Kaarta has made a leap forward in the advance of rapid 3D reality capture with the launch of Kaarta Reality Layer.
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 using LIDAR scanning the space as you go 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.
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.
In addition, the ability to automatically generate photorealistic 3D models promises to make a host of new mixed-reality applications possible.
How It Works
Substantially more sophisticated than simply assigning color values to the XYZ coordinates of a point cloud to help visualise the real-world environment, Reality Layer can create a registered visual model using actual images, not points. This capability makes it far easier to understand the space using the most common visualization tool: the human eye. The process is simple:
- The user carries Contour through a space to scan and generate a 3D map on the go.
- Contour is also used as a camera to automatically capture colour images with accurate location information relative to the model of the environment.
- When the scanning is complete, at the push of a button on Contour creates the Reality Layer through a sequence of fast and automated processing steps, resulting in a highly accurate 3D model with integrated imagery in minutes.
Potential Game Changer
Traditionally, it’s common to have dozens of drawings, scans, and image files captured with multiple products to provide answers about a single space, and even still they are difficult to align with each other and result in additional workflows. Kaarta’s patent-pending Reality Layer condenses that work to one product, operated by a single user in a single pass. Kevin Dowling, CEO of Kaarta said “We are proving that rich digital models of the world can be captured and put to use without costly and time consuming methods, making them accessible to many more users and able to be done on a frequent basis. Now with Reality Layer, complete, authentic, and immersive models are quick and easy.”
This latest advancement has far-reaching benefits for professionals who require accurate and faithful 3D information.
- Eliminates call-backs to the site, as all of the necessary information resides in the point cloud, imagery, and resultant 3D model.
- Reduces the high upfront costs related to digitally capturing spaces.
- Enables the further adoption of Building Information Modelling (BIM) practices for built assets by providing access to well-structured digital information..
After scanning the boiler rooms of a major medical center, Ray Steeb, CEO of Fasttac said “Kaarta is a huge win for applications like facilities maintenance since it is incredibly easy to capture the layout of spaces that do not have up-to-date drawings, and that’s about 90% of existing buildings. The key is that we can then use the scans right away without having to model.“. He added “And now, Reality Layer makes it even easier for users to get a visual ID on any given area.”
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