Autodesk’s Strategic Project Executive, Tristan Randall has outlined the benefits that FARO’s revolutionary and ground-breaking technology has brought in terms of capturing a scan of a city rich in architectural history.

Volterra is the city in focus, having a rich history of both Etruscan, Roman and Medieval architecture due to the city being inhabited for over 3000 years

Background of the relationship between the city of Volterra and Autodesk?

The relationship between this historical city and this software multinational power house began back in October 2016. During a two-week period, an international team of architects, as well as engineers were able to digitally capture and record the key architectural sites of Volterra. Many more workshops were designed for scanning purposes, with the hopes that these scans have created a dataset to assist Volterra’s core sites in being included in the UNESCO’s world heritage list.

How and in what way are FARO involved in this exciting project?

FARO been a consistent party within the project from the beginning, as well as being an ongoing sponsor in terms of providing the team with the “latest and greatest hardware”. This included the use of our products in the form of the exciting Focus X330 in 2016 and then our Focus S350 in 2017, receiving praise from Randall in terms of the level of quality of the FARO scanning products.

What has this project achieved so far?

The scans provided by FARO’s revolutionary equipment enabled Autodesk to carry out a Reverse Engineering process on the designs of the theatres, resulting in the construction methodology and techniques being established with greater confidence. This type of scan data can also be converted into BIM datasets for management of the city Volterra, hence showing the role and responsibility of our products in this construction BIM project.

What does the future hold for this project?

There is a lot of focus on FARO in terms of their involvement within the project, as the main aim is to investigate the advanced features of the FARO recognition software tools. This will be in the form of attempting to unify all the collection scan data at a city scale alongside Autodesk’s InfraWorks software.