Such research that brings out the thorough understanding of the impact of automation in the context of terrestrial surveying is what the current research seeks to do.As the presence and use of scan laser systems in terrestrial surveying has increased the importance of surveying, the current study will look into the specific benefits that come with automation in terrestrial surveying as against what is referred to as traditional surveying. Indeed, there are many who believe that automation in terrestrial surveying does not only create opportunities but come with its own line of disruptions (Keay, 2000). With this said, the current study will also look into the possible implications for practice with automation in the terrestrial surveying. The implications for practice will focus more on training of a workforce that produces surveyors who have the most qualified experience, skill and knowledge to pursue 3D laser scanning to achieve high definition automated terrestrial surveying. The issue of cost shall also be reflected as part of the implication for practice so as to know if it is possible that the cost of engaging in automation in the context of terrestrial surveying may possibly lead to compromise in service delivery of terrestrial surveying. After these, there will be a more technical approach to automation in terrestrial surveying by focusing on high-definition surveying. This will be done by looking at the use of scan lasers and how they are used in automated terrestrial surveying. The paper will therefore end by taking a strong point on how to promote GPS machine control services as a way of enhancing automation in the context of terrestrial surveying.Several researchers have tried to explain and give background to what constituents an automation system in terrestrial surveying. By reviewing various works of literature, the impression that one readily gets is that automation in terrestrial surveying comes about when there is the use of modern technology in the undertaking the roles and works of terrestrial surveying (Jiang and Bunke, 2004). Once this is said, there are two major issues that come to mind, which are the use of GPS machine control services and the use of scan lasers in performing terrestrial surveying. Writing on the use of GPS machine control in terrestrial surveying, Knuth (1999) explained that this is machine
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