GPS: Changing the Landscape Forever

While GPS systems are most prevalent in automobiles, the value of this technology has penetrated into many different industries.  Beyond the current navigational usage, advancements in GPS have also changed the field of mapping, land surveying, and construction projects.

How GPS Improves Land Surveying

GPS technology provides exact position points for engineering projects.  Based upon these locations, topographical mapping, construction stakeouts, and land surveys can be accurately conducted.  When a central base utilizes real-time GPS hardware, land surveying becomes much more time and cost-effective.

GPS: Important Data for the GIS

gps_for_land_surveyorsFor shorefront protection, beach monitoring, infrastructure, and other projects that call for major mapping projects, GPS technology can generate important survey information. For example, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the Army Corps of Engineers in America is utilizing GPS technology to survey a shoreline restoration project at Port Fourchon.  GPS coordinates not only map the site, but serve to monitor the real-time shore and beach loss that the port is experiencing.

In addition, GPS-generated data can be placed into the Geographic Information System (GIS).  GIS’ mapping capabilities evaluates spatial data, such as building footprints, roads, sidewalks and flood zones in order to generate “layered” results on a map.  A sat nav device locates a point on the map, while GIS identifies exactly what that point is.

Innovations in GPS over the last 10 years have resulted in more precise and accurate survey instrumentation.  Simultaneously, GIS can now provide updated reference data available for comprehensive analysis.

By leveraging historical land records and position data from GIS and GPS technologies, along with ground surveying performed traditionally, the industry has been changed forever.  Whether it is a small or a multi-faceted construction project, state of the art GPS equipment and proven ground survey techniques facilitate incredibly accurate land surveying in a cost and time-effective fashion.

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One Response to “GPS: Changing the Landscape Forever”

  1. Alan
    January 13, 2012 at 11:55 pm #

    GPS technology is one of the highly evolving technologies nowadays. I have a feeling that it will continue to get famous in the future. However bleak that future seems to those who labor to bring forth this technological advancement, it can still be considered promising.

    Some may be tricked in thinking however that they provide the best technology but the one you mentioned here is undoubtedly as promising as any other innovations offered in the market. Thanks for the insights.


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