Project Description

Client: Trident Seafoods
Location: Naknek, Alaska
Facility Type: Seafood Processing
Project Size: Multiple processing facility upgrades including:

  • 6,000 SF New Processing Area
  • 4,000 SF Mezzanine
  • 3,000 SF Ice House
  • 25,500 SF New Cooler and Dock
  • 10,800 SF Dry Storage Building

3D Imaging Facilitates Remote Design|Build Capacity

Fisher’s Point Cloud Capture Made Short Work of a Complex Project

Home to the world’s largest run of wild Sockeye salmon, Trident Seafoods has operated a fish processing plant on the edge of Bristol Bay in Naknek, Alaska for 40 years. When it came time to upgrade the plant, Fisher’s success as the design | builder of leading fish processing plants in Cordova and Valdez caught Trident’s attention.

Fisher had to work between fishing seasons and the narrow weather window for material delivery and construction. Straightaway, the design | build team went to work evaluating the structure and addressing the required upgrades. Fisher’s design team laser scanned the existing building and site and created 3D point cloud data from which the team created precise walk-through models.

3D Point Cloud Scans erased the miles between Fisher’s home office and the Alaskan wilderness. Throughout the project the entire team was able to virtually walk the facility, obtain measurements, review clashes, and visually evaluate structural components.

Precise documentation was important. As a result of additions and new equipment over the years, rendered original as-built drawings insufficient for the fast-paced project. By using leading-edge technology, Fisher captured the current as-built information for design without the entire team having to walk, measure, and redraw.

Taking a design and making it a functioning reality was the next hurdle. Fisher quickly organized all of the materials needed for the renovation. 93 Conex containers were loaded on three barges to make the 2,000-mile trip before freezing temperatures closed the port. On-site in Naknek, Fisher crews removed the old equipment, made structural upgrades, and renovated the entire processing plant.

The seven-month renovation was completed by the following spring. Nonetheless, ready for Trident to process tens of millions of fish for shipping around the world.