March 23-25, 2020 | Walter E. Washington Convention Center | Washington, DC

2019 ILMF Conference Program


Monday, January 28

Pre-conference workshops & events

ASPRS Workshops

Click here to see a full list of ASPRS workshops being offered at this year’s event. Times & prices will vary based on selections. Registration is required.


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 “+” below to see a full schedule with times and locations.

Participating Companies

Monday, January 28 Track I – Centennial A-C Track II – Centennial F-H
8:30-8:45 Geomni Esri
8:45-9:00 Trimble Phoenix LiDAR Systems
9:00-9:15 GeoCue BayesMap Solutions, LLC
9:15-9:30 Aero-Graphics Inc. Allvision IO
9:30-9:45 Sanborn Mitsubishi
9:45-10:00 Paracosm Applanix
10:00-10:15 Quantum Spatial Emesent
10:15-10:30 ASTRA LiTe, Inc. Microdrones
10:30-10:45 Nearmap US, Inc. Geo-Plus
10:45-11:00 Pix4D Teledyne Optech
11:00-11:15 Harris Corporation nFrames
11:15-11:30 Vexcel Imaging Hexagon
11:30-11:45 Phase One Industrial Hexagon
11:45-12:00 Blue Marble Geographics RIEGL USA Inc.

EXHIBITion open 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM

opening & Keynotes

Day 1
Jan 28 2019

Welcome Address

Lisa Murray, Group Director, will welcome the crowd to the 2019 International LiDAR Mapping Forum and inaugural edition of Geo Week. Ms.Murray will be joined by Karen Schuckman, Program Manager...
Lisa Murray
Karen Schuckman
Brian Raber

Moving from Static Data to Kinetic Data: LiDAR’s Growth in the Age of Smart Cities

Join us for an exploration of enormous growth and usage of LiDAR data in the context of Smart Cities. Trusted, authenticated data is the foundation of high performance urban environments...
Paul Doherty

You Say You Want a Revolution: Lidar as a Paradigm Shifter in Maya Archaeology

Lidar is changing a number of commercial industries and scientific disciplines, but perhaps none more than Maya archaeology. This talk will explore why the lidar revolution in the Maya area...
Thomas Garrison

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

LIDAR solutions for AEC

Day 1
Jan 28 2019

Arizona State Parks Mapping Project

The Arizona State Parks have a total of 32 park sites. In 2017 and 2018, Cooper Aerial worked directly with the Arizona State Parks to survey and map 21 of...
Zach Radel

Using LiDAR to Survey 1,000 Bridges in Kentucky

The daunting task of repairing or replacing over one thousand bridges in the Bridging Kentucky program starts at the point of data collection. How fast and accurate can you survey...
Ben Shinabery

Multi-Sensor Approach for Highway Rockfall Risk

Assessing rockfall source areas on a canyon scale or roadcut scale presents a difficult challenge for quantifying risk. By combining new technologies of UAS LiDAR in combination with mobile LiDAR...
James Oliver

Panel Discussion

There will be a 30-minute panel discussion and Q&A with presenters of the Lidar Solutions for AEC session.


Day 1
Jan 28 2019

FMCW Lidar for Mapping Applications

Blackmore has developed real-time, 3D imaging lidar products based on frequency modulation and coherent detection for autonomous driving and defense applications. The advantages of this approach include long range performance,...
Stephen Crouch

LiDAR Odometry for Autonomous Underground Flight

The M3Robotics lab is developing an autonomous flying platform capable of navigating through a mining environment to assist with mapping and assessment of unknown underground environments. This project has several...
Mark Lesak

Solid-state Lidar using Software Pattern Matching

Our research team from Cisco Systems will present a whole new approach to 3D vision for autonomous vehicles with a new type of solid-state LiDAR sensor that is inexpensive and...
Mark Reddy Thumma

Panel Discussion

There will be a 30 minute panel discussion and Q&A with presenters of the Vehicle Autonomy session.

