An unprecedented success story began ten years ago when iQvolution AG of Ludwigsburg, Germany, was acquired by FARO Technologies, Inc. This global market leader in the area of portable coordinate measuring machines added 3D laser scanners to its array of products as a result.
“We are confident that this step will push the continuing development of our 3D laser scanning technology towards new products and strengthen the global expansion of our market presence”, said Dr. Bernd Becker, founder of iQvolution and now Chief Technology Strategist at FARO Europe, commenting on the merger – and he was proven right.
A whole range of innovative developments in the areas of 3D laser technology and computer-aided measuring systems bear witness to success. FARO has been ahead of the market for years. How about some examples? In 2006, FARO introduced a laser scanner that allowed three-dimensional measurements to be taken outdoors – and this was a sensation. A short time afterwards, the company again surprised the market when they presented the Photon laser scanner.
The big breakthrough came in 2010 – only five years after taking over the 3D laser scanner line of business and incorporating it into the FARO portfolio: FARO developed the smallest and lightest laser scanner in the world. Furthermore, this high-tech device was as easy to use as a digital camera. The company showcased its consistent ongoing developments with the Focus3D X 130 and the Focus3D X 330, which allow an even greater range while providing excellent and precise measurement results. The 3D documentation business also sustained further growth that year with the Freestyle3D models – top-quality high-precision hand scanners.
Now it’s official: paintings and pieces of art that have been scanned with the FARO Focus3D suffer no damage through heat. This has been confirmed by a report by Seibersdorf Labor GmbH.
The recordings of pieces of art or interiors of museums is quick and reliable with laser scanners – and can even be done during visiting hours thanks to the safety of scanners for eyes. Nevertheless, the question of whether pieces of art suffer damage as a result of scanning arises time and again. Reason enough for FARO to have this danger investigated in a report.
Oil paintings are seen as particularly sensitive. Paint and oil have low thermal conductivity and heat capacity values. The high-energy laser could cause an increase in the temperature on the surface and damage the substance of the painting considerably. The report does away with these fears.
For a worst case scenario, a FARO Focus3D X was set up at a distance of one metre from an oil painting – without any protective glass between the piece and the scanner. If a scan is conducted in which the scanner moves horizontally – as is customary in practice – there is a temperature increase on the surface of the oil painting of less than 1.3 degrees Celsius. Even if the head of the scanner doesn’t move and the painting is thus scanned with the laser beams for several minutes, the maximum temperature increase is under 2 degrees Celsius.
To test restorative techniques for example, it is normal to place items with oil paints in an oven for several days at over 60 degrees Celsius and so accelerate an aging process. Against this backdrop, it quickly becomes clear that a short-term temperature increase of less than 2 degrees Celsius due to the FARO Focus3D will cause no damage. This has now been confirmed in the report by Seibersdorf Labor GmbH. It also permits the conclusion that photochemical effects are very unlikely at a wavelength of 1,550 nm – good news for the use of the FARO family of laser scanners in the area of cultural assets.
TSA’s Conference and Exhibition is the UK’s leading event for the bulk liquid storage sector. It is the must-attend event of the year for all those who work in the fuels, chemicals, edible oils and fats storage industries.
The event has a proven track record of successfully bringing together people who care about safe and effective bulk liquid storage operations.
The next annual one day event will be held on Thursday 15 October 2015 at the E.On Lounge of the Ricoh Arena, Coventry. The venue, which is located less than a mile from junction 3 of the M6, is just a 70 minute journey by train from London and is close to Birmingham International Airport.
The conference programme will feature presentations from the COMAH Competent Authority and industry experts on topics which are of key interest to those who operate and maintain bulk liquid storage terminals.
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FARO UK invites you to the Offshore Europe Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition which is one of the leading global technical conferences and exhibitions for the upstream E&P industry.
The event takes place in Aberdeen from 8th till 11th September 2015. We will present the our cutting-edge metrology products: the FARO Edge with the lightest and smallest laser line probe and touchscreen computer for basic measurements, the FARO Gage with the barcode scanner, the revolutionary FARO Laser Scanner Focus3D, as well as the lastest FARO Laser Tracker Vantage for large volume measurements. In addition we will show our recently launched FARO Freestyle3D handheld laser scanner and the FARO Edge ScanArm HD with new LLP to scan challenging materials with high speed and high-definition data clarity.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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!
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.