The use of surveying equipment in our world is a bit different than our historical roots. There was once a time, especially in North America, where everyone was a surveyor of sorts. Sure, there were communities where more was known, like New York and other eastern lands. But, for prospectors, frontiers people, trackers, hunters, and settlers generally, there was always somewhere new to explore, discover, and understand.
For a time, wayfinding was a fact of life. Now, though, we can suffice with our cell phones, streets, signs, urbanization, and whatever other methods we have put in place to remove the need for wayfinding. Now, most of us don’t look at untouched land. It is only a select group of people who need to survey their surroundings and know them with the utmost accuracy. Or is it?
While surveying equipment is certainly not nearly as prevalent as it once was, it is still essential for many industries and companies in our modern world. Municipal builders, farmers, miners, construction workers, surveyors, and environmentalists are all taking advantage of surveying equipment for a huge number of applications.
In the farming industry, it is essential to know the lay of the land. Changes to elevation and soil makeup can have far-reaching effects on plant growth, so many farmers use surveying equipment to understand their land and track changes over time. In particular,
The mining industry also takes advantage of modern advances in surveying equipment. They determine the best location for camps and entrances into the Earth. Additionally, they use the GPS tracking technology that is essential to modern surveying for vehicle control, automation, and more.
Within the construction industry, every project will begin with some amount of surveying. Using the natural contours of the land to simplify the building, marketing, or design processes can only occur with proper surveying beforehand. It is also important to ensure worker safety with this technology, as steep grades and loosely-packed soil can pose potentially serious problems.
GPS location, which is an essential part of the equipment involved in surveying operations, is, naturally, another use for said equipment. We use GPS locating in applications for all levels of business, from industrial and commercial operations to residential and consumer technology. Our phones have GPS locators, as do avalanche-ready jackets and long-distance biking maps.
Finally, surveying equipment is also used for environmental operations. Having an overhead view of ice cap loss, changing terrain and other large-scale effects can make a big difference in data collection and extrapolation. Using GPS equipment allows scientists, researchers, and engineers to conglomerate large data sets and use them in future policy decisions with local governments.
These are just some of the ways we have begun to use surveying equipment to our advantage. However, as time goes on, there are more and more benefits that people are using in their daily lives. Benefits like cloud technology for easy storage and computations, and artificial learning to make better decisions.
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