University Lightning round

2019 University Lightning Round

Join us for the University Lightning Round to learn about the exceptional achievements, within the realm of lidar technology, coming out of universities. Gain insight into future advancements and help decide the winners along with of a panel of expert judges. Click here to find out more about the participating universities.  

4:00 – 5:00 PM

Geo-league Challenge

2019 Geo-League Challenge

This will be the ninth year of the Geo-League 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! 

4:00 – 5:00 PM

Welcome Happy Hour

Welcome Happy Hour on the Exhibit Floor

Join friends and colleagues in the exhibit hall for the official Welcome Happy Hour! Network with fellow attendees and connect with exhibitors one-on-one while enjoying beer and wine. Networking event sponsored by MAPPS.


Tuesday, January 29

EXHIBITion open 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM


Day 1
Jan 29 2019

Lidar’s Brave New World: Bridging the Gap Between Geospatial Mapping and Autonomous Vehicle Perception

Over the past two decades, the geospatial mapping community—led principally by government and industry partners within NASA and the U.S. Department of Defense—has driven innovation of LiDAR technology, successfully evolving...
Barry Behnken

Disruptive Technology for Reality Capture

Currently we are seeing massive disruption in technologies that can be used to capture accurate information about the world around us. These changes are being driven from a diverse set...
Peter Batty

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


Day 1
Jan 29 2019

Coastal LiDAR and Rapid Detection of Changes after Hurricanes

The Joint Airborne Lidar Bathymetry Technical Center of Expertise (JALBTCX) has developed a state-of-the-art capability to collect post-hurricane lidar data and to deliver maps and quantities of change in elevation,...
Jennifer Wozencraft

Supporting Hurricane Irma and Maria Disaster Recovery: Topographic and Topo-Bathymetric LiDAR mapping in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico

In 2016, USGS awarded a task order to Dewberry to produce high resolution lidar data for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Whereas previous surveys were concentrated on the coast, this...
Amar Nayegandhi

High Density LiDAR of the 2018 Volcanic Eruption

The 2018 Kilauea volcanic eruption began May 3rd, 2018. The ensuing lava flows destroyed infrastructure and property over large areas of the southwest corner of the Island of Hawaii. As...
John English

Panel Discussion

There will be a 30 minute panel discussion and Q&A with presenters of the Disaster Response session.

Advanced Lidar Sensor Topics

Day 1
Jan 29 2019

Towards Radiometrically-calibrated LiDAR Intensity: Analysis of Range-corrected Reflectance compared to Hyperspectral Data

Lidar intensity represents an element of information often used visually, but not always suitable for e.g. classification as the intensity is highly variable even over similar surfaces. The differences are...
Dagrun Aarsten

IPDA LiDAR for Mapping and Quantification of Natural Gas Emissions

Natural gas emissions originate from a multitude of sources. All natural gas emissions contribute to rising atmospheric concentrations of methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Since 2013, Ball Aerospace, with partial...
Jarett Bartholomew

Good Timing

To date, single photon LiDAR (SPL) sensors have evolved over a decade from single detector systems to imaging arrays, and from ground-based systems to space-borne missions. One of the key...
Marcos Sirota

Panel Discussion

There will be a 30 minute panel discussion and Q&A with presenters of the Advanced Lidar Sensor Topics session.

12:00-1:30 PM Lunch – Exhibit HAll


Day 1
Jan 29 2019

From Data Discovery to Data Visualization and Data Dissemination: Handling Large LiDAR datasets for a Statewide Customer in the Public Cloud

Significant challenges exist when managing data discovery and dissemination for Lidar data sources, ranging from data storage to data discovery to feature extraction through to data visualization. In this talk,...
Sharad Oberoi

Cloud Based 3D Data Management – A Business Case Analysis

As sensors and collection methods continue to evolve and improve on an extraordinary pace, the challenge of 3D Data Management becomes more prominent for both service providers as well as...
Randy Rhoads

Artificial Intelligence & LiDAR: The Future of Autonomous Processing

The world around us is changing constantly. Today, we have no fast way to continuously track the roads we drive and the sidewalks we walk. The technology to create a...
Elmer Bol
Rebecca Boyer

Panel Discussion

There will be a 30 minute panel discussion and Q&A with presenters of the LiDAR in the Cloud session.


