Over the next three years, Pix4D expects photogrammetry to break new ground due to the advancement of image processing power and machine learning technologies. Advances will likely be complemented with a fuller integration of photogrammetry with different technologies such as LiDAR, virtual reality and augmented reality.
The concept of 2D and 3D imagery being managed with a Web-based platform was the focus of a presentation Ben Vander Jagt led at the 2017 ASPRS Imaging and Geospatial Technology Forum. GeoDataPoint recently interviewed him and two other photogrammetric software specialists on what the age of cloud computing means for photogrammetric data management.
The innovations that impact the geospatial profession don’t just raise questions about tool relevance; they raise questions about people relevance. Photogrammetry is just one example of a geospatial specialty that is becoming simplified due to automation in hardware and software.