May
22
2015

FARO UK @ GeoBusiness 2015

An opportunity for geospatial technology manufacturers and service providers to meet face-face with their users to demonstrate the latest technological advances in equipment, explore solutions and capabilities and to collaborate on design issues and options for future developments and requirements.

GeoBusiness London 2015 - The Geospatial Event

FARO will also be in attendance promoting the FARO Focus3D Laser Scanner with accompanying FARO Scene Software. The smallest and lightest laser scanners on the market – FARO 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.

Also being demonstrated will be the groundbreaking FARO Scanner Freestyle3D. The new FARO Freestyle3D is a premium quality, high-precision handheld 3D scanner that can quickly and reliably documents rooms, structures and objects in 3D and create high-definition pointclouds. The highly efficient scanner is suitable for all applications in which installations or properties must be precisely and quickly measured from various perspectives. Thanks to its lightweight carbon fibre body, the FARO Freestyle3D weighs less than a kilogramme, rendering it extremely portable and mobile.

Date:27th-28th May 2015

Location: Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, London, N1 0QH, United Kingdom

May
08
2015

PX Engineering Refine Bio-fuels Manufacturing Plant

The PX group is a fully integrated infrastructure solutions business that has earned an excellent reputation for delivering enhanced operating performance to commercial and industrial facilities. Improvements are produced through a strategic divisional structure that is focused upon three key delivery areas – Engineering Consultancy, Operations & Maintenance and Energy Trading.

Operating globally, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, px’s wide range of capabilities have been developed and expanded throughout the group’s 20 plus years of experience in managing, operating and maintaining some of world’s largest industrial facilities.

The recent use of an advanced FARO Focus X330 laser scanner illustrates px’s use of cutting-edge on-time, on-budget delivery of complex projects.

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Following px Engineering Consultants Limited (Part of the px Group) recent completion of the design and construction of a large extension to an existing Biofuels Manufacturing Plant, a FARO Focus X330 was used to precisely scan the completed project. The comprehensive, as-built 3D scans of the prestigious Teesside, UK plant, that produces biofuel from waste oils, were then compared to the original px 3D design model by using Autodesk Navisworks software.

As-built surveys, using high precision 3D laser scanning technology, such as the FARO Focus3D X 330, provide users with detailed point clouds which enable 3D modelling for a range of diverse tasks, including building reconstruction, plant layout and enhanced data presentation with augmented reality.

With the ability to deliver impressively quick turnaround times on scans of buildings and entire environments, the FARO Focus3D X 330 can deliver fully surfaced CAD models for a variety of industries. Architectural design, civil engineering and construction, facility management, and cultural heritage sectors have all benefited from FARO’s advanced 3D solutions.

ScanData PX Engineering

The Focus3D X 330, as used by the px group on the Greenergy, Seal Sands, Biodiesel Plant project, is the extra-long range – 330m, version of the range. The extremely compact light weight unit – 240 x 200 x 100mm – 5,2kg is ideal for outdoor applications. Simple scanner control is assisted by touchscreen operation a clear display and WLAN.

With an impressive distance accuracy of ±2mm, the Focus3D X 330 has an impressive measurement speed of up to 976,000 points/second and features an integral colour camera (up to 70 mio. Pixel), a multisensor: GPS, a compass, a height Sensor and a dual axis compensator.

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Apr
27
2015

SCENE WebShare Cloud – White Paper

A number of trends have converged to make working collaboratively with spatial images easier and more affordable than ever. As a leader in 3D imaging, we at FARO offer one of the first solutions for cloud-based sharing of 3D scanning data. As many experts have commented, the term cloud computing is sometimes just a new name for already existing IT concepts and services. On the other hand, as cloud services and cloud-based applications evolve, cloud computing can allow new ways of working. So for example, FARO’s SCENE WebShare Cloud service offers some scan sharing functions that were already available in 2003 using iQworks – a system designed to run on corporate intranets that was used mainly in the automotive industry. This white paper looks, firstly, at FARO’s SCENE WebShare Cloud application and service in the context of the general trends that are shaping the market for 3D imaging technology and services. Secondly, it examines the initial concerns that many potential cloud users have in relation to data security.

