Aug
20
2015

FARO @ Digital Construction Week

Digital construction week is the event series for the entire built environment supply chain throughout design, construction, engineering, management and operation- Whether you’ve been exploring BIM adoption, experimenting with emerging smart technologies or investigating advances in manufacturing materials, you’ll have witnessed the changes taking place in architecture, engineering, construction (AEC) world.

The government BIM mandate has accelerated the digital revolution in our industry, but it doesn’t stop there. BIM is just the beginning of a new era for construction, and Digital Construction Week will not only focus on the realities of BIM for your business today, but also explore the possibilities of the built environment for tomorrow.

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FARO UK will be sponsering the drinks reception on the 20th October and will also have a stand (M6a) at the Business design centre in order to showcase the company’s, high speed FARO Focus3D Laser Scanner3D and the recently launched FARO Scanner Freestyle 3D.The Digital Construction will consist of:

For more information click here!

 

Aug
18
2015

Combined use of the Freestyle3D and Focus3D scanners at the Born Cultural Centre site in Barcelona

When contemplating the site of the “Born Centro Cultural” (Born Cultural Centre) in Barcelona, you can imagine daily life in Barcelona in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. It’s like walking the streets of the city that resisted the siege of the troops of Felipe V (Philip V) until its surrender on 11 September 1714. With an area of 8,000 square meters, this is the largest urban site in Europe. Furthermore, it is a unique and exceptional archaeological space because of its dimensions, its state of preservation, and the historical progression that it represents, and also because the historical documentation has allowed names to be put to the families who lived there.

Despite the expanse and the spectacular nature of what can be seen today, this site housed inthe interior of the Born Cultural Centre is one that has not been exhausted in terms of area, depth or research. Therefore, the “Instituto de Cultura de Barcelona (ICUB)” (Cultural Institute of Barcelona) is promoting the creation of an app that collects all of this knowledge, allowing the rich heritage represented by the Born Cultural Centre to be discovered.

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Creueta 119 is responsible for the project and for coordinating the different teams involved in the development of this app. To facilitate the rendition of the site and make it more accessible, it is proposed to carry out a realistic 3D survey in full detail. Creueta 119 is incorporating the experience of Captae and Leonard Blum to carry out 3D scanning of the entire surface of the site and to create a mesh with real textures in high resolution that is optimised for iOS and Android. The team formed by Captae and Leonard Blum means the perfect pairing – combining Captae’s experience in digitisation using the 3D laser scanner with Leonard Blum’s experience in the photographic correction, texturisation and optimization of the model.

Digitisation with the FARO Focus3D terrestrial laser scanner allowed an extremely high percentage of the surface of the entire site to be obtained. Even so, there were areas that were difficult to access and that had complicated morphology (wells, ovens, etc.), which could not be fully digitised. The intrinsic geometric characteristics of the site and the distinctive features of the environment made it the perfect candidate to utilise the technology of the FARO Freestyle3D scanner – a handheld scanner with excellent quality and precision that is used especially to cover areas that are difficult to access or narrow spaces. Thanks to a scan volume of up to 8m3, it quickly and reliably documents rooms, structures and objects in 3D and creates high-definition point clouds. With a precision of less than 1.5mm, it is suitable for any application where installations or properties need to be measured quickly from various perspectives.

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On the Born site, as this scanner is smaller, lighter, more manageable, and does not have to carry out the digitisation from a static position, the Freestyle3D allowed access to many more nooks and crannies, enabling a point cloud to be obtained that had similar characteristics to that obtained with the terrestrial scanner. Thanks to its lightweight carbon fibre structure, this handheld scanner weighs less than a kilogram and is therefore extremely practical and portable. The tablet software SCENE Capture includes an intuitive user guide – even for users who have not had any training.

In addition, as this is a professional tool by the FARO brand, it is guaranteed that the digitised elements have the same pinpoint accuracy as the Focus3D scanner, and that there is also full compatibility between the data formats generated by the two scanners.

Captae used the system to carry out the digitization of an oven with small dimensions in order to put the limitations of the new device to the test and check that the data obtained could be integrated into the existing model of the complete Born site. The results were convincing, since it was possible to digitise the element and all of its nooks and crannies in just over 20 minutes, whereas this would have taken four times longer using a terrestrial scanner and it would not have been possible to obtain the complete geometry.

The total integration of the data from the two scanners thanks to the SCENE 5.4 software allowed a precise fit between the model of the oven and that of the complete site. Following this test, it can be confirmed that the two systems complement each other perfectly.