Day 1
Jan 29 2019

High Resolution Airborne LiDAR Bathymetry to Increase the Navigational Safety of Tonga and Niue

Safe and reliable passage through Pacific waters is essential to protect fragile ocean environments and allow Pacific island countries' economies to develop. The Pacific Regional Navigation Initiative (PRNI) aims to...
Carol Lockhart

Bathymetric LiDAR Point Densities and the Point of Diminishing Returns

In bathymetric lidar, higher point density does not always equate to greater seafloor detail in the final point cloud. Bathymetric lidar beam divergence determines the size of the laser footprint...
Chris Macon

Bathymetric Lidar for SOLAS-compliant Charting

Bathymetric lidar, while quicker and cheaper than shipborne swathe systems, has long struggled to meet the accuracy and object detection criteria required of special order or order 1A surveys under...
Phil Payne

Panel Discussion

There will be a 30 minute panel discussion and Q&A with presenters of the Bathymetric LiDAR session.

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


Day 1
Jan 29 2019

Challenges in Rapid LIDAR Point Cloud Delivery

LIDAR sensors and LIDAR systems utilized for precise surveying in various fields of application are operated from significantly distinct platforms from static platforms during a single 3D scan acquisition in...
Andreas Ullrich

Airborne LiDAR Point Density, More to the Point

How is airborne LiDAR point density measured? How is it reported? What constitutes point density acceptance? The varied answers may surprise you. LiDAR providers, data QC entities, and end users...
Matt Bethel

Quantifying How Deliverables Change with Varying Acquisition Techniques

RME Geomatics has been operating 2 Riegl VUX LiDAR systems since the first production units were released, over 3 years ago. These scanners have been employed on RME's Renegade UAV...
Curtis Parks

Panel Discussion

There will be a 30 minute panel discussion and Q&A with presenters of the LiDAR Data Processing session.


Day 1
Jan 29 2019

Performance Issues in Drone LiDAR Systems

When it comes to low mass LIDAR systems for drone mapping, they are not all created equal! Considerations that come in to play include multiple returns (which some systems lack),...
Lewis Graham

Getting Survey-Grade Accuracy from a UAV: Real-world Considerations and Applications

As many survey and mapping companies have learned all too well, getting survey-grade accuracy data from a drone is challenging. Drone technology has advanced rapidly, and getting a drone into...
Logan Campbell
Jeffrey Miller

LiDAR or Imagery: Harnessing Drones the Photogrammetric Way

The mass marketing of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or drones, through the retail market coupled with latest advance in image matching and structure from motion (SfM) has generated tremendous excitement...
Qassim Abdullah

Panel Discussion

There will be a 30 minute panel discussion and Q&A with presenters of the UAS Technology session.

Lidar leader & ASPRS awards

2019 Lidar Leader Awards

At ILMF 2019 (co-located with ASPRS Annual Conference), we are excited to host the second annual Lidar Leader Awards in cooperation with Lidar Magazine. The ceremony will address five distinct categories: Outstanding Personal Achievement in Lidar, Outstanding Team Achievement in Lidar, Outstanding Enterprise Achievement in Lidar, Outstanding Innovation in Lidar, Outstanding University Achievement in Lidar.

4:30 – 5:00 PM

2019 ASPRS Awards

ASPRS will be presenting the following awards: The Photogrammetric (Fairchild) Award, Lifetime Achievement Award, ASPRS Outstanding Technical Achievement Award, and The William T. Pecora Award. 

5:00 – 5:30 PM


lidar & lager networking event

Lidar & Lager Networking Event

Network with friends & colleagues at the Wynkoop Brewing Co., a Denver institution since 1988! Enjoy craft beer, light snacks, billiards, shuffleboard and foosball at this ever-popular gathering. Networking event sponsored by Hexagon. 


