Integrated, hand carried real-time 3D mapping system



Kaarta Contour™ enables 3D modeling from input to output in real time, condensing the workflow process by eliminating time and cost, and allowing decision-making at the point of work.

Lightweight and battery powered, Contour is hand carried through an environment as it scans to generate a 3D map without additional infrastructure. A typical 10,000 sq m (110,000 sq ft) space can be scanned in about 2.5 hours.

The onboard touchscreen enhances Contour’s ease and usability. The screen displays the model as it’s being built in real time, allowing the user to improve results during mapping and even control the display to provide immediate knowledge of the environment. Users are able to pause, rewind, and resume during scanning.

Kaarta™ Engine, Kaarta’s patent-pending advanced 3D mapping and localization algorithms, is at the heart of Contour, providing highly accurate and robust maps.

Contour is ideal for scanning as-built multi-room interiors, multi-floor plans, buildings, industrial plants and infrastructure and more for both planning and maintenance purposes.

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  • Range: 20 meters

  • Data Rate: 43,200 points per second

  • 7" touchscreen

  • Pause, rewind, resume

  • ~ 2.5 hrs to scan 10k sq m (110,000 sq ft)

  • Laser accurate to ± 3cm

  • 3D Point Cloud Model Formats: .las or .ply files to import into CAD and 3D viewers such as Cloud Compare

  • Imagery: Onboard HD color camera images taken during the scan can be saved and used to add color to the pointcloud.


Introducing Reality Layer

Kaarta Reality Layer integrated post-processing enables one-click cleanup and colorization of Contour datasets, running the gamut from point cloud to surface mesh to RGB point cloud to rich photorealistic model. These colorization capabilities make it possible to quickly capture and process just the level of color detail needed for a wide range of applications. At its most immersive and photorealistic level of detail, Reality Layer automatically connects the dots on a dimensionally-accurate, high-fidelity point cloud to create faithful surface models for the seamless overlay of high resolution color imagery – all rapidly captured and processed with one mobile handheld device. Reality Layer reveals features such as surface textures and colors, locations of electrical, plumbing, HVAC and other features, or even details as fine as the text on signage or labeling.

Original photo of construction site

Original photo of construction site

Scene from a Reality Layer photorealistic 3D model of construction site

Scene from a Reality Layer photorealistic 3D model of construction site

Other software updates

In addition to Reality Layer, Kaarta continues to provide rich and sophisticated software updates, all free to existing and new customers.

Transition Mapping Mode dramatically eliminates many alignment issues associated with room transitions such as doorways during scanning. Other transitions such as the “opening up” at the end of an aisle in a warehouse, turns in hallways, and stairwells all benefit from this new feature.

Soft Pause prevents the unwanted addition of a moving object, such as a person entering the scanning area, to the model. It also can be used in difficult transitions while scanning such as turning around in a narrow space, opening a door, or retracing through an already mapped space.

Expandable Camera View allows the user to customize the on screen view to suit the application.

Save Color Images enables tagging and labeling of color images and is particularly useful for capturing notes during scanning.

Scan Detail includes an array of information about the scan, cover photos, editable notes fields, viewing, converting and copying file management functions, and access to post-processing functions for Reality Layer.

Improved Startup Initialization intelligently builds a better base for the mapping process, reduces early errors, and provides better gravity alignment.

Pause/Rewind/Resume has improved viewing, reliability and functionality.

Color Imaging improved auto-exposure responds to varying lighting conditions.

Error Reporting during scanning alerts users if there is a mapping sensor failure or processing failure and will automatically pause and rewind to the last good mapping result, allowing the user to try to resume or end the scan and save the already scanned data.