Aug
12
2015

FARO @ TCT Birmingham

FARO staff will demonstrate the FARO Edge touchscreen computer for basic measurements, the FARO Laser ScanArm HD with the lightest laser line probe for non-contact measurements and the revolutionary high speed FARO Laser Scanner Focus3D for detailed 3D modeling and image documentation. To help illustrate the FARO Edge ScanArm HD LLP remarkable data-capture and transfer capabilities it will be connected to a Laser Lines 3D printer.

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TCT Live is the event for Product Development and Additive Manufacturing in Europe. It is an essential event for everyone involved in the concept, design, specification and manufacturing process to learn about the latest in Additive Manufacturing, 3D Printing and other cutting edge product development software and technology.

Jul
20
2015

Scientists Build High Precision 3D Model of Gomantong Caves

Located in Sabah, East Malaysia, Gomantong Caves is a 65-million-year-old limestone cave system that is famous for its edible-nest swiftlet and bat populations, as well as an ecosystem of critters and creatures that thrive in dark and moist conditions. Despite its harsh environment, Gomantong still sees its fair share of visitors, whether they be bird’s nests collectors or eco-tourists.

In July 2014, a group of seven international academics embarked on an expedition to the far North East of Borneo to study the renowned Gomantong Caves. Funded by the National Geographic Society, one of the world’s largest non-profit scientific and educational institutions, the project’s goal was to obtain highprecision, three-dimensional (3D) laser scans of the complex cave systems, and to integrate the scan data with the digital elevation model of Gomantong Hill’s surface.

Involving specialists of various fields from six countries, the study is driven by an interest to understand the interaction between animals and landform changes, and is a continuation of earlier expeditions to Gomantong Caves and Niah Caves in Sarawak. FARO – the world’s most trusted source for 3D measurement technology – partnered the team.

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Obtaining a 3D Model

Under the guidance of Professor Donald MacFrlane from the Keck Science Department, The Claremont Colleges (California, USA), the interdisciplinary research team included Mr. Warren Roberts from the Honhold Library, The Claremont Colleges, Professor Joyce Lundberg from the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Carleton University, Ottawa (Canada), Professor Manfred F. Buchroithner and Mr. Benjamin Schröter from the Institute for Cartography, Technische Universität Dresden (Germany), Mr. Guy van Rentergem from Deinze (Belgium) and Keith Christensen from Falls Church (Virginia, USA).

Prof. Buchroithner commented, “This expedition is an essential data collection trip for us to build a very detailed 3D model that will enable further scientific research. The 3D ‘cave map’ will then form the basis of various geologic and biologic tasks that each team member will undertake.”

For the cave biologist, it would be important to identify the exact distribution of bats and swiftlets; for the geologist, however, the vertical profiles that indicate cave genesis or the horizontal profiles that give elevation contour lines would be vital information. In that regard, it is absolutely critical for the team to ensure flawless execution in the early stages of data collection.

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Prior Knowledge & Rich Experience

As several members possessed rich experience in terrestrial laser scanning, particularly in caves, the team had a good idea of what was required, and of what to expect. In particular, given that scanning would be performed in a remote location that was dark, dirty, humid, and distant, the device had to be able to overcome all those difficulties.

Having had prior experience with the FARO Laser Scanner Focus3D, Prof. Buchroithner was fully aware of its capabilities. He shared, “Clearly, we needed a device that was rugged, lightweight, and capable of capturing accurate data even with low ambient lighting. My prior encounter with the Focus3D gave me full confidence that the new Focus3D X 330 would deliver the results we needed. In fact, it surpassed our expectations in several ways!”

Over 17 days of fieldwork, the team worked tirelessly for at least eight hours a day, taking a total of 270 detailed, over-lapping scans in the cave system. Back in the office, these scans were then processed using the FARO SCENE software, which eventually resulted in the detailed 3D cave model that the team desired.

The research team unanimously felt that the Focus3D X 330 provided highly accurate scans in a consistent manner. Measurement times were also significantly reduced as the device could collect large amounts of data in just a few minutes. In addition, the power efficiency and portability of the Focus3D X 330 – both in weight and form factor – made it even more attractive for the cave-scanning project. Not only was the device easy to bring around, it did not require additional computers or heavy battery units for a day out in the field.

On several occasions, the team members had to perform scans in extreme ‘exposed locations’, where there was no way to deploy the device on a tripod. The Focus3D X 330 was put to the test, as it collected data while being held in oblique or even horizontal positions. In some instances, researchers even risked their lives to perform scans by hanging from vertical rock-faces of cave shafts, just to collect sufficient point cloud data for a complete model. These ‘stunts’ were made possible only because the Focus3D X 330could scan even with significant device inclination, unlike other older devices that required a level base.

