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FARO® Knowledge Base

Creating an Overview Map in SCENE



Creating an Overview Map or floor plan of a scan project in FARO® SCENE can make visualization and presentation of a scan project much easier.

Creating an Overview Map in SCENE

  1. Open the Overview Map submenu in the Explore ribbon.
  2. Click Create.
  3. The overview map shows a top-down view of the scan project with blue dots representing scan locations.

Exporting an Overview Map

  1. Click Export Overview Map in the Export ribbon.
  2. Overview maps can be exported as TIF or DXF files for use with 3rd party software.

Creating an Overview Map with SCENE 2go

SCENE 2go is an easy way to view scan projects. Creating SCENE 2go data also creates a top-view scan map.
  1. In the Apps ribbon, open the SCENE_2go submenu and click Create Scene 2go Data.
  2. Click the Export Settings tab and choose the settings for your project.
    • Overview map settings - This setting changes the scan map look.
      • Standard View - This view contains a normal, color overview map.
      • Clear View - This setting creates a map that is partially transparent.
      • Gap Filler - Use this setting to fill in scan point gaps and create a higher quality image.
      • SCENE Overview Map - This creates a grayscale map.
    • Background color - This setting changes the color behind the overview map.
    • Create scan overlays - This option displays the coverage of each scan in the map.
    • Single-layer - This option creates a map with a single layer.
      • Apply clipping boxes - This option activates clipping boxes for use in the map.
    • Multi-layer map - This option allows the creation of a multi-layered map defined by clipping boxes.
    • Export layout plans - This setting allows you to export multiple layout plans.
    • Panorama settings - These options allow you to export images and scan data in HD.
    • Color settings - These settings allow you to export color or gray scale images
  3. To view your map, click TransferSCENE 2go Projects in the SCENE 2go submenu.
  4. In the transfer window, click ... to designate a destination folder and click Transfer Data.
  5. When the transfer is finished click Open in SCENE 2go to view, or click OK.

Creating an Overview Map in SCENE 6.3 and Earlier

In earlier versions of SCENE, an overview map is created by exporting a scan slice for use in a 3rd party application.

  1. In the main toolbar, click Tools > Options, and click the Tomograph tab in the Options window.
    • Raster Size – This determines point density along the scan points selected. A lower value means a greater point density.
    • Min Hits – This setting determines how many points are required to determine if an area is part of a vertical surface. Increasing this value eliminates smaller objects like tables and filing cabinets.
    • Max Hits – This setting defines the maximum number of scan points with which a raster field turns black. If this number is exceeded the raster field is rated blank.
  2. Click OK.

Exporting an Overview Map

  1. Right-click the Scans folder and click Import/Export > Export Scans - Ordered.
  2. In the Export Scan Points window, click the Slices tab.
  3. Check the Export Slices check box. 
  4. Check the Use Tomograph check box. 
  5. Enter the Slice Top and Slice Bottom values. These determine what points will be used to calculate the slice. You may need to adjust the Min Hits option in Tomograph settings to get enough vertical surfaces (walls) to create a good outline.
  6. Click Export.

  Download FARO Scene - Tomography for more information.

Keyword: tomograph, tomography, floor, plan, slice, thickness, export