January 28-30, 2019 | Hyatt Regency | Denver, CO

2018 ILMF Conference Program

Monday, February 5

Pre-conference workshops & events

Day 1
05 Feb 2018

ASPRS Workshops

Take full advantage of your time in Denver by adding one of the 12 exciting ASPRS workshops to your registration! These informational and educational workshops include: • Datums – How...

RIEGL Meet-n-Greet

Please join Josh France, Harald Teufelsbauer, My-Linh Truong, and Vladimir Kadatskiy for a chance to get to know RIEGL better and ask us anything you’ve been wanting to know! This...

LAS 1.4 and Beyond – Modernizing the Point Cloud

Come contribute to a lively discussion of the ASPRS LAS Working Group's new vision for the world's most popular point cloud storage format: collaborative online editing, open discussion, faster release...


Product previews (conference pass required)

Product Previews

Learn about the newest supplier advances and best practices for specifying, planning and executing projects in Product Previews presented by exhibiting companies. Click the “+” button below to view the full schedule of companies and presentation times.

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Product Preview Schedule

  Track I     Track II
  Location: Centennial A-C     Location: Centennial F-H
9:00-9:15 Woolpert   9:00-9:15 ESRI
9:15-9:30 nFrames   9:15-9:30 GeoCue
9:30-9:45 BayesMap   9:30-9:45 Aero-Graphics
9:45-10:00 Nearmap   9:45-10:00 Quantum Spatial
10:00-10:15 Cardinal Systems   10:00-10:15 Teledyne Optech
10:15-10:30 DelAir   10:15-10:30 Green Valley International
10:30-10:45 Phase One   10:30-10:45 Mitsubishi Electric
10:45-11:00 SBG Systems   10:45-11:00 Mitsubishi Electric
11:00-11:15 Leica Geosystems Inc.   11:00-11:15 Microdrones
11:15-11:30 Riegl   11:15-11:30 Blue Marble Geographics
11:30-11:45 Trimble   11:30-11:45 Harris
11:45-12:00  GeoPlus   11:45-12:00 Sanborn Mapping

EXHIBITion open 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM

opening & Keynotes

Day 1
05 Feb 2018

Welcome Address

Lisa Murray , Director, will welcome the crowd to the 2018 International LiDAR Mapping Forum.
Lisa Murray

Findings from DOI/USGS: Will Data from UAS Sensors Overtake Manned & Satellite Sources?

The collection and analysis techniques of aerial imagery from sensors onboard UAS are actually not significantly different than that of traditional data historically captured by satellites, manned aircraft and many...
Jeff Sloan

Reconstructing Historic Land Use and Forest Structure Using Aerial Photos and Structure from Motion Analysis

Structure from motion (SfM) analysis and the increasing availability of LiDAR have dramatically simplified the creation of orthophotography and canopy elevation and height models from historic aerial photography. These can...
Michael Lefsky

A New Tool from NASA for Coastal Planners: Anticipating Sea-Level Rise

The new NASA Gradient Fingerprint Mapping capability allows coastal planners to closely link sea-level rise at their specific coastal city with respect to changes in the Cryosphere all over the...
Eric Larour

2:30-3:00 PM Networking & Coffee break – Exhibit HAll

Advanced Geo-Technologies

Day 1
05 Feb 2018

Cloud Computing Approaches to Point Cloud Data Management with Open Source Software

Managing massive collections of point cloud data is rapidly becoming a burden for many organizations as the cost of acquisition rapidly plunges. A defining characteristic of point cloud data captured...
Howard Butler

Applications of Waveform Descriptors in Data Analysis

The focus of this talk will be the utilization of waveform-based descriptors in data analysis. While many existing methods of lidar classification rely predominantly on the geometry of the point...
Isaiah Ditmer

Direct Utilization of LIDAR data in GNSS/IMU Processing for Mobile Mapping Applications

Scanning LIDAR systems have become a standard component in most mobile mapping systems, as they provide an impressive level of detail in 3 dimensions. To obtain real-world coordinates of a...
Hugh Martell

