FARO integrates with Boston Dynamics Spot to launch FARO Trek

Trek is a fully autonomous 3D mobile scanning. This innovative solution is a combination of the cutting-edge scanning speed and accuracy of the FARO Focus Laser Scanner with Spot. Spot is a quadruped robot capable of remote and autonomous data capture in challenging environments.

FARO integrates with Boston Dynamics Spot to launch FARO Trek
FARO integrates with Boston Dynamics Spot to launch FARO Trek

FARO integrates with Boston Dynamics Spot to launch FARO Trek

FARO Technologies announced the release of FARO Trek. Trek is built in collaboration with the Massachusetts-based robotics firm Boston Dynamics. Trek is a fully autonomous 3D mobile scanning. This innovative solution is a combination of the cutting-edge scanning speed and accuracy of the FARO Focus Laser Scanner with Spot. Spot is a quadruped robot capable of remote and autonomous data capture in challenging environments.

Trek leverages Spot’s Autowalk feature to create a repeatable automated scanning workflow, which is ideal for general contractors and construction managers to verify production and quality on job sites. This will provide streamlined data collection and improved efficiency. Enhanced analysis and reporting is ensured as the same information is collected each time. The inspection process will be automated by Autowalk after operators program the route walking alongside the robot. Relying on sophisticated sensors, Spot is then ready to repeat that very same route autonomously, and even makes minor adjustments to finish the work .

According to a report, Rob Miller, FARO’s Director of Business Development, stated that FARO Trek marks an exciting collaboration of two leading technology companies singularly focused on solving the challenges that customers face. Progressive building and facility owners are increasingly motivated to support this sort of mobility and automation, particularly for his or her most difficult new construction and renovation projects.

Brian Ringley, Boston Dynamics’ Construction Technology Manager, said that reality capture has become more critical to on-schedule project delivery than ever before. He added that the FARO Trek integration provides customers with the ability to document true as-built conditions of their site in a repeatable fashion. He believes that it will be easier to take care of continuously updated digital twin. It is because the high-frequency point cloud data collection will automatically align relative to project control points and BIM coordinate systems now.

The FARO FocusS Laser Scanner provide intuitive workflows that foster enhanced user experience. It enables users to capture fast, accurate measurements of complex objects and buildings. A built-in 8-mega-pixel HDR camera captures detailed imagery while providing a natural color overlay to the scan data during a range of lighting conditions. The FocusS is a fully integrated solution designed for secure and reliable mobile scanning. It is also lightweight and compact with a 4.5-hour battery per charge.