SPAR Point Group announced that the International LiDAR Mapping Forum (ILMF) 2015 will open February 23 with a sold out exhibit floor and record number of new exhibitors. Over 60 leading hardware and software suppliers will exhibit at the 15th annual event, 18 of which are new to ILMF. “The sold out exhibit hall, along with the roster of new exhibiting companies, speaks to the importance of ILMF as a demonstration venue for LiDAR technology. Participating companies use the exhibit floor as a strategic component to the event’s high-level educational program” said Gregg Shapiro, ILMF Sales Manager. See the complete list of exhibitors here.

ILMF, takes place February 23-25, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Denver in Denver, Colorado and is the foremost technical conference and exhibition focused on data acquisition, fusion, processing and point clouds for airborne, terrestrial and underwater LiDAR used to support transport, urban modelling, coastal zone mapping, utility asset management and more.

Exhibitors include hardware manufacturers, software providers, complementary sensor manufacturers, engineering services, service providers, data processing, GIS solutions and more.

Also new for 2015, “we have added a UAV pavilion and programming to arm delegates with insight into the emerging UAV/UAS market and the impact on aerial LiDAR and other remote sensing technologies” said Lisa Murray, ILMF Director. “We cannot ignore the emergence of UAVs in the aerial surveying and mapping space, when discussing latest advances.” UAV experts including Don Weigel of Airware, Colin Snow of Drone Analyst, Brendan Schulman of Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP and Jeff Cozart of University of Colorado, Denver will discuss the current legal and regulatory environment, considerations for incorporating UAVs into current workflows and predictions for the future. In addition, UAV exhibitors will be on-hand in the UAV pavilion and participating in a panel discussion on hardware, software and service options. Top manufacturers including RIEGL, Topcon, Trimble, Velodyne, AIBOTIX, senseFLY, DroneDeploy, Phoenix Aerial Systems, Aerial Data Systems and Altavian will showcase platforms and related systems on the exhibit floor.

More than 800 LiDAR professionals are expected to attend ILMF 2015. Among the organizations sending delegates are:

AECOM
American Transmission Co
BAE Systems
Ball Aerospace
BNSF Railway
Bonneville Power Administration
Devon Energy Corporation
Dewberry
NASA
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
NAVAIR
US Department of Agriculture
US Department of Transportation
US Forest Service
US Geological Survey
Woolpert

See the complete list of participating organizations here.

The ILMF conference program will feature over 60 industry experts presenting best practices and case studies for cutting-edge technologies such as Geiger-mode LiDAR, Focal Plane Array (FPA) LiDAR, Mobile Mapping Systems (MMS) and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.

For more information visit www.lidarmap.org/international. Registration is available online here.