Panel Discussion with Session Presenters

There will be an interactive panel discussion with the presenters of the Advanced Geo-Technologies session including: Speakers: Howard Butler - Hobu, Inc. Isaiah Ditmer - Kodiak Mapping, Inc. Hugh Martell...

project case studies

Day 1
05 Feb 2018

Updating Legacy Lidar Projects at USDA: Benefits, Challenges and Lessons Learned

The National Geospatial Center of Excellence (NGCE) provides the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) with technical leadership in the geosciences. NRCS has a...
Martin Flood

Use of LiDAR in Platinum-Group Element Mining at the Stillwater Complex, Montana

In 2016, Woolpert contracted with the USGS to acquire QL2 lidar over the Stillwater Mining Complex for a 420 km2 area-of-interest along the northern flank of the Beartooth Mountains in...
Michael Meiser

High-density LiDAR to Meet Southwest Florida Water Management District’s Specifications for Diverse Applications in Florida

Dense vegetation in Florida presents many challenges to conventional aerial laser topographic mapping. When those normal challenges are further stressed by additional multi-use requirements, high-density mapping presents itself as a...
Alvan Karlin

Panel Discussion with Session Presenters

There will be an interactive panel discussion with the presenters of the Project Case Studies session including: Speakers: Martin Flood - GeoCue Michael Meiser - Woolpert Al Karlin - SWFWMD

Lidar leader awards

Day 1
05 Feb 2018

LiDAR Leader Awards Ceremony

New to ILMF 2018 (co-located with ASPRS Annual Conference), we are excited to announce the first-ever LIDAR Leader Awards in cooperation with LIDAR Magazine. The inaugural ceremony will address three...

Welcome Happy Hour

Welcome Happy Hour

ILMF is the North American LiDAR community’s must-attend annual event.  Network with hundreds of product developers, service providers, asset owners and equipment manufacturers who are driving LiDAR innovation. Join colleagues at these social events designed to foster connections and information exchange in a relaxed atmosphere.

5:00 – 7:00 PM

Tuesday, February 6

EXHIBITion open 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Geiger mode/single photon vs. linear scanning

In this session a panel of LiDAR operators, sensor manufacturers and end-users offer their perspective on the current state of LiDAR data acquisition systems. How do the next-generation Geiger Mode and Single Photon LiDAR sensors compare to traditional line scanning systems? Brief technical presentations will be followed by a panel discussion with all presenters below.

Day 1
06 Feb 2018

A Comparison of High-density Linear-Scan Lidar to Geiger-mode LiDAR in Heavily-Vegetated Habitats in Florida

Dense vegetation, year-round "leaf-on" conditions, and high annual rainfall in Florida presents many challenges to aerial laser topographic mapping. When those normal challenges are further stressed by high point-density mapping...
Alvan Karlin

Geiger-mode LIDAR Performance Under Canopy

With the advent of Geiger-mode LiDAR in the commercial arena, the idiosyncrasies of collection and processing methodology remain unknown to many in the community. This presentation will explain, in technical...
Ryan Kirkpatrick

Panel Discussion of Geiger/SP vs. Linear Scanning

Panel of LiDAR operators, sensor manufacturers and end-users offer their perspective on the current state of LiDAR data acquisition systems. How do the next generation Geiger Mode and Single Photon...
Hope Morgan
Mark Romano
Ron Roth
Michel Stanier
Andreas Ullrich

10:00-10:30 Networking & Coffee break – Exhibit HAll


Day 1
06 Feb 2018

Total Propagated Uncertainty Modeling for Topobathymetric LiDAR

NOAA's National Geodetic Survey (NGS) and partner agencies and firms routinely collect topobathymetric lidar data used in NGS's Coastal Mapping Program. New topobathymetric lidar systems featuring narrow receiver fields of...
Christopher Parrish

Improved Operational Efficiency of Topo-Bathymetric LiDAR Surveys Using Real-time Water Clarity Sensors

