The first European LiDAR Mapping Forum exceeded all expectations by attracting 613 registered attendees representing 46 countries and 51 exhibiting companies.
"We are delighted with the response to our first outing," stated Versha Carter, Director of the European LiDAR Mapping Forum. "Despite holding the event during a week of extreme weather throughout Europe we
were still able to attract 530 attendees who actually walked through the doors. Eighty eight percent of these individuals had never attended a previous LiDAR Mapping Forum which
reinforced that we attracted a significant new audience for our European event."
Alastair MacDonald, conference Chairman opened the
conference looking at airborne, bathymetric and mobile mapping applications of
LiDAR. “Laser scanners are becoming smaller, faster and cheaper, leading to new
opportunities,” he said. “Applications are becoming more differentiated as more
integrated and complex data comes together,” he added.
MacDonald mentioned that we are seeing data processing
become increasingly important and driving a whole new range of applications. Many of the opening day presentations described the capture and data
processing efforts ranging from national digital elevation models in Sweden to
the need for processing architecture to handle large LiDAR databases. The latest
market step change of Mobile Mapping is already delivering exponential
reductions in the time and cost of performing urban and highway surveys.
George Vosselman, Professor at the University of Twente,
The Netherlands gave the keynote address to a packed out conference room that
described many issues surrounding the current use of LiDAR hardware and
Other sessions that were so popular there was nearly
standing room only included the bathymetric LiDAR sessions and the Data
Processing sessions with particular reference to Hugo Ledoux from Delft
University of Technology whose paper talked about storing and analysing massive
aerial LiDAR datasets in a DBMS.
Many delegates reported their surprise at the number of
actual exhibiting companies. The exhibitors reported that their first event
experience was a huge success. "The conference far exceeded all of our
expectations. We gained a great deal from the well arranged industry sessions
and were delighted by the networking opportunities created. Fugro looks forward
to next year's event," reported Paul Seaton, Business Development Manager with
In addition to the conference and exhibition, attendees
had the opportunity to visit seven mobile mapping vehicles which were parked
alongside and also view some very informative poster and workshop
There was a strong focus on networking throughout the week
with drinks receptions planned for each night.
The organizers are presently gathering feedback to help
determine the best location for the next event which is scheduled to be held in
European LiDAR Mapping Forum Exceeds Attendance Expectations
December 9, 2010