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.
The FARO Focus3D Laser Scanner is the ideal portable scanning solution for accident reconstruction. With the Focus3D you can quickly capture the scene and minimize safety risk as well as traffic stoppages. Scan data is saved on an SD card for portable upload to the workstation for detailed analysis. The result is a permanent virtual 3D point cloud detailing vehicle, roadway and environmental conditions. This technology enables you to conduct accurate measurements and visualizations to recreate the accident for evaluation, as well as share scan data via the internet with insurance and legal agents.
Known worldwide and welcoming about 3.5 million visitors each year, the Mont Saint-Michel abbey is a major centre of attraction. As it is exposed to bad weather, it benefits from frequent restoration work. The French Centre for National Monuments (CMN) is currently focusing its efforts on the Merveille building, located just to the north of the abbey’s church, and containing the cloister, refectory, work room and chaplaincy. Together, these structures make up two sets of three-storey buildings, resting on the slope of the rock and extending approximately 90 m in length, 40 m in width and up to 50 m high.
“To prepare for this restoration the CMN asked us to produce a detailed digital rendering of the site so they would have access to a very precise survey, which was not available from the existing plans they had access to,” explained Lazare Grenier, Topography and Survey Engineer at Art Graphique & Patrimoine (AGP). The company, with long experience in using FARO equipment, decided to use scanners for this application. The topography of the site is complex and they needed to work outside of visiting hours. Simply put, a maximum of efficiency was required in a minimum of time. In these conditions, AGP was able to get the most out of the methodology they use in this type of application. This consists in defining all the locations where scanners will be placed in advance of placement to limit the amount of overlapping, and above all to avoid forgetting a hidden area. “This task led us to select almost 700 locations for placing the scanners.”
For the Mont Saint-Michel site, AGP used the FARO Focus 3D X 330 over a period of four weeks in late 2014. Certain parts of the site, notably the exterior walls above the cliff, were not visible from any position on the surface, so the digitisation was done using airborne equipment: to achieve this, AGP relied on traditional photogrammetry, since the onboard scanners did not have a high enough precision. The assembly of the scans is done using SCENE software from FARO.
With many years of experience under his belt using FARO scanners, Lazare Grenier takes stock of lighter and more compact than their predecessors. They are more precise, easier to use and work off batteries. They also have increased their depth of field and are able to record scenes which are much closer, as well as much further away. These scanners also allow for digitising buildings in complete darkness or in full sunlight ensuring total safety for the public in terms of their eyesight. All of this is particularly important in an application such as that of Mont Saint- Michel, where there are many constraints for scanner placement, requiring the scanner to be placed very close to the target in some cases, and farther away in other cases.”
To be held on the 17th of June at the Darwin Building we invite you to join us on a FARO and Autodesk AEC tech collaboration day, to be hosted by and held in association with the University College London.
Point Clouds are becoming the new currency of 3D as built documentation. With the latest innovations in Autodesk software and the continued development of FARO’s laser scanning technology, the integration of point clouds into AEC workflows has never been easier with such possibilities for accurate modelling, as built verification and visualisation.
To find out more about the event and how to register then 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.
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.
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
Laser scanning is rapidly gaining acceptance and becoming more and more commonplace in the law enforcement and accident reconstruction communities. Over the past few years, hardware and software have improved significantly creating a simpler, overall system to capture immense detail in a short period of time.
These are 10, of the many, reasons to consider laser scanners for a forensic application:
1) Easy to use: Many manufacturers are moving toward a simpler interface making operation of the scanner more like a digital camera than a complicated survey instrument.
2) Portability: Laser scanners are smaller in size today than ever before making them easier to deploy to a crime/accident scene and useable by just about anyone.
3) Safety: Data can be collected from a distance, with some scanners collected measurements over 300 meters away. This allows the operator to scan a scene out of harms way. In addition, laser scanners can collect up to 1,000,000 points per second with average scan times of several minutes. Less time on a scene means less time for potential danger to the individuals at the scene. Class I lasers are also being used in laser scanners creating a truly eye-safe environment during the scan.
4) Speed and Efficiency: Complete color scans can be captured in as little as several minutes creating a virtual scene with high accuracy and detail that can be revisited over and over without physically traveling to the site. In contrast to traditional methods of surveying/documenting a scene, laser scanning can be much faster and allow multiple investigators to have eyes on the virtual scene.
5) Produce a variety of deliverables: Once the scene has been laser scanned, various types of final products can be extracted or produced from the data. For example, anything from a traditional 2D drawing to a detailed 3D animation can be created from the scan data.
6) Peer pressure: With more and more agencies utilizing laser scanners for their scene documentation, the result is more widely accepted. As well as growth in expectations that future scenes will be documented in 3D.
7) Cost Effective: Laser scanners are becoming more and comparable in price to total stations which are traditionally used for documenting traffic accidents.
8) Specialized Measurement Tools: Software for forensic analysis from 3D data also now includes special tools for measuring blood spatter and bullet trajectory, witness/suspect height, etc.
9) Easy to share: More software tools are available to view and document the scan data without the requirement of installing software or purchasing additional licenses.
10) Archive the scene: Once the scene has been laser scanned it has been essentially frozen in time, preserved for future virtual visits by anyone who may wish to investigate the scene. This allows for measurements to be taken that may not have necessarily been thought to be important at the time of capture as well.
Mobile 3D laser applications stand for precision, innovation and speed. Such as architecture, automotive, earth science, manufacturing or forensics can benefit from mobile laser scanning technology, all of which is set to be demonstrated at the FARO 3D Documentation Conference 2015 on the 21st-22nd of May in Böblingen, Stuttgart.
The international conference will see the coming together of experts and enthusiasts from around the world for the 5th time. The common denominator is the current 3D laser scanning technology – beyond their disciplinary boundaries. For example what do the the US space agency NASA, laser scanning technology and architecture have in common? Aplenty according to a lecture by Larry Klein Kemper AIA, Lanmar Services from Texas, USA at our 3D Documentation Conference “Motor World”.
Renowned architect Larry Klein Kemper, with a focus on BIM, made a name for himself in both Europe and America as the mastermind of animation, rendering and computer modelling.
NASA is known for its exceptional developments and spaceships, of which often ensue exceptional structures. Disused vehicles such as an oversized rocket sled should simply be documented and be kept as exhibition pieces and 3D models for museums. Larry Klein Kemperis set to show how the large NASA Rocket sled precise point clouds are formed outside with the help of the FARO Focus 3D X 330.
The freestyle then starts and the data is transferred in exact geometry. The so-called “Auto Extraction of Geometry” has recently significantly developed, says Larry Klein Kemper – thanks to new software components. The speaker presents two promising possibilities regarding the auto extraction and continues by showing the advantages and limitations of doing so.
The interdisciplinary exchange is very important for the 3D Conference, IT meets film and the software industry meets architecture and transportation planning. Prominent keynote speakers and first hand reports on current projects. Individual priorities and issues are addressed in the afternoon workshops, including areas such as: Automotive, Conservation and BIM (Building Information Modeling).
The accompanying exhibition with a variety of 3D exhibitors and current software developments rounds off the course of events. An attractive recreational program is also available for the 3D enthusiasts. More information and details can be found here!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.