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FARO Zone 2019 Feature Comparison



FARO Zone 2D, 3D, and 3D Advanced 2019 are powerful tools with features designed to give you the ability to craft presentations to suit your needs. The chart below details which features are in which product.

Feature Comparison Chart


Feature FARO Zone 2D 2019.1 FARO Zone 3D 2019.5 FARO Zone 3D Advanced 2019.5
General Properties
Free online, self-guided training course
Free online, instructor-led training course
FARO Assist!
International localization, multiple languages supported
User interface customization
Administrative tools for large system integration and deployment, incorporate FARO Zone into other applications
Free application to view FARO Zone projects
Core Features
Layers - Group and manage objects on up to 1,000 layers 
Import 2D Symbols/3D Models from a huge library. Create custom symbols/models. 2D Symbols Only
Drag and Drop Editing - Easily move, rotate, or resize objects.
Hyperlinks - Link icons to online content.
Pre-made and Custom Forms
Printing -  Set scale, fit to paper, set orientation, print selected, print to .PDF
High Resolution Display - Compatible with 4K monitors, image tiling of extremely large images to maintain resolution
Easily organize and share supporting files as a project folder.
Courtroom-ready reports for analysis tools, including bullet trajectories, blood spatter, momentum, road profile, speed from skids, crush, time and distance studies, and more
Import and Export
Open CAD Zone and ARAS - Compatible with legacy file formats
 Import and Export .DXF and .DWG
Export to .PDF
Import and Export images
Import Aerial Images from Google and Bing Maps, Pictometry
Import total station data - From a total station export .CSV or .TXT file
Import manual measurements as .CSV or .TXT file (for baseline or triangulation)
Export to .OBJ and import 3D models as .OBJ
Import data from FARO ScanPlan
Import orthographic images from SCENE Software
View/Add 360° (panoramic) images
Export 360° (panoramic) images and videos
Edit Google terrain data to create a smoother landscape
Export to Present4D to create a VR presentation 
Import FARO SCENE project point clouds
Open point clouds -
as .E57, .PTS, .LAS and .LAZ
2D Features
Extensive 2D Drawing and editing tools
Pre-drawn symbols included for fire pre-incident planning, crash, crime, and fire investigation diagrams, insurance loss control
Precision 2D measurement tools
Customize road and intersection features, save and share templates
Draw precise 2D structures including walls with windows and doors
Vehicle Database - Import common vehicles with exact dimensions
704 Placard - Place and fill out a 704 placard
3D Features
Extensive 3D drawing and editing tools
Import 3D Models from a huge library or download free models from 3D Warehouse. Import custom models as .OBJ, .FBX, .PLY, or .SKP
Show measured damage to any 3D model
Complete control over the dimensions and orientation of 3D models or text.
Add weather effects, such as  fog, rain, and snow to a scene
Create a video fly-through of a scene
Apply textures to a surface, choose from more than 60 textures for ground, roof, wall, water, and wood
Lighting Control and Sky Box - Select day/night, ambient color, adjust sun location, intensity, change sky texture
3D Power Tools
Precisely draw 3D structures including walls with doors and windows
Create 3D stairs to exact measurements
Library of more than 600 signs, including European and Asian signs. Import images/photos to create custom signs.
Add and customize 3D evidence markers
Pose and customize 3D bodies
Add curbs and sidewalks to a street
Virtual Survey Mode - Harvest key points in a diagram, generate a report of the 3D coordinates
Witness View - Place a witness and generate an animation, 360° view, or snap shot to show their perspective
Security Tools - 3D Camera planner, security ring and halo to show areas of potential threat or importance 
2D/3D Point Based and Path Based Animation
Record animations as .MP4 or a 360° video to share
Use multiple cameras in an animation including mobile and tracking cameras
Multiple crush impact areas
Import EDR data and automatically create an animation. Add a graphic dashboard to show speed, turning, braking, ABS, and air bags deployed
Import data from PC Crash, Virtual Crash and HVE, create an animation using the simulation path
Insert traffic lights and synchronize changes with key events in an animation 
Time and Distance Values - Automatically calculate time to impact, distances, velocity and acceleration at key points
Add fire and explosion effects
Use pre-defined body animations or create custom motions
Synchronize a body and vehicle in one animation
Crash/Crime Scene Investigation
Slope and Profile Tools - Obtain slope information of any line and show a 2D profile of any curve and place the reports into the diagram
Linear Momentum Analysis - 360° method, in-line head on, and in-line rear end methods, choose to move along curved paths and follow terrain, create a report
Skid Analysis - Use standard formulas to estimate vehicle speed based on measured skid marks, create a report
Critical Speed Calculation - Use standard formulas to estimate critical speed of a measured roadway curve, create a report 
Vehicle Crush Calculator - Perform 6-point crush analysis based on measured damage and vehicle specifications, calculate equivalent barrier, create a report 
Bullet Trajectory Analysis - Manual or automatic alignment of the impact plane, adjust size and color of cones, extend past impact plane, optional markers and protracters, create a detailed report of every trajectory
Bullet Trajectory Attach - Attach bullet trajectories to a body, move the body and the trajectory stays fixed
Blood Spatter Analysis -
Place multiple photographs, trace the desired droplets, flip the trajectory if needed, have multiple convergence spheres, calculate standard deviation, create a report of each droplet
Blood Spatter Automatic Edge Detection -
Select each droplet to use and a best-fit ellipse is automatically calculated 
Hemospat Compatibility - Import Hemospat data as a .DXF file and export data to Hemospat with a defined room origin and coordinate system
VR Immersion and Training
View 3D Scenes in Virtual Reality 
Compatible with Oculus Rift, Rift S, HTC Vive and Vive Pro VR 
Onboard VR Help System
Take precise measurements in VR scene
View animations from any angle in VR
VR Training Scenarios - Turn any 3D model and/or Point Cloud into a VR forensic training scenario where students secure the scene, take photos, search for evidence, use proper procedures to collect evidence
Detect Bullet Trajectory Rod - Detect a scanned trajectory rod and match a trajectory line or cone to it
Point Cloud Features
Point Cloud Compatible - Open point cloud data in these formats: .LAS, .LAZ, .E57, .PTS, .TXT, .FLS, .CZP, FZPC, .ARPC
Import FARO SCENE Projects 
Use a point clouds to create an accurate, 3D reconstruction of a scene, precisely measure between data points, create 2D/3D diagrams, add 3D models, text, hyperlinks to photos, and more
Run Animations Through a Point Cloud
Use clipping boxes to hide unwanted areas of a point cloud (such as a vehicle or person who passed in front of the scanner)
Data security means point cloud data is never lost
Target and Trajectory Rod Snaps -
Automatically create a sphere to match target scanned with a laser scanner, snap precisely to a scanned trajectory rod and extend it as a line
Point Cloud Models - Cut out a portion of one point cloud (such as a vehicle) and import it into another point cloud (such as the crash site)
Precisely align a point cloud with an existing 2D/3D floorplan or diagram
2D Trace Mode -Create an accurate 2D diagram by tracing road edges or other objects without worrying about elevation changes or tree branches
Virtual Survey Mode - Select key points in a point cloud by snapping to them, generate a report of the 3D coordinates