Sanborn LiDAR Presentations @ GIS in the Rockies

GIS Conference Info

Want a crash course on LiDAR best practices?  Join us at the GIS in the Rockies” Conference, Wednesday, Sept 16 2009 in Loveland Colorado, between 1:30pm and 5:00pm.  Sanborn LiDAR staff will be presenting five sessions on LiDAR including use cases, accuracy, calibration and more.

Pick up copies of our presentations via the blue “Box” file sharing widget on the right sidebar of this blog or at slideshare here: Session Details after the jump…

Sessions Include:

Why do we need LiDAR? Presenter: Jamie Young       Sanborn Map Company

The presentation will cover several aspects of LiDAR as it relates to the end-user. LiDAR uses and applications will be discussed. Expected accuracies and how they relate to applications and uses and the published accuracy specifications will be detailed. Additionally, we will discuss ways to determine what an end-user needs related to their project and lastly, return on investment and feedback from clients from and number of LiDAR sources will be discussed as they relate to the above topics.

Expected Accuracies of LiDAR Acquisitions      Presenter: Matt Aschbrenner, Grant Bunting     Sanborn Map Company

In LiDAR acquisition, many variables warrant consideration to ensure accurate and high quality LiDAR data. Network and checkpoint surveys are practical examples to reach or surpass expected accuracies. Specific factors of local are necessary when planning the most efficient schedule of collection. Timely acquisition can be achieved by understanding weather patterns, terrain, and mobilization issues of a job site.

Calibration Errors in Data and QC/QA     Presenter:  Brandon Tilley     Sanborn Map Company

The presentation will cover calibration errors that directly relate to the end product data set and the quality assurance of a successful end product data set. The tools and information will help with determining minor calibration errors and understanding what needs to be taken into consideration when creating a bare earth end product. This will include, but not limited to, points which are man-made, non bare earth and small calibration issues that cause gaps/less accurate data. Structures and outliers that do not represent a clean and accurate bare earth surface such as buildings, bridges, and vegetation will be re-classified for demonstrational purposes as these are vital in creating an accurate final dataset.

LiDAR aiding Decision-making Process    Author:  Erica Tilley    Presenter: Jamie Young     Sanborn Map Company

The presentation will discuss the applications and uses of LiDAR data as it relates to City and counties. The topics of discussion will include how counties and cities can get the most out of their LiDAR data. How this data set can be a valuable additional Layer in any County or city GIS. Examples of 3–D modeling and how this is used will be provided.

LiDAR in ArcGIS     Presenter: Christian Everhart    Sanborn Map Company

Public LiDAR datasets are becoming available at a very fast pace, but the user needs tools that can work with the LAS format for LiDAR data storage.  With the long running popularity of ArcGIS, many people are looking for ways to leverage their investment; including integrating LiDAR data into existing processes.  This presentation will show a few different techniques that will allow a user to import their LiDAR data into an ArcGIS friendly format.  The focus will be on conversion of LiDAR data, not analysis techniques.


3 Responses

  1. If you would like a copy of any of the presentations please send to or download from main blog page

  2. All presentations are posted to the right in the blue box for downloading

  3. I cover the International Lidar Mapping Forum on our blog. My coverage of The considerations of new LiDAR sensor technology presentation can be found at
    It is a great presentation.

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