FARO Focus laser scanners

Fast, accurate and complete measurements of complex objects and buildings

Fast, accurate and complete measurements of complex objects and buildings

Capturing the measurements of a large object or building with conventional documentation methods can take days or weeks, and even then the data might contain errors or missing details. But FARO Focus Laser Scanners create accurate, complete and photorealistic 3D images of any environment or object in just a few minutes. With their intuitive touch screen and compact design, these FARO FocusS 3D scanners are as easy to operate as a digital camera — with built-in protection from dirt, dust, fog, rain and heat/cold.

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The FocusS Series consists of three laser scanners with different ranges:
FocusS 350 for long-range measurements up to 350m, FocusS 150 for mid-range measurements up to 150m and the newest member FocusS 70, perfectly suitable for short-term measurements up to 70m.
With their sealed design, all S Laser Scanner models are certified via the industry standard Ingress Protection (IP) Rating, and classified in Class 54 for environmental protection. The devices are built to safeguard against intrusions such as dirt, dust, fog and rain as well as other outdoor elements which typically occur in challenging scanning conditions. An extended temperature range allows scanning in extreme environments, like desserts. An addition the laser scanners offer a future-proof interface to connect additional accessories to the scanner and provide a specific on-site compensation routine.
For scan data processing users have unrestricted freedom of choice to leverage the software tools most beneficial to their own workflow. The point cloud data captured with FARO Laser Scanners can be used with various software packages including FARO SCENE or 3rd party software such as Autodesk ReCap.
All scanner types offer the possibility to perform scanning even in bright sunlight. Remote scanning as well as almost limitless scan data sharing via SCENE Webshare Cloud make the laser scanning solution truly mobile.

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FARO FocusS 350

The FARO FocusS 350 is specially designed for outdoor applications due to its small size, extra light weight and extended scanning range. The FocusS 350 provides scanning results even in challenging environments, narrow job-sites, dusty or humid areas, in rain or direct sunlight applications. An on-site compensation tool allows data quality optimization on-site. Integrated GPS & GLONASS receiver enable easy positioning. HDR imaging and HD photo resolution ensure true-to-detail scan results with high data quality.

FARO FocusM 70

The ultra-portable FocusM 70 enables fast, straight-forward and accurate measurements of construction sites, small-scale facades, complex structures, production and supply facilities and crash and crime scenes. The 3D scan data can easily be imported into all commonly used software solutions for architecture and construction, forensics and accident reconstruction or industrial manufacturing.

Measuring method

The laser scanner transmits a laser beam, which is reflected by an object back to the scanner. The distance is measured with millimetre precision by means of the phase difference between the transmitted and received beams.
Vertical angle
The mirror directs the laser beam through the space in a vertical direction. The angle is recorded at the same time as the distance measurement.
Horizontal angle
The laser scanner turns horizontally through 360° while scanning. The horizontal angle is recorded at the same time as the distance measurement.
Defining the 3D coordinates
Distance, vertical angle and horizontal angle result in polar coordinate (d, α, β), which are converted into cartesian coordinates (x, y, z).

FARO® Freestyle 2 Handheld Scanner

Fast, photorealistic 3D reality capture with real-time display

When analyzing the scene of a crime or crash or documenting a construction site, details make all the difference — and you have to gather them quickly, efficiently and accurately. That’s why specialty contractors, engineers, surveyors, architects, investigators, analysts, reconstructionists and prosecutors rely on the FARO Freestyle 2 Handheld Scanner for fast, photorealistic 3D reality capture. With its ultra-responsive, real-time display, on-site review has never been easier or more intuitive. Lightweight and highly flexible, this handheld laser scanner lets you scan nearly any scene, in nearly any level of lighting.

Reality Capture

An Introduction to Reality Capture

Reality Capture – Capture the Present, Form the Future An Introduction to Reality Capture There is a better way to capture existing site conditions accurately and completely, in both building renovation and infrastructure projects. Implementing a digital Reality Capture process enables you to minimize labour requirements, save time, and reduce project risk. The result is a highly-accurate, full-coverage, actionable set of real-time data, which can be directly connected into 2D and 3D design processes. Reality Capture is the process of producing a digital 3D model representation of your object, building or site created by scanning it in the real world using static, mobile and aerial laser scanning and/or photogrammetry. With either laser scanning or photogrammetry methods, millions of surface points are measured and mapped to develop a textured, high-resolution, geometrically precise 3D model.

