Solutions for Heritage and Archaeology

Bringing historical sites back to life

FARO® offers solutions and workflows for 3D documentation of ancient buildings, monuments, statues, and excavations. These tools help historians and archaeologists to efficiently capture, manage, and analyze historical as-built data.


Capture & Analyze Site Conditions

Whether for restoration or scientific analysis purposes, for securing protected buildings or virtual presentations of historical sites, the FARO laser scanners enable the complete and precise capturing of as-built data in HDR colors. Final deliverables, such as orthophotos, 2D plans, 3D models, and can be processed subsequently thanks to FARO’s heritage and archaeology specific software tools.


Adopt a sustainable CAD data format

Utilizing FARO laser scanning solutions and software allows historians and archaeologists to transfer scan of real-world conditions into AutoCAD® drawings. As the worldwide standard software for 3D modeling, AutoCAD® software is secured by a long-lasting and sustainable data format.


Leave the site with a finished plan

Immediately draw and construct complete excavation data on-site, using FARO’s archaeology software which allows data processing captured by a conventional total station. Once the geometry has been transferred into AutoCAD® deliverables such as floor plans, sections, or 3D models, a digital map of findings and damages can be created and analyzed.

Your One-Stop, Total Solution



Ranging Error* ± 1mm at 10m, Scanning range from 0.6m to 70m, 150m and 350m, Supports real time, on-site registration in SCENE

The FocusS combines hallmark features of the previous FARO® Focus3D product line with significant technological innovations such as Ingress Protection Rating (IP54), increased scanning accuracy, an internal accessory bay and a built-in compensation routine.

  • Transmit scan data wirelessly to FARO SCENE to perform real time, on-site registration

  • Rescan distant targets to perform accurate target detection or capture smaller areas in greater detail**

  • Retake Photo allows user to select and recapture individual images with unwanted objects, i.e. people and moving vehicles.

  • Scan with improved accuracy and distance via dual-axis compensator and angular measurement

  • Conduct on-site compensation routines for high data quality assurance

  • Operate the scanner in temperatures as low as -4°F (-20°C) and up to 131°F (55°C)



Ranging Error* ± 3mm at 10m, Scanning range from 0.6m to 70m, IP 54 and extended temperature range

The FocusM combines hallmark features of the FARO® Focus product line with significant functions such as Ingress Protection Rating (IP54), HDR imaging, extended temperature range and unrestricted freedom of choice to leverage software tools for application based workflows.

  • Capture outdoors with the certified industry standard Ingress Protection (IP) Rating, IP54

  • Operate the scanner in temperatures as low as -4°F (-20°C) and up to 131°F (55°C)

  • Rescan distant targets to perform accurate target detection or capture smaller areas in greater detail

  • First professional-grade scanner that sets a new standard in price/performance



A lightweight, 2D handheld mapper to quickly and easily capture and visualize 2D floor plans

With its innovative features such as the Scan Assist functionality users can save time and money by performing a more efficient scan project planning. Users can share visual information (e.g. panoramic images) immediately via SCENE WebShare Cloud.

  • Record 2D floor plans as you walk through the building and get the square footage

  • Capture floor plans in real time on multiple levels and organize them into one project

  • Add photographs and annotations to the floor plan to document all critical details

  • Scan Assist: Calculates the best laser scanner positions based on the recorded 2D map

  • Scan Localizer: Facilitates a pre-placement of individual scans and thus simplifies and accelerares the ensuing final registration in the FARO SCENE software*

  • Add 360° panoramic images to the 2D map and experience captured space visually off-site

  • Provide stakeholders access to captured information via SCENE 2go & SCENE WebShare Cloud or present4D VR Suite

  • Easily export projects, images and documents as DXF, PDF or into a ESRI Shape file for use in GIS systems, export the 2D map as a point cloud into CPE, PLY and XYZ.



