Korntal-Münchingen – 3D documentation with modern laser scanners such as the FARO Laser Scanner Focus3D offers numerous advantages over conventional procedures. The compact Focus3D is lightweight and robust, so it can be easily transported to any site. It can also be set up in minutes and operated using a user-friendly touch screen.

The Focus3D can now be remotely controlled using Wi-Fi, facilitating the usage in places difficult to access. Within a short time, the laser scanner generates a precise 3D image of existing buildings and shells as well as building sites. The 3D scan data can be imported into all commonly used software solutions for management, and then processed further.

The sensors integrated into the new Focus3D simplify and accelerate the reworking of the scan data. The individual scans of a project can be converted almost automatically into complete and accurate 3D building documentation. Without additional effort, the data is already assigned to an elevation reading during scanning – this simplifies the subsequent positioning of the scans when recording several floors, for example. Furthermore, the built-in electronic compass provides orientation to each scan and supports the subsequent joining of the data.

The new version 5.1 of the FARO SCENE scan processing software continues the rapid automatic positioning of the individual scans. This is provided by improved level detection and the new integrated automatic determination of the main scan direction. The automatic correspondence search, which looks for natural markers in scans, takes only about half as long in SCENE 5.1 as in the previous version.

Furthermore, the latest version supports users in the management and processing of large scanning projects. For example, the new Clipping Box can create order. Using this tool, the focus can be placed specifically on those areas in the scan material that are relevant for planning. With a few clicks, the interesting areas in the data material can be selected, cut and highlighted – irrelevant areas are not shown. As a result, specific detail views can be generated, visualized and assigned a name, which makes it easier to find these views at a later time. This not only makes things more organized; it also reduces the amount of data when exporting to CAD software, as only the required selected data are transferred.

In addition, a new feature in the software makes it possible to perform measurements even if the user’s CAD software cannot read scans, i.e. point clouds. To do this, the orthophotos can be saved as .TIFF files prior to export from SCENE; these can then be used to make all the measurements in the CAD software. The files can also be used as the basis for drawings.

The latest generation will be shown at BAU 2013, a trade fair for architecture, materials and systems, in Munich January 2013.   For more information, visit www.faro.com.