NASA promotes $100k Land Survey Automation Challenge
Either that html helped the thread formatting, or just being on a second page. Either way, much better.
The other day I hiked through a swamp, had to crawl over a woven wire fence, then needed to pound a monument in near a stone across the fence line and stencil the cap. Sooooooo, I want to see the automation for that. Maybe a Star Wars type Walker or one of those robots posted a week or so ago. Sit in a VR chamber and direct it all. Imagine knocking on the door of a landowner and speaking with them through the voice box on the robot.
Me thinks NASA will not get there with $100K.
This is ridiculous! We are obviously stuck in the Bronze (Brass) Age, not the stone age! 🤣
I would like to know if NASA really supports this. I don't see anything about NASA on their site, or anything about them and NASA when I google it.
I don't see how surveyors are "stuck in the stone age." With robotics, laser scanners, drones, GNSS systems, etc. surveyors have been at the cutting edge of technology for a while. Surveyors use the technology that helps them and their business grow. Some surveyors don't require the fanciest equipment for what they do, others couldn't make use of it for what they do.
Many people just have no clue about surveying and don't understand why every surveyor isn't using drones every day. A drone is one of the easier pieces of equipment surveyors use. The people at Herox think that a survey is expensive because of the physical fieldwork. Their website also implies that "their invention" will allow developers to do surveys remotely. It is as if the only thing that is preventing anybody but a surveyor from doing a boundary survey is how difficult it is to physically measure around a property with a total station and prism
Obviously, research and analysis are a huge part of the price, and the education (whether mentored or whatever) needed to do that analysis properly.
How can you search for monuments under the ground using remote sensing? even under leaves? how can you find an old stone pile or grown-over blazes on a tree from a drone? an old wire fence lying on the ground? Again, they don't have a clue.
I think I ran into these guys from Herox before. They are the people who stop me on the side of the road and ask "are you taking pictures with that thing?"