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

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 the current list of presenting companies. Full schedule with times and location to come.

Participating Companies



Blue Marble Geographics




Keystone Aerial






Quantum Spatial


Sanborn Mapping

Vexcel Imaging


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 Shuckman
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


Day 1
Jan 28 2019

3D Elevation Program Status and Future Directions

The USGS is in the early stages of defining a strategic vision to develop the next generation of hydrography data derived from and interoperable with elevation data from the 3D...
Vicki Lukas

The 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) Strategic Acquisition Plan

3DEP aspires to systematically collect enhanced elevation data in the form of lidar data over the continental United States, Hawaii and the U.S territories and ifsar data over Alaska. 3DEP...
Diane Eldridge

The USGS Lidar Base Specification Review and Approval Process

Considering the rapid advancement in lidar technologies, the US Geological Survey’s (USGS) National Geospatial Program (NGP, National Geospatial Technical Operations Center (NGTOC) and the 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) have adopted...
James Kaufmann

Panel Discussion

There will be a 30 minute panel discussion and Q&A with presenters of the USGS Updates 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...
Andrew Petruska

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...

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.

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

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.


Tuesday, January 29

EXHIBITion open 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM


Day 1
Jan 29 2019

The 3D Elevation Program (3DEP): The Map Half Full

When 3DEP was initially envisioned in the 2014 USGS Call for Action publication, a nationwide lidar program seemed an impossible dream due to the estimated cost at $1B and the...
Jim Reilly
Kevin T Gallagher

Ushering in a New Era of Spaceborne Laser Altimetry and Its Dependence on Satellite Geodesy

We are at the forefront of ushering in an exciting new era of spaceborne laser altimetry with the recent launches of two of NASA’s most advanced satellite laser altimeters. The...
Scott B Luthcke

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

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

The Fusion of Remotely Sensed Data on the Cloud, and Leveraging the Fused Data for AI and ML Analytics

Visual and remotely sensed data comes in several formats, and sizes. LiDAR, drone and traditional Aerial Photogrammetry Data, Point Clouds, Orthomosaics, Digital Elevation Models, Reflectance Maps, and other geospatial data...
Paul Spaur

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

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...
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 awards

2019 Lidar Leader Awards Ceremony

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 – 5:30 PM


lidar & lager networking event

LiDAR & Lagers Networking Event

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


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...
Allyson Jason
Sue Hoegberg

“Ask the USGS” Q&A Session

The 'Ask the USGS' question and answer session provides conference attendees with an opportunity to directly interact with key USGS technical and management staff members. Since USGS is responsible for...
Allyson Jason
Vicki Lukas
Diane Eldridge
Joshua Nimetz
Jason Stoker


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 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

Panel Discussion

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


Day 1
Jan 30 2019

Real-time LiDAR Processing for Tree Metrics

So much geospatial data is now being collected worldwide that the main challenges service providers now face is insufficient storage space and processing power. Due to limited capacities on the...
Iain Woodhouse

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

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

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 in Inland Waterways: Case Study of Rainbow Springs, Florida

In general, topobathymetric lidar has performed well in shallow, near-shore estuaries and other similar clear-water coastal environments. Although there is growing interest, resulting from the recent USGS/3D Nation Program to...
Alvan Karlin

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

Terrestrial Mobile LiDAR for Roadway Feature Extraction

Terrestrial Mobile LiDAR (TML) is a powerful mapping method that uses laser scanning to identify roadway assets and related infrastructure quickly, accurately and cost efficiently. Using Leica Pegasus:Two Ultimate mobile...
Peter Sforza

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

Industry visionaries panel discussion

Day 1
Jan 30 2019

Hot Topics from Industry Visionaries

Get the inside scoop about what’s on the horizon! A panel of visionaries will debate and discuss the future of the geospatial industry as well as the opportunities and challenges...

Thursday, January 31

Post-conference workshops & events

Day 1
Jan 31 2019




© Diversified Communications. All rights reserved.