Traditional surveying with a total station (reflectorless or not) is coming to an end. OK, I said it. Based on several conversations I have recently had with surveyors, this is becoming more true every day.
Surveyors and other professionals have specific requirements when it comes to how they want the software to operate, what functions it should have, and how its various modules should integrate with field and office workflow and work with third-party products. Topcon’s TopSURV, Topcon Tools and SiteMaster are designed to address these requirements.
Mobile mapping systems are very impressive on a number of fronts and offer significant options beyond a traditional surveying or mapping approach for the right projects. But like most other tools that have been developed for our profession over the last 20 years, these systems can have both advantages and disadvantages in their application.
For the second time in as many months, I again heard someone say that the surveying profession will be so different in 10 years that we won’t even recognize it. Admittedly, some of the changes that are now occurring have been a long time in coming. But the thought that a complete transformation is under way and will, in fact, occur quite rapidly, is a little disconcerting--unless, of course, you happen to be one of the individuals leading the charge.
Because a surveyor’s role is labor intensive, this function is often thought of as one that can be automated further. Yet some of the best productivity still comes from the manual effort of people who are motivated, highly skilled and highly experienced.
A willingness to take risks and a never-quit, never-say-die attitude have propelled surveyor Clay Wygant and WHPacific to the leading edge of the mobile scanning frontier. The trail has been largely uphill with plenty of obstacles along the way. However, the payoff in new business and emerging opportunities has made the journey well worth the effort.
Fort Jefferson, located on Dry Tortugas National Park's Garden Key, still stands as one of the largest coastal forts ever built, but time and salt water have taken their toll. Laser scanning is aiding in the fort's restoration and historic preservation.