Petroleum Clean Fuels Project

Value Drivers: Capital Project, Turnaround, Detailed Design

 Situation

Major modifications were required at a 220,000 BPD refinery to comply with clean fuels regulations.

Challenge

The refinery dated to the turn of the century where current existing condition documentation was inaccurate, incomplete, missing or non-existent.

Solution

Quantapoint’s digitizing solution and work process was selected to generate the 3D model for portions of the existing refinery.  Our scope of work required that digitizing be completed throughout the refinery; from at-grade to scans on top of the RCC and FCC units (over 250 feet above grade).  Some of the unique aspects to this project included the following:

Results

Some of the unique aspects of this project and benefits received included the following:

  • Client estimated it would take five months to generate existing conditions documentation
    • Quantapoint finished in just 22 days
    • There were major cost benefits realized vs. the cost of collecting the data manually
  • Lead piping engineer never visited site
    • Design team trusted the accuracy of the Quantapoint data
  • Detailed engineering design executed using an offshore engineering center
    • Quantapoint data was shared to India to support this effort
  • Almost 500 piping tie-ins hot-linked to images
    • Temperature of pipe recorded by using infrared camera and linking to database
  • Volume digitized was approximately 5,000,000 cubic feet
    • Data network with average resolution of 3mm

Petroleum Clean Fuels Project  (PDF)