WebshareCloud Interface 2

The service SCENE WebShare Cloud, allows secure collaboration and 3D data sharing in the cloud – a general term for shared computing resources accessible to any user equipped with no more than a standard web browser. With SCENE WebShare Cloud, point cloud scanning projects, prepared in FARO SCENE can be easily published to the cloud and then shared worldwide via the Internet. Registered users can then view and analyse the project data using various intuitive tools like the map and the panoramic view.

SCENE WebShare Cloud offers a secure and interactive environment, which allows users to explore, measure or annotate the project’s scans from any web-capable device. Prior to SCENE WebShare Cloud, any company wishing to do this kind of thing needed to own dedicated infrastructure or server hardware. SCENE WebShare Cloud is the culmination of intensive developments driven by a number of major trends in IT and 3D-documentation.

To read more then click here, or visit our FARO Website and see what we can do for you!

Apr
22
2015

ScanLAB Projects: Abandoned Underground Railway Preservation

The next Bond villain’s lair? An alien spaceship lying dormant under an unsuspecting city?

This 3D scan of an underground structure is actually of something much more familiar: a postal service. The Mail Rail network shuttled mail around London for 76 years until being decommissioned in 2003. Now it has been frozen in time. This aerial view of the network is below a sorting station soon to be home to a postal museum – the loop of track will be a train ride whizzing visitors through a kilometre of tunnels.

ScanLAB Railway

The segment of the world’s first driverless, electrified railway has remained untouched since the site shut down, strewn with personal items left behind by workers including dartboards, tools and calendars.

But since the site will be cleaned up before it opens to the public in 2016,digital scans will be the only record of its days as a working piece of infrastructure. To create the image, capturing details as small as 2 millimeters across, a camera-like device on a tripod emits a laser that bounces off objects in its path 250,000 times a second. The scanner needs to capture about four different perspectives to recreate a site, in a process that takes less than 30 minutes.

Underground Railway

The 3D reconstructions assited by the FARO Focus3D could be used in an augmented reality app, allowing museum visitors to view original details of the site with a smartphone while strolling aroud.

Apr
20
2015

Kubit Webinars: Introduction of PointSense for Revit

FARO Technologies presents a faster and more intuitive point cloud to Revit model workflow. Taking as-built to BIM just got easier. Finally, more efficient laser scan workflows directly inside of Revit for family wall extraction, wall angle adjustment and correction, continuous wall mending, real 3D point cloud snapping, ortho image creation and more.

Webinars: Introduction of PointSense for Revit

This 60min webinar introduces you the new FARO 3D Software, PointSense for Revit.

PointSense for Revit accelerates and simplifies the analysis and design of point cloud data directly in Autodesk Revit. It contributes to the successful integration of as-built buildings in existing or new BIM projects.

During the Webinar the following topics will be covered:

  • precise creation of walls
  • automatic wall allignment
  • working direcly in the point cloud using 3D point snap
  • precise gripping of points using the planar scan view
  • comfortable work with scan data wihin the Revit family editor
  • creation of ortho images

German (19th of May, 11:00 – 12:00 MESZ) register!
English (20th of May, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT)- addressing customers in Americas – register!
English (Tue, May 26, 2015 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM SGT)- addressing customers in ASIA/Pacific – register!

For more information click here!

 

Apr
13
2015

FARO Focus3D X330 scans San Mamés Stadium

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.

Below is a perfect example of the Focus’s range, even in direct sunlight as well as it’s easy positioning with the integrated GPS receiver, as it scans the San Mamés Stadium, home to  Athletic Bilbao.

