LAKE MARY, FL, Apr 3, 2019 – FARO, the world’s most trusted source for 3D measurement and imaging solutions for Construction BIM announces the launch of a firmware update to the FARO ScanPlan, solution to better address the workflow needs of AEC professionals.
This next generation handheld scanner was introduced to the market as a lightweight, 2D handheld mapper to quickly and easily capture and visualize 2D floor plans. Now, with new features such as the Scan Assist, Scan Localizer and PanoCam functionalities, AEC professionals can save time and money using the ScanPlan to gather a fast and accurate overview of the scan site or building. Specifically, architects, service providers, construction managers, facility managers as well as real estate agents benefit by determining efficient scan project planning – pre-placement of stationary scans – which results in efficient scan effort estimations and scan job preparations.
The Scan Assist feature allows users to create more accurate quotations in less time. Scan Assist automatically calculates the best laser scanner positions based on the recorded 2D map. Information about the size of the building as well as needed number and positions of single scans ensure a comprehensive coverage of the scan site and fast overview of the scan situation.
The Scan Localizer functionality facilitates the pre-placement of individual scans especially when missing scan overlaps impede the proper registration of 3D scans. By transferring the ScanPlan position to a FARO Focus Laser Scanner, single 3D scans are already pre-positioned to simplify and accelerate the ensuing registration in FARO SCENE software.
DXF File Export
This DXF file export functionality allows a direct usage of the captured 2D map in the customer’s target application. The data is useable in any CAD system for further modelling without additional conversion for a smoother and more efficient workflow.
With the PanoCam users benefit from panorama images, localized in the floor plan, to get a 360° overview of the captured area. All stakeholders get immediate access to the captured data after export into SCENE WebShare Cloud. What’s more, an export functionality to the Present4D VR Suite allows customers to experience the captured images in virtual reality (VR). The VR presentation is readily available in just a few minutes without any additional effort once the capturing process is completed.
“Since the initial release of the FARO ScanPlan, we have continuously worked on further developing our 2D handheld mapper capabilities,” states Andreas Gerster, vice president global construction BIM. “With this new firmware update, especially with the Scan Assist and Scan Localizer additions, the ScanPlan – together with our FARO Focus Laser Scanner – further builds upon our Traceable Construction on-site capture proficiency. We have accelerated the 3D capture workflow and made it straight-forward for our AEC customers. For buildings, in particular, the ScanPlan is easy to use and ideal to create efficient floor plans. The operation is as simple as walk, point and capture so the level of expertise and training required is minimal.”
Demonstrations can be scheduled at www.faro.com.
 Localizer functionality requires FARO Focus M/S with firmware 6.4 or higher