While there is a tendency to think that historical big GIS users like construction, civil engineering and surveying are in the vanguard of this new application development, it is actually new users of GIS and GPS that are paving the way to innovation.
There is so much potential and there are so many needs on so many levels with respect to open geospatial data that still need to be addressed. It will require some serious forward thinking to make the data as meaningful as possible.
For utility companies that continue to use map books, there is growing awareness of information lapses and even disconnects between field crews and headquarters. “This is an area where mobile technology that now makes viewing GIS data in the field very practical can deliver enormous benefits,” says Brady Hustad, CEO of Argis Solutions.
As we kick off the new year with a fresh start, let us make communication more of a priority than ever. All stakeholders have a point of view that is of value in advancing geospatial technology and solutions, but they can’t make a positive difference if they aren’t shared.
Examples of locational data enrichment in geospatial applications include forestry mapping that can now include analysis of trees and ground cover, topography, and even soil composition and moisture content.
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.