FARO is expanding the possibilities of 3D laser scanning with a range of innovations. There is a clear trend towards making point clouds the focus of documentation applications.
Scanning on-site and immediately having a registered point cloud available on a mobile device – this has been a long-time dream of 3D laser scanning experts. Instead, one hour’s work in the field always meant several hours of office work to turn the scan data into usable data products. FARO Europe GmbH is now offering the possibility of registration in the field. Thanks to the new FARO® Scan Localizer, it is now possible to register scans on-site and in real time and thus generate a point cloud using equipment in the field. This add-on product is integrated into the Laser Scanner Focus3D tripod. It constantly performs 2D scans while also surveying the measuring environment within a horizontal profile covering approximately 180 degrees. It has a measuring range of up to 20 metres. The end result is a type of reference profile, which can be used to register the relevant scans from different locations within a single point cloud. This is all thanks to the cloud-to-cloud registration process, which has been a feature in SCENE for around two years. “It means that there is no longer any need for reference registration marks for overlapping areas in interior spaces,” says Oliver Bürkler, Director of Product Management at FARO. The intention is primarily to boost efficiency for projects with a high number of individual images. “We assume that it will generate significant cost advantages where there are 15 or more scans. For example, the device is absolutely indispensable when measuring interior spaces, where you often take more than a hundred scans,” Bürkler adds. According to the company, the FARO Scan Localizer is available as an add-on to the FARO Laser Scanner Focus3D (2015 model or later) and costs around 15,000 euros.
The FARO Scan Localizer is affixed to the tripod. It carries out a horizontal 180-degree measurement that enables real-time positioning in interior spaces.
FARO has launched a number of innovations onto the market to further improve 3D laser scanning. This includes integrating high-dynamic-range (HDR) photography into the FARO Laser Scanner Focus3D. This new option lets you increase the resolution for images with significant differences in brightness. The HDR camera in the Focus3D X 130 HDR and 330 HDR models deliver 170 megapixels and offer a contrast range of up to 4 billion-to-1, which means that the respective bright areas can be optimally rendered for the human eye (i.e. for the screen). Bürkler describes a practical example: “Customers working in dark spaces, e.g. pipeline construction, can decipher even small labels, which are usually very light, in the point cloud”.
Closer to reality
A first glance at the new Version 6 of FARO’s point cloud software SCENE makes it very clear that it represents a new master release. The entire user interface has been redesigned and is now heavily based on typical workflows. Making the software easy and efficient to use was key. The work steps within the workflows are divided into clear, individual steps and are arranged in a logical sequence. All of the individual functions available in the previous version are now listed as processing options for the relevant processing steps in projects. The aim is to help users, especially those without extensive prior experience to get to grips with the system easier and faster. “When we developed the workflow-based tools, we defined typical use cases and automated them completely,” says Bürkler. In the event that manual intervention is needed, the software provides appropriate support and guidance. “This keeps the training required to an absolute minimum, which means that the learning time for new users is extremely short,” the product manager said. If anyone prefers the old interface for example, for dealing with complex, engineering-related technical issues they can easily switch back to the previous GUI.
Users will also find new rendering technology in SCENE 6 interesting. It delivers an even better level of visualisation for solid surfaces and eliminates the need for further data processing in visualisation applications.
“Solid surfaces now look completely realistic,” explains Bürkler. Conventional point cloud visuals have been transformed into fully immersive virtual reality environment. For example several new features ensure that the point cloud density for walls is interpolated so that the original, roughly rendered (“holey”) point clouds are automatically converted into closed surfaces. Colours are also homogenised in this way so that solid bodies or textures become significantly more realistic. This means that solid surfaces are not visualised using individual measuring points but rather as realistic, closed objects.
New rendering features in the latest Version 6 of SCENE come in the form of closed surfaces: measuring points are turned into solid bodies to optimise the visualisation.
Ever more in the cloud
FARO insists that the benefits of this type of hyper-realistic point cloud are not just reserved for experts, thanks to the new version of its web hosting service SCENE WebShare Cloud. Being an online service it delivers significantly better performance, as well as being simpler and more user-friendly. All team members can now access documentation data quickly and easily without needing any special software or hardware. Each file is coded individually using the best encryption method available today (AEC 256), which guarantees the highest levels of IT security. In recent years, many customers have been sceptical about cloud applications for security reasons or have rejected them out of hand due to the massive volumes of data involved and the lack of fluid rendering. Nevertheless FARO confirmed that more and more customers are now using the cloud.
