The future of measurement:
First European 3D-Documentation Conference

From quick measurement to building information modelling: one focus of the FARO conference is on laser scanning in architecture, civil engineering and the real estate business

Coventry, 14 March 2011. Participants in the FARO 3D-Documentation Conference on 17 and 18 May 2011 can look forward to specialist talks by international experts, as well as workshops and inspiring meetings. FARO, a specialist in portable measuring technology, has created an event unprecedented in Europe and will be staging it for the first time in 2011 on the UNESCO world cultural heritage site of the former Zollverein coal mine in Essen (Germany). Against this stimulating background top-class speakers will provide insights into the advantages and various ways of using laser scanning as a three-dimensional measuring method. Among others, Professor Dieter Spath, Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Work Management and Organisation, will discuss the state of the art and perspectives of this revolutionary technology. The profusion of research and business expertise will be rounded off by live presentations of modern hard- and software solutions. As a communication platform the event offers specialists, users and interested parties a venue for swapping experience and information.

The conference will pay special attention to use and future perspectives in the construction and real estate business. As an extremely efficient, precise and fast measuring method, 3D laser scanning has a host of advantages in building, planning, and operating buildings. The presentations will reveal how even complex spatial or surface geometries can be recorded spot-on thanks to the three-dimensional scanning of surfaces. The digital data provides the basis for floor plans, cross-sections, plans and views. Virtual building models can be put together quickly using building information modelling (BIM), which is a big advantage for the real estate business and facility management. Laser scanning represents a decisive step forward, particularly in measuring existing buildings and Inventarisation of monuments, checking building shells and facades during assembly and checking and maintaining load-bearing structures. Laser scanning also has great potential in archaeological excavations or in plant construction. In addition, the two-day event will present further practical examples and other specialist fields such as factory planning and mechanical engineering, which is where the high-tech procedure originated.

A cocktail reception in the red dot design museum Germany and a gala dinner in the Zollverein restaurant will provide networking opportunities on the evening of the first event day. Both locations are on the Zollverein site too. On the second evening the FARO 3D-Documentation Conference will culminate with a guided tour of the site and exhibition rooms of the industrial monument providing insights into the Ruhr area’s industrial history.

More information on the conference programme is available at: www.3d-documentation-conference.com. The Internet pages are updated regularly.

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