Align scans using Real-Time On-Site Registration / Measure, 3D visualize, export scan data / Utilize many plug-in apps

FARO SCENE software is specifically designed for FocusS Series Laser Scanners and Freestyle Scanners. SCENE processes and manages scan data efficiently and easily by using real time, on-site registration, automatic object recognition, moving objects filter, scan registration and positioning..

  • Real time, on-site registration for FocusS scan data accelerates reality capture

  • Moving Objects Filter enables unwanted people, vehicles or machinery captured in the scene during the scanning process to be automatically detected and removed.

  • Laser High Dynamic Range (Laser-HDRTM) support – create impressive HDR quality images in a substantially short amount of time

  • FARO Laser High Dynamic Range (FARO Laser-HDRTM) support – create impressive HDR quality images in a substantially short amount of time

  • Powerful 3D mesh engine allows for automatic modeling of free form shapes and enables textured meshes which can be exported as .obj and then imported as reality capture data into other applications


FARO® SCENE WebShare Cloud

Digital Twin Platform for 3D Reality Data Sharing, Project Management & Scan-to-BIM Workflows

A cloud-based platform that provides real-time access to 3D reality data to be shared with partners anywhere and at any time, using a web browser. Highest FARO data security standards ensure that sensitive workloads can be hosted in the cloud.

  • Easily upload 3D reality data from any source of capture without data size constraints.

  • Various viewing modes provide a powerful visualization of projects and easy orientation.

  • Take measurements, add annotations and organize data using categories and reference tags.

  • Generate true to scale ortho images to be downloaded for creating 2D deliverables.

  • Export 3D point clouds using common industry standard formats for Scan-to-BIM workflows.

  • Directly integrate into Autodesk® BIM 360™ and many other AEC management databases.

  • Manage various projects using customizable user profiling with defined permissions.


FARO® As-Built™ Modeler

The Fastest and Most Direct Path from Reality Data into any Design System

As-Built Modeler software enables AEC professionals to quickly and easily extract building information, such as CAD and BIM geometry, to be used in any preferred CAD system even if it does not support point cloud data.

  • Display, manage, and evaluate 3D point cloud data independent of its source and size.

  • Transfer 3D point cloud data and self-defined macros directly into any CAD system.

  • Evaluate 3D data to closed surface models to be exported as standard CAD file formats.

  • Create video renderings and fly-through videos from imported and modeled data.


FARO As-Built for AutoCAD® Software

Data evaluation with the highest precision, Versatile reality to CAD solutions, Automative workflows under user control

As-Built for AutoCAD® Software offers all the functionality that AEC professionals need to evaluate 3D laser scanner data directly in AutoCAD®. The software can also handle data from various other measurement sensors, such as drones, cameras, or total stations.

  • Easily manage large 3D scan projects to keep an overview and control on your project

  • Fast and easily extract 2D plans and complete 3D models

  • Model piping systems and steel construction by intuitive and automated workflows

  • Analyze and visualize deviations of CAD models and point clouds for accuracy verification

  • Use photogrammetry in AutoCAD® Software: Evaluate data captured by laser scanners, drones or cameras

  • Combine spatial data with CAD objects and structured room schedules

  • Connect a total station on-site to AutoCAD® to draw floor plans, sections, and elevations


ARO BuildIT Construction

Validate to Design / Perform Tolerance Evaluation / Position and Monitor

BuildIT Construction is the first fully integrated building lifecycle Quality Assurance/Control (QA/QC) management tool for construction professionals to continuously evaluate projects with real-time comparisons against CAD designs using 3D scan data.

  • Verify the accuracy of scan data to design models

  • Detect incorrect placement or missing features such as walls, columns, beams, pipes, etc…

  • Calculate tank deformation and volume to determine deviations during installations

  • Perform important measurements accurately and quickly

  • Inspect construction for adherence to building standards

  • Verify shifts and movements within structural performance over time with 4D analysis

  • Perform real-time monitoring of adjacent structures throughout the project lifecycle