During the 3D Documentation Conference in Andechs the participants are given the opportunity to visit the 3D exhibition in an designated area at the Abbey and meet FARO’s 3rd party partners, who showcase their latest 3D Documentation products.
This mornings highlight: 3D Documentation and laser scanning in Law Enforcement.
David Dustin, a US forensic expert from Dustin production presented this morning in the Andechs Abbey the usage of 3D laser scanning for many kinds of law enforcement applications. Amazing presentation!
The Award Ceremony for the best idea about the future of laser scanning (developed during the teambuilding) took place at the Florianstadl in Andechs. Below you’ll find the best impressions from the evening event.
The fourth European 3D Documentation Conference takes place in a beautiful scenery in Bavaria. Seen from miles around atop Holy Mountain above the eastern bank of Ammer Lake, Andechs Monastery is the oldest pilgrimage church in Bavaria and since 1850, an asset of the Benedictine monastery, St. Boniface, in Munich.
The participants of FARO’s User Meeting noticeably enjoy the conference at the Monastery and its amazing surroundings.
Laser scanning is rapidly gaining acceptance and becoming more and more commonplace in the law enforcement and accident reconstruction communities. Over the past few years, hardware and software have improved significantly creating a simpler, overall system to capture immense detail in a short period of time.
These are 10, of the many, reasons to consider laser scanners for a forensic application:
1) Easy to use: Many manufacturers are moving toward a simpler interface making operation of the scanner more like a digital camera than a complicated survey instrument.
2) Portability: Laser scanners are smaller in size today than ever before making them easier to deploy to a crime/accident scene and useable by just about anyone.
3) Safety: Data can be collected from a distance, with some scanners collected measurements over 300 meters away. This allows the operator to scan a scene out of harms way. In addition, laser scanners can collect up to 1,000,000 points per second with average scan times of several minutes. Less time on a scene means less time for potential danger to the individuals at the scene. Class I lasers are also being used in laser scanners creating a truly eye-safe environment during the scan.
4) Speed and Efficiency: Complete color scans can be captured in as little as several minutes creating a virtual scene with high accuracy and detail that can be revisited over and over without physically traveling to the site. In contrast to traditional methods of surveying/documenting a scene, laser scanning can be much faster and allow multiple investigators to have eyes on the virtual scene.
5) Produce a variety of deliverables: Once the scene has been laser scanned, various types of final products can be extracted or produced from the data. For example, anything from a traditional 2D drawing to a detailed 3D animation can be created from the scan data.
6) Peer pressure: With more and more agencies utilizing laser scanners for their scene documentation, the result is more widely accepted. As well as growth in expectations that future scenes will be documented in 3D.
7) Cost Effective: Laser scanners are becoming more and comparable in price to total stations which are traditionally used for documenting traffic accidents.
8) Specialized Measurement Tools: Software for forensic analysis from 3D data also now includes special tools for measuring blood spatter and bullet trajectory, witness/suspect height, etc.
9) Easy to share: More software tools are available to view and document the scan data without the requirement of installing software or purchasing additional licenses.
10) Archive the scene: Once the scene has been laser scanned it has been essentially frozen in time, preserved for future virtual visits by anyone who may wish to investigate the scene. This allows for measurements to be taken that may not have necessarily been thought to be important at the time of capture as well.
Blog post by Alex Demogines, Account Manager Laser Scanner, FARO Technologies
The FARO Laser Scanner X-family continues to grow: The youngest member is the Focus3D X 130. The ultra-portable powerhouse is ideal for medium-range scans.
The offspring in the X-Series is mobile and scores with a compact design and flexibility. Perfectly suited for indoor and outdoor scans.
The mobile laser scanner almost instantly generates measurement data, for example, of complex facades, building structures, and production or accident sites.
The laser eye offers reliability even in full sunlight. The integrated GPS receiver automatically ensures that the scans are properly assigned and aligned while processing.
Just last year, FARO surprised the market with the long-distance Laser Scanner Focus3D X 330, which is equipped with a range of up to 330 meters at the start.
Like its big brother, the Focus3D X 130 is as easy and intuitive to use as a smartphone. With a scan radius of 130 meters, it is an ideal companion for applications in architecture, civil engineering, facility management, manufacturing, forensics or Building Information Modeling (BIM).
FARO offers the unique chance to win interesting prizes.
Just book a free product demonstration for any of our coordinate measuring machines or 3D imaging devices, choose your preferred Christmas gift from the wish list and you will be entered into the draw.
Interested and new to FARO? Check out the Christmas gifts and terms & conditions at: www.faro.com/christmas/uk
In our previous blog post we promised a spectacular novelty and actually, we have more than one to share with you.
At the INTERGEO fair in Essen (GE) FARO presents today the new Laser Scanner Focus3D X 330. A scanner that not only scans objects up to 330 meters away but in direct sunlight too.
With its integrated GPS receiver, the Focus3D X 330 is able to correlate individual scans in post-processing making it ideal for surveying based applications.
As always, the 3D scan data can easily be imported into all commonly used software solutions for accident reconstruction, architecture, civil engineering, construction, forensics, industrial manufacturing and land surveying.
FARO also introduces a cloud-based hosting solution for worldwide data-sharing: SCENE Webshare Cloud.
The SCENE WebShare Cloud solution is a service directly hosted by FARO that allows users to store 3D documentation data on the “cloud.” Scanned projects can be quickly viewed and shared with different project partners.
It is no longer necessary to install software on your own computer. SCENE WebShare Cloud guarantees quality and security and the system supports mobile devices with an adapted user interface.
At our booth B3.005 (Hall 3) you can attend so-called Power Speeches on the following topics:
• The new FARO Focus3D X 330: scanning at 330 metres in direct sunlight
• SCENE Webshare Cloud: Sharing without limits
• Versailles Scanning with the Focus3D
• Airborne Focus3D live!
We look forward to welcoming you!
The world’s largest event for geodesy, geoinformation and surveying will open its doors again one week from now, Tuesday 8 October 2013. The INTERGEO trade fair and conference cover all the key trends: from collecting geo-based information onto processing and integrated applications.
FARO will present a spectacular novelty. Be there at the world premiere and discover the latest technologies and industry-specific software solutions in the field of portable 3D measurement technology at our booth.
We look forward to welcoming you!
When: 08 – 10 October 2013
Where: Essen Exhibition Centre, Hall 3 – Stand B3.005
At Forensic Identification Services (FIS) Forensic Identification Officers collect evidence over the course of hours and sometimes days in order to paint a complete picture of a crime for the courtroom.
The “FIS Waltz” video below captures some of the techniques used, for example the FARO Laser Scanner. By allowing officers to capture crime scenes in 3D forensic scientists can accurately analyze line of sight, blood spatter and bullet trajectories.
With a fly-through rendering from a 3D laser scanner a reconstruction of the crime scene can now be presented to a jury in minute detail.