Wednesday, January 30

EXHIBITion open 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM


Day 1
Jan 30 2019

3D Nation Requirements and Benefits Study

NOAA and USGS are leading a study to design a 3D Nation Requirements and Benefits Study. This presentation will explain the 3D Nation Study background and goals, which include refreshing...
Sue Hoegberg

Q&A Session

There will be a 30-minute Q&A discussion after the 3D Nation Requirements and Benefits Study presentation.


Day 1
Jan 30 2019

Far North and Out of Sight: Corridor Mapping of Powerlines in Iceland

The project was to map and survey powerlines for Landsnet (co-presenter), the main transmission system operator in Iceland. The first zone Delair had to map was North in Akureyri where...
Paolo Guzzini

BVLOS long-endurance UAS flights using APX-series IMU and RTX-PP technology: a powerline case study using LiDAR

In the corridor mapping industry, UAS LiDAR survey fills a unique role that is complementary to manned surveys. YellowScan develops all-integrated LiDAR systems for UAS. All units include laser scanner,...
Thibaud Capra

Real-World Use Case of Large Area Coverage, High Resolution Geiger Mode LiDAR for Network-Wide Utility Asset Management

Mapping of utility distribution infrastructure such as poles, pole assets, wires, transformers, and other fine features require extremely high-resolution data covering large geographic expanses. Until recently, these types of projects...
Robert Draper

Panel Discussion

There will be a 30 minute panel discussion and Q&A with presenters of the Utility Projects session.

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


Day 1
Jan 30 2019

BIG Infrastructure: Glen Canyon Dam Unified Intelligent Model

The US Bureau of Reclamation develops, manages and protects western water resources for the nation. Built in an age of slide rules and drafting, Reclamation?s 492 dams and 53 powerplants...
David Winslow

Tunnel Wall Survey and Inspection by Mobile Mapping

MIMM (Mobile Imaging technology systems & Mobile Mapping system) is a combined system of MIS (Mobile Imaging technology Systems) developed by Keisokukensa CO., Ltd. lighting tunnel walls and taking pictures...
Junichi Takiguchi
Kazuhisa Masuzoe

UAV and Mobile Lidar Fusion and Data Sharing for SR 417

Maser Consulting collected UAV and mobile LiDAR data along Florida’s State Route 417, as the primary source of survey for the corridor widening project underway for Central Florida Expressway. The...
Paul DiGiacobbe
Ted Knaak

Panel Discussion

There will be a 30 minute panel discussion and Q&A with presenters of the Infrastructure session.


Day 1
Jan 30 2019

A Clearer Picture of D.C.’s Tree Canopy Using LiDAR

Washington D.C.'s Urban Forestry Administration (UFA) has been keeping a close eye on the District's tree canopy for the last ten years. Tree canopy cover has been mapped in the...
Jeremy Cantor
Earl Eutsler

SPL 100 LiDAR for Forest Analysis: Costs and Benefits

As new approaches to acquiring LiDAR come on to the market, it is important to test them and assess their value for key applications. MN DNR has conducted an ongoing...
Andrew Brenner
Jennifer Corcoran

UAV-based ALS for New Zealand Plantation Forestry: Challenges and Opportunities

As management costs increase, managed forest resources get larger, and our available labour force declines, foresters have been increasingly harnessing the advantages of remote sensing. In recent years, LiDAR has...
Robin Hartley

Panel Discussion

There will be a 30 minute panel discussion and Q&A with presenters of the Forestry session.


Day 1
Jan 30 2019

High Resolution Topographic Change in the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica

The McMurdo Dry Valleys (MDV), are the largest ice-sheet free region on the Antarctic continent. They are composed of mostly east-west trending valleys that separate the Ross Sea from the...
Craig Glennie

50,000+ km – A long line!

