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FARO® Knowledge Base

Using ScanAssist



ScanAssist automatically calculates the best positions to place a laser scanner based on a recorded 2D map. ScanAssist provides an overview of the situation, including the size of the building (how many square feet) and the needed number and position of single scans for a complete coverage of the existing situation. 

Before You Begin


Before beginning, make sure your ScanPlan and laser scanner have the latest firmware installed. 

  1. From the Home screen click Manage.
  2. Click General Settings.
  3. Click Scanner Details. This page will display the installed firmware version.
  4. To upgrade, see Firmware Download and Installation Instructions for the ScanPlan.

Configure the Focus WLAN

  1. From the Home screen click Manage.
  2. Toggle the Remote Access to Scans button to On.
  3. Tap WLAN.
  4. Toggle the WLAN Status to Off.
  5. Set the Mode to Access Point.
  6. Click WLAN, and tap < to return to the previous page.
  7. Make note of the encryption key. You will need it to connect the ScanPlan to the Focus WLAN.
  8. Toggle the WLAN Status to the On position.

Using ScanAssist

  1. When you have finished mapping a desired location, click the ScanAssist icon.
  2. Tap Generate a Set of Positions in the ScanAssist menu.
  3. Click Next, and then choose your FARO scanner model. Click Next again.
  4. Set the desired Point Distance, and click Next.
  5. Set the scan resolution, and tap Next.
  6. Choose your quality setting, and click Next.
  7. Choose your color settings, and click Next to begin calculating scan positions.
  8. Review the ScanAssist summary, and press DONE to continue or BACK to revise your desired settings.

Deleting/Adding Scan Positions

Deleting a Scan Point

  1. Tap the Scan Point icon.
  2. Click the Delete icon.
  3. Click OK to remove the point.

Adding a Point

  1. Move to the desired location.
  2. Press the ScanAssist icon.
  3. Tap Add a Position.

Triggering a Scan

  1. Move your ScanPlan close to a recommended location.
    Note: The icon will turn red when the ScanPlan is in the right spot.
  2. Place the laser scanner in the same position.
  3. Press the TRIGGER SCAN button.
  4. Press CONFIRM to confirm the object position.
  5. Press CONFIRM to trigger the scan.
  6. Scan locations will turn blue if a scan has been completed.

Global Scan Assist

Global Scan Assist is a shortcut to use the Scan Assist feature without the need to open the plan in the ScanPlan. Scan Assist functions can now accessed from the main view of a project.

  1. Open the project.
  2. Tap the Global Scan Assist icon ScanPlanGlobalAssist.png.
  3. If you have multiple plans in the project, you will choose which plan you want to use.
  4. The Scan Assist dialog will appear, and you can use all the functions.

Note: Global Scan Assist requires version 2019.1 of the ScanPlan app and the latest firmware update.