The International LiDAR Mapping Forum (ILMF), taking place from Feb. 11-13, 2013 in Denver, has just launched a dynamic conference program for its biggest event yet.

More than 70 abstracts were submitted by major international contributors. These were all reviewed by the ILMF’s technical committee to produce a program that touches on new developments in all sectors of the industry. A particular highlight of the program will be new developments in laser scanning sensors for airborne, bathymetric and terrestrial data capture, which have led to game-changing new applications. Another notable theme of the program is that technology is becoming smaller, faster, better and cheaper. Speakers will talk about the positive effects of this on the whole LIDAR community and introduce new work opportunities and even more applications.

There will also be a dedicated session on recent projects, with service providers describing real world examples of laser scanning in practice and passing on crucial lessons learned.

One of the major benefits of ILMF is having the opportunity to discuss the state of the industry with peers to learn best practices and share ideas across the industry’s diverse business sectors.

The ILMF13 exhibition will be the biggest yet, with 70 leading technology, software and service providers from 17 different countries, adding extra benefits and value to the conference for all delegates. Exhibitors include the LIDAR and complementary sensor manufacturers, survey service companies, data processing, GIS and management specialists and the latest mobile mapping vehicles. In addition, there will be a series of Basic to LIDAR workshops and live mobile mapping demonstrations to enable delegates to witness data capture methods in real time, and to learn about the latest advances in mobile and 3D capture applications, including integration with LIDAR and photogrammetry.

As in previous years the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) will be presenting ‘hot topics’ sessions. In one session, ASPRS will reveal for the first time plans for their new LAS validation software. As LAS is the standard data delivery format throughout the world, this new software will be crucial in ensuring LAS file compliance. Other ASPRS sessions include best practice and accuracy assessment methodologies for mobile laser scanning, and the first public update on a major project funded by US Geological Survey which is investigating new approaches of calibrating and geometrically adjusting airborne LIDAR projects.