As the body of a young man shot to death lay on Shuter Street, forensic tech Gary Schofield re-positioned a strange, two-headed device on a tripod all around the body.
The machine is a state-of-the-art laser scanner purchased by Toronto police to create 3D maps. All of the images will later be digitally stitched together.
Over the last several years, Toronto police forensic techs have been testing Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) devices. Now, with the purchase of the $100,000 device, the police service is on the cutting edge.
FARO, the world’s leading provider of portable measurement and imaging solution has just released version 1.5 of its CAM2 Q software.
CAM2 Q is FARO’s 3D measurement software solution that enables customers to complete measurement jobs quickly and reliably while providing freedom to measure as is required by the application. It is Solid Measurement Made Simple.
This version of the software contains a new set of features that not only enhance the the capabilities of CAM2 Q but also, more importantly, simplify the measurement process for all users:
Immediate measurement capability: Measuring with CAM2 Q was easy and has now become much easier. Measurements can be taken anytime and CAM2 Q 1.5 will record them.
Unleash the Laser Tracker!: The potential of the Laser Tracker can be futher exploited with new features like: Bundle Adjustment, TrackArm capabilities and qTouch, the new iPhone/iPod Touch application for remote control of FARO devices.
CAM2 compatibility: SoftCheckTools programs from earlier versions of CAM2 software can now be imported and run within CAM2 Q.
For more information, please visit the CAM2 Q microsite. Trial versions can be requested from the Downloads section of the site.
“The reason why Topometria Ltd ordered the FARO Laser Scanner Focus3D is that it was by far the most impressive item of Intergeo 2010, assembling in a tiny instrument all the high-end technology we needed: frequency, range, color, 360 field of view at a very fair price. The Focus3D will become the link between laser scanning technology and daily conventional survey” explains George Papastamos, CEO at Topometria.
Topometria Ltd is a Greek infrastructure engineering and consulting company providing ad hoc Surveying Services. Over the last years, the company invested time and capital in High End Surveying Equipment and software as well as in training. Except conventional surveys Topometria Ltd expertise’s in deformation monitoring, railway and road works surveying, laser scanning, tunneling survey, geodetic network establishment, quantity survey.
FARO is organising a European series of seminars called ‘Quality on Tour’ this autumn. The aim is to educate the participants on quality control topics. The seminars are carried out in conjunction with universities and measurement experts.
The seminar Quality on Tour consists of two days and features the topics ‘Portable measurement technology, articulated arm Coordinate Measuring Machines and laser scanners’ as well as ‘Measuring large volumes and laser trackers’. During the mornings participants will hear theoretical introductions to measurement systems, how they work and where they can be employed. In the afternoons participants will have the opportunity to test and deepen their newly gained knowledge in workshops.
The Quality on Tour seminars are taking place in October and November in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, France and Italy. The UK event will take place on 16th and 17th November at Warwick University in Coventry.
More information can be found on http://www.qualityontour.com/.
FARO will be exhibiting at the MIDEST Show which will be taking place from 2nd to 5th November at the Exhibition Centre in Villepinte (near Paris). The MIDESt fair is the world’s largest show exclusively dedicated to industrial subcontracting and face to face meetings. FARO will display its whole range of 3D measuring systems, including the whole new FARO Laser Scanner Focus3D.
BMW Group acquired FARO Focus3D and will use it for the adjustment of the real geometry of forming tools with engineering data. The purpose is to avoid collisions in the production process.
ThyssenKrupp Drauz Nothelfer GmbH based in Wadern-Lockweiler (Germany) bought as one of the first companies the new FARO Laser Scanner Focus3D. The scanner will be used in the digital factory sector and to digitalise production lines in the automotive sector.
Rainer Haupenthal, teamleader at BIW Service explains, ”The FARO Focus3D is the first choice for us and convinced us due to its cost/performance ratio: excellent quality for a reasonable price. No other supplier on the market offers this performance at such a price.“
With the opening of the Intergeo 2010 we launched yesterday the new FARO Laser Scanner Focus3D which is five times smaller, four times lighter than its predecessor and available at a very affordable price. [Read more …]
1st Horizon Surveying & Engineering Ltd offers a complete measured survey & 3D laser scanning service. They provide expertise for anything from simple reduced level surveys, to detailed laser scans and intelligent 3D modelling.
1st Horizon is an established survey company that specialises in 3D laser scanning. Managing Director, Mr Jim Garside commented, “We are an existing FARO customer using the FARO Laser Scanner Photon 120 and we have worked very closely with FARO Product Management on the development of the new FARO Focus3D. The new scanner is a real leap forward in technology and will allow us to improve our scanning efficiency by it‘s speed, portability and data quality”.
Jim continued, “we are investing heavily in the new FARO Focus3D to meet the growing demands for hiring and scanning services that our customers are demanding”.
Focus3D is a revolutionary, high-performance 3D laser scanner for detailed measurement and documentation with intuitive touch screen control that makes it as easy to operate as a digital camera. It is four times lighter and five times smaller than its predecessor and is the smallest and lightest laser scanner ever built.
Focus3D uses laser technology to produce incredibly detailed three-dimensional images of complex environments and geometries in only a few minutes. The resulting image is an assembly of millions of 3D measurement points in colour which provides an exact digital reproduction of existing conditions.