As-built surveys using 3D laser scanning technology, such as the FARO Laser Scanner, provide users with detailed point clouds which enable 3D modelling for diverse tasks including building reconstruction, plant layout and enhanced data presentation with augmented reality.

With fast turnaround times on scans of buildings and entire environments, FARO’s 3D laser scanner can deliver fully surfaced CAD models for a variety of industries. Architectural design, civil engineering and construction, facility management, and cultural heritage have all benefited from this 3D FARO solution.

In order to find more video like this then visit our FARO YouTube Channel to see what FARO can do for you!

Apr
02
2015

FARO Focus 3D X330 Laser Scanner – Bridge Documentation

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.

The FARO Focus3D X 330 is specially designed for outdoor applications due its small size, light weight, extra long range, extended scanning possibilities even in direct sunlight and easy positioning with to the integrated GPS receiver. Pefect for a versatile range of applications including; Accident Reconstruction, As-Built Documentation, Business Information Modelling (BIM), Crime Scene Analysis, Virtual Simulation and much more…!

For more videos then head to our FARO GB YouTube page or head over to our FARO UK Website.

Mar
31
2015

Successful scanning of Diseworth Parish Church to build digital 3D models

The Digital Building Heritage Group is a multi-disciplinary research cluster of staff and research students at De Montfort University specialising in scanning of historic buildings. The survey of this church is part of a current Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded Connected Communities initiative in conjunction with the Trust’s ongoing All our Stories Heritage Lottery Funded (HLF) project called “A Thousand Years of History – Diseworth Parish Church from Mercia to Modern Times”.

St. Michael’s and All Angels was a prime candidate for the As-built Documentation because of its complexity and delightful geometric “irregularities” which arise from the many changes and additions that have been made to the building over its one thousand year history. Diseworth also has a superb little heritage centre in a recently restored Baptist Chapel. It was an ideal location for the field base for examination of the documentary evidence the Trust has collected about the history of their church and for discussing the detailed survey of the building fabric and the 3D modelling work. “This is a central part of the co-production process of this project, working together with the Trust volunteers and their experts not only to add value and a further dimension to their work but to enable them to adopt and use some of our digital technologies at a number of levels”, said Douglas Cawthorne.

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The laser scanning process was started inside of the building and then moved to the exterior. “A major advantage of laser scanning is that you can accurately measure features dozens of meters away which makes measuring church spires and high vaults much easier and less risky,” added Douglas Cawthorne. “The FARO Focus3D is particularly suited to capturing the complex forms of historic buildings at a level of detail that is particularly useful” highlights the leader of the Digital Building Heritage Group at De Montfort University. Before using the Laser Scanner time consuming traditional hand-survey measurements would have been needed but with the Faro Focus this time was cut substantially. To supplement the laser scans the Diseworth Heritage Trust had also undertaken a detailed photographic survey, focusing specifically on individual architectural features and materials. High quality photographs have for a long time been an important aspect of historic building documentation but photographs specifically of materials like wall surfaces and floors as well as of specific architectural features can also be used to produce digital “texture maps” which can then be applied to the 3D digital models to give them a realistic appearance. “This is something we are keen to do with St. Michael’s and All Angels because the variation in materials, particularly in the stonework is important in communicating the developmental sequence of the building” highlights Dr. Cawthorne.

The technology of modern laser scanning makes the process of acquiring dimensional data relatively of that data and then using it to then build one or more 3D digital models of the building that takes time. The aim of using the 3D model is to show the building in a series of developmental phases from its earliest Saxon form in the early 11th century AD to its form as it is now. This is intended to assist the Diseworth Heritage Trust in explaining the history of St. Michael’s and All Angels through illustrations for a forthcoming book to be published by the Trust towards the end of the year.

Mar
13
2015

FARO Laser Scanner assits in Stock Pile Measurement

According to Jonathon Coco, Modeling Manager at Forte Tablada, using a FARO Focus3D Laser Scanner took “less then 1 man hour as apposed to the old method of having to use 5 men over 2 days to measure stock pile volume!

