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Registration opens soon for second “Basics of LiDAR” workshop

Due to popular demand, we will be hosting a second offering of our “Basics of LiDAR” workshop. The workshop will extend over two full days, from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, on June 12-13, 2017, at UW-Madison.  

In this workshop, attendees will get hands-on experience manipulating LiDAR data using industry-standard Esri software. Attendees will gain a broad understanding of: raster data; map algebra and raster data processing; raster data structures; raster DEM characteristics including resolution; LiDAR acquisition and data collection concepts; accuracy and error in the context of LiDAR data; limitations of LiDAR; main LiDAR application domains; bare earth applications of LiDAR; terrain analysis; TINs, breaklines and contours; point clouds and LAS files; and visualization options. Attendees will also work with LAS files, using LASD to display data and create raster files and DEMs.

We have added a new section to the workshop on hydrologic modeling, where attendees will utilize and apply hydrologic modeling tools using data derived from LiDAR.

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.

Workshop registration will open on May 15, 2017.

You can register for the workshop — and get more details — on our training website.

Registration is limited to 20 due to the size of the lab facility available. 

We plan to offer the workshop for a third time in August, 2017, at a location in central or northern Wisconsin. Watch the SCO website for more information.

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.