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Release Notes for As-Built for As-Built Modeler


This article lists the Release Notes for each version of As-Built™ for Autodesk Revit® Software to date. The current version release notes are displayed at the top of the article. Previous revisions are contained in expanding sections below.

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As-Built Modeler 2021.0 Release Notes


In the new 2021.0 version of FARO® As-Built Modeler we introduce several new features and improvements, which are described in more detail in this article. Find here also a list of the Fixed Issues and an overview on Known Issues.

Figure 1- Example of a colorization setting. Here, the view is colorized with the rainbow color bar for the distance to the camera. The colorization is used as overlay to the point cloud.

New features in As-Built Modeler 2021.0

Coloring and Shading

In the new version we introduce coloring and shading to the application (Figure 1). The colorization and shading can be used separately or in combination with each other. They allow multiple customization settings for a wide range of scenarios. The options are primarily applied to the point cloud. Shading can also be used to add depth to opaque CAD geometry and imported meshes. The shading and colorization options are added to the 3D toolbar, while detailed settings can be found in the Visibility Settings of the 3D view.

Coloring Options

The coloring is applicable to point clouds and provides the following options:

  • Use coloring as a function of the surface normal.
  • Colorize by using the coordinate components X, Y, Z as RGB values.
  • Colorize relative to X, Y, Z axis, or distance to using one of three predefined color maps.

Most coloring modes allow setting reference objects or fixed coordinates as reference. Also, the color can be blended with the point cloud information. The color gradients can be set to continuous or discrete steps with user-defined increments. Colorization settings as well as the colormaps and color ranges can be set in a dedicated tab in the Visibility Settings of the 3D view.

ABModeler_WN2021_fig2.png (A) Colorization with respect to the surface normal information. The colorization is combined with light shading to add spatial information.
ABModeler_WN2021_fig3.png (B) Top view of the pavement of an underground parking garage. Here, a placed clipping box is used as reference for colorization in respect to the vertical axis. Here, the locations of drain pipes become visible.
ABModeler_WN2021_fig4.png (C) Colorization with respect to distance, based on a placed clipping box. A discrete color map is used with user-defined increments.

Figure 2 – Three colorization examples. See individual captions for details.

Figure 2 showcases three examples. Note, that some of the examples use the optional shading in combination with the colorization.

Shading Options

The colorization can be combined with shading of the point cloud or other objects. The shading adds depth to point clouds that lack color or intensity data (Figure 3). The shading can also be applied to point clouds with color or intensity information and can improve the spatial impression. Two shading modes are available for this in the 3D View Tool Bar. For tine-tuning, a slider to set the shading strength is in the Visibility Settings of the 3D view.

Figure 3 – Three visual settings for a point cloud lacking color. The first image shows a point cloud without color. The second image uses light shading to add depth for more clarity. The third image combines the latter setting with Z-axis coloring.

Shading can be activated for the point cloud. Optionally, it can also be activated for mesh and CAD objects (Figure 4).

ABModeler_WN2021_fig8a.png ABModeler_WN2021_fig8b.png

Figure 4 – The two shading options applied to project using the distance colorization. The left image shows point cloud shading only. The right image shows the shading also applied to mesh objects, which includes CAD geometry.

Angular Measurements in the SendTo App


Figure 5 – Four new measurement tokens for angular measurements are added to the SendTo app. The four predefined macros (lower row) illustrate their use.

The SendTo app now supports tokens for angular measurements. The four introduced measurement tokens include the following options (Figure 5):

  • Spatial Angle measurement by clicking three points.
  • Inclination Angle by clicking two points.
  • Directional Angles by clicking two points. Output can be reported counterclockwise to X-axis (mathematical angle) or clockwise relative to N (azimuth).

Angles can be reported to your target application in decimal degrees (0…360°), radians (0…2π) or grads (0…400g). The measurements can be applied relative to a UCS or the horizontal plane.

SendTo and SendToSEMA Apps Support Measurements Relative to UCS

Measurements taken in the SendTo and SendToSEMA apps now support the UCS. When an UCS is set to active, the measurements taken by the apps will report back the coordinates relative to the placed UCS instead of the world coordinate system. Without an active UCS, the world coordinate system is used as before.

Other Improvements

PanoCam Project File Support

As-Built Modeler 2021.0 can read and write SCENE project files containing data from FARO’s PanoCam functionality. As-Built Modeler does not contain processing capabilities for colorization of scan point clouds with the PanoCam data. This functionality is provided in the processing section of SCENE.

Fixed Issues

  • Selection Tool window in the Explorer tab now supports higher screen scaling values (SCAB-1300).
  • Interaction with manipulators resulted in some cases in ABM becoming unresponsive. This is now fixed (SCAB-1332).
  • Projects using transformations resulted in some cases in an orientation mismatch between the UCS and the coordinate system. This is now fixed (SCAB-1442).
  • Changes to the Visibility Settings are now directly applied and provide instant visual feedback.
  • Variety of other stability and UI improvements.

Known Issues

  • As-Built Modeler 2021.0 is not compatible to Windows version earlier than Microsoft Windows 10 as we depreciated outdated elements.
  • Some handbooks provided with the initial release do not describe the latest functionality. Updated localized handbooks will be provided in a patch as soon as they are available. Until then, refer to the English handbook for description on the latest functionality.
  • Shading and Colorization Settings are not saved in the project file. Upon saving and re-opening the solution, settings will need to be re-entered to obtain the same visual effect.
  • Light Shading on CAD objects or mesh objects may lead to a stronger visual effect as the use of Dark Shading. In such cases use the Shading Strength slider in the Visibility Settings.
  • Virtual Reality Views may initiate at 0,0,0. When entering the Virtual Reality view, the viewer is placed on the position of the first scanner. If your project contains only a project point cloud but no scanner position, you will enter the VR view at the location 0,0,0. This can be far from your intended position. Please save a Viewpoint prior to entering the VR mode and select the viewpoint from the VR menu to jump to the appropriate location.
  • Some imported CAD objects show triangles. There are differences in how CAD applications structure their data when exporting. In some cases, CAD geometry is therefore rendered in outlined triangles when imported into As-Built Modeler. In this case, hiding the lines will improve rendering performance and quality.
  • CAD import supports CAD geometry with an internal memory consumption of up to 2GB. The memory consumption is a function of the complexity and structure of the CAD file. Should your imported CAD model exceed this threshold you may need to split your model for import. You can combine the model after import back to a composite geometry.
  • Clipping box parameters cannot be accessed from the Orthophoto app. The button to open the clipping box properties from within the app works only when used within SCENE. The change the properties, right-click onto the clipping box in the structure tree and access the properties from there.

More Information

For more details, visit the FARO website or browse to the As-Built Modeler Knowledge Base homepage.


As-Built Modeler 2020 and Earlier Release Notes

Refer to the link below for As-Built Modeler 2020 and Earlier Release Notes.

Release Notes