3D laser scanning with the FARO Laser Scanner can provide engineers with detailed 3D models which accurately document entire facilities and their assets, such as power components, machinery and pipe work. This scan data can be used for Building Management, Collision Detection for retrofits, As-built Documentation for CAD modelling and other Plant design tasks.

Forte Tablada Video Screen shoot

Asset and facility management solutions from FARO ensure that factory layouts are as logical and efficient as possible.

Want to find out more about what we here at FARO can do for you? Then check out the video above and download our FARO Laser Scanner Brochure!

Jan
28
2015

FARO Laser scanner at the service of historic Italian religious monuments!

The Sessa Aurunca Cathedral is therefore a building of superb beauty dating back almost one thousand years, with an absolutely unique feature: it is “the other original”, an almost exact copy of the church at Montecassino which, as is well known, was destroyed by bombing during World War II and subsequently rebuilt. The two buildings differ only in the number of naves: Montecassino has five, while Sessa Aurunca has three. The Sessa Aurunca Cathedral is one of the infinite “pearls” of Italian artistic heritage. Indeed, it stands out for its beauty and historical significance: despite the changes made over the centuries (Baroque and eighteenth-century additions), the cathedral still bears direct witness to the typical religious architecture of the period, combining structural rigour, Christian symbolism and a number of refined Byzantine-style elements (such as the splendid mosaic floor).

2° PRESENTAZIONE SESSA AURUNCA

Despite its obvious significance, the Sessa Aurunca Cathedral is not well-known among the general public and is overlooked by “traditional” tourist flows. For this reason, the diocese and the municipality of Sessa Aurunca in the Campania region of Italy decided to launch the “Sessa Aurunca 3D Project”, a communications project designed to promote the Cathedral and provide the associated services and products.

The “Sessa Aurunca 3D Project” has several goals and is broken down into seven specific points that will explore new frontiers within the world of communications: the publication of academic and scientific reports and articles; the organisation of conventions, seminars and events; the production of stereoscopic 3D animations and videos, with the creation of a You- Tube channel and dedicated videos; the creation of a “360-degree Virtual Tour” with a database and “multidata” to “explore” the Cathedral using computers and mobile devices; the creation of thematic apps and a website; and the production of a “docu-film” about the project and the technologies used. Regarding this last aspect, Danilo Prosperi observed: “Part of the success of this initiative can be attributed to the FARO Focus3D Laser Scanner, an extremely precise device that we used to scan the Cathedral’s architecture, which provided us with a point cloud or, more precisely, digital data that we were able to use in our various activities.” The data acquisition phase involved 38 scans made inside and outside the church, including the crypt, and took just over half a day. “The quality of the FARO Focus3D Laser Scanner enabled us to acquire extremely high-resolution and high-precision images with very low margins of error, which was fundamental for the scanning of extremely beautiful details, such as the mosaic floor, the ambo, the spiral Paschal candelabrum and the crypt on the lower level.”

2° PRESENTAZIONE SESSA AURUNCA

The data gathered was then processed in SCENE, the FARO software for the management of scanned data, designed specifically for the Focus3D. This software was used to create and edit videos and images for the 3D Virtual Tours of the Cathedral. “SCENE,” Danilo Prosperi specified, “allows us to easily process the scanned data and quickly generate particularly complex high-resolution equirectangular panoramic images”. Danilo Prosperi stressed: “We believe that the FARO Focus3D Laser Scanner is the best technology on the market, not only due to its extreme precision, but also because it is so flexible, fast and easy to use. In fact, it is a compact instrument that is very lightweight and easy to move from one scanning position to another.” He concluded: “The collaboration between FARO and the Master’s in Architecture, Sacred Art and Liturgy at the European University of Rome has only just begun. Given the quality of the results, we plan to use the FARO Focus3D Laser Scanner in the future for other projects aimed at promoting highly important monumental sites of great beauty.”



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