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Report from S&T Project 19146: Demonstration and Use of Advanced 3D Measuring Techniques Using Portable Laser and Arm Technology

Research Question: Can Reclamation harness this powerful new toolset to three-dimensionally map componentry and equipment, with high-accuracy and speed, while subsequently reducing maintenance and repair costs through time-savings and an expansion of in-house capability? Laser metrology equipment was purchased to explore their use around Reclamation facilities during mechanical maintenance and inspections, and in a lab environment for analysis of test samples and mechanical parts. Various case studies revealed many applications in which laser metrology equipment could be used around Reclamation to aid in the measurement and analysis of hydro-generators, geological samples, and machine parts. The capability of digitally three-dimensionally mapping components adds significant advantages over traditional measurement methods including, measurement accuracy, validation, and the ability to archive measurements. The studies also revealed instances in which laser metrology is inferior to traditional measurement methods due to the measurement complexity, time requirement, and error that is required by a measurement.
Generation Effort S&T Project 19146: Demonstration and Use of Advanced 3D Measuring Techniques Using Portable Laser and Arm Technology
Location Western US
Themes Infrastructure and Assets, Hydropower
Tags Metrology, FARO, Modeling, Reverse Engineering, Measurements
Reclamation Project
Reclamation Program Science and Technology Program

Location Information

Location Name Western US
Location Description The 17 western states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming, California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona..
Location Tags Reclamation Domain
Location Parent
State(s) Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wyoming
Unified Region(s) Missouri Basin, Arkansas-Rio Grande-Texas-Gulf, Upper Colorado Basin, Lower Colorado Basin, Columbia-Pacific Northwest, California-Great Basin
Timezone MT
Elevation [ N/A ]
Vertical Datum NAVD88
Coordinates (lat, long) See Location Details
Horizontal Datum WGS84