The coastal zone is a challenging place to map but topo-bathymetric lidar sensors such as the Leica Chiroptera II system is well suited to survey this land-sea boundary and provide...
Tim Webster

Garbage Patch Detection and Assessment in 3D Ocean Medium with Hydrographic Lidar

Over 5 trillion pieces of plastic currently litter the world's oceans. The trash accumulates in 5 main ocean garbage patches, the largest one being the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (GPGP)...
Viktor Feygels

Mapping Complex Riverine Environments with Topo-Bathymetric LiDAR: Project Design Considerations for Multi-Function User Groups

In summer 2017, Quantum Spatial, Inc. completed collection of high resolution topo-bathymetric LiDAR data over 160 miles of the Willamette River in the Pacific Northwest for USGS and USACE partners....
Colin Cooper

Panel Discussion with Session Presenters

There will be an interactive panel discussion with the presenters of the Topo-Bathymetric session including: Speakers: Christopher Parrish - Oregon State University Tim Webster - Nova Scotia Community College Viktor...

UAS lidar

Day 1
06 Feb 2018

Unmanned Aerial Systems for High-Resolution Laser Scanning Applications

With the recent advancements in unmanned aerial system (UAS) technology, along with the miniaturization of survey-grade airborne laser scanning systems, capabilities and opportunities for deploying unmanned laser scanning (ULS) systems...
Adam LeWinter

Mapping of Underground Mines With an Autonomous Drone

Mapping and surveying of underground mines can be a challenging and dangerous task. In many cases it simply isn't possible to map certain areas because of access issues. This can...
Stefan Hrabar

Fixed Wing UAV with LiDAR Hyperspectral Imaging and Real Time Processing

Carbomap will demonstrate that a fixed-wing UAV platform operating in a BVLOS framework and operating a LiDAR and Multispectral camera is the right technology for modern forest mapping and inventory...
Antoine Cottin

Detox About UAV Mapping or What You Can Really Expect From It

Since now half a decade, UAV mapping invaded the world of geomatics, promising to solve almost any problem at low cost. Business expanded drastically, faster than flight regulations, and promises...
Julien Vallet

Panel Discussion with Session Presenters

There will be an interactive panel discussion with the presenters of the UAS LiDAR session including: Speakers: Adam LeWinter - ASACE-CRREL Stefan Hrabar - CSIRO Iain Woodhouse - Carbomap Dr....

12:30-2:00 PM Lunch – Exhibit HAll

machine learning/object recognition

Day 1
06 Feb 2018

Machine Learning Based Road Markings Extraction and Recognition From Laser Scanned Data

Information about location and types of road markings are among the crucial information that drivers perceive for a safe and a comfortable driving. Hence road markings are needed to be...
Subas Chhatkuli

Practical Machine learning with Geiger Mode LiDAR for Production Applications

Presentation will discuss how machine learning is being applied to Geiger Mode LiDAR for production applications in a commercial environment. Discussion of: why data quality and resolution impact the success...
Mark Romano

Get to know Trimble eCognition – 3D Point Cloud Analytics & Deep Learning technology in version 9.3

Pioneered a decade ago for remote sensing, eCognition enables geospatial data such as images, point clouds and GIS/CAD vectors to be integrated and analyzed to quantify features or detect changes...
Keith Peterson

Panel Discussion with Session Presenters

There will be an interactive panel discussion with the presenters of the Machine Learning/Object Recognition session including: Speakers: Subas Chhatkuli - PASCO Corp. Mark Romano - Harris Corporation Keith Peterson...

USGS Updates

Day 1
06 Feb 2018

USGS LiDAR Base Specification 1.3

The USGS LiDAR Base Specification version 1.3 is anticipated to be published by the end of FY17 / early FY18. The USGS would like to give a presentation covering significant...
Joshua Nimetz

Operational Implementation of LiDAR Data Quality Measure Software

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Geospatial Technical Operations Center (NGTOC) is working with the developers of the Data Quality Measure (DQM) software to implement DQM in NGTOC LiDAR quality...
Barry Miller

What Can the USGS Geospatial Product and Service Contract do For You?

