Jul
15
2014

Rome Church Restoration Using FARO 3D Scanning

Surely restoring a historical Church can’t be an easy task? Well, a recent project has used FARO 3D Laser Scanning Technology to simplify and speed up this process.

The 3D imaging system has been used to create point cloud models of the church in the Italian capital, revolutionising the restoration process. This has meant that the team of architects has been saved from carrying out a task which would have needed a great deal of both time and patience.

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Jul
11
2014

The World’s Largest Sub-Sea Road Tunnel.

In Norway’s fourth largest city Stavanger the site for the world’s longest sub-sea road tunnel is situated, named the Ryfast tunnel project. The project consists of three tunnels and aims to establish a permanent road link between Ryfylke and Jaeren and hopes also to tackle the traffic problems through the northern parts of the city centre.

The Solbakk tunnel is the main tunnel being constructed with a total length of 14km and construction began in August 2013. The two headings being excavated by drill and blast will reach a maximum depth of 290m below sea level (Statens Vegvesen, 2013).

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Jul
07
2014

Vivienne Westwood and ScanLab: The First Ever Laser Scanned Photo-shoot

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)

Apr
23
2014

Mobile mapping for everyone!

The new FARO Focus mobile mapping kit provides access to the technology of mobile mapping for every FARO Focus 3D user.

As a low cost do-it-yourself solution, the mobile mapping kit offers an affordable, efficient and precise tool to all users who want to explore the world of mobile mapping.

After the first presentation of the do-it-yourself mobile mapping concept at the Faro user meeting in Strasbourg (2013) the development and research has continued and the idea has evolved into a unique solution. The mobile mapping kit uses a cost effective and high precision Applanix AP15 (Inertial Navigation System) and includes a free to use plugin app for FARO SCENE.
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With the new Helical app it is possible to merge the vehicles trajectory with the helical scan data directly in SCENE. Also calibration procedures have been developed that can be performed easily by the system operator at any time. This ensures that the FARO Laser Scanner can be detached whenever needed so that there is no permanent installation required. This allows the user to operate his scanner in all modes and therefore to maximize the benefits of a FARO laser scanner. [Read more ...]

Apr
04
2014

Law Enforcement goes 3D laser scanning at 3D Documentation Conference

This mornings highlight: 3D Documentation and laser scanning in Law Enforcement.

David Dustin, a US forensic expert from Dustin production presented this morning in the Andechs Abbey the usage of 3D laser scanning for many kinds of law enforcement applications. Amazing presentation!

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Apr
04
2014

3D Documentation Conference – from the Middle Ages into the future

Yesterday’s impressions from the workshops and brainSTORMING at FARO’s 3D Documentation Conference in Andechs – from the Middle Ages into the bright future of 3D laser scanning…

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Apr
03
2014

Afternoon sessions for laser scanning experts

In the afternoon workshops of our 3D User Meeting, participants go into detail choosing from a range of themes around architecture, mobile mapping, factory design and software. Stay tuned for more in-depth content later in the day.

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Apr
03
2014

Great power speeches in the Florianstadl at the Andechs Abbey

Our morning at the Abbey was full of exciting stuff with 3 power speeches in the Florianstadl featuring industry experts on:

• Large 3D Scan Documentation in Retail
• Laser Scanning Gomantong Cave: creation of the world’s most complex photorealistic cave model
• An Airbus experience: 3D modelling in part environment

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Mar
31
2014

10 Reasons to use laser scanning for forensics


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

Mar
13
2014

New powerhouse for mid-range scanning

New FARO Laser Scanner Focus3D X 130 now availableThe FARO Laser Scanner X-family continues to grow: The youngest member is the Focus3D X 130. The ultra-portable powerhouse is ideal for medium-range scans.

The offspring in the X-Series is mobile and scores with a compact design and flexibility. Perfectly suited for indoor and outdoor scans.

The mobile laser scanner almost instantly generates measurement data, for example, of complex facades, building structures, and production or accident sites.

The laser eye offers reliability even in full sunlight. The integrated GPS receiver automatically ensures that the scans are properly assigned and aligned while processing.

Just last year, FARO surprised the market with the long-distance Laser Scanner Focus3D X 330, which is equipped with a range of up to 330 meters at the start.

Like its big brother, the Focus3D X 130 is as easy and intuitive to use as a smartphone. With a scan radius of 130 meters, it is an ideal companion for applications in architecture, civil engineering, facility management, manufacturing, forensics or Building Information Modeling (BIM).



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