Perhaps most noteworthy of all, the latest version of the FARO SCENE enabled the team to process the captured data more efficiently. The software’s ability to support targetless scan registration meant that artificial markers were no longer required for scans to be positioned in post-processing. In actual fact, the FARO SCENE stitched data from separate scans accurately and quickly, even under challenging conditions.

“The automated merging function in the FARO SCENE facilitates the processing of scans tremendously,” said Prof. Buchroithner. “The fact that the software can deal with an irregular environment like the Gomantong Caves is a testament of its strength.”

Indeed, the FARO SCENE software was celebrated for its user-friendliness by this research team. It allowed them to generate reports easily and to utilize CAD data in later stages. Photo-realistic images could also be added as an overlay to provide simulation, providing flexibility in data manipulation.

At the end of the trip, the interdisciplinary research team managed to complete the geometric model they aimed for. Furthermore, the resulting 3D ‘cave map’ is now the most accurate worldwide, and the one with the highest data volume. Prof. Buchroithner concluded, “We appreciate the technical support that we have received from FARO in the past few years. Without it, these demanding projects would not have been possible. I hope to ‘conquer’ more caves in other parts of the world with FARO in future.”

 

Jul
14
2015

FARO @ GEOBIM 2015

FARO is a silver sponsor at the upcoming 2nd GEOBIM Middle East Conference, 16-17 August 2015 to be held at the Hotel Al Bustan Rotana Dubai, UAE.  Join us to discover the FARO´s strong existense in the field of BIM Technologies with its High End 3D Documentation solutions during the GeoBIM 2015.

The Technical Slot of “3D Documentation in the BIM workflow: Efficiency Increase, Cost Saving, Risk Reduction” to be presented by FARO´s Senior Product Manager 3D Documentation Oliver Bürkler, will focus on implementing FARO´s award winning 3D Documentation solutions in documenting large volume spaces or structures in 3D, surveying and construction, as well as for developing and sustainability of large Scale Infrastructural Projects and the implementation of FARO 3D BIM processes into them.

With more than 30 years of pursuing its vision:  “To be the world’s most trusted source for 3D measurement, imaging and realization technology”, we are developing values and adding them to computer-aided measurement and imaging devices and softwares to deliver the superior solutions.

Those who employ FARO 3D Solutions, are enabled to easily and accurately connect the physical world to the virtual world.

Please click here for Plenary Plan and further information of the event!

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Jul
14
2015

2015 Innovation Awards – Faro Crime Scene Scanner

A clip from Larimer County demonstrating the benefits of our FARO Laser Scanner and how it excels in comparison to previous methods when tasked with documenting a crime scene.

Brian Wangler, a Crime Lab Analyst for the Northern Colorado Sheriff’s Office, received the award for his efforts in introducing the FARO Focus3D X 120 Laser Scanner solution to Larimer County.

By allowing investigators to capture crime scenes in 3D, the FARO Laser Scanner provides an exact record of the entire scene at the touch of a button and permits the site to be returned to normal use a short time later.

With 3D documentation replacing crime scene sketches, the crime scene reconstruction can be visited multiple times to verify witness testimony or evaluate hypotheses. Forensic scientists can accurately analyze line of sight, blood spatter and bullet trajectories to complement other techniques such as offender’s height estimation from video surveillance.

To find out more than click here!

Jul
08
2015

Multirotor (UAV) Laser Scanning – Eckartsau Palace

Old but gold. The video below, filmed back in 2013 shows how 4D-IT had the vision to revolutionize the measurement business.After months of development and multiple hurdles, they finally reached their goal:”Project Kronos” came to life!

It was the first time worldwide, that a FARO laserscanner was used on a multirotor aircraft (UAV) and the results were very promising!

Jul
03
2015

Rome’s Invisible City

BBC’s ONE’s 60 minute special Rome’s Invisible City follows ScanLAB Projects and presenters Alexander Armstrong and Dr Michael Scott as they explore the hidden underground secrets of Ancient Rome. The show explores Roman infrastructure and ingenuity, all below ground level. We journeyed via the icy, crystal clear waters of subterranean aqueducts that feed the Trevi fountain and two thousand year old sewers which still function beneath the Roman Forum today, to decadent, labyrinthine catacombs. Our laser scans map these hidden treasures, revealing for the first time the complex network of tunnels, chambers and passageways without which Rome could not have survived as a city of a million people.

Used in the program is our very own FARO Focus3D. The FARO Focus3D Laser Scanner creates a precise, virtual copy of the scanned objects at millimeter accuracies in only minutes by capturing up to 976,000 data points per second. At those speeds and with features such as auto-registration, projects are completed in a fraction of the time and can accrue savings up to 50% in scanning and processing time. Intuitive controls on the touchscreen display make the Focus simple to operate; its small size and weight facilitate portability and setup on site.

