MountainsMap® Scanning Topography

Dedicated imaging, analysis and metrology software for scanning 3D surface profilometers using contact or non-contact techniques: stylus profilers, laser triangulation profilers, confocal point sensor profilers, auto-focus profilers and white light interferometers


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Why choose MountainsMap® Scanning Topography software?


  • Compatible with all scanning 3D surface profilometers used for surface analysis and metrology.
  • Real time 3D imaging of surface topography - at any zoom level, angle and height amplification.
  • Correct measurement artifacts - spikes, anomalous scan lines, missing data points, tip impact.
  • Analyze surface geometry - distances, angles, areas, volumes, step heights, coplanarity.
  • Apply advanced roughness/waviness filtering techniques - defined in ISO 16610.
  • Analyze surface texture - in accordance with the latest ISO and national standards, including ISO 25178 and ISO 4287.
  • Extract and analyze sub-surfaces - study them just like full measured surfaces.
  • Increase profilometer vertical range virtually in software - combine measurements made at different heights.
  • Easy integration into lab and production environments - export of all numerical results.
  • Add optional modules for advanced surface texture and form analysis, contour analysis, grains and particles analysis, FFT-based analysis and more.

Key Features


Full scanning 3D surface profilometer compatibility

MountainsMap® Scanning Topography software is compatible with all scanning 3D surface profilometers. It provides a state of the art surface imaging, analysis and metrology software solution for:



Real time high quality 3D imaging

 High quality real time imaging of 3D surface topography, with a wide range of renderings, user-definable color palettes and image enhancement tools.

 Surface flyovers (with movie output).

 Full set of tools for correcting image artifacts:

  • Correction and removal of anomalous scan lines
  • Stylus tip deconvolution
  • Filtering of vibrations and spike removal
  • Thresholding and retouching
  • Resampling of the number of lines/point

Analysis of surface texture and geometry

 Full set of surface roughness/waviness filters including Gaussian (ISO 16610-61), cubic spline filter (ISO 16610-62), robust Gaussian filter (ISO 16610-71).
 Functional studies including material ratio curve, depth distribution histogram, surface subtraction and more.
 Calculation of distance, angle, area, volume and step height.

Analyze sub-surfaces too

 Extract a sub-surface (for example a disk fixture ring, contact zone, MEMS layer or valley region).
 Calculate parameters for the sub-surface only.


Overcome instrument limitations

 Increase vertical range by manually patching together measured surfaces that overlap in the vertical axis.

The most popular 2D and
3D surface texture parameters

 ISO 25178 3D height and functional bearing ratio parameters.
 ISO 4287 2D primary and roughness parameters.
 ASME B46.1 3D and 2D parameters.
 EUR 15178 amplitude and area & volume parameters
 DIN (Germany), JIS (Japan), GB/T (China), NF (France), BSI (UK), UNI (Italy), UNE (Spain) equivalents of ISO parameters.

Fast, automated, traceable surface analysis report creation

 Smart desktop publishing user environment in ten languages (EN, FR, DE, ES, IT, PL, PT-BR, CN, JP, KR)
 Hierarchical analysis workflow shows all analysis steps, facilitates fine-tuning and ensures full metrological traceability.
 Page viewer for fast navigation.
 Pass/fail criteria with green/red traffic lights can be specified for any parameter.
 Series of measurements can be analyzed automatically using templates and Minidocs (common sequences of analysis steps).
 Comprehensive export in PDF and Word, screen and print quality bitmaps, Excel-compatible numerical results for compatibility with quality management and other systems.


Two measurements of an LCD are patched together to form a complete surface.



New (left) and used (right) PVC analyzed by applying a template. The valley area is extracted by thresholding and the used PVC fails a roughness test.




A study of friction, core and entrapment zones using the 3D Advanced Surface Texture module

Optional modules


Advanced studies, parameters & filters for areal surface analysis
 3D Advanced Surface Texture module

FFT-based texture analysis, advanced FFT filtering, multi-scale analysis by wavelets
 3D Fourier and Wavelets Analysis module

Analyze grains, particles, islands, motifs, bumps, holes using multiple methods
 Grains & Particles module

Advanced profile filtering, fractal and Fourier analysis, series of profiles
 2D Advanced Surface Texture module

Geometric dimensioning of contour profiles and horizontal contour extracted from images
 Contour Analysis module

Advanced dimensioning and tolerancing, DXF CAD compare, Gothic arch
 Advanced Contour Analysis module

Automated statistics for multiple data populations, process capability
 Statistics module

Analyze 4D surface evolution with respect to time, temperature, magnetic field, etc.
 4D Analysis module

2D friction, core and lubrication zone analysis plus parameters for the automotive industry
 2D Automotive module

2nd generation lead analysis in accordance with the Daimler standard MBN 31 007-07
 Lead Analysis (Twist) module


Instrument compatibility


 Accretech
 Altimet
 Ambios
 Carl Zeiss
 Cyber Optics
 FRT
 Hommel-Etamic
 KLA Tencor
 Mahr
 Mitaka Kohki
 Nanofocus
 Nikon
 Optimet
 Rodenstock
 Scantron
 Solarius
 Somicronic
 STIL
 Tokyo Seimitsu
 Taylor Hobson
 UBM