May
12
2017

FARO’s Speed and Accuracy aids Rail Project

The use of a FARO Focus3D X 330 Laser Scanner helps to ensure the delivery of precise precast concrete structural elements to the Ordsall Chord project, part of Network Rail’s £1bn+ railway upgrade plan for the North of England.

A joint venture between Skanska BAM Nuttall is currently involved in delivering the Ordsall Chord, part of the Great North Rail Project to improve railway services. The project will help to increase connectivity across towns and cities and enable the Government’s so-called Northern Powerhouse initiative to boost economic growth in the North of England.

Since October 2015, work has been taking place on the Ordsall Chord.  This new section of track will create a link between Manchester city centre’s main train stations; Victoria, Oxford Road and Manchester Piccadilly, for the first time.  However, for this vital piece of track to be fitted, a huge amount of preparatory work needs to take place.  This includes realigning existing track-, building new bridges, removing disused arches and restoring Grade I listed structures related to what is a section of the world’s first passenger railway.

The delivery of incorrectly sized precast concrete elements had the potential to cause long delays to the Ordsall Chord project and to disrupt road and rail travel. To help eliminate this possibility a fool-proof system of laser scanning the critical structural elements has been adopted.

Dan Binney, Skanska BAM, Senior Engineering Surveyor explained. “Work on the Ordsall Chord involves reconfiguring the existing railway between Eccles and Deansgate, Eccles and Manchester Victoria and Deansgate and Salford Crescent stations. Other work includes the installation of two new bridges, the renovation of an existing bridge, the widening of a viaduct and establishing a new track lay out.

“The track changes will allow the 300 metre chord, a brand new section of railway, to connect with the new layout. As part of the project, a range of large, precast concrete, structural elements are manufactured off-site. Although we are able to make on-site adjustments to accommodate very minor size discrepancies, the delivery of precast structures that fall outside our specified dimensional tolerances would render them useless and cause massive time delays.

May
03
2017

FARO – AMS Webinar

FARO are working together with AMS on an automotive Webinar to inform viewers about our 3D measuring and scanning solutions.

Webinar title: FARO 3D Portable Measurement and Inspection Solutions for the Pre-Production Phase in Automotive Manufacturing

Webinar content description:
The application of portable 3D metrology solutions has superseded traditional measurement and inspection methods as OEMs continue to recognise the benefits of this technology in manufacturing processes. In this webinar we will focus on the principle metrology challenges in the decisive pre-production phase. The presentation will describe how FARO’s portable 3D metrology technology can be applied in pre-production phases such as first articles, tools and jigs, dies and moulds and BIW, increasing productivity and reducing cycle time.

Date: Tuesday 16 May 2017
Time: BST 15:00  (CEST 16.00 | EDT 10:00 | SGT 22.00)

Presenter: Majid Yaqub – Sales Engineer at FARO Technologies UK

To register please Click Here.

Apr
27
2017

Inno-Tech Days Oxford 2017

The next FARO Inno-Tech Days event will be held on the 18th May 2017 at the Science and Technologies Facilities Council in Oxford.

 

On display will be a wide range of our latest innovations including:

– the longest range and most accurate laser projector ever – the FARO Tracer M
– the truly mobile FARO FocusLaser Scanner for fast, secure and reliable scanning
– the recently launched mobile remote controlled Vantage S and Vantage E Laser Trackers with hot swappable batteries
– our latest robot-compatible automation solution – the FARO Cobalt Array Imager 

 

AGENDA:

09.00 – 10.00 Welcome and Introduction
10.00 – 11.00 Presentation of FARO
11.00 – 12.00 Free demo sessions
12.00 – 13.00 Latest FARO innovations
13.00 – 13.30 Lunch
13.30 – 14.30 Free demo sessions
14.30 – 15.15 Presentation of more FARO innovations
15.15 – 16.00 Free demo sessions

 

To register please Click Here.

Apr
19
2017

Eurosia and FARO: the perfect mix of BIM services and 3D Laser Scanning

Eurosia S.A. is a European group delivering BIM solutions to the AEC and EPC sectors in the Benelux, France, the UAE and the UK. The main goal of Eurosia as a company is to provide surveyors, general and MEP contractors with accurate BIM models to use in construction or renovation projects. The need for BIM modeling is constantly increasing with regard to construction or renovation projects.

