Geomatics technologies evolve at lightning speed. Every few months it seems there is a newer, better, faster tool for collecting data.
For topographic surveys, for example, conventional, GPS, aerial LiDAR and unmanned aerial systems (UAS) are all great options.
Likewise, UAS is a super-fast tool for collecting high-density data. But if your site exceeds 200 acres, or if contains dense vegetation, UAS may not be cost effective.
So how do you choose the right geomatics tool for your project? How do you know which technologies and methods are appropriate, and when?
The right tool for you depends on several factors, like the size of your site, the amount of onsite vegetation, your schedule and your budget. And here’s a hint: The right tool is almost always a combination of technologies.
This infographic may help you determine what geomatics tool will work best for you. And below are a few general guidelines about the various geomatics technologies and their applications.
• Boundary surveys
• Primary high-order vertical control
• Primary horizontal control for small sites
• Small topo areas / obscured areas
• Construction layout
As one of the largest and most comprehensive geomatics firms in the South, McKim & Creed uses all of these tools and technologies —separately or in combination—to fulfill the needs of our clients. For more information, or to discuss your next surveying project, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.