Located in Dresden, Germany, kubit has been developing field-proven software products to enable and simplify the use of real world objects in CAD applications since 1999. Initially launched to link total stations directly to AutoCAD, today kubit is the industry leader in providing tools to integrate 3D laser scan data with CAD environments such as Autodesk Revit and AutoCAD. kubit’s software is hardware independent, giving customers the flexibility to utilize any hardware offering, thus ensuring maximum productivity.
“The acquisition of kubit is an exciting step in FARO’s strategy to develop integrated, disruptive 3D documentation product offerings for the Architecture, Engineering and Construction market,” stated Jay Freeland, FARO’s President and CEO. “By adding kubit’s products to our portfolio, customers now have significantly enhanced software options to serve a vast array of point cloud modeling, analysis needs, and measurement capabilities with very high connectivity to the Autodesk suite of products.”
When an accident occurs a reliable rapid documentation is essential for forensic purposes.
Police forces and crime scene investigators alike often turn to FARO’s Focus3D Laser Scanner to ensure the capture and recording of the entire scene in 3D. However the capturing of details in narrow or not easily accessible areas where scanning with a tripod can be difficult.
Providing the highest efficiency in its field coupled with the added time saving, due to both the mobility of the scanner and its intuitive acquisition of gathered data the FARO Freestyle3D really is a perfect accompaniment to our FARO Focus3D Laser Scanner.
Not only can police officers and investigators rapidly capture any event scene in great detail, allowing for delay minimization, the FARO Freestyle3D scan data can be easily transferred to a computer for further processing and the merging with other point clouds to deliver an absolute 3D .
Set ot take place on the 24th-25th of February at the Mercedes-Benz World in Weybridge, Uk the AVEVA World UK User Meeting is open to the entire AVEVA UK user community, from end users and discipline leads to division managers. This event will bring together a wealth of knowledge from the UK’s Oil & Gas, Power, Marine and Plant industry sectors alongside product expertise from both AVEVA and our customer base.
The programme will specifically focus on how the use of digital information throughout the asset life cycle, from inception to operation, can assist in overcoming the challenges of Integrated Project Execution for EPCs and Operations Integrity Management for Owner Operators.Thus providing us with a perfect platform to showcase our cutting-edge product range including;FARO Focus3D Laser Scanner FARO Scene Software and WebShare Cloud.
It is no secret that where large-scale major investment is concerned in the current economic climate, infrastructure is a serious front-runner. As one component of a multi-pronged assault on rectifying the UK’s extensive debt crisis, Cameron’s government has pledged billions to the preservation and vast improvement of the country’s arterial infrastructure systems in the hope of stimulating a kick-start for the country’s long-term economic growth. With high-profile projects such as HS2 and Crossrail at the vanguard of the £36billion major infrastructure investment plan, the subject of national infrastructure has become one of 2014’s hot topics. Opti-cal caught up with Ted Harland of Tri-tech Site Engineering and Land Surveys in a bid to get the inside scoop on one of this year’s largest projects; the high profile £300million upgrade of the A1 between Barton and Leeming, that upon completion will see journey times in the area cut by as much as twenty percent.
Tri-tech themselves are a Yorkshire-based surveying and site engineering company, who since 2005 have gained a solid reputation in supporting and facilitating project success for both public and private sector clients
“The project is essentially a £300m upgrade of the existing A1 dual carriageway to 3 Lane Motorway”, explains Harland, MD of Tri-tech, “upon completion, the project will also provide a number of local access roads to serve the local community, and significantly improve safety in the area [which at present lacks the local access roads necessary to accommodate the area’s numerous agricultural vehicles.]”
Falling beneath the broad umbrella of major infrastructure projects for 2014/15, the A upgrade sets the tone for contemporary project process in its use of 3D Laser Scanning Technology, as well as the firm insight into futureproofing the venture’s work through BIM (Building Information Modelling) workflows. “There has been a big push nationwide to start to deliver projects through BIM”, says Ted; “This in turn with the recent development of Scanners, PC Software, and PC Hardware has meant that now more than ever 3D laser Scanning has become a viable option for data collection for this kind of project.” “We have used Opti-cal for number of years now for the supply and service of all our equipment …Their support and service is second to none”
“We were asked by the Morgan-Sindall Carillion Joint Venture (MSCJV) project team to survey a number of existing bridges for the structural design team to process”, he explains, “some of the existing bridges are to be kept, as well as a number modified to suit a new 3 lane Motorway. After having various discussions with the design team about their specific requirements, and whether they could handle such large amounts of scan data, Tri-tech choose the FARO Focus3D X330 model for the job largely because it is the ability to scan at a far.
” Since its arrival on the market last year, the FARO Focus3D Laser Scanner from global manufacturing powerhouse FARO has evolved in tandem with the changing requirements of the survey teams using it. In November last year, the original S120 model was replaced by the first of the X series units – the X330 – which boasted considerable range whilst maintaining the compact 5kg housing that has gained this particular brand of scanner well deserved industry-wide recognition. “In the past we have used the Focus3D S120 to scan a number of buildings for a client”, he says, “The results were excellent, however on this project we knew we required the additional range of the X330 to confidently scan the structures from both sides of the carriageway and get good results. Because we only have access to the side of the motorway sometimes the distances needed to be scanned would have been right at the limit of the S120, which is why we went for X330. In terms of the hire itself, we have used Opti-cal for number of years now and so it was natural progression for them to supply the scanner and all accessories. Their support and service is second to none.”