Consequently point clouds can be used for documentation-related tasks that were previously the reserve of CAD software. The advantage given that point clouds map complex local conditions, customers can dive into an existing environment ‘virtually’ for a more direct understanding of conditions on the ground. These features are used for example, by key FARO customers such as carmaker Volvo which documents all of its production facilities around the world using FARO scanners and uses these as the basis for further planning or new buildings. The company aims to have point clouds serve as the basis for all documentation applications leaving CAD for the virtual planning level only. This approach represents a paradigm shift since common practice today is still to translate point clouds into CAD models. A point cloud can now be enhanced with CAD functions to create a comprehensive 3D documentation IT landscape. “This will be the basis for future FARO developments,” predicts Oliver Bürkler.
Durham Oktoberfest, the north east’s premier engineering and manufacturing show is the driving force for the promotion of engineering and manufacturing in the north east region and is being held on 22nd October 2015 at the Xcel Centre in Newton Aycliffe.
FARO offers you the opportunity at Durham Oktoberfest 2015 to meet one-on-one with FARO experts and receive a demonstration of our impressive range of 3D measurement and imaging solutions, including the FARO Arm, FARO Gage and FARO ScanArm
We are happy to also announce that our brand new FARO Edge ScanArm HD, the world’s most affordable, high performance contact & non-contact portable measurement system on the market, will be showcased and demonstrated to attendees at Durham Oktoberfest.
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TSA’s Conference and Exhibition is the UK’s leading event for the bulk liquid storage sector. It is the must-attend event of the year for all those who work in the fuels, chemicals, edible oils and fats storage industries.
The event has a proven track record of successfully bringing together people who care about safe and effective bulk liquid storage operations.
The next annual one day event will be held on Thursday 15 October 2015 at the E.On Lounge of the Ricoh Arena, Coventry. The venue, which is located less than a mile from junction 3 of the M6, is just a 70 minute journey by train from London and is close to Birmingham International Airport.
The conference programme will feature presentations from the COMAH Competent Authority and industry experts on topics which are of key interest to those who operate and maintain bulk liquid storage terminals.
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FARO CAM2 Measure 10 is an all-in-one metrology software for users that are looking for a single, complete solution for all tactile measurement and non-contact 3D scanning applications. The software is ideal for CAD and non-CAD inspection and Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T).
CAM2 Measure 10 features image-guided measurement, automatic nominal association to various features, QuickTools and an intuitive user interface. Moreover, the software is delivered with a reliable CAD import tool which increases the ability to load a large amount of CAD data.
The latest version, CAM2 Measure 10.5 delivers one of its most powerful advantages when scanning large, complex objects.
Its extended point cloud capacity enables you to connect multiple 3D measurement devices to quickly scan large objects. Multi device 3D scanning can – for the first time – occur simultaneously within one coordinate system and input into a single seat of software on one computer.
Simple to set up and use, CAM2 Measure 10 let you leverage the power of simultaneous measurement to complete large scale 3D scanning in a fraction of the time required by conventional methods, allowing you to quickly collect and analyze the data you need to maximize your efficiencies and optimize your processes.
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Digital construction week is the event series for the entire built environment supply chain throughout design, construction, engineering, management and operation- Whether you’ve been exploring BIM adoption, experimenting with emerging smart technologies or investigating advances in manufacturing materials, you’ll have witnessed the changes taking place in architecture, engineering, construction (AEC) world.
The government BIM mandate has accelerated the digital revolution in our industry, but it doesn’t stop there. BIM is just the beginning of a new era for construction, and Digital Construction Week will not only focus on the realities of BIM for your business today, but also explore the possibilities of the built environment for tomorrow.
