FARO® Zone 3D Software

Impressive visuals with 2D/3D diagrams, analysis, animations and videos

When an incident occurs, investigators and forensic experts must establish the facts and thoroughly document the case. This process is critical for crash reconstruction, crime and fire investigation, and for creating courtroom presentations. FARO Zone 3D makes it easy to perform accurate analysis of an event and produce detailed visuals such as precise 2D and 3D diagrams, compelling animations, and courtroom –ready reports. FARO Zone 3D Advanced, the most recent update, can import point cloud data from laser scanners and drones. Both are powerful tools for use with investigation equipment.

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Business Value of FARO Zone 3D Software

Create Compelling Presentations

3D Walk-throughs and fly-throughs help jurors, investigators and other viewers gain a spatial understanding of the scene that is much more compelling than a 2D diagram.

Generate Accurate Diagrams

Create 2D and 3D diagrams that precisely represent all details of a crash, crime, or fire scene, with pre-drawn models, evidence placards, dimensions, posed bodies, and links to photographs and reports. Photorealistic scenes display multiple light sources, high-resolution material textures, fog, rain, and snow.

Animate Crashes in Seconds

Use point-based accuracy to match crash animations exactly to measurements captured at the scene. Include advanced effects like spinning and locked wheels, car doors that open, trailer articulation, explosions, smoke and fire.

Fully Analyze Scenes

Analyze the scene with confidence using the independently validated tools for bullet trajectory and blood spatter pattern analysis. Crash analysis tools apply accepted formulas to perform crush analysis, calculate speed from skid marks, critical speed yaw, momentum, and more.

FARO Zone 3D Performance

FARO Zone 3D

The Leading 3D Investigation Software Platform

FARO Zone 3D is a revolutionary software application for public safety professionals and the first of its kind to enable investigators to move fluidly between 2D and 3D environments, enhancing the quality of incident reconstruction analysis. The software also features an immersive virtual reality function that allows viewers to experience crime, crash, fire and security planning scenes like never before.
New FARO Zone 3D Advanced

Investigation with Point Cloud Data

FARO Zone 3D Advanced includes all the features of FARO Zone 3D, plus the ability to use point cloud data from laser scanners and drones. Preserve any forensic scene digitally as a 3D point cloud, and then analyze the evidence in the safety of the office with a wide range of new tools. Determine witness perspectives, create extremely realistic animations, and share the results — even in a virtual reality environment. It’s the most advanced crime-scene and fire investigation technology.

FARO Zone 3D Features


Features of FARO Zone 3D and FARO Zone 3D Advanced

Precise, Fast Drawings

Extensive drawing tools, paired with object grips and automatic snaps, make it easy to create accurate, 2D and 3D diagrams to exact measurements.

Pre-drawn 3D Models

Access a huge library of pre-drawn 2D symbols and 3D models for crash, crime and fire scenes. Easily import 10 million additional 3D models from free online sources.

Powerful Analysis Tools

Perform comprehensive analysis for bullet trajectory, blood spatter, vehicle momentum, critical speed yaw, speed from skids, road profile, vehicle crush, and more.

Flexible Starting Point

Take measurements from almost any source and import manual measurement data from total stations and point cloud data from laser scanners and drones. Use areal maps from Google®, Bing® or Pictometry® to complete the virtual landscape

Compelling 3D Results

Create realistic fly-throughs, vehicle and human animations with shadows, rain, snow, fog, animated vehicle doors, headlights, brake lights, and traffic lights.

Intuitive User Interface

Get constant feedback and access helpful how-to videos, comprehensive documentation and free Instructor-led, online training.


Open diagrams from CAD Zone, ARAS, and other standard CAD formats. Bring in measurements from manual methods, satellite maps, and data from total stations.

Features Exclusive to FARO Zone 3D Advanced

Compatibility with Point Clouds

Open multiple point cloud formats from laser scanners in .pts and .E57 formats, directly from FARO SCENE projects1, and from drones in .las file format.

All-in-one Analysis

Register scanned data captured with any laser scanner so all your work is done in one software application.

Advanced Diagramming Tools

Take all your measurements from the point cloud, snap to specific data points to create diagrams, export chosen points with “virtual surveyor” mode, and use point clouds to create stunning animations and VR scenes.

Easy Workflow

Merge and align point clouds, or use point cloud models, to place vehicles that were removed back into the scene of the crash.

Photo-Realistic Results

Create incredible 3D environments with multiple light sources, grass that grows, weather conditions like snow or rain, and enhanced material textures for stone, brick, wood, metal, water and more.

Custom VR Training Scenarios

Turn any scanned scene into an exciting VR training scenario. Take photos and measurements, pick up evidence and swab for DNA samples, all while completely immersed in the VR forensic scene.

FARO Zone 3D Applications


Forensic Analysis and Pre-incident Planning 

Create fast, accurate 2D and 3D drawings for public and private investigators to help with law enforcement, fire cause investigation and insurance claims. These images help with state crash reports, crime scene investigations and arson investigation. Plus they give courtroom presentations the “CSI effect” with visually stunning 3D animations and fully immersive 3D environments that leave jurors and judges with the sense of being at the scene of a crime. See all forensic analysis and pre-incident planning applications >


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Trade In Your Old Equipment

We’ll take your old 3D metrology, imaging or realization hardware or software — any brand, any condition — and apply its value toward your purchase of the latest FARO solution. The FARO Xchange program makes your upgrade easy.

Product Details and Resources

Technical documentation

FARO Zone 3D Knowledge Base

Find all the technical documentation you need, from user manuals to specs.

Utilizing 3D Technology in the Courtroom

Learn how to use laser scanners and other 3D technology in trials.

FARO Zone Software

Explore everything the FARO Zone Software solutions offer.

Combining Laser Scans with Drone Footage for Investigations

Use laser scanners and drones to capture a scene and merge the data to create a complete 3D view of the scene.

Animations in FARO Zone 3D

Learn how to quickly and easily create an animation in 3D using FARO Zone 3D, including freestyle and position-based animation.

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The attorneys and criminal investigators love the 3D diagramming for court presentations.
James M. Sparks
Louisville Metro Technology
When we purchased from FARO I was really pleased with the tech support. We would call and immediately be on the phone with someone.
Chad Mills
Department of Juvenile Justice, Frankfort, Kentucky
We’ve seen a reduction in the time spent diagramming scenes and an improvement in the quality of the mapping.
Steven Clark
City of Portage, MI

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