3D tools have opened up new opportunities, and POB would like to know how and to what extent surveyors are embracing the new technology. Thus, for the second year, BNP Media’s market research division has worked with POB to conduct a study on trends in 3D surveying.

The study looked at how surveyors use 3D tools in their workflow, training in 3D tools and opinions on how the new technology is influencing the profession. As it did last year, the study showed that surveyors still prefer traditional tools though demand continues to grow. There are some differences, though: New technology with improved capabilities is seen as the biggest driver of demand, and more surveyors are seeing a demand for environmental applications of 3D tools.

Surveyors Still Prefer Traditional Tools

Of those not currently using, 30% have partnered with another firm to share 3D tools.

Demand is Growing

61% say demand for 3D services has increased in the past 12 months

Top 5 Application for 3D Services

Compared to last year, respondents say there is an increase in demand for environmental applications, from 13% in 2012 to 26% in 2013.

Technology Still Drives Demand

51% of 3D tool users say new technology with improved capabilities is the biggest driver in the demand for 3D services. 30% of 3D tool users say the democratization of 3D technology is the biggest driver in the demand for 3D services.

Seize the Day

49%of surveyors who currently use or have accessed 3D tools and 35% of surveyors who have not used or had access to 3D tools believe the surveying profession has the opportunity to lead in 3D but isn’t moving quickly enough.

11% of surveyors who currently use or have accessed 3D tools and 15% of surveyors who have not used or had access to 3D tools believe the profession will inevitably get left behind in the application of 3D technology.

19% of surveyors who currently use or have accessed 3D tools and 27% of surveyors who have NOT USED or had access to 3D tools believe the profession is leading the way in the application of 3D technology.

23% of surveyors who have not used or had access to 3D tools believe 3D technology isn’t necessary for most surveying tasks.

Buying Power

29% of all respondents say they plan on buying 3D tools in the next 12 months.


 

3D surveying trends 2014

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