LiDAR Conference & Expo to Explore the Newest LiDAR Technologies

The organizers of International LiDAR Mapping Forum (ILMF), a leading technical conference and expo covering the newest airborne, terrestrial and underwater LiDAR as well as emerging remote-sensing and data collection tools and technologies, announced the 2017 conference program and presenters.

“The 2017 conference is a must-attend for professionals involved in the collection, processing and visualization of remotely-sensed LiDAR data,” said Lisa Murray, Event Director. “ILMF will provide the latest technical information, including a deep dive into next-generation LiDAR technologies Geiger-Mode LiDAR (GML) and Single-Photon LiDAR (SPL),  technologies that are sparking much excitement and debate within the mapping community.” The 17th annual edition of ILMF will take place February 13-15, 2017 in Denver, Colorado.

The main conference program begins with two sessions on GML and SPL. Geiger-Mode LiDAR and Single-Photon LiDAR: What’s the Difference & Why Does it Matter? and Reporting Out: GML/SPL Applied to Large-Scale Projects, including lessons learned from the nation’s first statewide program to leverage Geiger-mode technology (North Carolina), will provide answers to the many questions geospatial professionals have about these new technologies. Sensor characteristics, data density, accuracy and stability of point clouds and filtering techniques will all be addressed. Presenters in the sessions include representatives from USGS, University of Houston, North Carolina Emergency Management, ESP Associates, USDA NRCS National Geospatial Center of Excellence as well as a panel discussion with key manufacturers.

Other sessions include:

  • Point Clouds: From Processing & Feature Extraction to Analysis & Management
  • Updates from the USGS
  • Topo-Bathy/Shoreline Mapping
  • Forestry
  • Multi-Sensor & Data Fusion
  • New Technologies
  • UAVs & LiDAR
  • Bathymetry LiDAR & Topobathy
  • Coastal Monitoring
  • New Developments in Mobile Mapping
  • Landslide Detection & Mapping
  • Analyzing LiDAR Information for Decision-Making

The applications for LiDAR and its companion technologies include asset management, civil infrastructure, forestry, land and natural resource management, urban modeling, coastal zone mapping, and emergency services and disaster response.

More than 50 aerial mapping experts will be speaking including professionals from research organizations, government agencies, private enterprise, as well as leading academics. The 2017 presenter list can be viewed here. The full conference program can be viewed here. In addition to the main program, “Product Previews” will provide brief updates on vendors’ newest products and latest advances.  Keynotes will be announced at a later date.


The exhibit floor will have more than 60 leading technology, software and service providers from around the world. Exhibitors include airborne, terrestrial and bathymetric LiDAR, complementary solutions providers, sensor manufacturers, service providers, data processing, GIS, UAV/UAS suppliers and more. The current exhibitor list can be viewed here.  For the third consecutive year, the exhibit floor will have a UAV/UAS pavilion to arm delegates with insight into the growing UAV/UAS market and the opportunities this presents for aerial LiDAR professionals.


Early-bird registration is available now. Interested parties are encouraged to register before the early-bird deadline to save $175. Registration is available online here.


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