BLK ARC

The Leica BLK ARC is an autonomous laser scanning module for robots. It is designed to be integrated with robotic carriers to enable autonomous mobile laser scanning with minimal or no human intervention.

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Features

  • Remote user operation
  • Offline path planning
  • GrandSLAM technology
  • Static and mobile scanning modes
  • LiDAR module protection
  • Simple user interface
  • Upload to HxDR

Description

The Leica BLK ARC is an autonomous laser scanning module for robots. It is designed to be integrated with robotic carriers to enable autonomous mobile laser scanning with minimal or no human intervention. Users can simply plan a scan path and set BLK ARC off on its own to scan autonomously.

Our first robotic carrier is the Boston Dynamics Spot robot. BLK ARC combined with Spot creates a fast, simple, safe, and autonomous reality capture workflow. Together, they deliver fully autonomous and repeatable scan missions to capture 3D point clouds and panoramic imagery while Spot carries BLK ARC through an environment.

BLK ARC autonomous laser scanning module

  • Performs scan missions autonomously with minimal user intervention
  • Easily mounts to Boston Dynamics Spot and integrates with its sensors
  • Improves robotic navigation while capturing 3D point clouds to create 3D digital twins
  • Captures both static and mobile scans during the same scan mission
  • Can repeat scan missions autonomously for up-to-date project progress and site changes
  • Uses GrandSLAM technology: LiDAR SLAM, Visual SLAM, and an IMU for reality capture and autonomous navigation through complex environments

With BLK ARC UI, an easy-to-use browser-based user interface, users can plan scan paths remotely using existing drawings or BIM models of your building, including large and complex spaces. This enables the user to save time and allow BLK ARC to scan complex or hazardous environments while remaining in a safe location.

BLK ARC UI enables the user to:

  • Operate different sensors and robotic carriers
  • Create user profiles
  • Manage robot and scan settings
  • Control robot trajectory and the detail camera

BLK ARC UI bridges the distance between the office and the field and enables uploads of offline missions planned in Cyclone 3DR to the robot. Once the mission is complete, BLK ARC UI helps to direct the data either into our legacy software, Leica Cyclone, or to direct upload from the field to HxDR.

Remote user operation

Plan and execute missions from a remote location, whether in the office or in the field, which also keeps you safe from hazardous areas.

Offline path planning

Create new missions and adjust existing missions for any environment using Leica Cyclone 3DR.

GrandSLAM technology

GrandSLAM combines LiDAR SLAM, Visual SLAM, and an IMU to enable fully autonomous scanning and robotic navigation.

Static and mobile scanning modes

BLK ARC can scan in static and mobile mode during the same scan mission and all scans of both types will be registered together during the mission.

LiDAR module protection

Included U-bar protects the BLK ARC module when mounted to its robotic carrier.

Simple user interface

Control and manage your BLK ARC from an easy-to-use, browser-based application: BLK ARC UI.

Upload to HxDR

Upload BLK ARC data directly from the module to HxDR, our cloud-based data storage, visualization, and collaboration platform.

Specifications

DESIGN & PHYSICAL

Housing:
Black powder coated aluminum

Weight:
690 g

Height:
183.6 mm

Front to back:
92.5 mm

Diameter:
80 mm

OPERATION

BLK ARC-UI
Browser-based mission control user interface. Requires additional installation on a supported robotic carrier.

Communication:
USB 3.0 and Wireless (BLK ARC-UI connection)

Internal memory:
24 hours of scanning (compressed data) / 6 hours (uncompressed data)

LIDAR & IMAGING

Laser class:
1
(in accordance with IEC 60825-1)

Wavelength:
830 nm

Field of view:
360° (vertical)/270° (horizontal)

Scan Range:
Min. 0.5 m – up to 25 m

Point measurement rate:
420,000 pts/sec

High resolution camera:
12 Mpixel, 90° x 120°, rolling shutter

Panoramic vision system:
3-camera system, 4.8 Mpixel
300° x 135°, global shutter

DYNAMIC SYSTEM PERFORMANCE
(SLAM-BASED)

The following specifications apply to mobile scanning mode only:

Range noise * **:
+/-3 mm

Accuracy indoor ***:
+/-10 mm

ENVIROMENTAL

Robustness:
Designed for indoor and outdoor use

Operation temperature:
0 to +40° C

Dust & humidity protection:
IP54 (IEC 60529)

DATA PROCESSING

Data transfer:
Wireless and USB 3.0

Desktop Software:
Leica Cyclone REGISTER 360 and Cyclone REGISTER 360 (BLK Edition), HxDR cloud-based platform

 

All specifications are subject to change without notice. All accuracy specifications are one sigma unless otherwise noted.

* at 78% albedo

** environment dependent

*** controlled environment (scan duration 2 minutes)

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