FARO® SCENE Software

For intuitive, efficient 3D point cloud capture, processing and registration featuring Interactive Registration and Hybrid Registration

So, you’ve taken 3D laser scans of the building you want to document, or you’ve captured the on-site data you need to preserve a crime or crash scene. Now what? FARO SCENE Software is where data processing and scan registration happens. With 3D SCENE Software, users can create stunning 3D visualizations of real-world objects and environments and export that data in various formats. SCENE also features an impressive virtual reality (VR) view, allowing users to experience and evaluate captured data in the VR environment.

With SCENE users can also benefit from two key features: Interactive Registration and Hybrid Registration. Interactive scan registration provides an easy-to-use graphical user interface, allowing users to visualize how individual scans are linked together during the registration process and to manually control how those linkages are made. Hybrid registration allows cloud-to-cloud, targets, and survey control to be used together, separately or in various combinations.

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Business Value of SCENE Software

Get the Most Out of Your FARO Scanners

This powerful software pairs with FARO Focus Laser Scanners, the Focus Swift Indoor Mobile Scanner, the Freestyle 2 Handheld Scanner, and the new FARO Orbis Mobile Scanner to enable data visualization, management, cleaning and registration.

Only Visit a Site Once

SCENE captures all the data you need on the first visit, so you can explore it digitally with project stakeholders in panoramic views, 3D fly-throughs and virtual-reality tours.

Share and Collaborate

Web-based services via Sphere XG for easy and secure sharing of scan project data, lets you collaborate with others anytime, anywhere.

Save Time

Automatic data processing, filter and registration functions provide a high-quality digital representation of reality at a glance.

Work with Confidence

Real-time on-site registration lets you leave the scanning site knowing you’ve captured all the data you need for later analysis.

Control Data Quality

Versatile registration and validation tools deliver data within specified tolerances.

Intuitive user Feedback

Graphical representation of registration results allows for controlling and improving final registration outcome, increasing confidence on mid to large-scan projects.

Improved Accuracy

Register your point cloud any way you like with cloud-to-cloud, targets, and survey control either as separate registration methods, or any combination you see fit to use.

End “Blackbox” data silos

Correct most registration errors — problems that today are difficult, if not impossible, to solve with most software.

SCENE Software Performance


The World’s Leading Scene Documentation Software

SCENE is designed to process scans captured with FARO Focus Laser Scanners, the Focus Swift Indoor Mobile Scanner, the Freestyle 2 Handheld Scanner and third-party laser scanners. User-guided workflows and extended language support ensure the fastest possible learning curve. Automatic functions and optimized usage of your PC hardware provide the fastest and most productive workflows on the market, making surveying three times more efficient than traditional methods.

SCENE Features

Seamless Connectivity

Use the scanning data across the FARO software ecosystem. Convert scan data into usable CAD/BIM workflows with FARO As-Built Software. Ensure construction quality control with BuildIT Construction Software. And reconstruct, analyze and diagram forensic scenes with FARO Zone 3D Software.

Immersive Views

Explore scan data in 2D, 3D and VR, creating an immersive experience when viewing project point clouds of unlimited size in full detail.

Superior Navigation

Navigate in 3D with predefined or customized viewpoints, overview map and user feedback to optimize the data render quality and performance.

Interactive Registration

Use interactive registration to gain a real-time visual understanding of how SCENE “stitches” point clouds together. Connect the dots (scans) like never before and use manual tools to eliminate erroneous linkages, leading to cleaner data and better final results.

Efficient Data Processing

Use various tools for scan data filtering to improve cleanliness and color balancing.

Hybrid Registration

Use hybrid registration to enable faster registration thanks to a new scan optimizer, improving registration accuracy.

Automatic Search

Search for artificial spheres, checkerboards, coded markers or natural references (corner points and planes, etc.).

Intuitive Data Organization

Handle large projects efficiently with a hierarchical data structure and project history management.

Automatic Scan Coloring

Color scans from high-resolution color photographs or the Laser-HDRTM color option.

Sphere XG Integration

Upload projects with the Sphere XG service.

SCENE 2go App

Access the app from a USB flash drive for sharing projects with clients for data exploration.

Advanced Expert Tools

Advanced tools enable experienced surveyors to fine-tune SCENE's registration parameters.

Public Safety Analytics Applications


Digital Capture of Forensic Scenes 

Using a laser scanner to digitally capture a crash, crime or fire scene is the best way to accurately preserve the evidence, but it generates a large amount of data. SCENE software is the best tool to process, register and manage that scan data, resulting in a visually impressive point cloud of the scene for crime scene investigation, fire and arson investigation, crash reconstruction and more.  

Improved Safety Planning and Failure Investigation 

Gain a more nuanced understanding of the scene and identify potential pre-incident risks that may save lives and prevent injuries in the future. The virtual 3D on-site viewing capabilities make SCENE a valuable tool for safety planning and failure investigation. See all forensic analysis and pre-incident planning applications >


Architecture, Engineering and Construction Applications


Fast, Accurate As-built Capture and Modeling

Scan-to-BIM has never been easier, as SCENE delivers real-world information right into the building information model. And by visualizing the precise geometries of existing properties as the basis for conversions or extensions, SCENE enables out-of-the-box thinking for different concepts of building use. Building is faster and more accurate with SCENE on your side. See all as-built capture and modeling applications >


The Mary Rose Warship, Recorded with 3D Laser Scanning

See how SCENE helped recreate a virtual model of the ship that served Henry VIII for nearly his entire reign.

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

SCENE Knowledge Base

Find FARO SCENE requirements, user manuals and specs.

What’s New with SCENE

Get to know SCENE Software and how easy it is to use.

FARO SCENE Registration Techniques

Reality capture does not have to be an arduous process. Learn best practices that will save time and money.

FARO SCENE 2go App Tutorial

Walk through a detailed tutorial video of how to use the FARO SCENE 2go app, demonstrated via a crash scene analysis.
Case Study

FARO Helps Restore St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church

Watch how a New York engineering firm captured the as-built conditions of a damaged church.

Related Products

FARO® Orbis Mobile Laser Scanner

FARO Orbis is the all-in-one mobile laser scanner with integrated static scanning capabilities, powered by FARO FLASH technology.

FARO Connect Software

FARO Connect is LiDAR software for data captured from the FARO Orbis mobile scanner, designed to improve efficiency and elevate productivity.

Focus Laser Scanners

For fast, complete and accurate measurements of complex objects.

Freestyle 2 Handheld Scanner

Designed for fast, photorealistic 3D reality capture with ultra-responsive real-time display.
Better, more accurate capture of accident scenes and/or subject equipment. Scans are useful for future measurements or measurements that are impossible to make on-site.
Cameron Orr
Alpine Engineering and Design, Inc.
It moves our scene documentation into the 21st century.
William Risk
Miami-Dade Police Dept.
Better representations of scenes through 3D videos and SCENE 2go app.
Jason Massey
Columbia County Sheriffs Office

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