Growing electrical supply challenges and major bushfire events through-out Australia have resulted in a Federal Government mandate for utility enterprises to undertake annual inspections of their networks to identify vegetation...
Gregory Itzstein

Mapping the Big Island using Single Photon Lidar

Woolpert was tasked by NOAA and the USGS to map Hawaii’s largest island in early 2018. Considering the rugged terrain of the island, dense vegetation, and the non-favorable weather conditions...
Qassim Abdullah

Panel Discussion

There will be a 30 minute panel discussion and Q&A with presenters of the Airborne Case Studies session.


Day 1
Jan 30 2019

Mapping the Unseen: A Case Study in the Integration of Photogrammetry, LiDAR, and Geomagnetic Data to Better Characterize a Closed Landfill

LiDAR and photogrammetry surveys as well as the broad array of infrared sensing methods using unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) are focused on what is happening on the surface of the...
Ronald Bell

Results from UAV Deployments of ASTRALiTe Topo-Bathy LiDAR Sensor

We present data from a breakthrough Lidar technology in mapping, detecting, and identifying underwater features in shallow waters (< 5m) from an above-water, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). We show examples...
Andrew Gisler

Evolving Mapping with UAS Multi-Beam Flash LiDAR

Following a decade of limited innovation in LiDAR, a new wave of high-resolution semiconductor hardware is scaling down sensor size, weight, cost, and power consumption, resulting in greater portability, new...
Angus Pacala
Jacob Hewitt

Panel Discussion

There will be a 30 minute panel discussion and Q&A with presenters of the Emerging Sensor Technologies session.

12:30-2:00 PM Lunch – Exhibit HAll


Day 1
Jan 30 2019

Topo-Bathymetric LiDAR: The Missing Link in the Dutch National Height Model?

Het Waterschapshuis is responsible for joint efforts of the 21 public water agencies (aka boards) in The Netherlands, which estimate that 26% of the country is below sea level, and...
Jeroen Leusink

Charting the Course: Shoreline mapping of Nantucket & Martha’s Vineyard with Topo-Bathymetric LiDAR

NOAA's National Geodetic Survey (NGS) produces the national shoreline which provides critical baseline data for updating nautical charts; defining our nation?s territorial limits, including the Exclusive Economic Zone; and managing...
Ray Miller

Panel Discussion

There will be a 30 minute panel discussion and Q&A with presenters of the Topo-bathymetric lidar session.


Day 1
Jan 30 2019

Combining Mobile LiDAR and Photogrammetric Remote Sensing for Assets Data Collection in Colorado Roadways

Combining Mobile LiDAR and Photogrammetric Remote Sensing for Assets Data Collection in Colorado Roadways By Roberto A. Avila, Ph.D.1, Dennis R. Sandin, RPP2, Robert S. Dzur, MA2, Roger D. Nelson,...
Roberto Avila
Robert Dzur

The L.A. Underground: Mobile LiDAR Mapping for Rail Tunnel Retrofit

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) intends to accommodate increased service levels on the Metro Red and Purple Lines. To achieve this, the Division 20 Portal Widening and Turnback...
Joe Feyder

Surveying a Billion Dollar State Asset

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) enlisted Rice Associates (RA) to conduct a limited location survey for 15 miles of Interstate 64 centered on the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel. This...
Obadyah Foord

Panel Discussion

There will be a 30 minute panel discussion and Q&A with presenters of the Mobile Mapping session.

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

geospatial Industry visionaries panel

Day 1
Jan 30 2019

Future Insights & Perspectives from Industry Leaders

Across global industrial and commercial market sectors, 3D reality capture technologies are rapidly transforming industries and disrupting traditional project workflows. To conclude the inaugural 2019 Geo Week events (International LiDAR...
Lewis Graham
Amar Nayegandhi
Konrad Wenzel
Jim Van Rens
Jarlath O’Neil-Dunne
Ron Roth
Michel Stanier

Thursday, January 31

Post-conference workshops & events

Day 1
Jan 31 2019




Geo Week


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