Using lidar to create a sketch

Updated 1 week ago by Heather Andersen

If your device is equipped with lidar, you can use it with Sketch AR to quickly create precise sketches. These instructions are specific to using lidar; if you need further information on using Sketch AR in general, see Sketch AR in Xactimate mobile.

Use the following steps to create a sketch with lidar.

  1. In the Sketch window of your estimate, open the room flyout menu.
  2. Select Sketch AR.
  3. In the window that opens, select Start Lidar Capture.
  4. Record walls, doors, and missing walls as described in the following sections. When you have all the information recorded for a room, tap End Room in the top right corner to open the initial sketch.
  5. If the sketch is correct and complete, tap Confirm. If you need to make adjustments, tap Go Back and make changes as necessary.

As you finish each room, they are connected in the sketch viewer by their doors based on the door names you provided. You can then tap the appropriate Add "Room" button to move on to the associated room.

When the full sketch is complete in the sketch viewer, tap Return to Sketch at the top left to open the data in Sketch.

You can tap Undo in the bottom left at any time to undo your last action.

Walls

Swipe the scrolling menu above the capture button to the WALL option to enter the wall mode. Follow the instructions at the top of the screen and in the information window:

  1. Add Room Label: enter a label for the first room and tap Save Room Name.
  2. Place the square on a WALL SURFACE and tap the button to capture: angle the device so the square in the center of the screen aligns on your first wall, and tap the capture button.
  3. Place the square on the NEXT ADJACENT WALL and tap the button to capture: turn the device to do the same thing on the adjacent wall, and continue throughout the room, marking every wall in the same manner.
You can use a line capture to measure a missing wall (such as one dividing a kitchen and dining room) or obstructed wall: angle the device to the ground or ceiling so the indicator changes to a dot, and create a line where the wall should be by capturing two dots anywhere along that line. If it is a missing wall, you will need to later follow the Missing Wall instructions to record it properly.

Once you have fully circled the room, recording every wall, the measurements appear on the screen with the labels for each wall.

Doors

Swipe the scrolling menu above the capture button to the DOOR option to enter the door mode. Follow the instructions at the top of the screen and in the information window:

  1. Capture the FIRST corner on DOOR: angle the device so the dot in the center of the screen aligns with a corner of the door, and tap the capture button.
  2. Capture the OPPOSITE corner on DOOR: perform the same alignment and capture for the opposite diagonal corner (e.g., the bottom left corner if the first captured corner was the top right corner).
  3. Door Name: enter the name of the room or closet to which the door connects.

Windows

Swipe the scrolling menu above the capture button to the WINDOW option to enter the window mode. Follow the instructions at the top of the screen and in the information window:

  1. Capture the FIRST corner on WINDOW: angle the device so the dot in the center of the screen aligns with a corner of the window, and tap the capture button.
  2. Capture the OPPOSITE corner on WINDOW: perform the same alignment and capture for the opposite diagonal corner (e.g., the bottom left corner if the first captured corner was the top right corner).

Missing Walls

Swipe the scrolling menu above the capture button to the MISSING WALL option to enter the missing-wall mode. Follow the instructions at the top of the screen and in the information window:

  1. Capture the FIRST corner on MISSING WALL: angle the device so the dot in the center of the screen aligns with a corner of the missing wall, and tap the capture button.
  2. Capture the OPPOSITE corner on MISSING WALL: perform the same alignment and capture for the opposite diagonal corner.
  3. Missing Wall Name: enter the name of the room or space to which the door connects.

Photos

Swipe the scrolling menu above the capture button to the PHOTO option to enter the photo mode. Tap the capture button to take a picture and store it under whichever room you are currently creating. You can later access your photos by navigating to Photos in the project left menu.


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