All-in-one mobile 3D color scanning and processing system

Kaarta Contour enables 3D modeling from input to output in real time, offering a significant speed advantage over terrestrial laser scanners along with the flexibility to capture tight and complex spaces. Kaarta’s advances in localization and real-time and on-board processing rapidly and accurately turn the captured data into information that can be used to speed the modeling workflow.


Mapping on the move

A whole new approach to reality capture

Lightweight and batterypowered, Contour is hand carried through an environment as it scans to generate a 3D map without any additional infrastructure. A typical 10,000 sq m (110,000 sq ft) space can be scanned in about 2.5 hours. Freed from a fixed position tripod, Contour can capture tight and complex spaces never before possible.

See Kaarta Contour in action on the Discovery Channel.


Contour’s onboard touchscreen enhances ease and usability. The screen displays the model as it’s being built to provide immediate knowledge of the environment. The ability to pause while scanning or set key poses and resume from those poses gives the user maximum control during the capture process, especially useful when there is limited time or access to a site.

Intelligent assistance to get the scan right

Confidence Metrics provide immediate feedback on the quality of scans by signaling whether new scan data is registered properly in the existing map, estimating the likelihood of errors and allowing the user to increase the level of confidence by adjusting data collection techniques or adjusting parameters. Confidence levels can be set in rough, medium and high definition modes (and can be changed on the fly) to adapt to the desired speed and conditions of capture and the required output. New features including HD Mode and Point Density View help the user ensure the fidelity of the data for the most efficient and accurate BIM modeling outcome.

Confidence Metric screen shot

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.

Oakland Real Estate Complex
Belvoir fortress stone gate Reality Layer

On-board assistance

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.

Kaarta Engine

Kaarta Engine

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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20m / 65.6ft

Data Rate
43,200 points per second

Screen Size
17.78cm / 7in

Pause, Rewind, Resume

~ 2.5 hrs to scan 10km2 / 110,000ft2

Laser accurate to ± 3cm / ± 1.18in

.las or .ply files to import into CAD and 3D viewers such as Cloud Compare

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


Getting Started With Contour

Contour Accessories

Contour Carry Case

This high quality neoprene and latex carry case fits everything you need to scan in the field, including the contour, cables, screen, keyboard and mouse, and a built in coffee maker for those long morning commutes.


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