Rugby, UK, 12th November, 2019 – FARO® (NASDAQ:FARO), the world’s most trusted source for 3D imaging solutions for construction BIM, announces the launch of the new As-Built™ Modeler Software, a solution that represents a substantial leap forward in the conversion of as-built reality data into meaningful CAD (Scan-To-CAD) and BIM models (Scan-To-BIM).
This next generation software tool is the first of its kind, enabling scanning service providers, craftsmen and other AEC professionals to extract building information, such as CAD and BIM geometry, out of 3D reality data to be used within any CAD system available on the market, even if it does not support point clouds. Users benefit from the fastest and most direct way of displaying, managing and evaluating point cloud projects of unlimited size, independent of their source. The As-Built™ Modeler delivers powerful and easy to use functionalities, accelerating overall design productivity by allowing seamless workflows of creating highly accurate CAD models of proven quality perfectly fitting into the as-built situation while avoiding the need of rework, saving time and money.
The As-Built™ Modeler enables users to freely import as-built reality data as point clouds and meshes from FARO and other scanning solutions without any constraints in data size. Furthermore, it allows using 3D data regardless of their source, such as terrestrial and mobile laser scanners, drones and photogrammetry devices, to be viewed with the highest detail in 2D, 3D and Virtual Reality.
Measurements, coordinates and self-defined commands like macros can be directly streamed into Word, Excel and supported CAD system allowing AEC professionals to continue using their familiar design systems – in a more efficient way. Such target design systems could be Allplan®, BricsCAD®, Dietrichs CAD®, HiCAD®, Rhino 3D® and many more. Fully automatic extraction tools enable an easy and extremely fast streaming of relevant building information, which previously had to be carried out manually at a great expense of time.
Powerful evaluation tools enable users to easily extract planar regions of complex situations out of point clouds to be intersected into proven and closed surface models, which can be exported into any CAD system by supporting common exchange file formats. The As-Built™ Modeler facilitates the creation of sections and slices from point clouds, automatically extracts line models and generates ortho-images for creating floor, elevation and facade plans. With only few clicks, distances, areas and volumes can be quickly measured.
Video renderings and fly-through videos from the imported and modelled data can be created, providing an impressive visualisation of the project status and retrofitted designs to be easily shared with all partners involved.
“The new As-Built™ Modeler represents another significant contribution to streamlining and accelerating our AEC customers’ Scan-To-CAD and Scan-To-BIM workflows by presenting a seamless conversion of reality data into any design system, dramatically reducing the time and effort required”, states Matthias Koksch, Director Product
Management Construction BIM. “Optimised according to the needs of our customers it is a unique software solution for everyone: open for as-built reality data of any size and source, it provides powerful evaluation tools while being available at a reasonable price. We are already working on tomorrow’s technology today by adding Open BIM workflows and Artificial Intelligence methods to the As-Built™ Modeler in the near future. These are all major steps in the evolution of our FARO’s unique ecosystem consisting of tightly integrated, best-in-class hardware and software solutions.”
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