Laser scanning technology has been in use for more than a decade, with cutting edge applications ranging from surveying historic monuments to streamlining road construction, creating video games and even solving crimes. However, the high cost and substantial learning curve traditionally associated with the technology have prevented many surveying firms from taking the leap. With the cost of hardware dropping dramatically over the last several years, how close is laser scanning to becoming a mainstream technology in surveying and mapping? We asked you to tell us in a study conducted by BNP Media’s market research group. Here are the top laser scanning and imaging trends as reported in the study.
27% of surveyors currently use laser scanning or imaging tools, while 81% use GPS/GNSS and 94% use total stations.