What is Detect3D?

Detect3D is the state-of-the-art fully three-dimensional fire and gas mapping software. Using the integrated design environment, line-of-sight flame detectors, IR point, and open-path gas detectors as well as toxic and acoustic detectors can be interactively positioned and oriented within any geometry. Obstructions to flame detector's field-of-view (FOV) are accurately calculated in full 3D by casting then-of-thousands of rays from each detector location. The user can easily identify zero-coverage zones and interactively adjust the position or orientation of the detectors to receive real-time feedback, to quickly design the best performing fire and gas detector layouts.


The purpose of Detect3D is to minimize the risk of undetected fires by:

  • Calculating the realistic detector coverage layouts using fast and accurate ray casting techniques developed by Insight Numerics.

  • Providing a three-dimensional environment for viewing coverage of fire zones and identifying blind spots (regions of zero coverage).

  • Allowing users to quickly and easily allowing users to modify a detector layout based on the results.



Why is Detect3D Useful?

Alternative methods for detector positioning use simple 2D overlays which do not accurately account for obstructions and may not highlight areas where fires could occur and not be detected. Detect3D accounts for all obstructions in a 3D environment with high accuracy.


It is important to reduce the risk of fires in facilities and having accurate detection of fires and gas leaks is a major component for reducing that risk. Detect3D calculates the effectiveness of detector layouts, identifies regions of concern and provides the tools necessary to improve the detector placement and orientation, thus reducing the risk of non-detection. By placing flame and gas detectors more effectively, the risk will be reduced, and the cost may even be lowered as in some instances fewer detectors are required to provide the same level of coverage.



What Makes Detect3D Different?

  1. It is the first fire and gas mapping software to make use of genetic algorithms for optimized detector placement.

  2. It accounts for all types of obstructions in a fully three-dimensional environment and automatically removes internal volumes.

  3. It uses a unique adaptive ray casting algorithm that allows users to obtain accurate results quickly, often in under 2 seconds.

  4. It can interface with many CAD formats (DGN, DWG, DWF, DXF, IGES, STEP, OBJ, STL).

  5. Detectors can be imported from our manufacturer's database or create a custom detector field-of-view using the Detect3D modeler.

  6. Fire and gas mapping studies can be carried out in a single project, using the same CAD geometry and fire zones.

  7. Results can be exported to PDF and Excel. Images of the layout can be produced with high quality PNG files for enhanced communication between project teams.