FARO TachyCAD industry solutions can connect nearly all of the commonly used total stations to AutoCAD®. The user leaves the site with a completed AutoCAD® drawing.


TachyCAD Features

The AutoCAD® applications TachyCAD Archaeology and TachyCAD Building Survey are solutions for CAD-based inventory data collection. Measurements from common survey instruments are deployed immediately as CAD geometry. Depending on requirements, floor plans, sections, elevations or 3D objects are created locally as an AutoCAD® drawing.


TachyCAD enables the transmission of measurement data from a total station or hand laser to a notebook. At measurement initiation, the data is passed wirelessly or via cable to the notebook. TachyCAD calculates and plots the 3D coordinates of the point. The survey data is made available for AutoCAD®drawing and design processes in the same way as if pointing with a mouse or by manual data entry.



Using TachyCAD with a notebook on-site brings many advantages:

  • Leave the site with a finished plan
  • Identify and rectify errors such as missing and inconsistent readings immediately
  • Rework in the office is minimized
  • The complete AutoCAD® toolset is available for survey purposes
  • Saves time by simultaneous measurement and construction of property data
  • Open choice of equipment and instruments
  • Open choice and combination of measurement methods: measuring tape, folding ruler, hand laser or total station
  • Automated real-world solutions for typical tasks
  • Free support


Optimized workflow in detail

An extensive range of commands specifically developed for building survey are added to the AutoCAD® functionality. The basic principle of all commands is to achieve, with as few inputs and measurements as possible, the final presentation drawing.

Area Calculation in Parallel to the CAD plan

Space/area reports can be quickly and easily created in one convenient and customizable tree structure, the areas can be provided with additional information such as volume, asset locations and space usage. Room footprints and visualizations (e.g. different NRV depending on type of usage) can be produced on demand. It is possible to export the FM attribute database.


TachyCAD building survey can be used anywhere where building plans are drawn or CAD-detected objects need to be combined with factual data. Creating 3D drawings is easily possible. Applications include:

  • ‘As-built’ data acquisition for plans of existing buildings
  • Room schedules for facility management
  • Inventory of historic monuments and conservation records


Optimised operating cycles in detail

An extensive range of commands, especially for the archaeological excavation documentation extends the AutoCAD® functionality. The basic principle of all commands is always to generate finished plans and illustrations by using as few entries and measurements as possible.

Structured feature management

Next to the CAD plan a feature list can be kept. In optimised work flows the graphic objects, contained within the drawing, will be linked with the object data of a structure view. On the basis of measured graphics but also of rectified photos or scanned plans, qualified data base-compatible structured mappings will be generated. Data can be exported into data bases without any difficulty.


TachyCAD Archaeology is suited for area excavations as well as for complex three-dimensional excavation situations (e.g. city centre excavations with wall fragments). Next to the graphic documentation in 2D and/or 3D it is also possible to collect object data for the features and finds in an intelligent way.


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