The 16th annual International LiDAR Mapping Forum (ILMF), taking place Feb. 22-24, 2016 in Denver, has announced a call for papers. Interested parties are invited to submit their abstracts here by Sept. 1.

Whether supporting highly detailed 3D urban mapping projects, forestry management, or railroad and power transmission line maintenance programs, LiDAR technology delivers the results needed by today's demanding geospatial and mapping professionals. As such, abstracts addressing various topics are welcome:

  • Applications/integration of LiDAR, photogrammetry, survey data and dense image matching
  • UAV/UAS developments and applications with a particular focus on precision measurement collection
  • Data acquisition: Airborne, terrestrial and bathymetric LiDAR
  • LiDAR point clouds and large data sets
  • Data fusion and processing technologies
  • Engineering collaboration systems and cloud-hosted data management
  • Developments in point data classification and GIS modeling
  • Trends and new technology development
  • Mobile mapping and survey
  • Industry issues
  • Recent project examples

The ILMF advisory board will review each abstract, and the final program will be announced in November. Abstracts are encouraged by users of hardware and software, professionals from government entities, process and power companies, and the like. Under the ILMF structure, vendors are also welcome to nominate end-user customers. Abstracts promoting products for marketing purposes are not welcome.

Drawing more than 800 professional attendees from 27 countries, the ILMF 2015 success suggests that LiDAR — in its increasing variety of operational formats either alone or when complementing other technologies — is becoming a critically important technology for fast, accurate and quality geospatial data acquisition.