Easily document building construction, excavation volumes, façade and structural deformations, crime scenes, accidents, industrial buildings, and more in 3D.

To find out more visit our FARO website, or alternitavley check out our FARO GB Youtube Channel!

Jun
26
2015

Accident Reconstruction with the FARO Focus3D Laser Scanner

The FARO Focus3D Laser Scanner is the ideal portable scanning solution for accident reconstruction. With the Focus3D you can quickly capture the scene and minimize safety risk as well as traffic stoppages. Scan data is saved on an SD card for portable upload to the workstation for detailed analysis. The result is a permanent virtual 3D point cloud detailing vehicle, roadway and environmental conditions. This technology enables you to conduct accurate measurements and visualizations to recreate the accident for evaluation, as well as share scan data via the internet with insurance and legal agents.

Jun
24
2015

Andritz Hydro GmbH – A comprehensive measurement solution to optimise the production of complex turbines

At 120 revolutions per minute, an imbalance would have devastating effects. Efficiency is also highly dependent on the blade’s precision and positioning. Such turbines are manufactured at Andritz Hydro GmbH in Ravensburg, Germany, a division of the Andritz Group.

In order to optimise the production and alignment of these complex components, Andritz Hydro GmbH sought a solution to carry out measurements with narrower tolerances and at higher speeds. After researching thoroughly and testing multiple products, Andritz Hydro GmbH purchased several portable coordinate measuring machines from FARO, which were customized for their measurement needs: several FaroArms and a FARO Laser Tracker for dimension monitoring, CAD comparisons and iterative alignment procedures.

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Measuring a turbine wheel is complex and challenging because of the dimensions of the,components being measured. In addition to that, the components are not freely accessible from all sides, i.e., mounted on a measurement bench. Andritz Hydro GmbH benefits from the portability of FARO measurement solutions, which enable the company to carry out precise and reliable measurements in the production area, warehouse and even onsite.

Measurements are usually carried out at the production site amidst other components and tools, using FaroArms in different sizes and a FARO Laser Tracker. These mobile, tactile measurement instruments are ideally suitable here: while there are not many measurement points, these are often in hard to reach places or even hidden. Due to their versatility, FARO measurements solutions are not only useful for the quality assurance of blades, but also for many other tasks, such as analysis measurements, incoming goods inspections, finding cracks in raw castings, the alignment of welded components, etc.

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For several years now, PolyWorks|Inspector software has been used for the organization and analysis of the measurement data. The alignment functions and the functions related to the analysis and export of data are particularly popular with customers. Christoph Müller Henker, who works in Measurement and Testing Technology at Andritz Hydro, appreciates the fact that the  oftware is not limited to standard situations: “We can take a variety of paths to reach our goal using PolyWorks. We use the many export and import options and interfaces to find our own solutions.” In addition to that, each division of the turbine manufacture is a “customer” and has needs when it comes to processing data. The software has no trouble handling all of the respective formats.

While the challenges related to the size of the components are no longer an issue, there is no everyday routine. Andritz does not use mass production; each turbine is one of a kind. The measurement requirements are therefore ever-changing. “Each measurement is its own project”, explains Yener Korkmaz, Head of Measurement and Testing Technology at Andritz Hydro, who is responsible for quality assurance for incoming goods and in-house production.

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Size and accessibility mean that the FaroArm and FARO Laser Tracker have to be moved around a lot. The software speeds up the implementation of the measurement instruments. It is enough to align the respective measurement instrument within the coordinate system at a new location. The organisation of the measurement data and the management of the various device positions within the coordinate system are controlled by the software. FARO Laser Trackers and FaroArms can also be combined in one measurement process, which increases both flexibility and range.

When changing locations, the FaroArm is calibrated via the tracker’s coordinate system. The software registers the measurement arm in the coordinate system of the Laser Tracker, without needing to record reference points. This combination uses the classic FARO TrackArm.

For hard to reach measurement points on the turbine wheel or shaft, the PolyWorks App|Talisman for mobile devices such as iPhone or iPad is extremely useful. Measurements can be initiated and project data accessed from a PC using remote access. The measurement technician can monitor the measurement data and correct measurement errors directly from the component.  The turbine manufacturer has also found these reliable, state-of-the-art measurement systems useful for other applications. The correct positioning of the individual components can be determined prior to initiating the welded root seam. The systems are also used for balancing the welded components, with a maximum position tolerance of 0.4 mm.

Today, this takes only two hours. Using wire and solder, it previously took at least two days to bring the individual elements into position and ensure concentricity. Furthermore, because the equipment is mobile, the quality of supplied components can be tested directly at the installation site.



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