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Katapult Pro Lingo

Updated: Apr 18

We've heard your requests and are happy to answer with a glossary for terms commonly used by teams working with Katapult Pro!



admin report - an application in Katapult Pro that allows you to aggregate data from multiple jobs with filtered connection, section, and node attributes into a single job, spreadsheet, or other exports. This can be accessed at

anchor - in regards to calibrating a photo: an 'anchor' or 'height anchor' is the calibration point that you place at 16.5', 14.5', 10.5', 6.5', or 2.5' when you can see the calibration target sticker on the height stick. We will also call these 'calibration anchors.'

In regards to field collection or entities on Katapult Pro Map: an anchor is a node type used to represent the anchor rod that secures down guys.

annotation - when looking at photos in Katapult Pro: this refers to a piece of data (whether that be photo classifications, attachment markers, or height markers) on a photo.

When using Map Prints: annotations are text bubbles that get seeded (or inserted) on the map for the Map Print export.

Annotating is typically placing annotations on a single image.

API layers - these layers query an external API to retrieve data to display on the map.

App Tray - the nine-square menu in the top right of the toolbar that allows you to navigate to other pages or applications within the software.

associating photos - the process of placing photos in their correct location. This can be done automatically or manually.

attribute - a piece of information or data that pertains to something, like a node, section, connection, or job.

attribute group - a type of attribute that allows you to add multiple attributes at once (for example, adding the “Birthmark” attribute to nodes will add “Pole Height,” “Pole Class,” and “Pole Species” attributes to all those nodes).

attribute groups - a way to organize and categorize a group of attributes in the info panel of nodes, sections, connections, or jobs (for example: the “MAKE READY” section in the Node Info Panel or Section Info Panel).


Cable Trace View - the three-panel view that allows users to annotate and trace cables from one node across a connection to another node.

cable tracing - annotating and connecting markers across multiple photos. Cable tracing, also referred to as 'tracing,' is performed in the Cable Trace View.

calibration - the process of calibrating height photos for poles and midspans. This means placing height markers at the appropriate calibration target on the height stick within in the photo.

calibration target - the sticker on our height sticks that are set at 16.5', 14.5', 10.5', 6.5', and 2.5'.

catalog - a collection of default model configurations for each service offering.

Checklist Mode - mode when using the "Checklist" tool within the mobile interface, which allows you to select "Mark done" on elements like sections and nodes to create time buckets.

classification - the process of classifying or categorizing photos by adding photo chips to photos based on photo type.

connection - a connection between two nodes typically representing a span of cables connecting two poles, but this could also refer to an underground span connecting two pedestals.

crumb trails - a feature that allows you to log a cellular device's GPS location to a job while it's being used to complete work in a job.

current release - the version of Katapult Pro that is most stable and recommended for daily use.


early access - a version of Katapult Pro that gives beta access to features and bug fixes in the platform.

extraction - the process of annotating heights on photos.

Extraction Loop - a step-by-step process during cable tracing, triggered by hitting "Alt + ~" on the keyboard, where the software highlights a cable (starting at the top of the pole) and prompts users to trace the cable through the midspan(s) to the next pole before moving on to the next cable down the pole.


field completed - an attribute to show whether or not a node or section has a time bucket.

Fix Map Errors - a mapping tool that is used to clean up corrupted data so that a job isn't prevented from exporting.


Hardware Details - a mapping tool that allows you to link down guys to their respective anchors, enter the bearings of equipment, enter specs for equipment and power cables, and enter lengths for street lights and cross arms.


imported layers - KMZ files or shapefiles that are uploaded to Katapult Pro to add the file's data as an overlay on the map.

info panel - the panel that shows up on the right-hand side of the screen when you double-click on a node, click on a section or a connection, or open the job settings by clicking the gear icon in the top left corner. This contains information about the entity (node, section, connection, or job) in what's called an 'attribute.'


job - a single map created for designing a build; you may refer to this as a 'tile' or a 'project.' However, if a project is large enough, you may have to break it down into several jobs. We recommend having no more than 250 nodes in a job to prevent any lagging.

job settings panel - the panel on the right-hand side of the screen accessed by clicking on the 'Job Settings' gear icon in the top left corner of the software. This is where job attributes and settings are kept.


legacy release - the previous version of Katapult Pro, which is typically used as a backup and workaround if a bug is encountered on the current release. ( should be notified of any bugs!)


marker - in regards to annotating photos: a marker is a photo input. It's the data point placed at specific heights to mark where different attachments and cables exist in real life.

