In the world of storytelling, maps provide context and can help consumers make better sense of the information they are taking in. The more complicated the information is, the more helpful maps can be in revealing patterns and relationships.
Thinking limitless means figuring out how to use geospatial technology to make models of the world that mirror reality; they can’t just account for one layer of data at one point in time, multiple layers of data at one point in time or one layer of data at multiple points in time.
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.
Pamela Nobles, PSM, PLS, SP, is president of Diversified Design & Drafting Services Inc. (3DS), a full-service land survey firm based in Tallahassee, Fla., that takes on projects mostly for design engineers working for state and local governments.
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.
Today, there is a disconnect between the reality of educational instruction, required competencies, workplace activities, and many state licensing laws in surveying; however, we are headed in the right direction to produce qualified geospatial professionals with up-to-date skills and expertise.
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.