Unlock the power of place. Do good.

At Covarian, we want to accelerate towards a prosperous and clean Earth. Our contribution is to develop new applications and technologies that leave the world a multicultural, tolerant, scientific, and cleaner place: a Type 1 civilization.

Covarian comes from the statistical covariance. We define it as the measure of influence that one location’s data has on another.



Covarian started in Feb 2018 to focus on fixing really hard problems that our world faces. Our background is in geomatics engineering, computer vision, and land survey.

Covarian is a sister company founded by the team at Shapetrace.

Shapetrace was an investor-backed construction augmented reality startup between 2014 and 2018. It provided a complete field solution with a mobile augmented reality (AR) app that helped construction workers prevent errors. Using a mobile phone on site, architectural 3D designs were overlaid the actual space to let workers "see before they started to build". During construction, the app used live 3D detection to compare designs to the actual conditions to measure progress and detect errors, which automatically updated the schedule.  

Shapetrace continues to exist as the creative design and professional services entity of the Covarian team.



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Ernest Yap, P.Eng



Sonal Ranjit

Head of Engineering


James Essex

Head of Product and Design


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