The most important event of the year for the LIDAR mapping industry will take place in Denver , Colorado on February 13 and 14, 2006 at the Grand Hyatt Denver Downtown. The International LIDAR Mapping Forum (ILMF) 2006 has become the " Summit " for LIDAR professionals as well as those wanting to expand their knowledge base of the technology and its applications. The ILMF 2006 conference program promises to be the best yet.

ILMF 2006 Conference Program

Monday, February 13, 2006
9:00am - 12:00pm - Breakout Sessions

101 - Intro to LIDAR Tutorial:

  1. "Introduction and Overview of Aerial LIDAR Mapping," Jennifer Whitacre, Spectrum Mapping, LLC.
  2. "Business aspects of airborne LIDAR: A cost model for LIDAR operations," Ronald B. Roth, Leica Geosystems.
  3. "The role of ground surveying in LIDAR mapping," Peter Merrett, Controlwork LLC
  4. "Bridging the Gap - Achieving extreme accuracy with a helicopter-based mapping system," Robert F. Tuck, Tuck Mapping Solutions, Inc.
  5. "New Waters, New Challenges: Latest Progress in LIDAR Bathymetry," Karen Francis, Optech Incorporated.
102 - LIDAR Processing:Track Chair - Lewis Graham, NIIRS10
  1. "Managing Large LIDAR Projects," Brad Herman, NIIRS10.
  2. "Efficient Storage and Use of LIDAR Data in a GIS," Clayton Crawford, ESRI.
  3. "Processing LIDAR Data in SOCET SET®- Exploring its Full Potential," Bingcai Zhang, BAE Systems National Security Solutions.
  4. "Real-time modeling of a LIDAR system boresight," Ramesh Sridharan, Spectrum Mapping, LLC.
  5. "Emerging alternatives in airborne LIDAR processing," Ronald B. Roth, Leica Geosystems
12:00pm - 1:30pm - Lunch Break
1:30pm - 4:30pm - Breakout Sessions

103 - LIDAR Bathymetry: Track Chair - Jeff Lillycrop - U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS.

  1. "Technology - SHOALS Fusion Products," Dr. Grady Tuell, Optech International.
  2. "Commercial perspective - LIDAR Bathymetry Market, Outlook, & Operations," David Millar, Fugro.
  3. "Government perspective - Federal LIDAR Bathymetry Programs & Directions," Bob Pope , US Navy.
  4. "Education - LIDAR Bathymetry & Coastal Surveying Training & Education Opportunities," CAPT (ret) Don Roman, University of Southern Mississippi
104 - Sensor Fusion and Feature Extraction: Track Chair - Raul Campos-Marquetti, Spectrum Mapping, LLC.
  1. "Invasive Species Mapping in Coastal Connecticut - A Fusion of High Resolution LIDAR and Multispectral Imagery," Chris Robinson, NOAA Coastal Services Center , Coastal Remote Sensing Program.
  2. "Evaluation of Automated LIDAR 3D Model Generation," Harlan Yates, Mark Rahmes, Harris Corporation.
  3. "Experimental comparison of LIDAR and image based semiautomatic building extraction systems," Freeman Chikomo, University of Newcastle upon Tyne.
  4. "Rapid Unified Generation of Urban Databases: LIDAR, Digital Camera and Hyperspectral data fusion over Barstow , CA.," Raul Campos-Marquetti, Spectrum Mapping, LLC.
  5. "Automated Feature Extraction from Vehicular LIDAR," David W. Opitz, Visual Learning Systems, Inc.
5:00pm - 7:00pm - Reception in exhibit hall

