Back in the Field: Scanning a Factory Floor

Many people interested in laser technology wonder what 3D scanning looks like in practice and how long it takes to capture a specific object such as a building or a factory floor and how much effort it takes to evaluate the data. In the following, we explain the workflow from the initial scan preparation to the production of deliverables using the example of a 1,200 square meter hall in the attic of a factory from the beginning 20th century.

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Scan Basics: How to Plan a Scan Project

For people who think about buying a 3D laser scanner, there’s uncertainty about how exactly scanning works, how long scanning projects take, and how they can be calculated in terms of time and money.

Furthermore, professionals face the problem of having to calculate the personnel required not only for the scanning but also the subsequent data preparation (registration, modelling, etc.), a necessity that must be considered, especially when applying for construction projects or formulating offers.

For experienced users, it’s adequate to have 2D plans or photographs of the scan site. However, such plans are regularly lacking or it’s a mandatory step in the process.

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A look at FARO’s Traceable Construction concept and initial stages of a construction project

In an interview with Oliver Buerkler (senior product manager, Construction BIM) and Marc Zschieschang (product manager, Construction BIM) published in BIM Today, they explain what is ‘scan to BIM’ or ‘as-built modelling’ that now fall under international standards (ISO19650) that explain the process of creating consistently structured data and documents for built environment projects.

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Restoring Notre-Dame with Laser Scanning Technology

On the 20th of April, an urgent operation ‘Commando’ was led by Art Graphique et Patrimoine who collected data of Notre-Dame and it’s damaged parts. The AGP team finished one week’s worth of work in just one day. During operation ‘Commando’ around 30 to 40 milliard points were captured. The areas which were difficult to access were captured with a drone using photogrammetry. This will form the base of the investigation and reconstruction of the Notre-Dame.

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Whitepaper: A Renovation Study in Four Acts

Inspired by Matthias Plieassning, a Brooklyn, N.Y. artist, Trahan Architects team developed a concept for the swooping, swirling wood-threaded panels to be installed. The installation of the unique design started with a challenge as there were no templates to follow. The CWKA shortly implemented the use of the FARO Focus Laser Scanner and the FARO TracerSI Laser Projector into their workflow. Keller explains, “Documenting existing conditions with a high degree of resolution and tolerance allows us to better manage project risk.”

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Case Study: Improving Quality and Production Rates with a Laser Tracker

To accommodate Cincinnati’s measurement volume, traditional tools such as dial indicators and slab-mounted CMMs turned out to be pretty limited in measuring larger parts. This became a significant problem as the measuring option was insufficient for Cincinnati’s needs. To help keep pace with the changing face of manufacturing, Cincinnati invested in a FARO® Vantageᴱ Laser Tracker system. The system improves quality control, reduces waste in production processes, and facilitates their continuous improvement efforts.

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Creating Value with FARO® 8-Axis ScanArm for Organic Growth

How important is portability to measurement and reverse engineering lab that works an equal amount of time with customers inside and outside the facility? It’s a top priority! Diverse Dimensions places high importance on equipment ability to be transported for their customer’s convenience. The FARO® 8-Axis ScanArm easily became an excellent choice that ticked all…

Interview with Oliver Burkler, a Product Manager at FARO: Part 2

Read part one of the interview here! You were part of the team who developed the first laser scanner for FARO, who were you developing it for? What was your reasoning behind it?  In the beginning, we developed the laser scanner for factory layout planners and architects. The first job we had was in a European car company where…