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Virtual Site Management experience to the next level with
Sphere Viewer!

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FARO® Sphere Viewer is the new "Home" of viewing your HoloBuilder and Sphere Projects.

The brand new Sphere Viewer is built on a powerful technology stack that allows the viewing of Point Clouds, 360° Photos, and BIM Models.

This 4D Construction Progress Management tool provides a central location for users to capture, view and share 3D point cloud and 360° photo data over time.

When site analyses for 3D point cloud and 360° data are performed separately in siloes, data organisation, sharing and decision-making on a project can lack effectiveness.

Construction and operation professionals alike can now benefit from faster site updates, easier collaboration, and more reliable progress insights – with all the data housed in a single platform.


This article will get you a brief insight into

Learn more about Sphere Viewer in the following articles

  • Best Practices for using the Sphere Viewer

  • Sphere Viewer - Current known Limitations and Workarounds

  • Sphere Viewer - Troubleshooting Guide

Note:

If there are any further questions you can always reach us via email at support@holobuilder.com , use the live chat feature in the bottom right corner or simply contact your go-to HoloBuilder representative.


How To Get Access To The Sphere Viewer

As a customer you will need a HoloBuilder subscription and a FARO Sphere Subscription to be able to get access to the Sphere Viewer feature and to connect projects with

Point Cloud. See the Sphere Viewer in action by requesting a demo.

To connect a Point Cloud, you need the following permissions:
  • You need to be the Project Manager of the HoloBuilder Project.

  • A Sphere account with a workspace, that allows you to manage projects.

  • In the Sphere account, you need a WebShare project with at least viewing permissions.

To see a connected project in the Sphere Viewer please get:
  • Access to the HoloBuilder project.

  • Read access to the linked copy of the HoloBuilder project (called Sphere Project), that is created in your Sphere account.

  • Read access to the point cloud, that the project is connected to.

Point Cloud Source:

Point clouds need to be on FARO Sphere in order to be combined with a HoloBuilder project.

Note:

Make sure to trigger the point cloud creation on WebShare or create a point cloud project in SCENE and upload it to WebShare.

When using devices other than FARO hardware, point clouds (ex. E57) can be imported in FARO SCENE, then uploaded.



FAQ's

Is the view of 360° projects in HoloBuilder included in all HoloBuilder subscriptions?


Who can see HoloBuilder projects in Sphere Viewer?


Who can connect HoloBuilder projects with Sphere Projects?


Who can see connected HoloBuilder and Sphere Projects?

  • Once the project is connected, everyone with view access to the following projects can see the project in Sphere Viewer:

    • HoloBuilder Project

    • Original Sphere/WebShare Point Cloud project

    • Linked Sphere Project


Will Sphere Customers see the Sphere Viewer at the initial release?

  • No, only HoloBuilder customers see the Sphere Viewer in HoloBuilder initially.

  • Sphere users will not be able to see their scan projects (with a WebShare icon) in the Sphere Viewer.

  • However, once the project is connected, the linked Sphere Project can be open from Sphere.


How many Point Cloud projects can I connect with one HoloBuilder project?

  • Only one point cloud from Sphere/WebShare can be connected at the moment.

    We will add the possibility to add more (multiple floors with point clouds) in the near future.


I have a WebShare project on Sphere, why am I not able to see it in the Sphere Viewer Point Cloud alignment?

  • A WebShare project on Sphere does not contain a point cloud by default. A project point cloud needs to be created and available on WebShare.

Note:

If there are any further questions you can always reach us via email at support@holobuilder.com , use the live chat feature in the bottom right corner or simply contact your go-to HoloBuilder representative.

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