Cedric Brusselmans, co-founder of Eurosia explains the problem they wish to solve: “The main challenge that we observe in various countries such as the Benelux and France – is that they consist mainly of medium to small companies of surveyors. This means that if they have to create a 3D model based on a point cloud, they may lose time, thus decreasing their productivity and revenue. In fact, while spending time on creating the 3D model, the surveyor may not be able to accept new projects. Our team try to take that burden away from them. Surveyors deliver us the point cloud and we create a full 3D model for them according to their specifications.”

In the process of Eurosia, surveyors can either upload their point cloud to the Eurosia server or Eurosia organizes a courier service to pick up the surveyor’s USB stick or mini-hard drive containing the point cloud within 24 hours (for point clouds that are too big in size – above 10 GB – and cannot be sent via usual channels). They then indicate which types of deliverables they would like to acquire. There will be a conversation between the surveyors and Eurosia’s project manager to ensure that standards, specifications and scope of work are matching with the requirement.  As Eurosia is taking care of the BIM model creation, surveyors can focus on their core business. Eurosia also offers 3D animation (virtual reality) services: such animation shows the building in its future state and actual environment.

Mr. Brusselmans explains: “We started this journey with FARO when we were exhibiting next to them at a trade fair in France. Naturally you start talking to your trade fair neighbors. Our respective teams saw the added value of each other’s solution. Following this event, we requested a meeting with FARO to show their different products. It was at that time we both saw that there was a connection between our services and that the combination could provide a great solution for surveyor companies. As a whole, a laser scanner is the opening door to many. This combination can also improve project efficiency for construction and installation companies.”

Eurosia sees itself working in collaboration with companies such as FARO to ensure that they can provide a good service level and adequate support to their clients. Once a BIM model and the BIM process is in place for a project, the collaboration among the different stakeholders can be smoother and more efficient. They all have the same data from the BIM model (drawings and measurements), which decreases the number of mistakes in construction and ultimately avoids extra costs and waste of time for all stakeholders.

Apr
13
2017

Think 3D first to commercialize 3D drone scanning

The use of 3D scanning for industrial environments has already been done since the 3D laser scanner has been invented. However, scanning with a fixed solution often provided problems, technicians often had to do dangerous climbs to be able to scan everything, machines had to stop working, etc. Belgian company Think 3D has found the solution by combining the FARO Focus3D X130 with a drone to create the world’s first high precision 3D scanning drone.

Think 3D is a Belgian company that provides 3D CAD models for complex industrial installations ranging from different sectors such as petrochemistry, steel, pharmaceuticals and the food industry. Think 3D is called in when the companies want to make changes to their installations and need a full 3D CAD model of their installation. The customer can then use this model as they please, to give to the architect, add to specifications or to create a 3D tour of the facility with.

 

To read more Click Here.

Apr
04
2017

Point clouds point the finger for law enforcement and public safety

Daniel Oxley, Account Manager – Public Safety, Europe North, FARO Technologies UK Ltd discusses how the ability to precisely scan and capture important macro and micro crime- and incident-scene information can revolutionise forensics and legal proceedings

Advances in 3D scanning technology and its associated hardware have created a new paradigm in the ability to interrogate crimes and incident scenes in more detail than ever before. As well as measuring and preserving minute details, the technology will also speed up forensic processes and save significant legal time and costs.

With applications in arson, crime, homicide and accident analysis, to name but a few, the technology also removes many of the human factors and accidental biases that could skew or hinder subsequent investigations. By providing unaltered, unambiguous and unbiased total-scene coverage, the level of detail on offer really is a game changer.

Photos on their own are no longer adequate. The investigators may not photograph the whole scene or could accidentally miss items that may be vital to the ongoing investigation. With FARO’s 3D scanning technology this is no longer an issue, as it will record everything. Users cannot only capture the scene a lot quicker – saving up to three or four days and significant labour costs – but they will also have complete scene data. What is more it is all measurable. This is essential for automotive collisions or for comparison to personal-interrogation data from crime scenes, relating to suspect location, reach, attitude and position.

