Aberdeen-based 3D scanning specialists, Viewport3 have experienced record uptake of a new service offering following its acceleration to market to help with challenges the industry is currently facing.

Having launched their new remote data capture service less than a month ago, the North-east firm has already secured four contracts with a collective value of £100,000. Split between existing and new clients, these contracts have an international spread, and will see the Viewport3 team working remotely on projects based in Norway, the Mediterranean, the UKCS and the US.

The remote scanning service integrates Viewport3’s data-collection expertise with bespoke software to collect and process 3D data from offshore via remote working arrangements. The technique involves providing divers and ROV personnel with guidance for the task along with remote support, allowing them to collect the data and submit to Viewport3 for processing and analysis.

Co-director of Viewport3, Richard Drennan, said: “We’ve been developing and refining this system for a number of years now, but for obvious reasons it is proving an extremely valuable tool for our customers at the moment. Remote capture adds value across the board. We can often use cameras that are currently fitted to the ROV, or which divers have otherwise readily available, meaning we can get to work very quickly, with minimal manpower required. The volume and quality of the information we can retrieve remotely can save our customers multiple offshore campaign days and streamline future inspection tasks. It’s hugely gratifying to see the industry adopt 3D scanning so readily and deploy it intelligently, achieving considerable cost savings.”

Co-director, Chris Harvey added: “Our remote scanning process is proving to be a life-line for the industry – enabling our customers to continue with safety and business-critical maintenance operations, despite the travel restrictions imposed as part of the global lockdown. There are many instances where this service can answer questions clearly and promote increased understanding of technical challenges.”

Viewport3 specialise in providing 3D scanning and reverse engineering services - using digital cameras to obtain technical grade point-cloud data, which the firm then processes into 3D to produce straightforward reports and outputs. Since 2018, Viewport3 conservatively estimate £12m in savings for field operators by deploying high-end 3D scanning techniques.

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