master location directory - layers you can enable from the Location Directories menu that show location markers for poles from every job checked into the directory. When clicked, they show up to three attributes (specified by the user).

midspan - a photo taken of the lowest point of a span or at critical crossings (see section for more on critical crossings).

mobile assessment - a streamlined data collection tool that guides fielders through specific inputs.

model - the set of customizations that make a company's interface unique. These customizations can apply to user permissions, map styles, attributes, routines, exports, and more. Many of these customizations can be made using the Model Editor.


node - a single location on the map, typically representing a real-life entity. This could be a pole, an existing anchor, a new anchor, a building attachment, a crossover, a handhole, or any node type you define. You can also use nodes to place notes on the map for fielders, making use of the "map note" node type.


one-click menu - the temporary input marker placed when you left-click a photo, giving you access to the Photo Toolset Chooser and Photo Toolsets with different routines and photo inputs.

Order tool - in reference to the Office Tools toolset, the Order tool sequentially orders nodes so that they have identifiers. This tool assigns SCIDs to nodes that are connected.

overlays - a layer of an image in the Katapult Pro Map.


photo chip - a photo classification. They are the circular icons or 'chips' in the top right corner of the photos. Chip options include classifications such as Pole Height, Midspan, Cable Tag, and more.

Photo Form - a configurable export that provides a PDF of the height photo of each location and its height markers for entities such as cables and equipment found on the pole.

photo input - the annotation that is placed on photos. This can be a maker or a photo chip.

photo toolset chooser - this is the black photo folder icon to the left of the temporary input marker that's created when you click on a photo as you annotate. The photo toolset chooser will display a picklist of photo toolsets. (Not all companies will have a photo toolset chooser. For some users, all their photo inputs exist in a single photo toolset.)

photo toolsets - photo toolsets are simply the grouping of photo inputs. Typically, the photo chip inputs exist in the "Classifying" photo toolset.

Print Mode - a view in Katapult Pro Map that allows you to create, preview, and download Map Print PDFs.


Read-Only Mode - a viewing mode in Katapult Pro Map that prevents you from making any changes to the data in the job.

read-only users - users that have read permissions only. They can view jobs shared with them in Katapult Pro and make use of the Download Manager, but they cannot edit data.

reference - a span that is not part of the aerial design of the route, but is needed to provide data for make ready and/or pole loading analysis.

reference layers - a map layer stored in the database that can be loaded in a job as an overlay.

routine - in regards to marking up a photo: a group of photo inputs that can be entered for a photo. (This is a similar concept to assemblies or framings in SPIDAcalc, O-Calc Pro, and Pole Foreman.)

In regards to tracing: the trace routine, or Extraction Loop, is a step-by-step guide for tracing. The software highlights a marker that will be traced when the other photos are clicked and moves to the next marker down the pole once the trace for the previously highlighted marker is complete.


saved view - a stored snapshot of a job's view settings.

SCID - sequentially coded identifier. SCIDs are typically numbers that identify nodes but may include alphabetic characters (like what is typically assigned to references.)

scrape photo data - a tool that takes data stored in photo annotations and adds that data to the associated location.

section - a section represents a part of a span. A primary section is typically in the middle of a span, and a critical crossing section is a section that crosses over a point of terrain where the nature of the surface requires a greater clearance than at the lowest point of the span (i.e. a driveway).

snapshot - a saved state of a job that can be viewed in a different window to reference data at a certain stage of the job or that can be restored to the job, serving as a back-up.

span - a length of cables between two poles (or other nodes).

sync shot (sync photo) - the image that first appears when you open a job in the mobile interface or when you select the "Sync Photo" tool. It includes the job name, the timestamp (time, date, and time zone), the email of the user logged in to the device, and a confirmation button. (If the job is a blank map, a loading icon will appear in place of the timestamp.)


time bucket - an attribute on nodes and sections that defines the window of time that pictures were taken on that element. It determines which photos belong to that element based on whether the photo's synced time falls into that window of time or not.

tool - a button that performs a specific function when clicked (formerly known as mapping buttons and also referred to as mapping tools).

toolset - a group of tools; these can be swapped out using the toolset switcher.

toolset switcher - the "Tools" dropdown at the right of the Katapult Pro Maps page allows you to switch between toolsets that you're using.

Transfer Manual Heights tool - a tool to transfer heights of attachments from a table attribute to an uncalibrated photo.


unassociate photos - the process of removing photos from the locations that they have been associated with. There's also the option to keep manually associated photos associated with their locations.


write users - users that have read and write permissions. These users are able to view and edit data in jobs they have access to.

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