A significant evolution in IT tools and manufacturing techniques (3D printing), combined with ever shorter project execution times and more complex design requirements, made engineers require new tools (e.g. Automatic 3D scanning and modelling technologies) to respond to these new needs efficiently.

For Paul Wurth, reverse engineering has started to emerge, especially when it comes to upgrade of existing plants or equipment, and modern 3D scanning tools are used to establish records of existing plant units faster. Some plant areas, however, remain difficult to access (e.g. due to safety during plant operation).

Finally, new technologies such as 3D printing are emerging that need drastically new ways of engineering skills and computing solutions.

Key words:

  • 3D scanning technology
  • Visual capturing technology
  • Drone technology
  • Reverse engineering methods
  • Concurrent engineering
  • Big Data management