The Reality Capture Process can be defined by 3 Key Steps:

1. Capture

Using hardware such as laser scanners or camera-mounted UAVs, a site is scanned and a detailed set of data or "points" is captured for further processing.

2. Compute

Using Reality Capture software, scan data is automatically registered, stitched into a coordinate system, cleaned up, and analyzed. The final product is a point cloud or mesh ready for CAD and BIM authoring tools.

3. Create

Design with confidence knowing that your base information is a model of up-to-date data of actual site conditions, whether on a building renovation or large scale infrastructure project.

Scan with Accuracy, Design with Confidence

Having a comprehensive scan of the entire site can help you detect issues earlier than traditional surveying methods and often give an “under the hood” or “up close” insight into potential problems you may run into. Issues that can cause serious rework or halts in a project’s timeline include:

See Beyond the Site

Once scan data is aligned to a 3D model, the benefits of Reality Capture extend into the design and construction phases. Architects gain a clear understanding of site restrictions and challenges which allows them to overcome these through creative design. Engineers can be better prepared to handle problems at an earlier stage of the project. All stakeholders can leverage the data and digital model to make better decisions like designing an optimum layout based on topography or using materials that reduce energy costs.

Begin with the End in Mind

No longer do architects, engineers and site surveyors need to take multiple trips to the job site to capture and verify existing conditions. Using Reality Capture, your teams can scan once and design with confidence knowing that the conditions data they are designing with is accurate, detailed and actionable.

Intuitive and Integrated Software

Photogrammetry and laser scanning software solutions have expanded greatly in the past several years. For the design and construction industry, a true Scan-to-BIM workflow will get you from push-button scan to deployable BIM model in a few hours. With no previous experience, any industry professional can navigate the workflow because of how user-friendly and intuitive it has become. One-click automated processes perform powerful tasks like auto scan registration, which stitch multiple scans into a single point cloud, and intelligent cleanup services, which automatically remove unwanted noise, but still allow for automatic feature extraction. Perhaps most importantly, the software now integrates directly with key CAD and BIM design creation tools so you can bring reality data into the data creation tool of your choice, including AutoCAD, Revit, Navisworks, Civil3D, InfraWorks, and others. Reality Capture allows you to enhance intelligent models built from existing data with captured elements, such as a roadway section or a building interior, and bring it into design modeling software as point cloud data. You can then easily process the point cloud data to generate surfaces or perform an analysis of your project by applying classification themes for your project, like intensity and elevation.

Once the existing conditions have been recorded, you can conduct a preliminary design layout for your project, whether it be an HVAC layout within an existing building renovation or setting roadway alignments on a transportation infrastructure project. In addition, generating your design within the real-world context of the project’s existing environment allows you to more effectively communicate design intent with project stakeholders and the general public.

Extensibility into Mobile Apps is Crucial

Reality Capture is most used in the field, so enabling field crews to use handheld mobile devices is paramount. The point cloud data can be viewed, marked-up, and shared from a tablet to the office with notes and annotations in real time. You can register scans in real time in the field. Questions and clarifications from team members can be answered and resolved quickly. During construction, comparison analysis can be done on the spot, instead of having to wait for the data to be brought back to the office, analyzed, and then sent back to the field.

Capture the Present, Form the Future

Reality Capture helps you quickly create 3D models of site conditions to ensure timely project delivery, while improving productivity, accuracy, quality, and safety throughout the design and build process. You can bring your projects into 3D environments instantly, from building renovations to large infrastructure projects and everything in between. By closely monitoring construction progress and working on the most accurate 3D representation of a site, you can greatly reduce the number of change order requests and rework. This helps you stay on schedule and win more projects because you can ensure design excellence and timely delivery. As a robust quality control tool, Reality Capture allows you to prevent small mistakes from becoming disasters or predict them before they even occur. Finally, Reality Capture is accessible to any skill level. With increased accessibility, affordable hardware, and powerful, intuitive software, it is easier to put Reality Capture into practice on your jobsite or design workflow now more than ever.

Whats new in FARO Scene 2018

Streamlined and Shows: Scan, Process, Deliver

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With SCENE software you can scan three dimensional, complex forms by creating point cloud data. SCENE integrates seamlessly with FARO® Laser Scanner Focus and FARO® Scanner Freestyle product lines. SCENE works best when you use the latest software version. Upgrade releases offer new ease-of-use features that help you get your job done quicker and easier, as well as bug fixes. With each new version, you increase your work efficiency and get more done with less effort. This article shows you how to download and install the software.

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