FARO® Helps Mexican Authorities Studying Earthquake-Affected Areas

BIM-CIM solutions help areas affected by the earthquake

Lake Mary, FL, January 8, 2018 – FARO® (NASDAQ: FARO) the world’s most trusted source for 3D measurement and imaging solutions for factory metrology, product design, construction BIM/CIM, public safety forensics and 3D machine vision applications, joins the Mexican government in the scanning of affected structures after the earthquake that occurred on September, 19, 2017.

The catastrophic consequences left by the earthquake, with epicenter in the city of Chiapas in the south west of the country with an impact of 8.2 degrees on the Ritcher scale are still incalculable. For this reason FARO joins the work of engineers, architects and local surveyors to determine fault zones and try to prevent future natural events from turning into such disastrous results.

The municipality of Tlahuac, in Mexico City was the scene where the FARO FocusS 350 Laser Scanner was the protagonist of the interior and exterior records of the affected structures. The FARO FocusS350 Laser Scanner is characterized by the capture of real world information and the transfer to the digital world to provide useful information for analysis, collaboration and decision making. In this study the decision making corresponds to the Mexican authorities, since through the obtained records they can decide if the reconstruction of these structures is feasible.

The FARO FocusS350 Laser Scanner and FARO SCENE Software performed on-site registration of complex environments to transmit, process, align and record 3D scan data wirelessly, in real time. Through the SCENE Software and the third party RITHIM plug-in, it was possible to evaluate the deviation analysis of the wall and the floor.

Data recollection only took 2 days, involving a total of 8 hours of manual labor. FARO’s technology provided an advantageous solution for Mexican government authorities compared to traditional measuring instruments, since the same process would have taken 30 days or 240 hours of manual work.

With the BIM-CIM solutions offered by FARO and RITHIM, the architects, surveyors, and construction workers were able to determine which affected areas could still be repaired and which areas were a total loss and needed to be rebuilt from scratch in just 2 days.


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