FARO UK will be sponsering the drinks reception on the 20th October and will also have a stand (M6a) at the Business design centre in order to showcase the company’s, high speed FARO Focus3D Laser Scanner3D and the recently launched FARO Scanner Freestyle 3D.The Digital Construction will consist of:
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When contemplating the site of the “Born Centro Cultural” (Born Cultural Centre) in Barcelona, you can imagine daily life in Barcelona in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. It’s like walking the streets of the city that resisted the siege of the troops of Felipe V (Philip V) until its surrender on 11 September 1714. With an area of 8,000 square meters, this is the largest urban site in Europe. Furthermore, it is a unique and exceptional archaeological space because of its dimensions, its state of preservation, and the historical progression that it represents, and also because the historical documentation has allowed names to be put to the families who lived there.
Despite the expanse and the spectacular nature of what can be seen today, this site housed inthe interior of the Born Cultural Centre is one that has not been exhausted in terms of area, depth or research. Therefore, the “Instituto de Cultura de Barcelona (ICUB)” (Cultural Institute of Barcelona) is promoting the creation of an app that collects all of this knowledge, allowing the rich heritage represented by the Born Cultural Centre to be discovered.
Creueta 119 is responsible for the project and for coordinating the different teams involved in the development of this app. To facilitate the rendition of the site and make it more accessible, it is proposed to carry out a realistic 3D survey in full detail. Creueta 119 is incorporating the experience of Captae and Leonard Blum to carry out 3D scanning of the entire surface of the site and to create a mesh with real textures in high resolution that is optimised for iOS and Android. The team formed by Captae and Leonard Blum means the perfect pairing – combining Captae’s experience in digitisation using the 3D laser scanner with Leonard Blum’s experience in the photographic correction, texturisation and optimization of the model.
Digitisation with the FARO Focus3D terrestrial laser scanner allowed an extremely high percentage of the surface of the entire site to be obtained. Even so, there were areas that were difficult to access and that had complicated morphology (wells, ovens, etc.), which could not be fully digitised. The intrinsic geometric characteristics of the site and the distinctive features of the environment made it the perfect candidate to utilise the technology of the FARO Freestyle3D scanner – a handheld scanner with excellent quality and precision that is used especially to cover areas that are difficult to access or narrow spaces. Thanks to a scan volume of up to 8m3, it quickly and reliably documents rooms, structures and objects in 3D and creates high-definition point clouds. With a precision of less than 1.5mm, it is suitable for any application where installations or properties need to be measured quickly from various perspectives.
On the Born site, as this scanner is smaller, lighter, more manageable, and does not have to carry out the digitisation from a static position, the Freestyle3D allowed access to many more nooks and crannies, enabling a point cloud to be obtained that had similar characteristics to that obtained with the terrestrial scanner. Thanks to its lightweight carbon fibre structure, this handheld scanner weighs less than a kilogram and is therefore extremely practical and portable. The tablet software SCENE Capture includes an intuitive user guide – even for users who have not had any training.
In addition, as this is a professional tool by the FARO brand, it is guaranteed that the digitised elements have the same pinpoint accuracy as the Focus3D scanner, and that there is also full compatibility between the data formats generated by the two scanners.
Captae used the system to carry out the digitization of an oven with small dimensions in order to put the limitations of the new device to the test and check that the data obtained could be integrated into the existing model of the complete Born site. The results were convincing, since it was possible to digitise the element and all of its nooks and crannies in just over 20 minutes, whereas this would have taken four times longer using a terrestrial scanner and it would not have been possible to obtain the complete geometry.
The total integration of the data from the two scanners thanks to the SCENE 5.4 software allowed a precise fit between the model of the oven and that of the complete site. Following this test, it can be confirmed that the two systems complement each other perfectly.
CAM2 Measure 10.5 leads the market with its capability to connect multiple 3D measurement devices, within the same coordinate system, and simultaneously scan into a single seat of software on one computer. This capability allows users to seamlessly scan large objects with higher speed and more precise accuracy in order to complete 3D scanning jobs faster.
“The new CAM2 Measure 10.5 provides significant advancements that support our customers’ needs to measure faster and more efficiently with improved ease-of-use,” stated Kathleen J. Hall, Senior Vice President and Managing Director – Americas.
Significant advancements to Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) functionality provide users with streamlined analysis and visual reporting. A part inspection can now be displayed just like a print to easily visualize and determine part quality. This enhanced functionality eliminates the need to look at each feature in sequence to make the same determination.
