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Registration now open for Basics of LiDAR Workshop

Several months ago we posted an online survey asking you — the Wisconsin geospatial community — about your interest in LiDAR training. The response was overwhelming. We received over 250 responses to the survey, the vast majority of which indicated a desire for a workshop on LiDAR basics.

We are happy to announce that we are now able to offer such a workshop. On March 20-21, 2017, the SCO will host a 1-1/2 day workshop entitled “Basics of LiDAR Data” to be held in Science Hall, 550 N. Park. St., Madison, WI. The workshop will include both lectures and hands-on exercises using industry-standard Esri software.

Upon completion of this course registrants will have a broad understanding of: raster data; map algebra and raster data processing; DEM characteristics; LiDAR acquisition concepts; accuracy and error; LiDAR application domains; terrain analysis; TINs, breaklines and contours; point clouds and LAS files; and visualization options. Registrants will also gain an understanding of the Wisconsin LiDAR landscape including data sources and availability.

Day 1 of the workshop will be taught by Joel Nelson, of the Department of Soil, Water, and Climate at the University of Minnesota. Joel has taught similar workshops over the years many times in Minnesota. Day 2 will be taught by Jim Giglierano, Wisconsin’s Geographic Information Officer. Jim has extensive background in LiDAR applications and data processing.
You can register for the workshop on our training website.
This website also provides more details on the workshop, including times and specific topics to be covered.
Registration is limited to 20 due to the size of the lab facility available in Science Hall. If the workshop is successful we plan to offer it again, possibly at sites outside Madison.
The cost of the workshop is $250 but a limited number of $200 registrations are available for students enrolled at a university. Fees can be paid online through the training website.
For questions, please contact Howard Veregin at (608) 262-6852.