If you are looking for an opportunity to learn more about laser scanning, and/or talk to potential customers, vendors, or employers then it might make sense to attend one of the upcoming, important industry conferences. If you plan ahead, you can hold down the costs and get a lot done in a short amount of time. Blogging is no match for face to face meetings.
The following are in order of occurrence:
February 20 – 23, 2009 ACSM (American Congress of Surveying and Mapping) Conference 2009; Salt Lake City, Utah (Bring the boards). There is an Intro to Mobile Mapping Class and Increasing Survey Value with LIDAR.
February 23 – 25, 2009 Trimble Dimensions 2009; Las Vegas, Nevada. There will be numerous presentations involving laser scanning applications.
March 9 -13, 2009 ASPRS (American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing) 2009 Annual Conference; Baltimore, MD. This is the 75th anniversary and it will include a workshop on a Do-It-Yourself Approach to Image Processing, LIDAR for Vegetation Assessment, and numerous technical LIDAR sessions. ASPRS is also the keeper of the LAS data standard. The subcommittee will have a meeting on Tuesday March 10 at the conference.
March 30 – April 1, 2009 SPAR 2009; Denver, CO. This conference is completely dedicated to laser scanning. A must attend industry event.
April 17 – 19, 2009 Wildland Fire Litigation Conference; Reno, NV. This is the 3rd annual conference bringing together a diverse group of forensic experts from many professions. There are a couple of sessions where LiDAR mapping will be discussed.
April 19 -22, 2009 GITA (Geospatial Information and Technology Association) 2009 Geospatial Infrastructure Solutions Conference; Tampa, FL. There is a digital cities seminar and a session on DIAL – Differential Absorption LiDAR, which can be used to detect natural gas pipeline leaks, among other uses. There may be others as it is not clear from some of the session titles whether LIDAR was used on the project.
April 22 -23, 2009 Digital Documentation 2009 ; Glasgow, Scotland. Doug Pritchard, Head of Visualization at the Digital Design Studio, The Glasgow School of Art is the force behind this international event. Ben Kacyra from CyArk will deliver the keynote.
July 1 – 3, 2009 9th Conference on Optical 3-D Measurement Techniques; Vienna, Austria. This conference covers a wide range of topics including mobile mapping, robotics and cultural heritage.
July 21 -24. 2009 6th International Symposium on Mobile Mapping Technology; Sao Paulo, Brazil. The conference organizers just closed the abstract submissions.
October 14-16, 2009 Silvilaser 2009 ; College Station, TX. This is the 8th annual conference on lidar applications for assessing forestry ecosystems.