Salt Creek Oil Field 3D Laser Scan for Engineering Design

Type of Project


Natrona County, Wyoming

Primary Service

Land Surveying


Anadarko Petroleum Company

Client Type


Completed Year


WLC was hired by Anadarko Petroleum Company to provide 3D laser scanning for engineering design at LACT facilities and recycle compression stations. The laser scan project provided excellent data for design and as-built issues related to projects that upgrade existing oil facilities for the enhanced oil recovery using CO2. WLC was challenged with difficult survey conditions within an existing oil field, including hazardous gases, terrain, aging infrastructure, and ongoing construction activities. WLC incorporated a process in which we tied all scans into the project coordinate system utilizing the control network established for the project. This process allowed the designer and engineer to work in one coordinate system for the entire project and seamlessly insert into the company GIS. The final deliverable presented the owner with a real time, dated picture of existing field conditions and existing inventory as they designed improvements to existing facilities. Scanning depicted real world conditions and a picture of what potential conflicts were present. This greatly enhanced and even eliminated costly and inefficient field engineering efforts. WLC completed the project on time and under budget.

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