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.
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.
One example of open data advancement is a project mandated by the Washington State Legislature in 2015, which involves the collection, processing and sharing of LiDAR data with the public by the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The goal is to cover the entire state.
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.
According to USGS, coral reefs serve as useful indicators of the health of marine environments, but they are declining in many parts of the world. Geospatial data acquisition methods are providing a basic data layer from which to better understand how coral reefs are structured and function.
What makes Drew C. Bjorklund tick is “knowing the building.” He defines that as pulling all of the pieces of a building together — the site, enclosure, spaces, finishes, furnishings, systems and equipment — and making them work together.
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.
In the April 2017 issue of POB, find out how 3D tools played a role in the renovation of the Institute of Civil Engineers headquarters in London. Also, POB releases the results of its 2017 3D Surveying Trends Study.