The topic of what 3D imagery is admissible in court is especially relevant for law enforcement, insurers, large companies and others that have vested interests in finding out who was liable or responsible for a crime or tortious injury.
Surveying, like other field-based work, is fraught with the need to go back to the office to reference on-premises documents or to check in on work requirements. As a result, there have been efforts by commercial providers to give workers in the field more complete access to research and documentation so they can cut down on trips back to the office.
Geospatial skills and the widespread use of geographic information systems (GIS) have established themselves over the past three or four decades, and today GIS forms the backbone of many big data analytics projects in nearly every industry.
As unmanned aircraft use expands for a variety of business purposes, including surveying and geospatial projects, drone manufacturers want to add more capability to the drones, principally in the form of additional cameras and sensors that can gather even more data during flight. The catches are storage, bandwidth and data transmission latency. If you need to harness a growing tide of data in real time or near-real time, how can you obtain enough bandwidth to transmit such robust data streams?
From a cost and labor standpoint, the beauty of BIM has always been its noninvasiveness. Architects and builders can see the electrical, plumbing, heating and cabling “bones” of structures in virtual renderings, and they can determine how to build around them with minimal disruption. Because BIM can plug into an assortment of other digital technologies, it also seems natural that to extend it to work with geospatial imagery and GIS in general.
With the global unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) market expected to show double-digit growth over the next five years, government agencies along with private sector companies in surveying, agriculture, energy, retail, utilities, mining, construction, real estate, news media, film production and other fields are seeking out ways to commercialize UAV technology, or to at least use it to introduce new efficiencies and cost savings into their work processes.
The bottom line is, making a decision to outsource your data to an outside vendor like a cloud service does not mean that you can remove data management from your to-do list. Your clients are expecting you to be responsible for their data, and the ability of your firm to function depends upon the availability of the data, so data management is still a vital function that must stay within your firm. Those companies enjoying the greatest success with a public cloud data management strategy have found a way to combine in-house data management with the data management advantages that the cloud offers.
The numbers of incoming data sources are exponentially multiplying. In the future, the data being plugged into transportation GIS systems might originate from a moving vehicle on an interstate, a digital data collection point at a major traffic intersection, and even from the mobile devices of motorists. The GIS system could give the information a referential matrix for decisioning, monitoring and tracking.
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.