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Why Choose 3D Laser Scanning

How Does 3D Laser Scanning works?

3D Laser Scans

When a 3D laser scanner is used to scan a crash or crime scene, the entire scene is recorded in the form of millions of (X,Y,Z) data points. Anything the laser can “see” is accurately captured as a data point, which, when combined with all the captured points, make up a point cloud of the scene. Point clouds from multiple scans can be precisely combined, or registered, to create a complete 3D model of the scene, exactly as it appeared at the time of the scans. Software is used to view the point cloud, move through it, take measurements, create diagrams, and animations from the point data. Unlike the actual scene, the point cloud captured by a laser scanner never changes so you can examine the scene weeks, or years later with complete confidence that all the evidence was captured. Data captured by laser scanners is now commonly accepted in court and software like FARO WebShare make it possible to easily provide point cloud data to attorneys and juries.

What are the Benefits of 3D Laser Scanning?

Scanning Benefits

Compared to traditional evidence collection methods, which can include tape measures and total stations, 3D Laser Scanning delivers a number of benefits to the Public Safety market including:

  • Improved Data Accuracy and More Data Points
  • Improved Speed and Efficiency
  • Improved Safety
  • Improved Credibility of Data
  • Ability to Deliver Field-to-Finish Results
  • Thorough Digital Preservation of Crime/Crash Evidence
  • Complete Archival of Crime/Crash Documentation
  • Gather Evidence to Help Identify Fire Origin and Cause
  • Reporting Flexibility
  • Gather Evidence for providing Court Room-Ready Presentations
  • Evidence Analysis
  • Gather Evidence for Crush Analysis
  • Facilitates Cold Case Investigation

FireZone Overview Step-by-Step Tutorial

FARO Global Customer Service

FARO Handheld 3D Scanner Freestyle3D
Forensic Investigation

FARO Handheld 3D Scanner Freestyle3D
Accident Reconstruction

Documenting an Accident Scene

Courtesy of Simi Valley Police Department

Actual 3D Scan of an Accident Scene

Courtesy of Georgia Public Safety Training Center

3D Laser Scanner Fly Through

Courtesy of Larimer County Sheriff’s Office and Brian Wangler

Fly Through of a Home-Fire Scan

Courtesy of Atlantic Laser Scanning and Nick Worrell

+ Laser Scanning 101

Why Choose 3D Laser Scanning

How Does 3D Laser Scanning works?

3D Laser Scans

When a 3D laser scanner is used to scan a crash or crime scene, the entire scene is recorded in the form of millions of (X,Y,Z) data points. Anything the laser can “see” is accurately captured as a data point, which, when combined with all the captured points, make up a point cloud of the scene. Point clouds from multiple scans can be precisely combined, or registered, to create a complete 3D model of the scene, exactly as it appeared at the time of the scans. Software is used to view the point cloud, move through it, take measurements, create diagrams, and animations from the point data. Unlike the actual scene, the point cloud captured by a laser scanner never changes so you can examine the scene weeks, or years later with complete confidence that all the evidence was captured. Data captured by laser scanners is now commonly accepted in court and software like FARO WebShare make it possible to easily provide point cloud data to attorneys and juries.

What are the Benefits of 3D Laser Scanning?

Scanning Benefits

Compared to traditional evidence collection methods, which can include tape measures and total stations, 3D Laser Scanning delivers a number of benefits to the Public Safety market including:

  • Improved Data Accuracy and More Data Points
  • Improved Speed and Efficiency
  • Improved Safety
  • Improved Credibility of Data
  • Ability to Deliver Field-to-Finish Results
  • Thorough Digital Preservation of Crime/Crash Evidence
  • Complete Archival of Crime/Crash Documentation
  • Gather Evidence to Help Identify Fire Origin and Cause
  • Reporting Flexibility
  • Gather Evidence for providing Court Room-Ready Presentations
  • Evidence Analysis
  • Gather Evidence for Crush Analysis
  • Facilitates Cold Case Investigation
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+ Case Studies & Whitepapers
+ Videos

FireZone Overview Step-by-Step Tutorial

FARO Global Customer Service

FARO Handheld 3D Scanner Freestyle3D
Forensic Investigation

FARO Handheld 3D Scanner Freestyle3D
Accident Reconstruction

Documenting an Accident Scene

Courtesy of Simi Valley Police Department

Actual 3D Scan of an Accident Scene

Courtesy of Georgia Public Safety Training Center

3D Laser Scanner Fly Through

Courtesy of Larimer County Sheriff’s Office and Brian Wangler

Fly Through of a Home-Fire Scan

Courtesy of Atlantic Laser Scanning and Nick Worrell

Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to Commonly Asked Questions.

