Carlson Scan2K Scanner

carlson scan2k laser scanner

The Carlson Scan2K bridges the gap between small, light-weight, short-range sensors and large, long-range, pulsed time-of-flight scanners. Built with surveyors in mind, the Carlson Scan2K has a user-friendly on-board operator interface with menu-driven operations for quickly collecting and referencing data.

With an integrated high-resolution camera, inclinometers, a compass, a L1 GNSS receiver, and weather-proof housing, the Scan2K can be deployed in many environments and orientations. Whether on a tripod, vehicle, or moving platform, the outstanding performance of the Scan2K makes it the most versatile terrestrial laser scanner on the market.

carlson scan2k

Terrestrial Laser Scanner

System Performance

Range Short Medium Long
Max range capability @90% reflectivity 250 m 750 m 2000 m
Max range capability @20% reflectivity 125 m 400 m 976 m
Laser repetition rate (peak and effective) 500kHz 200 kHz 50 kHz


Range measurement principle Pulsed
Wavelength 1550 nm (near infrared)
Laser safety classification 12
Sample collection rate Up to 2 MHz9
Intensity recording 12 bits
Minimum range 1.5 m
Waveform digitizing technology (WFD) Yes
Number of returns recorded Up to 4 (first 2 and last 2)

Scanning Resolution

Angular measurement resolution up to 12 μrad
Max. sample density [point to point spacing] 2 mm @ 100 m
Accuracy and Repeatability
Range accuracy (1 sigma) 5 mm @ 100 m
Range resolution 2 mm7
Precision, single shot (1 sigma) 4 mm @ 100 m
Angular accuracy 80 μrad

Scanning Characteristics

Max. field of view (vertical) 120° (-45 to +70°)
Max. field of view (horizontal) 360°
Min. angular step size (vertical) 12 μrad
Min. angular step size (horizontal) 20 μrad

Additional Sensors and Features

Dual-axis inclinometer (accuracy) Up to 0.01°
GNSS receiver L1 GPS + GLONASS
External GNSS support Yes, incl. antenna mount
Compass Digital
Registration/orientation method GNSS and compass, backsighting, resection
On-board registration data Yes4
On-board target acquisition RetroID Yes
Pause while scanning Yes
Multiple scan area selection Yes, multiple ROIs3
On-board planning mode Yes
Mobile operation Yes

System Peripherals

Data storage capacity 250 GB internal SSD
Communications / Data Transfer
Wireless LAN Yes
USB connector Yes
Ethernet port Yes
Communications/data transfer 100 Mbps Ethernet, WLAN, USB

Imaging System

Internal cameras Yes
Internal camera resolution 80-Mpix panoramic image
Export format of internal camera JPEG
External camera DSLR Yes with auto trigger
White-balancing DSLR Yes
Export format of ext. camera JPEG, NEF


Power supply input voltage 9 to 32-V DC
Battery type Internal, hot swappable Li-Ion batteries
Battery power 2.5 hours
Power consumption 60 W
Operation Characteristics
Operating temperature (min.)8 -20°C (-4°F)
Operating temperature (max.) +50°C (122°F)
Storage temperature -40°C to +80°C (-40°F to +176°F)

Physical Characteristics

Height 323 mm (12.7”)
Width 217 mm (8.5”)
Total weight 11.2 kg (24.6 lbs.)

Control Options

On-board display Touchscreen control, sunlight visible, 640×480, color
External user interfaces Tablet, PC
ATLAScan Software
Remote scanner control Yes
Geo-referencing Automatic
Target-free automatic alignment Yes5
Feature / primitive extraction Yes
Terrain mesh Yes
3D meshing Yes
Measurements and calculations Yes
Monitoring Yes
Automatic line features extraction Yes6
Vegetation removal Yes

1) Max range tested on flat targets, larger than the laser beam diameter, perpendicular angle of incidence and STD Clear visibility (23 km).
2) Complies with 21 CFR 1040.10 and 1040.11 except for deviations pursuant to Laser Notice No. 50, dated June 24, 2007.
3) Definition of multiple ROIs in a single scan is possible using ATLAScan Control module
4) Using the on-board georeferencing functionality
5) Successful pre-registration depends on the object geometry, scanning resolution and overlap (min. 20%) between different scanning positions.
6) Automatic line extraction for break lines of a mesh (e.g. crests and toes of a terrain mesh).
7) Minimum distance that the Polaris is able to separate two range measurements on objects in a similar bearing.
8) Normal operation to -10°C, extended cold temperature operation to -20°C with Optech Cold Weather package.
9) With the sensor capturing up to 4 returns, at up to 500 kHz pulse repetition frequency.