About 16,500,000 years ago giant oysters, sea-cows and sharks thrived along the coast of the Parathethys Sea. The deposits of which are currently exposed in the ‘Korneuburg Basin’ in Austria, not far from Vienna. And this worldwide and unique fossil site contains over 650 animal and plant species from a long gone ecosystem.
FARO is the world’s most trusted source for 3D measurement, imaging and realisation technology and we are committed to furthering our offering in the law enforcement market.
In order to meet the needs of this market and provide a compelling integrated 3D documentation solution, FARO has acquired CAD Zone, Inc., a leading software provider in the law enforcement, accident and crime scene reconstruction market.
FARO laser scanning technology will be integrated with CAD Zone’s point cloud software application, in order to provide turnkey solutions for forensic applications and create the right 3D documentation solution.
Architecture, law-enforcement, petrochemical plants and even Felix Baumgartner’s “jump from space”, Laser Scanning has been applied in a variety of ways. And now the first ever laser scanned photo-shoot has been documented.
Vivienne Westwood and London studio ScanLab have teamed up to produce the laser scan of the photo-shoot, with ScanLab able to produce a high resolution point cloud of data of the set. The photo-shoot took place over one day and produced some very interesting results.
Click here to see the original article and video by Marcus Fairs! (June 26th, 2014)
The fourth European 3D Documentation Conference takes place in a beautiful scenery in Bavaria. Seen from miles around atop Holy Mountain above the eastern bank of Ammer Lake, Andechs Monastery is the oldest pilgrimage church in Bavaria and since 1850, an asset of the Benedictine monastery, St. Boniface, in Munich.
The participants of FARO’s User Meeting noticeably enjoy the conference at the Monastery and its amazing surroundings.
Between the workshops the participants of the 3D User Conference have the chance to network and exchange knowledge and experience.
In the coming 2 days we will provide you with the latest from the world of 3D documentation and laser scanning technology.
The conferece started this morning with the industry and FARO news by Managing Director Ralf Drews. Then we kicked-off with keynote Bernd Becker, Chief Technology Strategist about the latest 3D Documentation technology news.
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.
Blog post by Alex Demogines, Account Manager Laser Scanner, FARO Technologies
This image is part of a digitization project which includes more than 100,000 scans that were collected with the FARO Focus3D laser scanner.
Three months of hard work have enabled Actual Foncier Topographie (AFT), a company specialised in surveying, to scan the Palace of Versailles to create a digital platform for a 3D virtual tour of the prestigious interiors and gardens. It is now possible to take a virtual tour of the Château de Versailles via Google Earth.
AFT was commissioned by Google to scan Versailles and turn its magnificent facades and roofs, luxurious interior and its beautiful gardens and fountains into a 3D model. Virtually cross the Hall of Mirrors or walk through the beautiful gardens. It’s really remarkable.
Here’s a YouTube video to give you an idea…
ATS AB bought 7 units of the laser scanner Focus3D X 330 to support one of their main fields of work: 3D scanning of tunnels, bridges and other constructions.
Rolf Berlin, the CTO of ATS AB, says: “With the extra-long range and outdoor performance of the Focus3D X 330 a complete new application areas open up.”
The new scanner was for example used to scan the Älvborgsbron in Gothenburg, Sweden.
The whole 800m long bridge was scanned from only a few positions! “We are really excited to be the first company to offer this cutting-edge product in the Scandinavian countries”.
About ATS AB
ATS AB was founded in 1990. The company is marketing laser based 1D-2D-3D distance measurement instruments and systems for industrial applications. Key systems are different types of guidance, docking and navigation systems.
Since 1997 the company offers 2D & 3D high-accuracy scanning solutions in tunneling, mining, constructions, buildings and automotive & process industry. ATS AB provides scanning solutions of small and large objects for both reverse engineering and analysis purpose.
More info: http://ats.se/
Stuttgart’s students stunned the scene with their simple kit for a 3D mobile mapping system. Ann-Kathrin Kinscher, an intern at FARO Europe, tells the story…
Mobile laser scanning is an essential part of today’s 3D documentation technologies. It is already widely used in generating 3D city models, as well as in registrering roadway damage and in the CGI (Computer Generated Imagery) sector. Through interaction of an inertial measurement unit, with a GPS system and a laser scanner it is possible to capture a 3D point cloud. New developments in IMU sensor technology (MEMS based) open up new markets which is very promising for the future.
Currently, such systems are still very costly and therefore rarely used by companies as opposed to surveying. Furthermore, cities could become car-free in future, which would mean that mobile mapping systems can no longer be used by car.
As part of my master thesis which was done in cooperation with FARO, Applanix and Tobias Moehlihs, a university colleague, I thought about all these facts and developed a solution: A mobile mapping system which is completely flexible and easy to set up. The principle follows the concept: “Do it yourself”.
At the moment it is still a prototype, which will be further developed, e.g. cameras will be integrated into the system. With the Focus3D laser scanner FARO offers a cost-effective component for such a system, because of its small size and low weight. After testing several inertial measurement units with the Focus on, I decided to use the POS LV220 from Applanix as the IMU. Hereby focusing on overall results and synchronization-options.
This system delivers robust data even in cities with high buildings. Additionally, with the two-antenna system of the POS LV220 the heading is improved by the GAMS solution (GPS Azimuth Measurement Subsystem) developed by Applanix. To adhere to the principle of simplicity I use the trigger signal from the FARO Focus3D to synchronize the components. This means that every time a new mirror rotation of the laser scanner starts, a trigger signal is sent to the IMU, which saves the position and orientation.
By combining a laser scanner, an IMU and a vehicle of your choice you can start setting up your own mobile mapping system, as shown on the photo above. The POS LV220 contains the IMU, two GPS Antennas, the DMI and the processor. The FARO laser scanner Focus3D with the Helical-Kit, a laptop, a battery and a bike trailer finalise the system.
The bike trailer has several advantages; it is a ‘green’ solution and it can access many more locations than a car. I scanned an old church in the pedestrian zone in Stuttgart within a couple of minutes. This would take an hour if you would scan it statistically.
For the transformation of the laserscan data I wrote a program using Matlab. FARO SCENE is used for pointcloud editing and POSPac from Applanix is used for postprocessing the GPS data.
To sum it up you can quickly and easily scan with this self-built compatible system in almost every environment and situation. The software is easy to use. With post processing in POSPac and easy point cloud editing with SCENE you receive precise positions.