Having spent 3 days last week immersed in the transportation industry it seems to me that there is a significant opportunity for improvement in the solution being offered to transportation agencies. At best we are in the early stages of development by the vendors, but what worries me is that it will take the rest of this decade to get there.
The transportation agencies need to geospatially manage their assets. Point clouds should be just an intermediate step in the total solution, not the end product. The agencies need 3D intelligent objects, not terabytes of 3D point data.
The automotive industry abandoned the use of point clouds 10+ years ago in favor of surface modeling. Granted, there’s is a much different world – cars vs. the Built Environment, but we can do better.