Workflow efficiencies are maximized with the ability to automate repeat inspections by programing data analysis to automatically occur after the measurements are taken. This new capability reduces required training time, significantly reduces the risk of operator error, and accelerates job completion times.
Additional enhancements include expanded point cloud capacity and the ability to easily scan trim edges. Users are now able to collect over 20 times more data than our previous versions while maintaining accelerated processing speed. New capabilities also allow trim edges on materials such as sheet metal to be easily scanned, essentially eliminating the need to collect hard-probed measurements on part edges.
“The capability to connect multiple devices for simultaneous 3D scanning, automating repeat inspections, and enhanced GD&T functionality represent major advancements in our metrology software. We are excited to launch this new release, and further enable our customers to use our world-class products to drive productivity gains,” Ms. Hall concluded.
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Mobile 3D laser applications stand for precision, innovation and speed. Such as architecture, automotive, earth science, manufacturing or forensics can benefit from mobile laser scanning technology, all of which is set to be demonstrated at the FARO 3D Documentation Conference 2015 on the 21st-22nd of May in Böblingen, Stuttgart.
The international conference will see the coming together of experts and enthusiasts from around the world for the 5th time. The common denominator is the current 3D laser scanning technology – beyond their disciplinary boundaries. For example what do the the US space agency NASA, laser scanning technology and architecture have in common? Aplenty according to a lecture by Larry Klein Kemper AIA, Lanmar Services from Texas, USA at our 3D Documentation Conference “Motor World”.
Renowned architect Larry Klein Kemper, with a focus on BIM, made a name for himself in both Europe and America as the mastermind of animation, rendering and computer modelling.
NASA is known for its exceptional developments and spaceships, of which often ensue exceptional structures. Disused vehicles such as an oversized rocket sled should simply be documented and be kept as exhibition pieces and 3D models for museums. Larry Klein Kemperis set to show how the large NASA Rocket sled precise point clouds are formed outside with the help of the FARO Focus 3D X 330.
The freestyle then starts and the data is transferred in exact geometry. The so-called “Auto Extraction of Geometry” has recently significantly developed, says Larry Klein Kemper – thanks to new software components. The speaker presents two promising possibilities regarding the auto extraction and continues by showing the advantages and limitations of doing so.
The interdisciplinary exchange is very important for the 3D Conference, IT meets film and the software industry meets architecture and transportation planning. Prominent keynote speakers and first hand reports on current projects. Individual priorities and issues are addressed in the afternoon workshops, including areas such as: Automotive, Conservation and BIM (Building Information Modeling).
The accompanying exhibition with a variety of 3D exhibitors and current software developments rounds off the course of events. An attractive recreational program is also available for the 3D enthusiasts. More information and details can be found here!
A number of trends have converged to make working collaboratively with spatial images easier and more affordable than ever. As a leader in 3D imaging, we at FARO offer one of the first solutions for cloud-based sharing of 3D scanning data. As many experts have commented, the term cloud computing is sometimes just a new name for already existing IT concepts and services. On the other hand, as cloud services and cloud-based applications evolve, cloud computing can allow new ways of working. So for example, FARO’s SCENE WebShare Cloud service offers some scan sharing functions that were already available in 2003 using iQworks – a system designed to run on corporate intranets that was used mainly in the automotive industry. This white paper looks, firstly, at FARO’s SCENE WebShare Cloud application and service in the context of the general trends that are shaping the market for 3D imaging technology and services. Secondly, it examines the initial concerns that many potential cloud users have in relation to data security.
The service SCENE WebShare Cloud, allows secure collaboration and 3D data sharing in the cloud – a general term for shared computing resources accessible to any user equipped with no more than a standard web browser. With SCENE WebShare Cloud, point cloud scanning projects, prepared in FARO SCENE can be easily published to the cloud and then shared worldwide via the Internet. Registered users can then view and analyse the project data using various intuitive tools like the map and the panoramic view.
SCENE WebShare Cloud offers a secure and interactive environment, which allows users to explore, measure or annotate the project’s scans from any web-capable device. Prior to SCENE WebShare Cloud, any company wishing to do this kind of thing needed to own dedicated infrastructure or server hardware. SCENE WebShare Cloud is the culmination of intensive developments driven by a number of major trends in IT and 3D-documentation.