Company: ThyssenKrupp Fördertechnik GmbH (plant construction)

For a cement factory located in the Near East, the German company ThyssenKrupp Fördertechnik GmbH was assigned a contract to scan and collect data of a limestone plant. The software PointCab was to be used for analysing, planning and interpreting purposes.

The goal of ThyssenKrupp Fördertechnik GmbH was to synchronize 3D laser scanning data and existing 3D CAD models for planning purposes. That way, an extension to the existing plant could be planned in an effective manner.

A FARO laser scanner was used to scan a 160 meter long buried conveyor belt having its discharge point 6 meters above the ground. The conveyor belt runs through several silos.

The 3D model delivered a faithful representation as well as accurate dimensions of the factory and its installations, making it an ideal base for planning and alteration purposes. The ability to finally visualise conversion works and alterations on a computer has substantially reduced the risk of collisions.


  • scanning of a 160 meter long buried conveyor belt
  • time for scanning  at different altitude levels: 3 days
  • conveyor belt had to be stopped for just 2 hours (for scanning subterranean installations and components)
  • result of survey: 40 scans
  • creation of sectional views in Pointcab for further processing in AutoCAD


Why PointCab?

  • intuitive and easy-to-use interface
  • create sectional views from the point cloud (at any position)
  • fast and easy import of the 3D images in AutoCAD
  • synchronisation of 3D CAD models (actual state and plant construction) in AutoCAD
  • possibility to take existing machines into account for the extension of the plant

Analyse and interpret laser scanning results directly on site.