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Getting Started with As-Built for AutoCAD Software

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The FARO® As-Built™ for AutoCAD® is the follow-up product of all PointSense for AutoCAD Products. It contains the functionality of PointSense Pro, Building, Heritage and Plant plus additional features. As-Built for AutoCAD is available in many languages.

As-Built for AutoCAD provides powerful tools to derive plans, image plans and 3D models from point clouds for as-built data collection and planning in architecture, construction and engineering. Plant components and piping systems can be automatically detected and recorded with all their parameters. Exact connection points can be determined without modeling. Analysis tools serve for quality control of the modeled object as well as for the determination and visualization of deformations. The integrated feature data capture is useful for facility management and real estate management, as well as for component lists from piping systems or for damage mapping on facades of historical buildings. Photogrammetry tools are a valuable addition to the inventory and documentation of historical buildings in particular in historic preservation and building research.

An interface to total stations complements the range of functions and enables the staking out of points from the design into reality. When measuring the total station becomes a 3D mouse. Measurements are transferred directly to AutoCAD.
 

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Getting Started Tutorials

Working with Scan Data

Tutorial Creating a Floor Plan:


After this tutorial you will be able to:

  • Create and manage slices
  • Fit outline plan of walls
  • Create a door
  • Create a room height block
  • Create a stair case

Evaluating Scans of Pipe-runs and Steel Constructions

Following tutorials can all be done with the same data set, a scan project of an industrial plant. You only have to download the material once. You can execute them in any sequence.

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Tutorial: Prepare a Drawing for PointSense Plant


After this tutorial you will be able to:

  • Load catalogs (Plant Models)
  • Add steel to an Active Set
  • Configure units and parameters
  • Insert a point cloud (RCP file)

Tutorial: Pipes


After this tutorial you will be able to:

  • Use scan navigation
  • Create pipe runs efficiently (Walk The Run)
  • Apply Constraints
  • Export the results
  • Create an ISO drawing

Tutorial: Steel


After this tutorial you will be able to:

  • Add steel to an Active Set
  • Fit steel beams to the point cloud
  • Copy beams
  • Extend beams

Tutorial: Tie-In Points


After this tutorial you will be able to:

  • Create and annotate tie-in points

Tutorial: Tank Analysis


After this tutorial you will be able to:

  • Define point cloud sections
  • Fit a cylinder
  • Run a tank analysis
  • Import the result to Excel

Capturing Feature Data

Tutorial Area Management:


After this tutorial you will be able to:

  • Use the area list
  • Create new room items
  • Enter attributes
  • Create visualizations

Feature Data Tutorial II - Part 1: Data Capture:


After this tutorial you will be able to:

  • Collect non-geometrical data linked to geometry
  • Place labels
  • Show attributes in labels
  • Change attribute values
  • Export feature data to tables

 

Feature Data Tutorial II - Part 2: Inherited Attributes and Links:


After this tutorial you will be able to:

  • Link equipment to rooms
  • Ensure equipment has unique key values
  • Move equipment from one room to another
  • Check and Update consistency of collected data

 

Feature Data Tutorial III - Part 1: Draft a Structure Definition:


After this tutorial you will be able to:

  • Plan and draft a structure definition for you own purpose of feature data collection
  • Define what classes of objects/features you need
  • Define attributes for your classes
  • Define relational links between the classes
  • Define Base Classes that other classes may inherit properties from

 

 

Feature Data Tutorial III - Part 2: Model and Configure a Data Structure:


After this tutorial you will be able to:

  • Create a new structure definition in As-Built for AutoCAD
  • Create new classes and attributes
  • Set links between classes
  • Create classes that inherit from a Base class
  • Export/Save the structure definition

 

 

Feature Data Tutorial III - Part 3: Data Capture:


After this tutorial you will be able to:

  • Capture objects and features in the structure tree
  • Link objects and features that relate to each other
  • Add attributes to objects
  • Check and create consistency
  • Define the layout of class labels and your structure tree
  • Improve your own structure definition

 

 

Archaeological Excavation Tutorial


After this tutorial you will be able to:

  • Use the structure view to collect and review data
  • Capture new feature and find objects
  • Link features and finds
  • Open linked documents
  • Enable visualizations
  • Insert a legend

 

 

Facade Damage Mapping Tutorial - Part 1: Data Capture


After this tutorial you will be able to:

  • Capture areal and linear damage including specific attributes
  • Create links between different types of damage
  • Visualize attributes
  • Insert a legend

 

 

Facade Damage Mapping Tutorial - Part 2: Customize a Structure Definition


After this tutorial you will be able to:

  • Change the name of the structure definition
  • Customize and add new attributes
  • Sort attributes
  • Add new visualization types
  • Re-use your structure definition

 

 

 

Using Photogrammetry

Tutorial Image Rectification by Control Points:

After this tutorial you will be able to:

  • Import control points and define a rectification plane,
  • Load a photo and assign control points to image points ,
  • Rectify a photo by removing central perspective distortion, and
  • Clip and merge photos to one complete image plan
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Tutorial Image Rectification by Geometry:


After this tutorial you will be able to:

  • Adapt a rectification grid
  • Assign the reference measurements
  • Clip and rectify a photo
  • Add dimension information

 

 

Tutorial Oriented Images

Following 3-part tutorial can all be done with the same data set. You only have to download the material once.

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Tutorial Oriented Images - Part 1 of 3: Image Orientation: 


After this tutorial you will be able to:

  • Import control points
  • Define a User Coordinate System from the current view
  • Load photos to the drawing
  • Perform the image orientation, and
  • Use the oriented image to create 3D geometry

 

Tutorial Oriented Images - Part 2 of 3: Import:


After this tutorial you will be able to:

  • Import oriented photos from an AgiSoft PhotoScan project
  • Use image management to create view ports
  • Derive 3D geometry from oriented photos

 

Tutorial Oriented Images - Part 3 of 3: Facade Plan:


After this tutorial you will be able to:

  • Load oriented images
  • Prepare viewports
  • Create a façade UCS (User Coordinate System)
  • Derive 3D geometry from photos
  • Flatten geometry to a façade plan

 

 

Feature Videos

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Point Clouds

 Scan Navigation (Building)

SmartSnap (Edge or Corner)

 SmartSnap (Real Lowest Point)

Photo-realistic Scan Views

 Section Management

 Clash Detection

 Deformation Analysis

 Scan Navigation (Industrial Plant)

Photogrammetry

 True scale photo rectification

 Merging images in PhoToPlan

 The result of the merging images process

 Adding detailed 2D line work in PhoToPlan

Total Station

 Instrument Setup

 Measure Stairs

 Measure door

 Measure line

 Measure door

 

 

Tips & Tricks

 Export an RCP Point Cloud from SCENE

 Create an RCP Point Cloud with ReCap

 Insert an RCP Point Cloud

 Useful AutoCAD Settings

 Bridge Clearance

 Topographic Extractions