The basic tools in the surveyor’s kit continue to be total stations and positioning, but laser scanning and imaging systems are making inroads. Market demand is widely viewed as a driver.
With tax reform in place at the beginning of 2018, the Trump Administration was talking up infrastructure – the first area identified for investment in the 2016 inauguration speech. While debate had not even begun on what and how infrastructure improvements would be made, the areas where laser scanning tools are bound to be applied in an era of infrastructure development are already showing some movement. Transportation was marked as a growth area for laser scanning by 45 percent of surveyors responding to POB’s “2016-2017 Laser Scanning Surveying Trends” study. This was up from 31 percent the prior year. Energy and utilities also saw an increase to 33 percent vs. 25 percent in the 2016 study.