Nowadays it seems that people can‘t move without hearing about drones, VR capabilities, apps, and software solutions, but are they really helpful, or it‘s just a waste of time?
With every new industry that erupts from an emerging technology, there are people who take it very seriously and do it professionally and those who want the fastest result without additional knowledge. Let’s overview the latest developments in the surveying industry.
Virtual reality and augmented reality are set to explode. 2016 was the first year to top $1.8 billion in VR sales. AR (augmented reality) is being actively pursued by tech giants such as Google, Microsoft, Apple, and Samsung. Soon surveying companies will undoubtedly be working at the core of the AR experience. All of this means that the average consumer is becoming more and more geospatially aware, and someone needs to provide the geodetic information.
Soon surveying instruments such as the tripod, tachymeter and many more will be replaced with self-driving vehicles. Navigation will only be a part of the picture. In the world of the Internet and advanced technology, street-level topography will no longer be needed, as it will be constantly collected and analyzed.
Point-and-shoot topography is already obsolete. The point cloud is now the greatest source of geographic information. Though there is one problem – point clouds are massive and therefore difficult to manage. 3D modeling is the bridge between point clouds and geospatial intelligence. The small profile of 3D objects is preferred in a world soon to be awash in augmented reality and virtual reality. 3D geospatial awareness will no longer be a high-minded goal, but rather the most basic entry point.
GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS
GIS is an amazingly versatile software tool that can be applied to many problems outside of surveying. It is also a fantastic tool well suited for surveying. CAD (computer-aided design) communicates details through graphic symbols and text that clutter the presentation. The more details, the more clutter.
GIS stores details in a database. These details may include actual photographs of the feature, copies of deeds, copies of plats, and/or video testimony of the landowners telling you they recognize a monument as their common corner. The GIS is rich with organized content and highly customizable in the data’s presentation.
Capturing land features has become almost completely digital. It is only a matter of time before a reliable land record system is developed that is also purely digital. The framework for this system is already being envisioned and the development platform is GIS.
Drones mean a quantum leap for surveying. They provide eyes that can reach and hover above specific sites. Their height and cameras can be adjusted remotely. And, equipped with sensors, they can measure, transmit and store data.
Other benefits to surveying with drones include:
- The drone operator can work from a considerable distance and not worry about natural or artificial barriers to the sight lines.
- Images are high resolution and serve a variety of users. They can be transmitted, shared and printed.
- Drones present no safety risk for the operator and eliminate risks to ground and air personnel.
- Battery-operated, drones produce no toxic fumes.
Nowadays, surveying companies are placing serious investments into drone adoption. Part of the vision is that the delivery drone will be simultaneously collecting environmental data (lidar and/or imagery) to detect changes.
In recent years, the interest in photogrammetry among surveying professionals has been enjoying a major boom. This trend has been catalyzed by the rise of affordable, commercially available aerial drones, or UAVs for short. Drones now allow surveyors to capture much more accurate aerial survey data, while significantly reducing costs and operational difficulties.
Photogrammetry is the process of generating a 3D model from a set of 2D photographs. In surveying, this is done by taking two or more images of the same point from different angles. These images are then loaded into a photogrammetry software, which displaces the images by a baseline and uses this data to triangulate the elevation of that point. Take enough of these images, and you can create a detailed 3D model of the required object.
At “Pixpro” we develop an innovative photogrammetric solutions among which – “Pixprocessing” software. It solves various challenges of different industries. “Pixprocessing” software is completely versatile, and the optimal choice of those seeking a means to achieve surveying data in the best way possible.
Surveyors now have a tremendous advantage of technology, but only if they use it. The world of highly accurate geospatial location has been surveyors’ domain. Those skills and the critical analysis thereof will make their work more valuable to any team trying to capture reality for the augmented world.
More info about the “Pixprocessing” software : https://pixprocessing.com/pixprocessing/