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.
Here’s an overview video for FARO Focus3D Laser Scanner for use in capturing and analyzing Crime and Accident Scenes. SCENE Forensic Extension allows for blood spatter analysis, bullet trajectory analysis, and also exports data to popular diagramming software packages (Visual Statement, Crime Zone, Crash Zone, ARAS 360, MapScenes)
The smallest and lightest laser scanners on the market – Focus3D X Series are ideal tools for indoor and outdoor applications. The fast and accurate laser scanners Focus3D offer everything you might expect from professional 3D laser scanners – with FARO’s established and well-known level of simplicity.
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Coventry, 31st March 2015 – FARO Technologies, Inc. announces the release of the newly designed PointSense for Autodesk’s Revit® building design software. PointSense introduces breakthrough functionality to significantly improve the evaluation and conversion of point cloud data to Building Information Modeling (BIM).
BIM has become a standard in the planning, building and management of new facilities and Autodesk Revit® is one of the most established BIM programs for the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry. FARO’s latest software release accelerates and simplifies the analysis and design of laser scan data directly in Autodesk Revit®.
“PointSense is FARO’s first software release following our recent acquisition of kubit™ and upholds FARO’s strategy to be a leader in the AEC market,” stated Jay Freeland, FARO’s President and CEO. “As BIM continues to be an established requirement in the construction industry, we recognize the need to provide customers with a complete field to finish solution. PointSense enhances the architectural design process by simplifying the extraction of BIM models to point clouds. This is merely the beginning of FARO’s efforts to greatly enhance scan-to-BIM workflows.”
PointSense users will experience additional functionality compared to traditional native Autodesk Revit® tools previously available to the market. Some of the new features include: extraction and alignment of architectural walls, creation of Revit® family types such as doors, windows, beams, construction lines and ground models, real 3D snap-to-point clouds, plane detection and scaled ortho-image generation.
PointSense will be available to users beginning May 4th, 2015. For more information on PointSense for Revit® click here!
Located in Dresden, Germany, kubit has been developing field-proven software products to enable and simplify the use of real world objects in CAD applications since 1999. Initially launched to link total stations directly to AutoCAD, today kubit is the industry leader in providing tools to integrate 3D laser scan data with CAD environments such as Autodesk Revit and AutoCAD. kubit’s software is hardware independent, giving customers the flexibility to utilize any hardware offering, thus ensuring maximum productivity.
“The acquisition of kubit is an exciting step in FARO’s strategy to develop integrated, disruptive 3D documentation product offerings for the Architecture, Engineering and Construction market,” stated Jay Freeland, FARO’s President and CEO. “By adding kubit’s products to our portfolio, customers now have significantly enhanced software options to serve a vast array of point cloud modeling, analysis needs, and measurement capabilities with very high connectivity to the Autodesk suite of products.”
During the 3D Documentation Conference in Andechs the participants are given the opportunity to visit the 3D exhibition in an designated area at the Abbey and meet FARO’s 3rd party partners, who showcase their latest 3D Documentation products.
During this webinar – November 21st – we will explain how you can use the FaroArm’s touch enabled probe and laser line probe to improve your inspection process using Geomagic Control’s intuitive inspection platform.
The goal of this webinar is for you to discover how to eliminate workarounds during the inspection process without missing any detail.
With Geomagic Control and the FaroArm, you can create and run purpose-built inspection processes that do exactly what you need.
The presenter of this webinar is Marco Albrecht, Geomagic Solutions Technical Evangelist.
– Live demonstration via a step by step inspection process showing how FARO works inside Control
– Introduction of the Auto Batch Process
Date: Thursday, 21st November 2013
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM EDT (New York)
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM GMT+1 (London-Dublin)
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM GMT+2 (Berlin-Paris-Rom)
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM GMT+3 (Istanbul)
You can registere here for this webinar, free of charge.
Augmented Reality means to enrich and enhance the user’s view of the real world with additional digital information, e.g. a virtual 3D-model that originates from CAD.
This content is made visible on a monitor, a tablet PC, within the user’s field of view using a head-mounted display or projected onto the respective area. Virtual and actual realities merge in the most natural manner that is possible.
metaio Engineer is software that brings Augmented Reality to the industrial field. And it is a perfect complement to an existing measuring arm. The best of both worlds is combined: a quick and direct visualization with the precision of a measuring arm.
With the new release of metaio Engineer 5.0, an interface to support FARO measuring arms is already built-in. All necessary features are integrated by default, from calibration to functions that support your daily tasks.
Previously, in case of quality control every relevant point had to be measured to discover deviations between the CAD model and the related assembly part. metaio Engineer and Augmented Reality accelerate this process by identifying errors and selectively measuring deviations.
These are the basic steps to set up an Augmented Reality system based on e.g the FARO Edge:
1. Mount an industry camera with available adapters onto the grip of the measuring arm
2. Calibrate camera and spatial relation between camera and measuring arm
3. Determine position of the arm in relation to the subject of analysis
4. Visualize a CAD model onto the existing model, part or product
5. Compare planned vs. actual state, measurements and more features
The studio making the 3D adventure film ‘Life of Pi’ hired 3D scanning service bureau LeaderTek to occupy itself with the many amazing special effects.
LeaderTek used a FARO Focus 3D laser scanner to digitally capture the lifeboat and floating raft. They used Rapidform XOR reverse engineering software to merge and optimize the massive point cloud scan data into a mesh STL file.
Read the full story on www.rapidform.com
For those who haven’t seen the film yet, here’s the trailer of the film!
X4 i-Remote is a new mobile application developed by Metrologic, which gives you the freedom to move away from your computer to measure large parts in remote areas. Metrolog X4, the universal 3D metrology software is now available with the optional i-Remote, a new application for Apple mobile devices (iPod touch and iPhone).
Communication between i-Remote and Metrolog X4 is provided through a local and secured W-LAN network. Metrolog X4 software is compatible with the FaroArm, the FARO Laser Tracker and Laser Scanner Focus3D.