Aerial Services, the remote-sensing and mapping company based in Cedar Falls, Iowa, has announced its summer webinar series on three different geospatial topics.The webinars are free to those who preregister.

On May 29, Aaron Schepers, president of Cornerstone Mapping, will discuss thermal technologies. Converging airborne technologies has enabled the combination of thermal imaging with mapping cameras. Traditional color and color infrared imagery facilitates thermal image interpretation, while the thermal imagery identifies heat signatures that are otherwise invisible. As a result, thermal remote sensing is becoming a practical solution for mapping applications. Incorporating thermal imagery with geospatial data opens new opportunities. This session will cover various aspects of airborne thermal imaging and its applications.

On June 19, Adam Campbell, LiDAR specialist with Aerial Servies, will overview Light Imaging Detection and Ranging’s (LiDAR) abilities and possible applications. This primer will discuss how LiDAR has become a common tool used in mapping and is being dispatched to complete more and more projects. Ample example data will be displayed to give a flavor of what LiDAR can do for you.

On July 31, Mike Tully, president and CEO of Aerial Services, will discuss ortho and LiDAR accuracy. One of the major problems of using this data is the abundant availability of inexpensive data and information at multiple scales, resolutions and time periods. Sources of errors tend to accumulate in these datasets. In order to increase accuracy of the final deliverable, it is imperative to know the source and amount of error associated with the final outcomes. This session will describe sources and causes of error when using multiscale geospatial data and how to handle it. It will also introduce methods used to reduce error and understand the relationship between scale and error.