At the 2013 FARO 3D Documentation Conference in Orlando last month, FARO highlighted its new Focus 3D X 330 Laser Scanner, which includes greater range, auto-positioning via GPS and extra noise reduction.

At one of the keynote addresses at the conference, speakers Peter Dorninger and Dominik Krawczyk, of Austria, demonstrated their vision come to life of mounting a FARO scanner on a multi-rotor UAV for airborne applications. They realized the limitations of terrestrial laser scanning when tall structures needed to be scanned, and as UAV technology has improved in recent years they were able to present the world's first system for carrying a conventional terrestrial laser scanner system using a UAV in spring 2013. They displayed the technology in Orlando.

The Focus X 330 provides for 3D models in a photo-realistic style. The 3D scan data can be imported into commonly used software solutions for accident reconstruction, architecture, civil engineering, construction, forensics, industrial manufacturing and land surveying.