The following is a guest post by UVM Undergrad Hanna Anderson. Hanna was able to attend the International LiDAR Mapping Forum and below is her account of the event:
LiDAR technology is advancing quickly, being used in a wide range of disciplines including transportation. By attending the International LiDAR Mapping Forum (ILMF) in Denver, CO I was able to learn about the different uses for airborne, terrestrial, and bathymetric LiDAR. The conference was not only a learning experience, but it also gave me the opportunity to network with a lot of professionals from commercial enterprises and government departments doing work with LiDAR.
Each day at the conference included technical presentations, technical workshops, and exhibits of organizations showcasing their LiDAR systems and software. I was able to learn the most about LiDAR in the transportation field during some of the presentations. In one interesting case, LiDAR was used in Columbia to acquire data used for cut/fill analysis and preliminary road alignment. It is a technology that is changing the speed of roadway construction, allowing for a more streamline design process. Airborne LiDAR is the most popular system being used in the transportation field because it is easy to get a wide range of data in a short amount of time.
The amount of projects using this technology is incredible and it is growing every day. I was very lucky to attend this conference because it opened my eyes to the amount of work that I can do with the technology. In my current research I focus on using terrestrial LiDAR to study both dirt road and streambank erosion, and after attending this conference I am excited to broaden my uses of the technology with more research.
– Hanna Anderson