Primary point cloud data can be captured using an ultra-portable FARO S Series Laser Scanner, which scan can a scene to an accuracy of ±1 mm. Offering minimal set up, the unit is also self-levelling so is incredibly easy to use. Complementing the S Series scanner, and for hidden or tight-access areas, the Faro Freestyle Handheld Laser Scanner can provide extra detail for specific areas in static crime scenes or, thanks to its impressive portability, for crush events in vehicle accidents, where deformations can be easily recorded for further analysis. When additional levels of accuracy are required, for finer details in shoe prints, bite marks or tooling scrapes, the FARO Forensic Scan Arm is a portable contact/non-contact measurement system that offers a resolution of 0.05 mm – less than the thickness of a human hair.

To process and present the cloud data, FARO offers dedicated 2D- and 3D diagramming and advanced animation software, like FARO Zone 2D, Crash Zone, Crime Zone or the SCENE software. For example, using SCENE’s intuitive ribbon-based approach, users can leverage the software to not only view the scene, but also calculate suspect heights based on photos. Using optional modules, blood spatter origins can also be determined, as can bullet trajectories. Finally, for crime scene visualisation, in courtrooms for example, FARO’s Video Pro plug in for SCENE, allows users to navigate to any point and view scenes from any angle. Floors and roofs can be removed and videos can be created that can be shared and viewed on line or with virtual reality headwear.

With many judicial and law-enforcement applications already in place – including deployment by the International Criminal Court in Holland – 3D scanning is the new benchmark for fast, easy and accurate collection of vital scene data and it is already making a real difference in the world of forensics.

 

More information is available at http://www.faro.com

Mar
03
2017

Scan2Print

FARO, 3D Systems and Canon 3D Printing, will be co-hosting a Scan2Print event on Thursday 4th May 2017.

Taking place at the Canon Open Experience Centre, Uxbridge. the free event’s program will focus on the exciting opportunities delivered by the latest 3D Printing and 3D Scanning technologies, to enhance the efficiency of product design processes.

Real life customer examples will illustrate how informed manufacturers, engineers, and product designers are combining 3D Scanning and 3DPrinting to achieve record levels of productivity, efficiencies, and cost-reductions.

FARO’s advanced 3D solutions enables fully digital workflows by capturing real world geometry for the purposes of empowering design. The company’s advanced technologies allow innovations to be realised, faster design cycles to be completed, and not least, they enable users to become more competitive.

 

Date: 4th May 2017
Time: 9:30am – 2pm
Location: Canon Open Experience Centre, Uxbridge

 

Click here to view the Agenda.

Register here.

 

Mar
03
2017

Sir John Soane’s Museum

In collaboration with FARO and ScanLAB Projects, Sir John Soane’s Museum in London has embarked on the Explore Soane Challenge which involves giving a global audience access to its archive.

Thanks to the latest 3D scanning technology offered by FARO, The Museum was able to scan its collections in order to create an online digital archive. The Soane Museum is one of a kind. Built by distinguished 19th century architect Sir John Soane, it was a home, library and museum in one – housing his collection of artworks, sculptures, furniture and artefacts. At his death in 1837, Soane left his house and collection to the nation, stipulating that it should be kept open and free for the public’s inspiration and education.

Almost two centuries later, FARO, ScanLAB Projects and The Soane Museum have embarked on a unified project to create an online digital archive of the Museum. The project utilises the latest developments in 3D technology to scan and digitise a wide selection of rooms and objects. This includes Soane’s Model Room, and the ancient 3,500 year old Sarcophagus of King Seti I.

For 180 years, the house has remained meticulously preserved through conservation and restoration. Nevertheless, Explore Soane continues this ambition in a new, powerful way. The teams will be adding more rooms, and several more objects to the digitised collection in order to inspire and educate, precisely as Sir John Soane wished.

Teams from ScanLAB have been utilising a range of cutting edge scanning technologies from FARO. Large spaces such as rooms and stairwells have been captured using LiDAR scanners such as the FARO Focus x 330, whilst smaller objects are scanned using the latest FARO Arm scanner and photogrammetric software. The data now forms part of an archive not just for the Museum but also for future and overseas researchers interested in studying the Museum and the many models collected by Sir John Soane himself.

“At Faro we strongly believe that the future is to digitally preserve and record every artefact or site of interest for future generations.  Our mission is ‘To enable mankind to easily and accurately connect the physical world to the virtual world.’  The tools that we use to document collections have become more user friendly and cost effective which makes it more accessible to more people.  We want to make our heritage our future.” (David Southam, FARO)

Click here to explore Sir John Soane’s Museum.

