FARO

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File Format
Name FARO
Ontology
Extension(s) .fls, .fws, .lsproj

FARO is a 3D hardware and software company founded in 1981. They are a leading company in laser (LIDAR) scanning, which produces highly detailed point clouds.

File Identification

FARO scanners produce a proprietary FARO Laser Scan (.FLS) file containing raw point cloud data. Faro WorkSpace (.FWS) files are produced in SCENE software also produced by Faro. Current software also creates a .lsproj file as a managing projects and groups of scans.

.FLS single files use the Microsoft Compound File format as a container for the raw scan data. Each file contains a "Main" file with all metadata and a folder called "Scans" with all Calibration, Parameters and Scan Data Streams.

RAW Faro scan data saved by scanner to a memory card may be a group of files inside a .FLS folder. Processing with SCENE software combines files into a single .FLS file[1].

Software

Faro scans can be opened with the free SCENE LT software[2]. An SDK is available for 3rd party software to make use of the format[3], powered by the iQlib library.

References

  1. https://laserscanningforum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=4212
  2. https://faro.app.box.com/s/iixhnlkp3ty8k6ofiphvl5r7erc0tb8o/folder/5363584661
  3. https://knowledge.faro.com/Software/FARO_SCENE/SCENE/SDK_File_Download_and_Installation_for_SCENE
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