Linda Duffy is president of Apropos Research, Golden, Colo. (www.aproposresearch.com), an independent market research firm that provides market research and marketing communications services to the geospatial and remote sensing community. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Today, there is a disconnect between the reality of educational instruction, required competencies, workplace activities, and many state licensing laws in surveying; however, we are headed in the right direction to produce qualified geospatial professionals with up-to-date skills and expertise.
Markets for driverless cars, drones, mobile mapping and industrial solutions are growing and benefitting from LiDAR technology. LiDAR is also being used to meet a variety of needs in mining, geology, robotics, construction, telecom, agriculture and 3D modeling applications.
Anyone who works with geospatial information eventually faces the problem of managing change over time. This is especially true if multiple editors are involved, when working with data can lead to the frustration of conflicting changes, slow validation, and other challenges.
A tremendous amount of effort is focused on collecting data about the Earth’s surface using satellites, airplanes, terrestrial mobile mapping units, total stations and many other devices. Even land areas under water are measurable up to a certain depth. It is reasonable to say that we are at the point where nearly everything above ground is mapped.