FARO’s Focus3D Laser Scanners quickly and accurately collect millions of measurable data points for a crime or accident scene. The scanner can collect 360 degrees of data at up to 1,082 feet in every direction. The result is a virtual 3D color model of the scene, which can be stored as a permanent digital record. By capturing nearly all of the points in the scene, every measurement can be taken and then processed from the comfort of your office. The data can be transformed into a credible 2D or 3D model of the scene exactly as it was at the time of capture.

Our customers are able to reduce their time on the scene by at least 50% and use at least 50% fewer people versus using conventional evidence collection tools such as measuring wheels, total stations, and photogrammetry. Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office reported saving $73K in overtime costs alone in
32 months of operation
*Source: Clackmas County Case Study

When a 3D laser scanner is used to scan a crash or crime scene, the entire scene is recorded in the form of millions of (X,Y,Z) data points. Anything the laser can “see” is accurately captured as a data point, which, when combined with all the captured points, make up a point cloud of the scene. Point clouds from multiple scans can be precisely combined, or registered, to create a complete 3D model of the scene, exactly as it appeared at the time of the scans. Software is used to view the point cloud, move through it, take measurements, create diagrams, and animations from the point data. Unlike the actual scene, the point cloud captured by a laser scanner never changes so you can examine the scene weeks, or years later with complete confidence that all the evidence was captured. Data captured by laser scanners is now commonly accepted in court and software like FARO WebShare make it possible to easily provide point cloud data to attorneys and juries.

Compared to traditional evidence collection methods, there are may reasons why public safety professionals should use a 3D scanner including:

  • Capture Millions of Data Points for Future Analysis
  • Complete Digital Preservation of all the Evidence
  • Improved Data Accuracy
  • Improved Speed and Efficiency
  • Create More Compelling Courtroom Presentations

No. The FARO laser scanner is a one-button, single-user, self-leveling measurement tool. It does not require “leveling” or extended warm-up time.

FARO offers several software programs, including FARO CAD Zone and FARO Reality, as well as plug in applications for SCENE software. Our software programs provide field-to-finish results.

Prices will vary based on your specific requirements, scanner model, accessories and software. Click here to request a quote, or call us today for a customized, no obligation quote (800.736.0234).

Yes. Through a sponsorship program with PoliceGrantsHelp), agencies applying for grants are able to take advantage of a FARO-sponsored 50% discount on grant writing services.

Yes, please contact a sales specialist at 800.736.0234 for more information.

FARO SCENE is the recommended software product for registering multiple scans. FARO SCENE also allows you to save the scanner data to a standard .pts file, so you can use any software that is compatible with that format. Other software applications like FARO  CrimeZone, CrashZone, or Reality are commonly used by investigators to create diagrams and animations from their scan data.

No, there is no need to “chasing the bubble” like with total stations.  Our scanners “Auto Level” in seconds. Compare to 15-20min on average setup time every a total station is moved.

Yes. Our contract number is GS24F0044M and the catalog can be accessed through https://www.GSAadvantage.gov

There are many local, state, and federal organizations using FARO scanners including, Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, Nashville PD, Waukesha PD, Niagara County Sheriff’s Office, Michigan State Police and many more. Visit our “Case Studies & Whitepapers” or “In the News” to read about some of them.

Yes. We publish case studies and white papers regularly on this website under “Resources.” If you don’t see something you’re looking for, or need more than what is available here, visit our “Download Center” by clicking here.

Yes you can. We would be happy to visit your organization. Call us at 800.736.0234 to schedule an on-site demonstration