This presentation will cover the Geospatial Product and Service Contract used to support data acquisition for the U.S. Geologic Survey (USGS) 3D Elevation Program (3DEP). 3DEP supports the collection of...
Darcee Killpack

Panel Discussion with Session Presenters

There will be an interactive panel discussion with the presenters of the USGS Updates session including: Speakers: Josh Nimets - USGS Karl Heidemann - USGS Barry Miller - USGS Darcee...

3:30-4:00 PM Networking & Coffee break – Exhibit HAll

PROJECT documentation

Day 1
06 Feb 2018

Metadata Mayhem: Documentation Developments for LiDAR and UAS Datasets

LiDAR and UAS datasets rapidly generate a monstrous amount of data. In an attempt to quell the data documentation nightmare, real world examples of both LiDAR and UAS metadata solutions...
Ryan Bowe

Q&A with Session Presenter

There will be an opportunity for Q&A with the presenter of the LiDAR Documentation session including: Speaker: Ryan Bowe - Woolpert

uav project roi

Day 1
06 Feb 2018

The Impact of UAVs on the Balance Sheet of High-cost Stock Piles

The case for using airborne missions to monitor volumes has already been proven in terms of accuracy, speed and safety when compared to traditional ground-survey methods. Sumac Geomatics undertakes monthly...
Todd Domney
Adam Boczek

Q&A with Session Presenter

There will be an opportunity for Q&A with the presenter of the UAV Project ROI presentation including: Speaker: Todd Domney - Sumac Geomatics Incorporated Adam Boczek - Sumac Geomatics Incorporated

GeoLeague Challenge

GeoLeague Challenge

We are celebrating our eighth year of the GeoLeague Challenge and teams from across the country will compete in a challenge put forth by the ASPRS Student Advisory Council (SAC). Join us for an interactive challenge where your mapping skills will be put to the test!

4:30 – 5:30 PM


lidar & lager networking event

06 Feb 2018

LiDAR & Lager Networking Event

Wednesday, February 7

EXHIBITion open 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM


Day 1
07 Feb 2018

Bathymetry by Fusion of Airborne Laser Scanning and Multi-spectral Aerial Imagery

Modern airborne bathymetric sensors (e.g. Teledyne Optech Titan/CZMIL Nova, Leica Chiroptera II/HawkEye II+III, Riegl VQ-880-G, etc.) incorporate laser scanners and multi-spectral cameras. Measuring shallow water depths with optical remote sensing,...
Uwe Soergel

Do More Points Equal More Information? A Look Into Bathymetric LiDAR Point Densities

In recent years, technological advances have led to exponentially increasing point cloud densities. These higher resolution point clouds have enabled new applications, improved existing products, and helped to automate some...
Chris Macon

Advancements in Shallow-Water Bathymetry Using a Novel Polarimetric LiDAR Technique

A topo-bathy lidar system designed using a polarimetric lidar technique is advancing bathymetric observation capabilities by providing concurrently, highly precise ranging measurements (< 1 cm) of water surfaces and bottom...
Jeffrey Thayer

Panel Discussion with Session Presenters

There will be an interactive panel discussion with the presenters of the Bathymetric session including: Speakers: Uwe Soergel - University of Stuttgart Chris Macon - USACE-JABLTCX Jeffrey Thayer - ASTRALiTe

lidar Data Processing

Day 1
07 Feb 2018

Wide Area LiDAR Mapping in Mountainous Areas

LiDAR mapping of large areas that have high relief can be very complex in comparison to mapping other more typical terrain types. There are many different challenges with mountain LiDAR...
Matt Bethel

Pre-processing of Dense but Noisy LiDAR Point Clouds: Impact on Information Extraction in High-precision LiDAR Surveying

