Apr
16
2015

FARO UK @ Integrating Emerging Technologies in the AEC Sector

Exploring new technologies and their application within the Architecture, Engineering & Construction sector

Leading with a discussion on the significant impact of 3D printing within the world of architecture, INITION will highlight how this and other cutting-edge technologies continue to advance, enabling new ways to present and understand data.

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With live demonstrations of in-house 3D scanners and printers, haptic interfaces, augmented and virtual realities, and diverse high-end visualisation systems, INITION and FARO will help impart an understanding of how these solutions can be used to improve all stages of project developments including planning and engagement, ultimately increasing visual impact and the overall delivery of information.

The evening will feature keynotes from:

Dave Southam, Regional Manager Europe, Faro

Dave will be presenting the latest laser scanning equipment including the newly released FARO Freestyle 3D and taking a look at the latest software developments are making it easier to use and share the results.

Stephen Holmes, Digital Media Editor, Develop3D

Size Isn’t Everything: 3D Printing Buildings Big and Small, Stephen will explore how 3D printing can impact the AEC sector in a variety of ways.

 

Quick Facts

What: AEC Sector Networking Event
When: 16th April 2015, 6-9pm
Where: Our Shoreditch Demo Studio, 23 Curtain Road
Who: Professionals within the Architectural, Engineering or Construction sectors
Tickets are available here.

 

Apr
14
2015

ScanLAB Projects – D DAY 360

In Early 2014 ScanLAB Projects accompanied Windfalls Films, Military Historian Steven Zaloga and Colonel Len Fullenkamp, Professor of Military History and Strategy, to the D-Day landing beaches in Normandy, France. The aim was to capture vast stretches of the beach and cliffs at Vierville sur Mer, together with the remains of military bunkers for use in a ground breaking documentary DDAY 360 for PBS. Using the recently launched FARO Focus X330 Laser Scanner ScanLAB were able to capture full colour pointcloud data for almost a mile of the beach, 750 meters of the troops exit route off the beach, a series of bunkers and gun locations in just 3 days on location.

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After two years on the drawing board, D-Day was the most meticulously planned operation in military history, a logistical effort on a scale never seen before or since. On June 6, 1944, 3,000 planes dropped 23,000 airborne troops behind German lines, and 7,000 ships delivered around 20,000 military vehicles and 130,000 allied soldiers, who stormed five heavily defended French beaches in an all-or-nothing assault on Nazi occupied Europe. Once on the shore, the troops had to negotiate two million mines buried in the sand, 46,000 fearsome beach obstacles and hundreds of miles of barbed wire, while dodging the shells and bullets fired by 40,000 German defenders.

Focusing on the most important strip of Omaha beach that day – the exit at Vierville-sur-Mer – D-Day 360 strips D-Day back to its raw data to reveal how the odds of victory, in the greatest gamble of World War II, swung on what happened over a five-hour period on a five mile stretch of French coastline.

Data gathered through laser scanning, 3D computer modelling and eye-witness accounts bring the battlefield to life as never before. The film takes advantage LIDAR to re-create the landscape and allow viewers to switch effortlessly between the macro and the micro – pulling back for the big picture and zooming in to a close-up of a single soldier on the battlefield. It’s a new approach and perspective that tells the story with details never before available.

Click here to view the Full FARO ScanLAB – Case Study or check out the Video!

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
27
2015

3D Laser Scanning for Coastal Research

HR Wallingford, an independent specialist for research and consultancy in civil engineering and environmental hydraulics, boasts an international track record of achievement in applied coastal research and consultancy and key to this work is their state of the art physical modeling facility in Wallingford. This facility includes six wave basins ranging in plan size from 25 x 32 m to 75 x 32 m and three wave flumes ranging from 45m to 100m in length.
Housed in a purpose built modelling hall, these basins are used to investigate how breakwaters and other coastal structures behave when subjected to both ‘frequent’ i.e. day-to-day wave conditions as well as ‘storm’ conditions including hurricane or cyclonic conditions. Waves can be modelled up to 0.25m (model scale) in height allowing HR Wallingford’s engineers to assess each structure’s ability to withstand damage and provide sufficient shelter. These criteria are best tested by creating a scaled physical model of the structure in question, running waves at it under frequent and storm conditions and then accurately measuring the outcome. To achieve this HR Wallingford uses a FARO Focus3D laser scanner to take before and after millimetre accurate scans of the model, allowing the movement of elements of the coastal structures or the mobile bed material to be monitored.

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“Previously we detected any movement in the model structures either by using manual methods or an older style scanner with an oscillating beam but both processes were slow and dated,” explains Andrew. “When KOREC first showed us the FARO Focus3D, it was obvious that it was going to be 100 times faster than our old style manual methods and a least 10 times faster than our existing scanner.
On top of the Focus3D’s phenomenal speed, it is compact and lightweight making it easy to move around our large modeling area. We tend to use the scanner at its highest resolution because generally we are looking for movements of the order 2-3mm. This movement would translate to movements of the order 60-180mm in the real-world.” The scanner works at the touch of a button and HR Wallingford were up and running after just one day of training, focused primarily on the preparation and analysis of the data to create the details their modelling process required.

