Shipping Galleries preserved in staggering 2 billion point 3D model

In 1963, the Science Museum opened the ‘Shipping Galleries‘ consisting of the museum’s maritime collection, until 2012, when the galleries closed. Before the 1800 objects on display were moved into storage, a 3D point cloud model of the space was created.

Using 275 laser scans of the galleries, the museum built a stunning virtual model of the entire maritime exhibition.

Watch this YouTube video for a 3D point cloud fly through!


Innovators in automotive, spatial technology, and aviation

“We think it’s possible to live in a point cloud”, Göran Bergqvist from Volvo commented. The morning programme of the 3D Documentation User Meeting highlighted technology innovations in the 3D documentation field.

Kevin McAlea @3D Systems explained how to accelerate content creation. Offering solutions such as: Voxel CAD, Haptics, Model scan Print workflow tools, and verification products. To not disturb the physical plant Volvo created a virtual manufacturing plant for simulation purposes.

Dr. Peter Dorninger (4D-IT GmbH) and Dominik Krawczyk (von-oben e.U.) closed the morning session, introducing the flying Focus3D! See the photos below.

Kevin McAlea (SVP, 3D Systems )Göran Bergqvist (ATS AB)Points in the cloudOliver Bürkler @FAROMaking Reality Capture Easy & AccessibleAirborne FARO Scanning - From Vision to RealityDr. Peter Dorninger (4D-IT GmbH)/Dominik Krawczyk (von-oben e.U.)Flying Focus3D


3D Documentation User Meeting is under way – a first impression

Have a look at the first video of Day 1 featuring participants, exhibitors, and key note speeches.


Live coverage from FARO’s 3D Documentation User Meeting

FARO 3D Documentatin User Meeting: arrival in StrasbourgWe have arrived in Strasbourg!

The coming 2 days we will provide you with the latest from the world of 3D documentation and laser scanning technology. Tune in on the FARO blog or follow the event on twitter (#3DUserMeeting) or on Facebook.

After an introduction by Managing Director Ralf Drews with news about FARO we kick-off with keynote Kevin McAlea, Senior Vice-President at 3D Systems. Bernd Becker, Chief Technology Strategist will present FARO’s 3D Documentation Strategy.

Then, 4 powerspeeches featuring industry experts on:
• Webshare at Volvo
• Points in the Cloud
• Mecca – Scanning the Holy Mosque
• Airborne FARO Scanning – From Vision to Reality.

In the afternoon workshops, participants go into detail choosing from a range of themes around architecture, mobile mapping, software and scan data processing. Stay tuned for more details, videos and photos later in the day!


Pushing the next generation of digitizing heritage

Relicarte uses the FARO ScanArm 3Relicarte have been working with museums in creating digital output for a varied range of outcomes, since 2006. Since then they have seen that the interest in digital content as a resource across the heritage market has grown exponentially.

Due to the growing business of Relicarte they were looking for a new scanner which would allow to digitize larger subjects with increased accuracy and with less processing time and the search began. Relicarte was introduced to the FARO product range and purchased a Laser ScanArm Quantum with Geomagics package.

Earlier this year Relicarte also decided to buy a FARO Laser Scanner Focus3D as they move towards digitizing heritage sites as part of developing new services for the Museum and heritage industry.

Relicarte has created ‘My-museum’, which delivers a fully interactive platform that provides online visitors with immersive access to cultural media, from fully rendered 3 dimensional arte-facts to film, text, music and beyond.‘My-museum’ is further designed as public engagement tool through which users can communicate with the Museum and their fellow visitors, generating a vibrant cultural conversation.

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Programme 3D Documentation User Meeting now online!

Programme 3D Documentation User Meeting now online!Discover new technologies and applications at this year’s 3D Documentation User Meeting. Have a look at the programme and see what you can expect on 13th and 14th June in Strasbourg.

We start day 1 with a keynote speech from 3D Systems‘s CEO Abe Reichental. Other so called Power Speeches include WebShare at Volvo, Autodesk, Laser Scanning & CGI – The new way of imaging, and, 3D documentation of the Cloaca Maxima by Indissoluble.

