LIDAR Magazine: Of course it's better!

Author: Lewis Graham
Published On: June 09, 2019

I have been thinking about the adoption curve of drone lidar systems. To us practitioners, the need for lidar on a drone is obvious--it is better technology than drone-based photogrammetry under a wide range of circumstances (but not all!). Is this clear, however, to the ultimate recipients of the data produced by these systems? Not yet.

The thing we, as either technology suppliers or service providers, tend to forget is that the recipients of our derived products (say a topographic data set) are often removed from the technology that was used in the collection of the source data. The client wants volumetric numbers that are within 3% of correct. When you ask for the meaning of "correct", you just get a strange look.

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