and pipelines.

This project has several deliverables such as producing a plant 2D layout, generating an intelligent 3D model, updating the existing P&ID with plant real status, generating a 3D Model representation in Navisworks application, producing 360 HD Images, producing updated isometric drawings / BOM, the provision of scanned/digitalized documents, as well as providing APC with the required training to manage and operate the outputs. The project covers an area of 945,000 m2, more than 11 process units, involving about ten different disciplines, with a total duration of 40 months, and more than 22,000 laser scanning points, involved more than 1200 P&IDs, and consumed around 750,000 Safe man-hours.