GIS is a powerful tool that is becoming increasingly accessible to untrained users and the general public. This accessibility can be a good thing. But what happens when the data is applied incorrectly?
Laser scanning is reaching the peak of its curve with the release of FARO’s Scenect software. As free software and inexpensive hardware make it increasingly easy for anyone to create point clouds, professionals face both new challenges and new opportunities.
Laser scanning is the current big technology, with large projects demanding tighter schedules and more varied deliverables that only scanning can provide. Scanning, however, isn’t the focus but rather the point clouds that the technology produces.
Have you ever looked at the market and thought you missed an opportunity with the development of GIS? It’s time to look again. The opportunities with GIS are still very much in the beginning stages, and the doors are wide open.
People need good data, giving them navigation, spatial awareness and a database of locations to meet their variety of needs. The sudden loss of this always-on system has been a big hurt for consumers and should be a wake-up call to anyone who needs motivation that the industry is set to boom.
Devices that create 3D volumetric data like point clouds make paper no longer a viable way to consume information created in the field. So what's next? The original Star Wars movie provides some clues.
Automation found in newer generations of survey tools does more than make life easier; it also opens new opportunities. One of these opportunities is working with other professionals who have dedicated their lives to creating and manipulating 3D data for the purpose of entertainment.
Every CAD, GIS and office software program I know of runs on Windows. Other operating systems are major players, but when it comes to spatial data, Windows is still the final word. That’s why the next major update, Windows 8, is going to be such a huge deal.
When corporations are forced to look at their products, many of which cost millions of dollars and lifetimes of man-hours to bring to market, and decide that some of these products must be made free or extremely low cost to keep their market share, that decision is not easily made.
In the May issue of POB, find out how survey teams used multiple technologies to aid public safety and speed up flood response in Midland County, Michigan, after a freakish storm dropped more than seven inches of water on the area in just 36 hours.