Geospatial World has just published the results of a survey of 650 of its readers conducted between November 2014 and January 2015 targeted on their geospatial technology usage.
The geospatial technologies respondents were asked to report on their usage of are comprehensive; GIS, GNSS (better known as GPS in North America), satellite remote sensing, aerial photography, 3D Data, total stations, laser scanning/LiDAR, BIM, indoor positioning, UAVs/UAS, and ground penetrating radar (GPR). Some of these have been widely used for years and represent mature markets such as GIS, GNSS, satellite remote sensing, aerial photography, and total stations. Some are relatively new and are still being deployed in new market sectors such as laser scanning/LiDAR and 3D data. Others are new innovations and are just beginning to get some market penetration such as BIM, indoor positioning, UAVs/UAS and ground penetrating radar (GPR).
More rapid adoption of newer geospatial technology in Asia/Pacific
One of the things that I found interesting is that more often than not Asia/Pacific ranks highest or tied for highest in frequently using many of the newer technologies, for example, 3D Data (~40%), GPR (~12%), and BIM (~20%). Asia/Pacific's leading adoption of newer technologies is even more noticeable when considering total usage (frequent+occasional); 3D data (~90%), LiDAR (~75%), BIM (~75%), indoor positioning (~65%), UAVs/UAS (~55%), and GPR (~22%). This suggests that the adoption of new geospatial technology may be more rapid in Asia/Pacific. This is perhaps due to Asia/Pacific first of all being very aware of and eager to adopt new technology and secondly being less saddled with legacy business processes tied to older technology which is a major problem in the developed economies of North America and Europe.