FARO’s Award Ceremony for the Best Idea for Future Laser Scanning Applications

The Award Ceremony for the best idea about the future of laser scanning (developed during the teambuilding) took place at the Florianstadl in Andechs. Below you’ll find the best impressions from the evening event.





3D Documentation Conference – from the Middle Ages into the future

Yesterday’s impressions from the workshops and brainSTORMING at FARO’s 3D Documentation Conference in Andechs – from the Middle Ages into the bright future of 3D laser scanning…

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Beautiful and inspiring surroundings of FARO’s 3D Conference in Andechs




The fourth European 3D Documentation Conference takes place in a beautiful scenery in Bavaria. Seen from miles around atop Holy Mountain above the eastern bank of Ammer Lake, Andechs Monastery is the oldest pilgrimage church in Bavaria and since 1850, an asset of the Benedictine monastery, St. Boniface, in Munich.
The participants of FARO’s User Meeting noticeably enjoy the conference at the Monastery and its amazing surroundings.


Networking at FARO’s 3D User Conference in Bavaria

Between the workshops the participants of the 3D User Conference have the chance to network and exchange knowledge and experience.





Afternoon sessions for laser scanning experts

In the afternoon workshops of our 3D User Meeting, participants go into detail choosing from a range of themes around architecture, mobile mapping, factory design and software. Stay tuned for more in-depth content later in the day.




Great power speeches in the Florianstadl at the Andechs Abbey

Our morning at the Abbey was full of exciting stuff with 3 power speeches in the Florianstadl featuring industry experts on:

• Large 3D Scan Documentation in Retail
• Laser Scanning Gomantong Cave: creation of the world’s most complex photorealistic cave model
• An Airbus experience: 3D modelling in part environment




Live coverage from FARO’s 3D User Meeting at Andechs Abbey

DSC_7574_DxOIn the coming 2 days we will provide you with the latest from the world of 3D documentation and laser scanning technology.

The conferece started this morning with the industry and FARO news by Managing Director Ralf Drews. Then we kicked-off with keynote Bernd Becker, Chief Technology Strategist about the latest 3D Documentation technology news.

Stay tuned!


New powerhouse for mid-range scanning

New FARO Laser Scanner Focus3D X 130 now availableThe FARO Laser Scanner X-family continues to grow: The youngest member is the Focus3D X 130. The ultra-portable powerhouse is ideal for medium-range scans.

The offspring in the X-Series is mobile and scores with a compact design and flexibility. Perfectly suited for indoor and outdoor scans.

The mobile laser scanner almost instantly generates measurement data, for example, of complex facades, building structures, and production or accident sites.

The laser eye offers reliability even in full sunlight. The integrated GPS receiver automatically ensures that the scans are properly assigned and aligned while processing.

Just last year, FARO surprised the market with the long-distance Laser Scanner Focus3D X 330, which is equipped with a range of up to 330 meters at the start.

Like its big brother, the Focus3D X 130 is as easy and intuitive to use as a smartphone. With a scan radius of 130 meters, it is an ideal companion for applications in architecture, civil engineering, facility management, manufacturing, forensics or Building Information Modeling (BIM).


How 3D scandata form the basis in BIM processes

Coordination between the different disciplinary models

An example of a BIM model (© M.A. Mortenson Company)

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is still quite a young tool for optimising processes in construction and in operating buildings. The planning and management of buildings are combined into a joint process within a digital model. The aim is to link information about the building’s construction and building components with usage-related and functional data. The starting point for this is a three-dimensional building model that reproduces the structural components of the building and the spatial situation.

Automatic positioning
Depending on the desired level of detail and the correspondingly adjusted resolution of the scan recording, a 360-degree scan takes between two and 15 minutes – colour scans take a little longer. If several scans are required for the measurement, sensors integrated into the scanner simplify the positioning of the individual scans within the overall model. The sensors automatically allocate an elevation reading and orientation to the scan data. In this way the individual scans can then be merged easily with software support to form an overall spatial model.

Established architecture and BIM software solutions such as AutoCAD Architecture, 3D-Studio Max Design, Autodesk Revit Architecture, Archicad, Vectorworks or Bentley’s Microstation allow direct import of the 3D scan data. This means that the 3D data is available to planners in their familiar CAD environment.

Data available anytime anywhere
The 3D model generated in this way can be continually expanded and updated with usage and operating data: for example the costs and qualities of conversion work, maintenance and repairs. The digital, 3D building model can be retrieved anywhere and even visited on a virtual tour providing the ideal basis for decision making processes. At the same time, all of the data for area and quantity surveying, as well as all other building properties and costs, is available in the complete datasets at anytime and anywhere – and is always up to date. In this way, BIM means that the overall context can always be kept in mind when planning – for example how conversion plans relate to the building’s surroundings. Possible consequences for items like maintenance and repair are immediately visible.

Smart solutions
Using BIM software solutions, all those involved in the project have constant access to current, cumulative building data from all disciplines. This means that cross-discipline planning and project management is possible. At the same time, the BIM model eliminates documentation deficiencies and information loss at the interfaces between disciplines. Web-based software solutions like SCENE WebShare Cloud by FARO also enable processing to be carried out irrespective of time and place.

SCENE Webshare Cloud
With SCENE WebShare Cloud, all 3D documentation data can be stored in the “cloud”, and scanned projects can be displayed quickly and shared with various project partners. In addition, the data and measurements are available in the long term and anywhere at all – including via smartphone or tablet. When using SCENE WebShare Cloud there is always sufficient server capacity available, no matter how many users are accessing it or how much data is being stored. The solution adapts perfectly to requirements at any time, in terms of processing power and storage space.


3D Documentation User Meeting 2014

3D Documentation User Meeting 2014The 4th edition of the annual 3D Documentation User Meeting 2014 will take place 3-4 April at the beautiful Andechs Monastery in Germany.

It is the ideal event for professionals, who are interested in the application of 3D Documentation to improve productivity and save costs, in the following areas:

– Architecture
– Surveying
– Structural engineering
– Cultural Heritage
– Forestry and agriculture
– Mining and tunnel construction
– Processes and Manufacturing Industries
– Quality control
– Crime scenes, accident and danger zones documentation

3D Documentation is suitable for a wide range of applications: for quick and reliable recording of existing structures or damaged buildings, for surveying and archiving monuments, at archaeological excavations, in plant construction and in forensic reconstruction and much more.

Following the successful concept of the previous years, the 3D Documentation User Meeting 2014 for laser scanning and 3D Documentation will have a strong focus on:

NETWORKING – During the event there will be plenty of opportunities for the participants to establish networks, e.g. with special activities during the breaks.

LEARNING SESSIONS – Participants can expect to also find comprehensive presentations on the latest hardware and software solutions from FARO and its development partners.

POWER SPEECHES – Keynotes by renowned professionals and power speeches by industry experts deliver a real insight into the changing world of 3D documentation using the latest technologies.

WORKSHOPS – The meeting offers a strong focus on hands-on workshops to facilitate the exchange of ideas and information between users and interested parties of the various systems and technologies.

3D EXHIBITION – Get to meet FARO’s 3rd party partners, who will showcase their latest 3D Documentation products on a specific exhibition area.

Take the chance to get new impressions and make new contacts. Please register here.

3D Documentation User Meeting 2014 will take place 3-4 April at the beautiful Andechs Monastery in Germany.Get to meet FARO’s 3rd party partners, who will showcase their latest 3D Documentation products on a specific exhibition area


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