Always one step ahead – 10 years of laser scanning

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.


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Construction Computing Awards 2015

FARO is pleased to announce that our new product the FARO Freestyle has been nominated for Hardware product of the year at the Construction Computing Awards 2015.

construction computing awards

Voting is now underway with the winners announced on November 19th at the Hotel Russell, London. If you would like to vote, register on the website and go to the Hardware Product 2015 category.

Voting closes on the 6th November.

Vote here


FARO Laser scanner Focus3D aids Costain in improving its capture and sharing of field data

In December 1836, the London terminus of the world’s first passenger railway, the London & Greenwich Railway, opened. Almost 180 years later and known as London Bridge Station, the UK’s fourth busiest railway station still reflects some of its early 19th century origins, being an elevated structure built on brick arches, but the complex has since been expanded and reconfigured piecemeal many times.

In addition FARO Laser scanner Focus3D aids Costain in improving its capture and sharing of field data to being a terminus, the station now also caters for through services, including cross-London Thameslink connections, but by the early 2000s the station had become a bottleneck hampering rapid movement of both passengers – some 56 million use the station each year – and trains. To remove the bottleneck and to expand passenger capacity by 40 per cent, Network Rail set about transforming London Bridge station.


Six low-level platforms for terminating services were to be raised to the height of the platforms of through services; the total of through platforms would be increased from six to nine; and a new single concourse at the foot of London’s iconic Shard was to be constructed – and all while continuing to operate passenger rail services through the station and allowing interchange with London Underground, local bus and taxi services, and onward journeys on foot or by bicycle.

To read the full story click here


FARO @ GeoData Edinburgh

FARO is set to participate at the GeoData Event in Edinburgh where you will be able to see first-hand how our 3D documentation solutions can benefit your operation.

We will showcasing our 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 kilogram, rendering it extremely portable and mobile.

To find out how to register  for the GeoData Event click here and head up to Edinburgh on the 12th of November!


Integrating Digital Technologies into Construction Workflows

We invite you to join us on a FARO Event, supported by the BAM construction and hosted by Bespoke careers.This is also in association with Digital Construction Week.

This will take place on the 19th of October at the Bespoke London office in St Johns Square.
Visitors will be able to hear from our two speakers Mark Taylor from BAM and Chris Palmer fom FARO. Mark is responsible for implementation of Information Management processes and digital construction tools nationally for BAM Construct UK. Chris Palmer is a RICS Chartered Building Surveyor who specialises in 3D Data capture and BIM. Over the last 10 years, Chris has worked within the construction industry as a surveyor, architectural designer and project manager, working as a lead consultant on a diverse range of project types and values





Location: 58 St Johns Square
Time: 18:30 – 20:30

On the agenda for the speakers include;
Integrating Digital Technologies into Construction Workflows – An overview of how BAM Construction integrate digital information and technologies into traditional design and construction workflows

Laser Scanning for Construction Verification- A look at projects involving the FARO Laser Scanner and how throughout the construction process it could improve the reliability and accuracy of measurements

Automated Modelling and Feature Extraction from Point Clouds – Also a topic of conversation is a live deomonstration of the FARO 3D Software tools and how it could automatically generate 3D geometry from laser scan data.

To Register click here




FARO @ Tank Storage 2015

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.

Tank storage 2015

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.

FARO will be showcasing the company’s, high speed FARO Focus3D Laser Scanner3D and the recently launched FARO Scanner Freestyle 3D

For more information click here!


Seibersdorf Laboratories – FARO Focus3D X has no significant thermal effect on art when scanning

Seibersdorf Laboratories have recently conducted research into the potential for damaging of artworks exposed to a laser scanner FARO Focus3D X was investigated. The issue to asses was if the absorption of laser light in the superficial layers of paint and varnish on canvas can lead to an increase in temperature that could deteriorate the quality of the artwork.

Computer modelling was used to calculate the highest rise in temperature achievable in a worst-case exposure scenario. The question of this study was if it is possible to rule out the possibility for thermally-induced damage of paintings when using the laser scanner FARO Focus3D X. Other potential effects such as photochemical interactions or accelerated ageing provoked by extended exposures over the course of days or more go beyond the scope of the present study.

Given the unknown physical properties of the irradiated artworks, conservative values along with a worst-case exposure scenario (such as the scanner remains on one path and the scanner head does not turn in the horizontal plane, but also regarding choice of optical and thermal properties) were considered. In view of this, the rise in temperature at the surface of the painting was calculated to be less than 2 degrees. Considering that the scanner head also turns in horizontal direction, one spot on the painting would be exposed for less than 10 seconds at the lowest angular speed (0,004 revolutions per minute), during which the calculated rise in temperature was less than 1,3 °C.


Figure 1. Calculated time-temperature history at the surface of the painting exposed to the laser scanner FARO Focus3D X (distance 1 m, minimum rotation frequency)

Such increase is less than, or as a worst case of the order of magnitude of temperature variations that can be observed indoors purely from ambient air temperature, even in a museum where the ambient temperature is controlled. Thus it can be excluded that paintings undergo temperature-induced deterioration after exposure to the laser scanner FARO Focus3D X.

Moreover, it can be ruled out that the melting point of the components of dried oil paint and hardened superficial layers (e.g. varnish) can be reached in the chosen exposure scenario, thus ruling out the possibility of a phase change. Similarly, it can be assumed that the change in thermal and optical properties is negligible over the range of 2°C around ambient temperature.


FARO @ Digital Construction Week

Digital construction week is the event series for the entire built environment supply chain throughout design, construction, engineering, management and operation- Whether you’ve been exploring BIM adoption, experimenting with emerging smart technologies or investigating advances in manufacturing materials, you’ll have witnessed the changes taking place in architecture, engineering, construction (AEC) world.

The government BIM mandate has accelerated the digital revolution in our industry, but it doesn’t stop there. BIM is just the beginning of a new era for construction, and Digital Construction Week will not only focus on the realities of BIM for your business today, but also explore the possibilities of the built environment for tomorrow.


FARO UK will be sponsering the drinks reception on the 20th October and will also have a stand (M6a) at the Business design centre in order to showcase the company’s, high speed FARO Focus3D Laser Scanner3D and the recently launched FARO Scanner Freestyle 3D.The Digital Construction will consist of:

For more information click here!



FARO @ TCT Birmingham

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, Autodesk & UCL AEC tech collaboration day

With around 100 participants involved in the FARO, Autodesk & UCL AEC tech collaboration day, the event itself seems to have gone down very well indeed. We would like to thank all those who took part and helped make this event happen with a special shout out to Autodesk and the guys over at UCL for all their support.


Due to the success of the event we plan to hold an annual event so stay tuned for more details..

However if you wish to find out more about what we do here at FARO then check out our FARO UK Website or alternitavely check out our FARO UK YouTube channel!


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