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.
While precision agriculture is fundamentally a science, it can also become an art — especially when the geospatial characteristics of a field don't conform to a perfectly square or rectangular grid in a grower’s or consultant’s geographic information system (GIS), or when field topography is far from flat.
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.
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.
The PIPES Act of 2016 was signed into law on June 22, 2016. The purposes of the act are to protect the U.S. infrastructure of pipelines and to enhance public safety. PIPES requires certification, data management, testing and mapping of all types of the more than 2.6 million miles of buried energy pipelines across the country.
Topcon Positioning Group has a new suite featuring four integrated solutions — three hardware products fused by a single software solution — designed to provide professionals with a complete survey system.