To find out more about FARO’s versatile product range then head over to our FARO UK Website

Mar
20
2015

Ninety Six National Historic Site preserved thanks to FARO Focus3D Laser Scanner

South Carolina ETV and the University of South Florida’s Alliance for Integrated Spatial Technologies are working collaboratively with the Ninety Six National Historic site to produce a public documentary highlighting the technology and the story of the Kosciusko tunnel located at the park.

This project is a partnership between the mentioned entities and throws light on a lesser known part of the Revolutionary War History. The Kosciuzsko (pronounced KOS CHoos’CO) tunnel which is located leading up to Star Fort, is a tunnel that was dug by patriots in an effort to dislodge the British from their stronghold at Ninety Six.

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The Alliance for Integrated Spatial Technologies was contracted to map the tunnel and surrounding area, whereby they used one our very own, the FARO Focus3D Laser Scanner to get the job done! The finished product will be used to find the best way to preserve the tunnel AND at the same time make it accessible through 3D mapping and imaging for preservation and educational purposes. ETV Upstate is working with AIST and the Ninety Six National Historic Site to help with the educational part of this project.

The overall project includes a thirty minute program, a short documentation video of the Tunnel laser mapping process, and other products derived from video content collected in support of the full program.

To find out more about the FARO Focus 3D Laser Scanner by heading over to our FARO Website and checking out our YouTube Page!

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.

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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!

Mar
06
2015

FARO assits in the 36 Pit Fire Investigation

ESTACADA, Ore. – A wildfire that burned thousands of acres and threatened hundreds of homes back in September last year and thanks to FARO and the FARO Focus 3D Laser Scanner investigarors were able to conclude that the fire was started by bullet fragments igniting dry grass and brush at gravel pit popular with target shooters. The 36 Pit Fire was not intentionally set, according to fire officials. The gravel pit was open to recreational target shooting when the fire started.

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The fire threatened homes near Estacada and forced evacuations and had more than 1,000 people fighting the fire, including 12 elite Hot Shot crews, with the fire being estimated at over 5,500 acres in size.

Click here to watch the Video explaing the 36 Pit Fire and how FARO helped assist in the investigation, or want to find out more about our versatile product range? Then check out our website!

Mar
02
2015

ScanLAB Projects – THINK: Transparent

In the summer of 2014 ScanLAB Projects worked with director Giles Revell, post production house, The Mill and advertising agency AMV BBDO to create Transparent a short educational campaign video to warn against the dangers of rural roads. The work collects a series of rural locations to build up a Virtual Simulation film set, in which the fateful story of a Road Accident Reconstruction unfolds. ScanLAB Projects developed the initial aesthetic concept and approach and were responsible for on location 3D capture and data processing. They oversaw the final production, animation and rendering by The Mill, London.

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More fatalities from motor accidents happen on rural roads than on the motorway, in fact, 60% of all road fatalities in Great Britain happen on rural roads. This work is part of a campaign for the Department for Transport’s THINK! road safety campaign which warns drivers of the dangers on country roads and encourages people to slow down by braking before the bend, not on it. Using LIDAR scanning technology the work makes an entire rural landscapes totally transparent. These scans were then animated in post-production to show a car speeding along a country road along which we can see through trees, buildings, earth and people. Thanks to the LIDAR technology, the viewer can see the danger through the bends; the driver, however, can’t. As a result, the speeding car careers into an oncoming tractor in a fatal crash. The end titles suggest that, if a driver could see the danger through the bend, they would slow down. Brake before the bend, not on it!

Each location was visited and a plan for on location scanning developed by the team at ScanLAB Projects, in consultation with the directors and the 3D graphics team set to work on the project. Using the FARO Focus X330 Laser Scanner a complex series of locations where captured, from heavily forested landscapes to wide open fields and a series of road features including railway bridges, farm entrances and tight corners. The interior of a country pub and the entirety of a working dairy farm also feature in the landscape created. In addition a series of vehicles, actors and extras were also captured using the x330.

Click here to read the full ScanLAB Case Study and check out the Video here!

Feb
19
2015

Altamonte Springs Police Department benefits from FARO Focus3D Laser Scanner

“A picture is worth a thousand words,” says Robert Pelton, with the Altamonte Springs Police Department, whose crime scene pictures now come in 3D!

Traditional scene analysis is a lengthy process, requiring hundreds of pictures, measurements and sketches. The new 3D scanners, made by FARO, can capture the entire scene in a fraction of the time.

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Orlando Florida’s NBC news affiliate, WESH Channel 2, aired a story on the 12.02.2015 at 6 p.m. EST featuring our FARO X330 laser scanner and FARO Freestyle3D.  The segment was titled “Local police using 3D Crime Scene Technology” and is to promote new technology that is helping law enforcement personnel solve crimes.  To see the story, click the link above.

Want to find out more then book your free on-site product demo today or head over to our FARO website to find out more!



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