Speaking about the data captured at the site, Peter Robinson of AECOM’s specialist design team said, “The use of the X330 FARO scanner by Ted Harland of Tri-tech has provided the A1 Dishforth to Barton structures design team with invaluable information. The [sheer] level of detail obtained from the surveys has left a number of the design team speechless, and has allowed [the highly] accurate modelling of existing structures.” He continues; “thanks to the coordinated point cloud obtained from the surveys conducted, we discovered that the original surveys carried out [at the site] were in fact inaccurate, which could easily have led to costly issues on site.”
Here, Robinson highlights the very issue that awards Laser scanning its rightful place at the heart of much of the industry’s recent lean towards Level 2 maturity BIM workflows; that the data you get out of a model will only ever be as good as the data you put in. And where Tri-tech is concerned, no expense has been spared in ensuring total accuracy for MSCJV and the holistic success of their project. “There was quite a lot of prep work prior to the scanner arriving on site,” Ted continues, “control had to be established at each structure using GPS and then tightened up using a total station; all stations were then digitally levelled to tie them into the site network. The beauty about scanning and scan data is that you capture everything in one visit – which at the end of the day saves the project both time and money.”
“We managed to scan all the structures in 4 days with a total of over 40 scans taken”, says Harland. “The processing was then done the following week using the Faro Scene, and the data exported out of FARO Scene Software in a format ready to be imported into Autodesk Revit/Autocad. We know this data is of an exceptionally high quality, and can now be used to design and model all new additions or changes to the motorway bridges – it also provides a real snap shot of what is there now as a record forever, in true 3D.”
With work commencing in March this year, the venture is by no means a small undertaking; “The project is due to be completed in mid-2017,” says Ted, “and I am confident that should there be any further survey work of bridges or structures, laser scanning will certainly be a first choice – not only by the designers but by the site team too.”
An essential part of modern 3D Documentation is, of course, Mobile Mapping. A mobile mapping system is the integration of remote sensors and time synchronised navigation. It is an extremely powerful tool for large scale 3D information collection e.g. road mapping or 3D city models.
With mobile mapping systems costing up to £1,000,000, a FARO Focus Laser scanner can be easily converted into a mobile mapping system with minimal investment. saving you time and money.
‘DIY’ Mobile Mapping
‘DIY’ Mobile Mapping can add a huge amount of extra value to the FARO Focus 3D. This enables the user to gather 3D data in a large scale and to work very efficiently in an outdoor environment. In addition, the FARO Focus is not attached to the mobile mapping system permanently and so it can still be easily used as a regular laser scanner at any time.
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FARO offers you the unique opportunity to win fascinating prizes, by entering its chritmas prize draw. All you have to do is book a free product demonstration for any of our coordinate measuring machines or 3D imaging devices, choose your preferred Christmas gift from the wish list and you will be entered into the prize draw!
The best way to truly understand the power of FARO’s 3D metrology and 3D documentation with FARO Laser Scanner, FARO Laser Tracker or FARO Measuring Arm is to see them for yourself, at your premises. We would be happy to come out to your site and demonstrate our products on your parts. This free, customised product demonstration includes a consultation on how to improve your current processes and allows you to witness firsthand what FARO can do for you!
Our prizes include an Apple Ipad mini, Samsung 40″ LED Flatscreen TV, Smoothie Maker, Fujifilm FP S9400 Digicam and a Nespresso Coffee Machine
FARO is set to participate at the GeoData Event in Glasgow where you will be able to see first-hand how its portable CMMs and LaserScanners for 3D documentation solutions can benefit your operation. These exhibition style events include live demos of the products and provide an opportunity to talk to members of the team about your specific requirements. Technology from FARO permits high-precision 3D measurement, imaging and comparison of parts and compound structures within production and quality assurance processes. The devices are used for inspecting components and assemblies, production planning, large part inspection or structures in 3D, and more…. To find out how to register for the GeoData Event click here and head up to Glasgow on the 4th of November where we will be featuring our FARO LaserScanner Focus3D X Series, or visit our website and book your demo today.
The use of laser scanning in the accident reconstruction and law enforcement communities is constantly gaining more and more respect. With hardware and software having improved greatly over the past few years, capturing great detail in a quick and simple manner has been made extremely easy.
Here are 10, of many, reasons why utilizing laser scanners for forensic applications is the right choice.
1. Ease of use: The operation of a laser scanner has become much easier with the inclusion of a simpler interface, making operating the scanner less like a complicated piece of survey equipment.
The ETDP conference presents cutting-edge views on how the three elements that support construction work—people, processes and technology—can be integrated and organized for moving into digital projects. Only through digital projects can the industry strive to achieve effective outcomes in increasingly complex construction endeavors.
We will present our latest version of the revolutionary, high speed FARO Laser Scanner Focus 3D for 3D measurement and 3D image documentation together with the accompanying software SCENE that processes and manages scanned data easily and efficiently by using automatic object recognition as well as scan registration and positioning.
Want to find out more about our cutting-edge products then visit our website for more details.
FARO UK will be taking part in the 2014 PETEX Conference & Exhibition in London. PETEX, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, is the largest subsurface-focused E&P conference and exhibition in the UK and attracts thousands of delegates from across the world.
We will be showcasing our revolutionary, high speed FARO Laser Scanner Focus3D for 3D measurement and 3D image documentation, together with the accompanying SCENE software for processing and managing scanned data easily and efficiently.
Date: 18th-20th November 2014
Location: ExCel London
For more information visit the official event website or email firstname.lastname@example.org