Decision Making Precision, Accuracy, and Resolution in Remote Community Mapping; Are you buying a Porsche when you need a Mustang?
As a general rule, the higher the precision, accuracy and resolution in developing rectified orthographic images of remote Alaskan communities, the higher the price. Thus, as a consumer, the community decision makers should be aware that they may be developing RFP specifications that are higher than what is needed for the decisions being made. Often those specifications are provided by a friendly vendor based on what their capabilities are rather than the needs of the project. The cost of excess precision, accuracy, and resolution can be very high. I have often used the parallel of automobiles to illustrate the situation. For around $20,000 you can purchase a Toyota Corolla that will accelerate from 0-60 in about 8 seconds. The Mustang GT can be purchased for around $40,000 with a 0-60 time of just under 4 seconds. That difference costs around $5,000 for every second you want to cut from the 0-60 time. Now compare the nearly $300,000 price of the Porsche 911 GT2 RS with 2.6 second 0-60 time. The cost between the 4 second Mustang and the 2.6 second Porsche is over $180,000 per second cut from the 0-60 time. The point of this comparison is to illustrate that when you are pushing towards the technological limits of precision, acceleration, accuracy, and pretty much anything else...the costs becomes exponentially higher. As a community decision maker, when you are working to reduce costs for your project, a careful evaluation of how much precision, accuracy and resolution can lead to significant cost savings. Be-careful not to buy a Porsche when you need a Mustang.