In collaboration with FARO and ScanLAB Projects, Sir John Soane’s Museum in London has embarked on the Explore Soane Challenge which involves giving a global audience access to its archive.
Thanks to the latest 3D scanning technology offered by FARO, The Museum was able to scan its collections in order to create an online digital archive. The Soane Museum is one of a kind. Built by distinguished 19th century architect Sir John Soane, it was a home, library and museum in one – housing his collection of artworks, sculptures, furniture and artefacts. At his death in 1837, Soane left his house and collection to the nation, stipulating that it should be kept open and free for the public’s inspiration and education.
Almost two centuries later, FARO, ScanLAB Projects and The Soane Museum have embarked on a unified project to create an online digital archive of the Museum. The project utilises the latest developments in 3D technology to scan and digitise a wide selection of rooms and objects. This includes Soane’s Model Room, and the ancient 3,500 year old Sarcophagus of King Seti I.
For 180 years, the house has remained meticulously preserved through conservation and restoration. Nevertheless, Explore Soane continues this ambition in a new, powerful way. The teams will be adding more rooms, and several more objects to the digitised collection in order to inspire and educate, precisely as Sir John Soane wished.
Teams from ScanLAB have been utilising a range of cutting edge scanning technologies from FARO. Large spaces such as rooms and stairwells have been captured using LiDAR scanners such as the FARO Focus x 330, whilst smaller objects are scanned using the latest FARO Arm scanner and photogrammetric software. The data now forms part of an archive not just for the Museum but also for future and overseas researchers interested in studying the Museum and the many models collected by Sir John Soane himself.
“At Faro we strongly believe that the future is to digitally preserve and record every artefact or site of interest for future generations. Our mission is ‘To enable mankind to easily and accurately connect the physical world to the virtual world.’ The tools that we use to document collections have become more user friendly and cost effective which makes it more accessible to more people. We want to make our heritage our future.” (David Southam, FARO)
Click here to explore Sir John Soane’s Museum.
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.
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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.
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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
A recording of the English version of the webinar can be found here.
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)
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 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.
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.