Traditional LiDAR surveying provides precise information on surveyed objects by measuring sequentially ranges to the objects through laser ranging & simultaneously measuring position & orientation of laser beams in 3D...
Andreas Ullrich

Enhanced Land and Water Classification Results of Dual and Triple Wavelength LiDAR Data

Rapid mapping of shore and coastal areas become an indispensable task for the local authority and military for coastal management and post-disaster management. For instance, some near-shore areas suffer from...
Paul LaRocque

Panel Discussion with Session Presenters

There will be an interactive panel discussion with the presenters of the LiDAR Data Processing session including: Speakers: Matt Bethel - Merrick & Company Andreas Ullrich - Riegl Wai Yeung...

10:00-10:30 Networking & Coffee break – Exhibit HAll

Lidar sensor topics

Day 1
07 Feb 2018

Calibration Technique to Determine Boresight Alignment of a LiDAR with Respect to an Inertial Navigation System

This presentation introduces a simple yet effective technique to determine the extrinsic boresight alignment of a LiDAR with respect to an Inertial Navigation System. Any error in this boresight alignment...
Richard Sands

UAV-borne LiDAR Systems Integration – A Comparison Between the Velodyne VLP16 and the Riegl mini-VUX

The presented study looks at comparing two UAV-borne LiDAR systems integrating 2 different scanners: the Velodyne VLP 16 also known as the LIDAR 'puck' and the Riegl Mini-Vux. The VLP16...
Thibaud Capra

Automated Unmanned LiDAR System Boresight Calibration

Nowadays, Unmanned LiDAR Systems are sought after for many applications. One of the technical challenges in the geospatial industry is the automation of system calibration and quality control. Boresight calibration...
Nicolas Seube

Panel Discussion with Session Presenters

There will be an interactive panel discussion with the presenters of the LiDAR Sensor Topics session including: Speakers: Richard Sands - Oxford Technical Solutions Pierre Chaponniere - YellowScan Nicolas Seube...

data processing automation

Day 1
07 Feb 2018

A Full-fledged Automated Water Body Mapping Toolbox for Very Large Geographic Areas

Water body mapping is an important feature extraction application of linear airborne LiDAR data. National and state-wide map generation/upgradation and hydro-flattening of LiDAR data for many other applications are two...
Venkat Devarajan

Point Cloud Processing at GI Lab

This presentation provides an overview of point cloud processing in the Geospatial Intelligence Laboratory at the University of Calgary, Canada. Our recent work includes rooftop modeling from aerial LiDAR, enhancement...
Ruisheng Wang

Foundation Feature Data Automation (FFDA)

NGA Research has approved a new start program to advance the state of the art of automation in the field of the extraction and production of foundation data. The goal...
Douglas Hugo

Panel Discussion with Session Presenters

There will be an interactive panel discussion with the presenters of the Data Processing Automation session including: Speakers: Venkat Devarajan - USDA-NRCS, University of Texas - Arlington Ruisheng Wang -...

12:00-1:30 PM Lunch – Exhibit HAll


Day 1
07 Feb 2018

USGS Elevation-Hydrography Pilot Study

Dewberry and Quantum Spatial both participated in a USGS pilot study to develop LiDAR-derived hydrography data for five differing landscapes. The study area included five 10-digit Hydrologic Units covering approximately...
Josh Novac
Andrew Brenner

Albers CONUS 1km Tile Scheme

The 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) has been operating under an annual, opportunistic approach to data acquisition, acquiring lidar projects of varying sizes, scattered across the US. As a result, our...
Cindy Thatcher

“Ask the USGS” Q&A Session

There will be an opportunity for Q&A with the USGS including: Moderator: Amar Nayegandhi - Dewberry Panelist: Darcee Killpack - USGS Jason Stoker - USGS Josh Nimitz - USGS Cindy...
Amar Nayegandhi
Jason Stoker
Joshua Nimetz
Cindy Thatcher
Darcee Killpack
Jeff Sloan
Barry Miller

data Fusion

Day 1
07 Feb 2018

Point Cloud Analytics for Urban Areas

Today, landscapes, cities, and infrastructure networks are commonly captured using LiDAR or image-based remote sensing technologies at regular intervals. The resulting point clouds, representing digital snapshots of the reality, are...
Rico Richter
Soeren Discher

