For most surveying projects, speed, efficiency and accuracy of measurements are paramount. Since time truly is money in the surveying business, the goal is to reduce random error inherent in survey measurements.
Deformation modeling, while not a substantial percentage of services performed by surveyors, can red-flag changes in various structures and help prevent severe damage. Some projects assigned this measurement method reveal little deformation change, whereas others can show dramatic structural movement.
Remember when you collected a client’s survey field data but then had to wait until returning to your office to download it? You prayed all the data you needed was gathered, and accurately, to avoid a return trip to the jobsite, which could be two hours away.
Surveying and civil engineering firms increasingly are discovering a potentially strong new niche for client work: forensic surveying. Although not new, this market segment is growing, with a constant need for professional surveyors who can apply their experience and skills in applications involving serious accidents or crimes.