PARKERSBURG - Pickering Associates has acquired a 3D printer and is offering clients access to the technology.
The technology has been around since the 1980s, but didn't start to see market hold until recently. It will enable clients gain a new prospective on projects, according to CEO Charles Pickering.
"The acquisition of our new 3D printer will allow us to model new buildings, processes and components on a whole new level," Pickering said. "It will allow our clients to be able to easily envision their process layout and components in a way that has not been available in our region in decades."
Pickering Associates clients will be able to utilize 3D models in many ways.
"By integrating our surveying staff with the new 3D modeling processes we can layout and visualize buildings and equipment that could not be reasonably modeled in the past," Pickering said.
The new printing technology will streamline communication and cooperation between the company and clients. Instead of computer documents to illustrate the concept, clients will be able to hold and evaluate a scale model of their project. This will make feedback more efficient and leave less room for misinterpretation.
"We're incredibly excited to offer this new resource to our clients," Pickering President Ryan Taylor said. "3D printing is a great tool of communication and we're thrilled to be able to be on the frontlines of bringing this technology to our clients and our community, at large."
Pickering Associates was founded in 1988 as an engineering firm that has developed into an integrated architecture, engineering and surveying company providing services to education, government, health care, industrial, oil and gas and private sector clients.