GeoSearch, Inc. is exhibiting at the ILMF along with 56 other companies that are exhibiting with us. It has had great traffic and has attracted attendance from professionals that have come from all over the world. After spending some time in the Exhibit Hall the Welcoming and Opening Address kicked things off and it previewed that the presentation will cover several aspects of LiDAR as it relates to the end-user. LiDAR uses and applications will be front and center in this forum.
The ASPRS Hot Topics Session went first but the first presentation GeoSearch attended was the Data Collection break out session given and presented by Jamie Young General Manager – LiDAR services team at The Sanborn Map Company. The considerations of new LiDAR sensor technology presentation covered area’s like the learning curve and other challenges inevitable with each update and upgrade in Optech and Leica sensors. However, Sanborn gets great support from both manufactures and they work together to make improvements. It covered Reflectivity. Drop outs due to fresh tar, saturated area’s, and roof pitch among other factors. This presentation also highlighted that new LiDAR sensor technology also provides much better data. Much better. It has lower cost and allows for more applications. The full presentation will be posted later here: http://lidarblog.wordpress.com
The other session was called How low can you go: Maximum depths achieved with HawkEye II during projects in 2009 presented by Dan Schnurr, Director, Blom Aerofilms Ltd,. Recent advances in Wetland Vegetation Mapping using Green, Waveform LiDAR Amar Nayegandhi, Project Manager, Remote Sensing Specialist, Jacobs-U.S Geological Survey.. Successful delivery of International Hydrographic Organisation (IHO) Order 1B specification coastal survey data using Bathymetric LiDAR presented by Dr Jerry Wilson, Commercial Manager, Fugro-Pelagos, Inc.
We ended the day with the cocktail reception in the Exhibit Hall. Most conversations centered around optimism. Each and every company seemed to have a difficult 2009 and it seems that everyone we talked with, has had an uptick in business and a pipeline of opportunities. 2010 looks like it will be a terrific rebound year. More this this forum later…