Sketch AR in Xactimate mobile

Updated 2 months ago by Jill Bowers

While using Sketch AR, there are a few general tips that will help with accuracy.

  1. Hold the camera pointed at the floor, but while capturing points, angle it so that plenty of wall is visible.
  2. Capture rooms and doors in a circular pattern – either clockwise or counter-clockwise, without skipping walls. The doors can be captured as you capture the walls – you don’t have to do all walls first, then do all doors.
  3. Have plenty of lighting. Dark areas are more difficult for the sensors to accurately measure.
  4. If there are objects blocking the view of the floor – such as furniture or countertops – you can capture those points on top of those objects – just pull the camera back so that it gets a good view of the floor between capturing points.

You can start Sketch AR by opening the Room flyout menu while in Sketch.

When you enter Sketch AR, the environment will need to initialize. This works best when the camera is pointed at the floor and you move the device side to side slowly, as instructed on the screen.

After the device is calibrated, you will be asked to add a Room Label. This will be the room name that is imported into Sketch once the floorplan is complete, and you will use it to reference this room going forward.

Now we will begin capturing the room. We work our way around the room, capturing two points on each wall, in order. To mark the points on the wall, bring your device close to the wall. You can touch the wall with your device if you would like, but if the power button is located on the top of the device, you will want to use a corner of the device or hold the device slightly away from the wall.

Line the target so that it is centered on the intersection of the wall and the floor. Tap the main button to capture that point. You do not need to capture the point in the very corners of the wall.

With the first point captured, we need to capture a second point on the same wall. Note the prompt at the top of the screen, instructing you to capture the second point on the first wall. These prompts will help you to keep track of where you are at in the room.

Move to a convenient location a few feet along the wall and place the device against or near the wall. The two points should be a reasonable distance from each other, but do not need to be in the corners of the room. A line will be shown on the screen, which should line up with the intersection of the wall and the floor. Tap to capture the second point.

In some cases, there will be two rooms that are not separated by a door. This can be the transition between a hallway and a staircase, or where two rooms flow into each other (such as you see with some kitchens & dining rooms). These rooms can be separated by:

  1. Capture two points along the line where the wall would be located, if it were there. Flooring transitions can make this easy.
  2. Add a Door on the same wall. Make sure the door is added at the same point in both rooms so that the rooms connect properly.
  3. After the data is imported into Sketch, make the wall separating the two rooms “Missing end to end”.

Proceed to the next wall, capturing the two points for that wall, and then each wall in the room, in order, until every wall in the room is captured. As you work, the lines will connect and show on-screen measurements. Take a moment when you’ve finished to confirm that you’ve captured each wall.

You can capture a photo of the room at any point by swiping the screen to the left.

You will need to capture the doors connected to the room as well. Doorways are used to connect the rooms to each other, so make sure you capture every door in the room. You can switch from Wall to Door capture mode by sliding or tapping the control at the bottom of the screen. You can switch back and forth between Wall and Door Capture mode as you work - you do not have to complete all the walls first.

Capture the first point, on one side of the door. Then capture the second point on the other side of the door. You will be given a chance to name the door – this will be the name of the room to which that doorway leads.

Once finished capturing the walls and doors, tap the End Room button on the top right.

You will be shown a diagram of the room you just captured. If you need to correct anything, tap the Go Back button. Otherwise, tap the door you entered the room through (the first room you capture will not have you tap the door), then tap Confirm.

You will now be taken to the Floorplan Viewer. Here, you can add more rooms on the same level by tapping the ‘Add “room”’ button on any door.

Repeat the previous steps for every room you wish to capture on that level. When done, tap the Return to Sketch button in the Viewer, which will return you to Sketch and import the captured rooms.

Sketch will automatically attempt to combine rooms, but some assembly may be required. We are always working to improve our joining algorithms, so the accuracy should improve over time.

If you realize that you needed to capture additional data after you’ve returned to Sketch, you can resume the most recent Sketch AR Session. Be aware that when you return to Sketch the second time, you will now have imported the data twice, and will have duplicate rooms/levels in Sketch. You can manually delete the duplicate data.

If you need to capture rooms on additional levels, return to Sketch AR and capture the other level in a new session. When the captured rooms import, they will import into a new level.

It is possible to edit rooms that you’ve captured from the Floorplan Viewer. Simply long-press the room, and you will be given the option to Delete the room, Add a Door to the room, or Rename the room.

To add a door to the room, tap the Add Door button, then tap the wall where the door should be placed. You will be given the chance to name the door, and the door will be placed in that location.


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