Use Cases of Online CAD Tools in Maritime Asset Digitization

CAD (Computer-Aided Design) software is used to create designs and drawings of structures, for example when planning a completely new structure or repairing an old one.

While working with the clients in the maritime industry, we encountered a challenge of information about ports’ structures being disappeared or destroyed during the decades or even centuries long operation of the ports. Additionally, the plans of the structures may have been changed already during the construction, which means the actual structure differs from the plan. Digitizing the asset information is a huge task, and therefore, it is not worth to digitize outdated information. This is the reason we have added easy-to-use online CAD tools to GISGRO, enabling the users to utilize real 3D data as a starting point of digitizing the asset information. In this article we present few use cases regarding the GISGRO CAD tools in maritime industry.


Drawing 2D and 3D Models of Structures

A 3D point cloud is a good starting point for digitizing asset data, because up-to-date information about a structure can only be achieved by surveying the structure. When the 3D survey is done with high standards, the point cloud is in real scale and in coordinates. By uploading the point cloud to GISGRO, you can visualize it and make an accurate 2D or 3D model of the structure by drawing the structure using GISGRO polyline and polygon tools. Finally, you can export the model in .dfx format. The video below tells you in a minute, how easy it is.


Defining Underwater Pipeline Routes

When installing submerged pipelines, the unpredictable circumstances in the installation phase may affect the outcome, e.g. location or straightness of the pipeline. This is why it is important to update the pipeline information to all needed databases after a survey project. Especially if there’s a suspected leak or if you are planning construction in the area, knowing the real location of the pipeline is essential.

You can draw the measured pipeline route in GISGRO with the polyline tool and export the route as dfx. file. Now the location information can be uploaded to your other GIS-platforms as well or to be sent to contractor.


Marking Area Boundaries

Rental areas, dredging areas etc. In ports there are various types of areas to be defined. Even if you don’t yet have the information in a digital format, it is easy to draw the areas to the map, where they are saved and can be exported to other platforms. GISGRO functions as a database, and you can add information to the defined area. This is how you get all the information to the same place in order to enhance efficiency and communication.

If you want to try the CAD tools for yourself, get a demo account. You can also book a presentation from our specialist to see this and GISGRO‘s other handy tools for asset management.

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