LiDAR: Fueling the GIS Machine

So much LiDAR! Manned and unmanned airborne. Mobile. Terrestrial. And with the capabilities and efficiencies of modern LiDAR scanners and associated post-capture software, higher resolution point clouds are begin created...
Ron Behrendt

Combining Photogrammetry and LiDAR for Large Scale City Capturing – Challenges and Solutions

The demand of 3D Meshes and Point clouds increases rapidly - so do the requirements in respect to resolution and capturing speed. Cities with hundrets of squarekilometers area are captured...
Konrad Wenzel

Panel Discussion with Session Presenters

There will be an interactive panel discussion with the presenters of the Data Fusion session including: Speakers: Rico Richter - Hasso Plattner Institute Ron Behrendt - Behron, LLC Konrad Wenzel...

3:00-3:30 Networking & Coffee break – last break in Exhibit HAll

Mobile Mapping

Day 1
07 Feb 2018

The Use of Point Cloud for Asset Management in the French Railway Company

Change detection is an important challenge for the French national railway company (SNCF) who is maintaining around 58,000 km of tracks. Even if a large part of the department of...
Jean Christophe Michelin
Bruno Landes

Mining the Data: How a ‘Map It Once, Use It Many Times’ Approach Benefits Municipalities and Communities

What's the most efficient, cost-effective way to handle the survey work for a municipal engineering project? Forward-thinking municipalities and agencies have discovered that the best approach is not to focus...
Nathan Shepherd

Underground Tunnel Mobile Mapping Breakthrough. Who needs GPS?

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) is currently updating their communications infrastructure within the tunnel portions of their system. The installation of new cable trays and communications cables over the...
Clay Wygant
Paul DiGiacobbe

Panel Discussion with Session Presenters

There will be an interactive panel discussion with the presenters of the Mobile Mapping session including: Speakers: Jean Christophe Michelin - SNCF Nathan Shepherd - Spicer Group Paul DiGiacobbe -...

data acquisition approaches

Day 1
07 Feb 2018

Mapping Soil Depth of Burn and Severity Following Wildfire Using State-of-the-Art Multi-spectral and Multi-temporal LiDAR

Authors: Laura Chasmer, Chris Hopkinson, Michael Sitar, Richard Petrone Warming and drying trends in Boreal Canada have caused a marked shift in the area burned by wildfire, effectively doubling that...
Chris Hopkinson

Multi-sensor Topobathymetric Approach to Mapping the Everglades National Park

In April 2016, Dewberry was awarded a task order from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Geospatial Products and Services Contract (GPSC) for a pilot project to test and evaluate...
Amar Nayegandhi

Using LiDAR Manned Aircraft SfM, and UAS SfM for Coastal Mapping

Segments of the Florida west coast beaches, dunes and sand bars were flown using 3 different platforms: traditional manned aircraft topobathymetric LiDAR, manned light aircraft SfM photography, and sUAS aerial...
Charles Wright

Panel Discussion with Session Presenters

There will be an interactive panel discussion with the presenters of the Data Acquisition Approaches session including: Speakers: Chris Hopkinson - University of Lethbridge Amar Nayegandhi - Dewberry Charles Wright...

Lidar sensor owners/operators: The good, the bad & the ugly

Day 1
07 Feb 2018

Panel Discussion of LiDAR Sensor Owners/Operators: The Good, Bad & Ugly

Expert panel discussion featuring a wide variety of commercial LiDAR sensor owners and operators. The objective of this session is to provide a forum for conference attendees to ask questions...
Craig Emrick
Chris Hopkinson
Matt Bethel
Chris Macon
Christopher Parrish

Thursday, February 8

Post Conference workshops

08 Feb 2018

***Schedule and presenters subject to change.


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