We have used both of our main shape capturing technologies to facilitate boat building and maintenance. Vessels are organically shaped objects, full of compound curves and short on straight lines. Yet, we need to use all of the hull’s shape to fit in equipment and supplies. Successful modifications have to start with fully documenting the vessel’s current shape and the locations of key mechanical systems (i.e. engine, propellers, generators, etc.) as well as tanks, lines and other items which may be affected by a proposed change. That can all be accomplished using our 3D laser scanners and photogrammetry.
These methods are particularly useful for documenting the hull shape (i.e. is it truly fair and/or symmetrical?), obtaining cross-sections or determining the wetted surface area.
Here are some typical protects:
- Is the hull fair?
- How much does the vessel weigh?
- Where was the hydrodynamic center of pressure of the hull?
- Is the hull symmetrical?
- What is the biggest tank that will fit in an odd shaped space?
The are also many simple questions that can answered:
- What is the offset from the depth sounder to the bottom of the keel?
- What is the actual draft?
- Is she sitting on or below her design waterline?