Survey of the Kalasasaya monument, Tiwanaku, Bolivia using the Optech ILRIS-3D

Creator(s): Angie Payne

Year: 2005


The Kalasasaya is a raised courtyard located in the monumental core of Tiwanaku, Bolivia. This large courtyard is over 100 meters long.

The Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies (CAST), University of Arkansas conducted a high density survey of the Kalasasaya in 2005. CAST researchers surveyed the courtyard with the Optech ILRIS-3D scanner. The original scan files and merged point cloud are provided here.

Visit YouTube to view a fly-through of the 3D scan of the Kalasasaya:

Cite this Record

Survey of the Kalasasaya monument, Tiwanaku, Bolivia using the Optech ILRIS-3D. Angie Payne. Fayetteville, AR: Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies. 2005 ( tDAR id: 391584) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8F47Q0Q


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Survey Date (start):

Jun 22, 2005

Survey Date (end):

Jul 1, 2005


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Scanner Details:

Optech ILRIS-3D, Serial No:10162, meters

Company Name:

Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies

Turntable Used:


RGB Data Capture Information:

NA. Color information was not acquired for the scans however intensity data is automatically acquired with the ILRIS 3D.

Data Resolution:


Number of Scans:


Control Data Filename:


Planimetric Map Filename:


Description of Final Datasets for Archive:

Original scans (unedited, prior to registration) in e57 format, transformation matrices for each scan, Registered point cloud in ASCII format. NOTE: Prior to registration all scans were edited to remove extraneous data. The edited scans were imported into Polyworks IMAlign (and gridded) and then registered. The transformation matrices from the edited scans were exported and are provided here with the original, unedited scans. The final registered point cloud has also been provided as a single ASCII file.

Temporal Coverage

Calendar Date: 300 to 1000 (Period of occupation)

Spatial Coverage

min long: -68.713; min lat: -16.607 ; max long: -68.628; max lat: -16.527 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Angie Payne

Principal Investigator(s): Fredrick Limp

File Information

  Name Size Creation Date Date Uploaded Access
DSC_0052.JPG 1.48mb Jun 21, 2005 Oct 10, 2013 9:27:46 AM Public
View of the eastern entrance of the Kalasasaya and Templete' monument to the right
DSC_0100.JPG 1.70mb Jun 22, 2005 Oct 10, 2013 9:27:46 AM Public
Surveying the Kalasasaya from atop the Akapana Pyramid with the Optech ILRIS 3D
kal_snap.jpg 500.71kb Oct 10, 2013 Oct 10, 2013 9:27:46 AM Public
View of the Kalasasaya dataset (showing intensity values). The eastern wall to the Kalasasaya is shown in the foreground and the Ponce' and Puerte' del shol monoliths can be seen in the distance. 854.78mb Aug 6, 2014 7:56:22 AM Public