Baroque Topologies

FARO Technologies are thrilled to have aided Andrew Saunders, Associate Professor from the University of Pennsylvania to accomplish his mission of collecting a digital archive of Baroque art and architecture.  Saunders, who works in the Department of Architecture travelled to Italy for six weeks in order to scan and archive some of the most prominent Italian Baroque architecture. Following the University of Pennsylvania’s commitment to ‘advancing the public good–both locally and globally–through art, design, planning, and preservation,’ the purpose of this project was to discover a superior method to digitally explore highly complex baroque architecture.

By using a FARO Focus3D X 130 laser scanner, data was captured showing the prospering evolution from the early and high baroque in Rome extending to the late baroque in the Piedmont Region in Northern Italy. The archive includes work from Francesco Borromini, Bernardo Vittone, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Pietro da Cortona Guarino Guarini, and Carlo Rainaldi. Precise 3D models were produced of the interior spaces of various churches which can now be viewed in full colour.

Taking into account that there were many challenges during this project, Andrew Saunders pointed out that the project would not have been possible without the contributions it received from its co-workers including FARO, Autodesk and the Italian contacts that made it possible to gain access to the scans.

FARO made a significant contribution to this project by providing a Focus3D X 130 laser scanner. This ultra-portable device allows users Topologies, FARO, University of Pennsylvania, baroque art, FAto record complex structures delivering realistic and true-to-detail scan results. The high resolution scanner has a range from 0.6m up to 30m and a distance accuracy of up to ±2mm. It also has a one million points per second scanning rate enabling fast, straightforward and accurate measurements of objects and buildings. FARO also offered software and training to those who had the responsibility of operating the laser scanner. The purpose of these scans was to create a comprehensive digital archive of the work. High resolution scans using the FARO Focus3D X 130 allowed verification, calibration and discovery of Baroque topologies.

Saunders stated, “The ability to capture, record and simulate increasingly larger sets of data, coupled with remote access to cloud computing and progressively more affordable additive fabrication technology, provides new opportunities and methods for understanding and assessing complexity and representation in architecture.”

The results from this project are extraordinary in many ways. The data that has been collected will now create digital access to some of the most prominent churches in the world, in a way that has never been available before. Furthermore, the captured scan data will allow experts to carry out reverse engineering of the algorithms behind the truly astounding baroque architecture.

However, the project is still not yet completed. It is intended that the archive will be used for in depth analysis and comparisons between the Italian churches. Moreover, The University of Pennsylvania School of Design will now work with Autodesk in order to make the archive available to the public as well as other students and scholars.

To access interactive 360 degrees views of the baroque architecture please click here. 


Complimentary FARO ScanArm Webinar


Want to see the latest and greatest scanning technology for the automotive sector? Then register today for the free webinar and see how the advanced FARO Edge ScanArm HD enables fast and efficient non-contact measurements of complex parts.

The FARO ScanArm is the perfect solution for inspection, point cloud-to-CAD comparison, rapid prototyping, reverse engineering and 3D modelling, and no matter what your specific requirement is, we provide the best solution for a wide range of applications across all industries.

Date: 24th September 2014 at 2pm GMT +1 (London – Dublin)

Interested? Click here to register your attendance!


Webinar series on FARO CAM2 GAGE 2.1 software

We invite you to join our FARO Webinar series – FARO CAM2 GAGE 2.1 software – explore the simplicity!

The CAM2 GAGE Software is FAROs CAM2 solution for measuring basic geometry and building dimensions. It allows you to quickly measure geometric features on your part so that you can easily report the dimensions you need to control.

Topics of the webinar are:
* Introduction CAM2 GAGE
* Live Software Demo – We will demonstrate how easy it is to measure with CAM2 GAGE
* Learning session – Ask your questions & develop your software skills

German:  February 23rd (15:00) -> register
French:  March 6th (15:00) -> register
Italian: March 13th (15:00) -> register
Spanish: March 14th (15:00) -> register

A recording of the English version of the webinar can be found here.


Webinar: FARO and Autodesk – Point Cloud Technology

We invite you to join our FARO and Autodesk Webinar – Point Cloud Technology which will take place at 12:00 PM (UK time) on February 17th.

A joint presentation with Autodesk and FARO, sharing best practice in taking surveyed and point cloud data into design applications such as AutoCAD Civil 3D, Revit and Plant 3D and sharing with Navisworks will be shown.

Friday, February 17, 2012
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM GMT (UK time)


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NPL & FARO open a new recertification centre in Teddington for all UK FaroArm customers

Great news for all FARO customers in the UK. From 30th November 2011 the National Measurement Institute for the UK, the NPL will be offering an independent verification service against traceable international standards with a maximum turnaround of five working days.

The NPL and FARO would like to invite you to the opening of the NPL recertification centre on the 30th November from 10.00am – 2.00pm.

More info about the launch event – http://www.faro.com/content.aspx?ct=uk&content=news&item=4238&tab=1

More info about NPL – http://www.npl.co.uk/


FARO congratulates the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Team on their Germany Grand Prix win!

Source: http://www.mclaren.com

Source: http://www.mclaren.com

FARO congratulates Vodafone McLaren Mercedes for winning the 2011 Germany Grand Prix.
FARO is an ‘Official Supplier’ for measuring systems and a member of McLaren’s World Class Partner Group. FARO supplies state-of-the-art products and services to Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, including measuring systems like several FaroArms units, the personal CMM FARO Gage and the FARO Laser Line Probe for non-contact measurement and software like FARO CAM2 Q. Using this equipment Vodafone McLaren Mercedes enhances their current race car as well as develops their vehicle for the next racing season. McLaren – a brand at the very pinnacle of Formula One – have used FARO technology for nearly ten years and there are multiple applications for them in the Formula One sector.


Visit us at Intergeo 2010!

We invite you to visit us at Intergeo 2010 which will take place from 5th – 7th October 2010 in Cologne, Germany.

Come to our booth 1B.112 in hall 11.1 and discover what’s new in the world of laser scanning. FARO will also demonstrate the new version 4.7 of SCENE which incorporates the new ‘one-click’ Web-Share functionality. The SCENE Web-Share feature allows for easy and secure sharing of scan data via the Internet.

You will also meet our software partners on the stand.

We are happy to welcome you on our booth and we offer you free entry tickets to visit us.

Click here to get your free ticket and more information


Six-figure Sale for FARO UK at MACH

FARO announces a significant sales including multiple measuring systems to their long-standing customer and partner 3D Scantech Limited who will also launch a rental programme for FARO equipment.

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