What Positioning Technology is Right for Your Project?

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In the realm of modern surveying and geospatial applications, choosing the right positioning technology is akin to selecting the perfect tool for a masterpiece. With a multitude of options at your fingertips, making an informed decision is pivotal to the success of your project. Ground Control Points (GCPs), Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), Post-Processing Kinematics (PPK), and Real-Time Kinematics (RTK) each bring a distinct set of capabilities to the table. In this blog, we unravel the nuances of these technologies to guide you toward the ideal fit for your unique project.

1. Ground Control Points (GCPs) – The Classics in Precision

Ground Control Points (GCPs) are the tried-and-true method for achieving precision in geospatial data collection. These physical markers serve as reference points, facilitating accurate mapping and analysis. While GCPs offer a reliable foundation, they can demand on-site coordination and may not suit rapid or remote projects.

2. GNSS – Navigating Accuracy with Satellite Signals

Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) amplify precision by tapping into signals from a constellation of satellites. UAVs equipped with GNSS technology attain centimeter-level accuracy, making them invaluable for applications demanding meticulous measurements. GNSS serves as a versatile tool, providing foundational accuracy across diverse projects.

3. PPK and RTK – Tailoring Accuracy to Your Timeline

Post-Processing Kinematics (PPK) and Real-Time Kinematics (RTK) introduce temporal adjustments to UAV positioning, enhancing accuracy. PPK refines data after the flight, while RTK offers real-time corrections. Your choice between them hinges on project urgency and environmental factors, ensuring that your timeline and precision requirements align seamlessly.

4. Your Blueprint to Precision

Choosing the right positioning technology for your project demands a keen understanding of your goals and constraints. We stand as your guide, assisting you in navigating this intricate landscape. Our expertise ensures that your chosen technology harmonizes seamlessly with your project's unique needs.


Embarking on the journey of selecting the ideal positioning technology for your project, Labrosse Consulting serves as your compass, guiding you through the myriad of options. Our commitment to precision and tailored solutions positions us as your reliable partner. From comprehensive geospatial insights to expert consultations, Labrosse Consulting is your gateway to excellence. 

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