Laser scanning and imaging systems are rapidly making their way into every surveyor’s toolkit. Two-thirds of respondents to a POB study conducted in partnership with Clear Seas Research at the end of 2018 reported they currently use laser scanning/imaging tools. While some are new to the technology, others have had a number of years of experience with the tools. Among the implications of longer-term use are the prospects that users are on their second generation of gear and/or they are increasing the number of lasers in their toolkit.
Purchasing intent is strong, with over 40 percent of respondents planning to purchase among the various categories of equipment. It’s tempting to suggest that everyone is planning to buy something, but that could be a stretch, and we’ll just leave the observations to the numbers of respondents saying they will buy a particular type of gear.