In the afternoon’s workshops you can choose between different technical, special, and learning sessions including sessions on mobile mapping, civil engineering, architecture & heritage.

Secure your seat here.
We look forward to meeting you in Strasbourg!


Share your best Focus3D picture and win tickets to Strasbourg!

Share your best Focus3D picture!

Do you have pictures of the Laser Scanner Focus3D in a unique application, an exceptional situation, or an exotic location?

Post your picture on FARO’s timeline and maybe you will be one of the winners in this contest!

FARO organises a contest for all Focus3D users to share their best Focus3D picture. The very best images will be awarded with free tickets to FARO’s 3D Documentation User Meeting!

We welcome images from every industry and application, ranging from crime scene investigation, architecture, heritage, agriculture and forestry, mining and tunnel construction, factory design, quality control, and more.

A jury will select the best images. Enter now and win a free entry ticket to the FARO 3D Documentation User Meeting in Strasbourg on 13 and 14 June 2013!



The FARO Focus3D scanner digitally maps the Cloaca Maxima beneath the Roman Forum

The FARO Focus3D scanner digitally maps the Cloaca Maxima beneath the Roman ForumThe FARO Focus3D scanner and its cutting-edge technology have helped Indissoluble, a company specialising in multimedia architecture, to devise a successful solution to the digital mapping of the Cloaca Maxima, the sewage system beneath the Roman Forum.

To perform the digital mapping, the company created three-dimensional models of the main underground conduits while demonstrating their relationship with the surface.

The laser scan provided the most precise information that can be obtained about the ruins, thereby adding to the knowledge acquired through studies conducted by the architect Giacomo Boni in the late 19th century.

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The cave paintings of ‘Laas Geel’ in Somaliland scanned by AGP

The cave painting of Laas Geel in Somaliland scanned with a FARO Focus 3DMany thousands of years ago, our ancestors from the Neolithic age, decorated the walls of rock shelters at a place called Laas Geel with paintings of cows, men and their life.

Little did they know that their work would last for perhaps 5,000 years and one day attract the attention of a team of Frenchmen armed to the teeth with 21st century advanced measuring technology!

In April 2012, a team of five undertook the long journey from Paris to Laas Geel in the Horn of Africa to capture the necessary data.

The expedition, manned by 3 archaeologists from the Paul Valery University and 2 scanning experts from the company Art Graphique et Patrimoine (AGP), scanned all 24 rock shelters and the cave paintings they contain. They also captured the site topography with a Total Station and made sub-millimetre level scans of the pre-eminent rock paintings.

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Reconstructing Dinosaur Fossils Using the FARO Laser Scanner


Reconstructing Dinosaur Fossils Using the FARO Laser Scanner

Reconstructing Dinosaur Fossils Using the FARO Laser Scanner

Paleontologists from the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History are working towards reconstructing the anatomy of missing bones of a juvenile Apatosaurus. With approximately only 15% of the bones collected, scientists look to digitally reconstruct the rest of the bone structure using the model of the adult Apatosaurus currently on display in the Museum. Reverse engineering the large skeleton would be the best solution.


The Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History is home to one of most extensive paleontology collections of prehistoric specimens. Much of the scientific research for the museum is conducted by the Center for Shape Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing (SEAM). SEAM is a multi-university collaboration that has pooled together engineering resources to focus on creating and disseminating innovation. As one of SEAM’s members, the University of Oklahoma has been recently working with the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History in a very unique application.

The paleontologists of the museum were tasked to reconstruct the anatomy of a juvenile Apatosaurus. Since only 15% of the bones had been collected, the remaining fossils would have to be anatomically created by the team of scientists. Traditionally, sculpting clay models by hand has always been common practice. However, using this process is extremely time consuming, often inaccurate and highly irreproducible.

As part of SEAM the University of Oklahoma assisted the museum’s paleontologists by providing an alternative solution. The university’s objective was to provide individual prototypes of each individual bone of the juvenile Apatosaurus for the paleontologists to create castings for the display model. The team decided to reverse engineer the current adult Apatosaurus skeletal model so they could proportionally create the missing bones of the juvenile dinosaur.

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