Unveiling the unique value of FARO’s Orbis Mobile Laser Scanner

Whatever the size of the construction project, accuracy and efficiency are paramount. From initial site surveys to project completion, every stage of the work demands accuracy and speed to ensure as little financial and material waste as possible — for both the client and the contractor

Innovations in 3D reality capture have led to the advent of advanced solutions like the FARO® Orbis™ Mobile Laser Scanner, revolutionising the way construction professionals approach data capture and visualisation.

The unique value proposition of hybrid capture with Orbis

At the heart of the Orbis Mobile Laser Scanner lies a first-of-its-kind fusion of cutting-edge SLAM (Simultaneous Localisation and Mapping) technology and FARO’s Flash Technology™, which allows for 15 second stationary scans, providing a high level of detail from a mobile mapping solution.

Designed to meet the dynamic demands of modern construction projects, Orbis boasts SLAM scanning at walking speed, and static scans with up to 2mm accuracy, empowering construction workers with both rapid speed of capture and highly accurate 3D representations of the real world.

One of the standout benefits of Orbis is its ability to optimise workflows and enhance productivity. By leveraging Flash Technology™ and a new-and-improved version of GeoSLAM’s proprietary SLAM algorithm, Orbis facilitates swift data capture with less of a compromise on precision. This means that construction, engineering and surveying professionals can expedite their processes, from initial surveys to progress monitoring, with limited impact on accuracy.

The core advantage: Speed and accuracy

Whether it’s creating as-built documentation, job site quality control or construction progress management, Orbis presents a game-changing solution. Traditionally, producing point clouds with a terrestrial laser scanner has been perfect for those in need of high-accuracy data.

But those in need of rapid data capture often don’t require such a high level of detail – so Orbis, by enabling rapid onsite capture and streamlined data processing, empowers surveyors and general contractors to significantly enhance their efficiency.

Consider the scenario of a UK-based general contractor seeking a faster workflow from inception to completion. Orbis rises to the occasion, offering a solution that not only meets but exceeds expectations. Its speed of capture ensures that projects progress seamlessly, from initial data acquisition to the generation of comprehensive floor plans and elevation drawings. Its ability to move through tough environments and capture data in difficult spots like stairwells and behind ceiling voids enables contractors to collect quality data without wasting time or endangering themselves. Plus, Orbis’s ability to provide both local processing and cloud processing means that teams can see what data they’ve captured on site and get that data to stakeholders faster, without having to get back to the office first.

Moreover, Orbis is not merely a tool for data capture; it’s a catalyst for collaboration and project optimisation. With its ability to provide repeatable data capture, construction teams can analyse progress meticulously, whether on a monthly, weekly, or even daily basis. This ensures that projects stay on track without causing disruptions to job site activities, thereby maximising efficiency, minimising delays and fostering a better relationship with the client.

Minimise waste and maximise profit margins with 3D data capture

In the ever-evolving landscape of construction technology, Orbis stands out as an important innovation. Its hybrid mobile scanning capabilities, which couple stationary Flash scanning with mobile SLAM scanning, herald a new era of efficiency and accuracy. By seamlessly integrating into existing workflows, Orbis empowers professionals to tackle the most complex scanning challenges with confidence, while minimising financial and material waste.

For construction managers, directors and architects grappling with labour shortages, escalating inflation rates and the next wave of the UK’s construction safety reforms, integrating a mobile scanning device like the Orbis Scanner presents a multifaceted solution.

“Designed to meet the dynamic demands of modern construction projects, Orbis boasts SLAM scanning at walking speed, and static scans with up to 2mm accuracy, empowering construction workers with both rapid speed of capture and highly accurate 3D representations of the real world.”

In the face of labour scarcity, Orbis streamlines data capture processes, mitigating the need for extensive manual labour and optimising resource allocation. Its ease of use means that limited training is required before operation, so surveying professionals can spend more time analysing the data that others have captured.

By accelerating site surveys and progress monitoring, Orbis not only bolsters efficiency but also helps counteract the impact of higher inflation, enabling projects to stay on budget and on schedule.

Furthermore, in alignment with safety reforms, Orbis minimises the need for personnel to be in potentially hazardous environments, thus enhancing job site safety while ensuring compliance with regulatory standards. As construction continues to navigate challenges, embracing mobile scanning technology emerges as a strategic imperative, offering a comprehensive approach to addressing labour constraints, economic uncertainties and safety imperatives in tandem.

The versatility of Orbis extends beyond its technical prowess; it’s a testament to FARO’s commitment to driving industry progress. As construction projects become increasingly intricate and timelines more stringent, solutions like Orbis become indispensable. It’s not just about capturing data; it’s about unlocking new possibilities, fostering collaboration and redefining what’s possible in the realm of construction and engineering.

Unlocking efficiency, unleashing potential

The FARO Orbis Mobile Laser Scanner represents more than just a technological advancement; it’s a catalyst for transformation. By offering speed of capture, accuracy and seamless integration into existing workflows, Orbis redefines the way professionals approach data capture and visualisation.

In an industry where time is of the essence, Orbis emerges as the ultimate companion for modern scanning challenges. Whether it’s optimising workflows, enhancing collaboration or driving project efficiency, Orbis empowers construction, engineering and surveying professionals to unlock new levels of productivity and innovation. You can learn more at FARO.com and schedule a free demonstration to see how Orbis works on your job site.


Carlee Wendell

Office of Corporate Communications

FARO Technologies

Tel: +1 (813) 803-2283







*Please note that this is a commercial profile. 

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