Tuesday, February 14, 2006
8:30am - 12:00pm - General Sessions

  1. "Augmenting NOAA's Use of Advanced Technologies with LIDAR," Dr. Marie Colton, Technical Director, NOAA Ocean Service.
  2. "Overview of the use of LIDAR at FEMA," Paul Rooney, Mitigation Division, Federal Emergency Management Agency.
  3. "LIDAR Data Processing and Lessons Learned at the Southwest Florida Water Management District," Diana Burdick, Southwest Florida Water Management District.
  4. "Safe, Accurate and Efficient Volumetric Analysis," Scott Schiele, Maptek, I-Site-Technical Consultant-Survey.
  5. "Measuring vertical structure changes in a savanna-woodland with LIDAR," ANDREW BERRY, University of Kentucky .
12:00pm - 1:30pm - Lunch Break
1:30pm - 5:00pm - General Sessions
  1. "Optimizing and Enhancing LIDAR Digital Elevation Models for Geologic Applications," William C. Haneberg, Haneberg Geoscience.
  2. "Beach Monitoring With LIDAR: Improving Quality and Confidence," David Kidner, Malcolm Thomas, Charlotte Leigh, University of Glamorgan , GIS Research Centre.
  3. "Advantages of echo digitization and subsequent full waveform analysis in laser scanning," Andreas ULLRICH, RIEGL Laser Measurement Systems GmbH , Austria
  4. "A Shining Star in the Katrina Disaster: LIDAR," David Gisclair , Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinators Office, Office of the Governor; Rob Cunningham, School of Coast and Environment, Louisiana State University .
  5. "A Comparative Analysis Of Elevations Derived From GPS, LIDAR And USGS Digital Elevation Models," Mark Wagaman, Veritas DGC Land . As the premier event for the LIDAR mapping industry, ILMF 2006 has produced a compelling program in an intimate, focused meeting with outstanding networking, education and marketing opportunities. (ILMF 2006 Conference Program sessions and speakers have been confirmed but are subject to change).

Full Conference Registration $390 (early registration, $290 ends December 30, 2005): Individual registration includes access to all conference sessions, vendor exhibits, breakfast, lunch and Icebreaker Reception. Online conference registration is available at

Ski Train Trip
The International LIDAR Mapping Forum is proud to offer conference registrants and their guests the opportunity to join colleagues and friends on an enjoyable train trip to one Colorado's most popular mountain destinations for skiing, sledding or a little Colorado mountain sightseeing. This is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the awesome natural beauty of the Colorado Rockies.

Leica Geosystems will provide sponsorship for the Ski Train event. All riders in the coach reserved by ILMF will receive a boxed breakfast to get energized for a day of skiing (or just touring the Winter Park area) on the ride up, as well as light refreshments on the return trip. Ronald B. Roth Product Manager - Airborne LIDAR for Leica Geosystems said "We look forward to seeing many of you on this new special event for a day of spectacular scenery and outdoors fun."

On Sunday February 12, prior to the start of the ILMF 2006 conference, ILMF has reserved an entire train car on the Ski Train - "a Denver Tradition for Generations." Begun in 1940, the Ski Train has a history of over 60 years of regular, scheduled trips to Winter Park Resort.

The train travels through scenery you'll never see any other way. In addition to the scenic wonders of the Flatirons and South Boulder Canyon , you will encounter rugged alpine wilderness and vistas not seen anywhere else but on the Ski Train. From Denver 's Union Station, the 56 mile route heads west through northwest suburban Denver and then generally parallel to South Boulder Creek, past Pinecliffe and Rollinsville. The route climbs about 4,000 feet and passes through 28 tunnels before reaching the final mountain underpass, the 6.2 mile long Moffat Tunnel. It is the highest railroad tunnel in the United States and passes under the Continental Divide. The train stops less than 100 yards from the base of the ski lifts of Winter Park .

Ski Train Fares: $44 per person (reserved space is limited to one car of 62 people - only 25 spots remain - so reserve your seat ASAP online at or contact the conference organizer).
Depart Denver Sunday February 12, 2006: 7:15 AM, boarding begins at 6:30 AM.
Arrive Winter Park : 9:30 AM

Depart Winter Park Sunday February 12, 2006: 4:15 PM
Arrive Denver : 6:30 PM
Arrival times are approximate. All tickets are same-day, round-trip.

Deadline for special ILMF rate for hotel accommodations
The deadline is one week away to take advantage of the special ILMF conference rate of $119 per night for accommodations at the Grand Hyatt Denver Downtown, an attractive, premium property located at 1750 Welton St , Denver , CO 80202. Accommodations for the conference can be reserved by calling 1(800) 233-1234 and asking for the "ILMF conference" rate, or reservations can be made online at:

The International LIDAR Mapping Forum is the industry group committed to the advancement of education and knowledge of LIDAR mapping technology and applications. To further this goal, the ILMF holds its annual meeting that brings together LIDAR professionals from around the world to network and learn about the latest technology, issues affecting LIDAR mapping and future opportunities.For those about to spend tens or hundreds of thousands, even millions of dollars on LIDAR products or services, the ILMF 2006 is a MUST!

Be a part of the biggest event in the LIDAR industry - for information, contact:
Roland Mangold, conference organizer:
International LIDAR Mapping Forum
1560 Broadway, Suite 2000
Denver , CO 80202
Tel: 303-298-9847 x 333
Fax 303-292-9279