It has been understood for some time that LiDAR has a significant return on investment (ROI). Due to rapidly-advancing technology, the ROI changes and has been refined for Florida.
At the beginning of 2017, Florida commissioned a new LiDAR assessment to be completed by Dewberry in cooperation with the DEP/Florida Geological Survey. The new study revealed significant information about the current and potential uses of LiDAR in Florida. The top three Florida business uses for LiDAR are natural resource conservation, water supply and quality, and coastal zone management. Additionally, Dewberry determined that the top three 3D applications of LiDAR are bare-earth ground elevations, inland bathymetry, and nearshore (coastal) bathymetry.
Dewberry’s LiDAR assessment for Florida also revealed substantial economic benefits of statewide LiDAR, calculated on an annual basis. Annual net benefits have been projected to exceed $21M for Florida, with a benefit/cost ratio of 3.7:1. The numbers increase for topobathymetric LiDAR, in which annual net benefits of statewide coastal zone LiDAR are projected to exceed $28M for Florida, with a benefit/cost ratio of 5.1:1.
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