Webinar Recap: Automating Spatial Insights – Maximizing LiDAR Adoption & ROI


During our recent webinar, “Automating Spatial Insights: Maximizing LiDAR Adoption & ROI, panelists Jessica Slaughter and Jordan Miller highlighted some common barriers for companies looking to optimize their processes utilizing LiDAR and the opportunities available to overcome them. Moderator Aaron Addison was able to provide additional valuable insights as he lead our speakers through a informative and captivating discussion.

The conversation focused on ways that geospatial teams can help utilities get more out of their LiDAR investment while taking on more projects.

Here are our top three takeaways from the discussion:

1. A proactive approach to LiDAR adoption yields the highest ROI

LiDAR adoption is most commonly a reactive response to emergencies, whereas a proactive approach to LiDAR utilization would reap a higher ROI and benefit the organization’s processes as a whole. The digital transition is a transformation of current utility processes into an educated understanding of their assets, network, and infrastructure. LiDAR is a tool, not the “end-all-be-all” to an organization’s problems. However, if you understand the intended use cases and choose the right form(s) of complementary data capture, LiDAR can become a huge asset for improvement and optimization.

 2. Automation has come a long way and can contribute to high-quality, cost-effective outcomes

Early automation fell short compared to today’s modern capabilities. But today, we can leverage automation to our advantage by increasing efficiency and accuracy in everyday processes by cutting down on unnecessary expenses, shortening project turnaround times, and reducing the chance of human error. Automating the LiDAR classification process means putting actionable insights into effect faster, which enables more optimized workflows. 

3. Leverage partners for an informed start.

One of the important barriers for LiDAR adoption is knowing where/how to start. Do you build your own team internally that is capable and properly equipped for flying data capture, classifying, and interpreting that data back to the team with the necessary insights? Or do you outsource to companies that have the resources to continuously keep the evolving technology up-to-date to get the most out of the investment? Companies like FlyGuys and Neara can make the process easier with state-of-the-art technology, quick turnaround times, and provide accessible expertise. 

Overall, the speakers highlighted the importance of adopting LiDAR technology to streamline processes and improve efficiency. A big thank you to Jessica Slaughter of FlyGuys, Jordan Miller of Neara, and Aaron Addison of WGIC for joining us and providing valuable insights to the discussion. The webinar session recording is accessible on-demand through Energy Central’s website.

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