Geographic Information System (GIS) analysis uses and combines various source data information to display the current and future layout of a designated area. By combining modern survey techniques, such as LiDAR, and proposed project designs, an accurate 3D representation of the real world can be produced. Fluor can enable life-like visualizations or a flythrough of how a pipeline route may work.
The GIS database contains all elements relating to the pipeline. The model can incorporate specific pipeline elements like: the material type, coatings, design factor, land ownership, depth of cover, outer diameter or max operating temperature. Fluor is also able to link documents, drawings, photos, geotechnical evaluations and excel flow rates into the GIS database.
GIS and CAD can provide an integrated system to read and display corresponding information within one database. By using linear referencing tools, it is then possible to feed design data from the GIS database into an automated alignment sheet generator allowing for a fast, flexible alignment sheet generation. Fluor utilizes this technology on Energy & Chemicals and Mining & Metals projects.