Face it: sometimes your accuracy just hits the iceberg. We have seen error reports within 0.011 of a foot and we’ve seen them crest near 0.080 of a foot. The key to obtaining LiDAR accuracy is understanding the components.
Evolving technologies and expectations have blurred the traditional distinction between surveying and GIS. As a result, surveyors should expect to be asked to provide more GIS-ready data and GIS professionals should plan to provide positions with higher accuracy than previously required.
The gathering and use of geospatial information is critical to drone operators, who must have visibility of weather patterns, flight conditions and locations, as well as ground locations that relate to the flight.
It is friendly competitions like the SpaceNet Challenge that will energize researchers from around the world to see just how they can use machine automation to not take geospatial satellite imagery and mapping to the next level.