In this chapter you were introduced to a basic, yet complete, set of functional components that are required to carry out linear processing and analysis. In some situations, those functions could be used as "drop in" Replacements for existing Oracle functionality that is out of reach of an organization due to licensing and cost situations; such a decision should only be made after carefully weighing all options. While some of the examples were contrived, care was taken to create some "real-world" scenarios that showed how linear processing can be used to:
Solve problems as generating metrics to test compliance with local council or city by-laws
Represent, spatially, road surface, and condition data, stored in traditional linear referencing systems format
While the examples given were based on road or street data, linear referencing and processing can be used in other situations, such as the life sciences where linear plots or transects are created for the purpose of measuring trees...