Feb
23
2017

Baroque Topologies

FARO Technologies are thrilled to have aided Andrew Saunders, Associate Professor from the University of Pennsylvania to accomplish his mission of collecting a digital archive of Baroque art and architecture.  Saunders, who works in the Department of Architecture travelled to Italy for six weeks in order to scan and archive some of the most prominent Italian Baroque architecture. Following the University of Pennsylvania’s commitment to ‘advancing the public good–both locally and globally–through art, design, planning, and preservation,’ the purpose of this project was to discover a superior method to digitally explore highly complex baroque architecture.

By using a FARO Focus3D X 130 laser scanner, data was captured showing the prospering evolution from the early and high baroque in Rome extending to the late baroque in the Piedmont Region in Northern Italy. The archive includes work from Francesco Borromini, Bernardo Vittone, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Pietro da Cortona Guarino Guarini, and Carlo Rainaldi. Precise 3D models were produced of the interior spaces of various churches which can now be viewed in full colour.

Taking into account that there were many challenges during this project, Andrew Saunders pointed out that the project would not have been possible without the contributions it received from its co-workers including FARO, Autodesk and the Italian contacts that made it possible to gain access to the scans.

FARO made a significant contribution to this project by providing a Focus3D X 130 laser scanner. This ultra-portable device allows users Topologies, FARO, University of Pennsylvania, baroque art, FAto record complex structures delivering realistic and true-to-detail scan results. The high resolution scanner has a range from 0.6m up to 30m and a distance accuracy of up to ±2mm. It also has a one million points per second scanning rate enabling fast, straightforward and accurate measurements of objects and buildings. FARO also offered software and training to those who had the responsibility of operating the laser scanner. The purpose of these scans was to create a comprehensive digital archive of the work. High resolution scans using the FARO Focus3D X 130 allowed verification, calibration and discovery of Baroque topologies.

Saunders stated, “The ability to capture, record and simulate increasingly larger sets of data, coupled with remote access to cloud computing and progressively more affordable additive fabrication technology, provides new opportunities and methods for understanding and assessing complexity and representation in architecture.”

The results from this project are extraordinary in many ways. The data that has been collected will now create digital access to some of the most prominent churches in the world, in a way that has never been available before. Furthermore, the captured scan data will allow experts to carry out reverse engineering of the algorithms behind the truly astounding baroque architecture.

However, the project is still not yet completed. It is intended that the archive will be used for in depth analysis and comparisons between the Italian churches. Moreover, The University of Pennsylvania School of Design will now work with Autodesk in order to make the archive available to the public as well as other students and scholars.

To access interactive 360 degrees views of the baroque architecture please click here. 

Feb
10
2017

Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office

The Clackamas Criminal Reconstruction and Forensic Team (CRAFT) is an inter-agency team with one full-time and 18 on-call Reconstructionists. They have traditionally been called in to investigate fatal and serious injury crashes in Clackamas County and to assist with crime-scene investigations. Because fatal crashes were causing lengthy roadway closures, the Clackamas County, Oregon CRAFT team was challenged with limiting road closure time and opening roadways faster. As a result, the team decided to use the FARO Focus3D X 330 scanner as a solution to thier problem.

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The capabilities of the laser scanner have allowed for a more flexible approach to utilizing the CRAFT resources on a variety of calls, including those they otherwise had not been able to re-spond to prior to adopting the scanning technology. Criminalist O’Neil commented on how effective the FARO scanner is at capturing crash and crime scenes, “By using the scanner, we spend less time on the scene, we get better data, and we can use a smaller crew. I prefer to have two people to set targets and move the scanner, but, if necessary, I can do it all myself.” O’Neil calculated that using the FARO Focus3D X 330 scanner has saved the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) more than $28,000 in overtime costs injust 16 months of operation.”

CRAFT is now called out to scan scenes whenever there is an officer-involved shooting, an officer-involved crash, or where a county or city liability may exist. The Focus3D X 330 provides the investigators with a unique ability to accurately verify line of sight issues in a crash or shooting incident. According to Criminalist O’Neil, “In an officer-involved shooting, you can position the view of the point cloud to be at the officer’s eye level. As you move through the cloud, you can see the scene exactly as they saw it.”

 

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