Full Day Workshop - LiDAR 201

University of Toronto, Mississauga Campus

3359 Mississauga Road. CCT Building, Room 2150, Closest Parking is Lot #9

$55 - BeSpatial'18 event registrants

$165 - Members 

$200 - Non-members

$35 - Students

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  LiDAR 201

Applications of LiDAR data

University of Toronto, Mississauga Campus, Room 2150

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

8:15 am - Registration and Wake-up Coffee

9:00 am - 3:00 pm

12:00 pm - lunch

2:15 pm - Break

3:00 - 3:30 pm - Networking and Wrap-up

A follow up to our sold out LiDAR 101 Workshop in Kingston last fall, LiDAR 201 is in response to your request for information about LiDAR applications and your request for a LiDAR workshop in the GTA. Once again, we are pleased to have presentations about Airborne, Mobile and Bathymetric LiDAR, and also UAV point cloud applications. 

The focus will be how businesses and government organizations (municipal, conservation authorities, provincial and federal level) using LiDAR. We will then have LiDAR users present how they are specifically using LiDAR – and they will show examples on screen, including work-flow. You will learn how to get the most out of your LiDAR data! 

This session will be from 9-3 on May 1st, and will include a networking lunch.

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Airborne LiDAR Applications

Susan Muleme Kasumba

Business Development Manager

Airborne Imaging, a Clean Harbors Company

Presenter Profile

Susan Muleme Kasumba: Susan is a graduate of Sir Sanford Fleming’s GIS/Cartography program and also attended the University of Guelph. Susan has over 18 years of experience in the mapping industry including GIS software technical support, map production and photogrammetry. She joined Airborne Imaging in 2011 and is responsible for helping clients understand how LiDAR can help achieve their business needs and is also responsible for identifying new clients. Susan is the Eastern Section Director of URISA Ontario.

Presentation Overview

Airborne LiDAR is becoming a standard data format for GIS departments across Canada, in various levels of government, for conservation authorities and private businesses who need a high resolution ground models, mapping and pre-engineering projects. Susan will review how LiDAR data is being used for urban forestry, flood plain mapping, infrastructure and virtual scouting.

Mobile LiDAR Applications

Scott Paterson

Business Development Manager

TULLOCH Mapping Solutions Inc

Presenter Profile

Scott Paterson is currently Business Development Manager for Tulloch Mapping in Ottawa. Scott’s main duties include developing new clients for our engineering services for transportation applications and managing internal LiDAR projects for Tulloch. Scott has 28 years’ experience in surveying and mapping, remote sensing imaging and GIS sectors. For the past 15 years Scott has be involved with airborne and mobile LiDAR applications.

Presentation  Overview

Mobile LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) has become an established method for collecting very dense and accurate survey data for civil engineering applications. Mobile LiDAR surveys have several advantages over conventional ground survey techniques, including faster data collection, more detailed survey data, safer remote collection and cost effective for larger surveys. Mobile LiDAR systems can safely capture complete 360° coverage of corridors and survey assets in the systems field of view while driving at normal speeds.

The presentation will cover an overview of several of Tulloch’s recent engineering survey projects where mobile LiDAR played an integral part of the success of the survey. The focus will be on high accuracy surveying projects for transportation and municipal water/sewer applications, where mobile was used to increase the speed of the field work and greatly improve safety by keeping surveyors out of busy corridors. Each of the projects will be reviewed for the field data collection, required survey control data, processing methodologies, feature extraction and product generation to final engineering drawings. Including in the transportation project overviews will be projects covering MTO 400 series highways, Light Rail Transit (LRT) and the $4 billon Metrolinx Rail Electrification project. The talk will also cover a survey for the Brampton Victoria Feedermain project where mobile LiDAR data was used in conjunction with a conventional soft surface field survey to generate the final engineering survey plans for the 22-kilometre watermain.

Bathymetric LiDAR Applications

Wayne Szameitat

International Sales Manager

Teledyne Optech

Presenter Profile

Wayne Szameitat is the International Sales Manager at Teledyne Optech, coordinating the worldwide sales of all commercial products for the company. Since joining Optech in 1994 he has worked in a number of roles, from technical application support to sales management. He has over 20 years of experience in lidar applications, covering specialized areas as varied as underground mining and airborne lidar bathymetry. Wayne has a Bachelor of Survey Science degree from the University of Toronto, Canada.

Presentation Overview

Teledyne Optech is an industry leader in the manufacturer of lidar imaging systems for operation in the air, on the ground, below the surface and in space. Expanding on last year’s LiDAR 101, this presentation will focus on marine applications for lidar imaging from an airplane and from a boat. The airborne lidar bathymetry applications highlighted in the discussion will include project planning, implementation, deliverables and costs. Examples of the use of lidar from a boat, combined with sonar, will be presented to demonstrate the real advantage of combining these technologies to capture geospatial data above and below water to monitor the environment in which we live.

UAV Point Cloud Applications

Trevis J. Gigliotti

Executive Director and Founder

Principal Point Geospatial Solutions

Presenter Profile

Trevis Gigliotti has 19 years of experience across all market sectors (i.e. Academic, Commercial, Government) of the geospatial industry. Mr. Gigliotti has been involved in every aspect of image collection and analysis from integrating a diverse array of passive and active image sensors on manned and unmanned airborne platforms and building leading edge image modelling and mensuration systems to interpreting image data and constructing analytical workflows for intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance applications. Mr. Gigliotti has aided the strategic growth of high geospatial technology organizations, nurtured emerging business opportunities, written technical proposals, reports and delivered technical presentations to diverse audiences and knowledge bases. Mr. Gigliotti is responsible for the overall strategic vision, operational direction and mission execution of PPGS while also providing active leadership and oversight in data collection, processing, analysis, dissemination and reporting activities. Mr. Gigliotti is an ASPRS Certified Photogrammetrist (#1492).

Presentation  Overview

Small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS), commonly referred to as drones, are currently transforming how business is done and products delivered in numerous markets. If you have been thinking of buying a sUAS but are not sure where to start or have already purchased an sUAS and don’t know what to do to begin, this course has you covered. This course will touch upon the different types of sUAS, the science behind applying the technology via passive remote sensing, various application opportunities and data processing options. This course will pay attention to the technological building blocks that allow for optical point cloud reconstruction and application. This course will also outline what you need to know to fly legally, safely and responsibly.

How to Make the Most of Your LiDAR Data

Steven McArdle


4DM Inc.

Presenter Profile

Applying and developing remote sensing technology in the science and engineering areas has been an integral part of Mr. McArdle’s academic and professional career. Over the past 25 years, he has utilized hyperspectral, multispectral, microwave and LiDAR technology to provide visual solutions to quantify the changing world we live in. His LiDAR experience includes land cover mapping, flood inundations modeling, corridor feature extraction, route optimization, 3D shadow modeling for urban planning and dam safety assessment. Mr. McArdle was the lead author on the Canadian Federal Airborne LiDAR guidelines working with industry partners, academics and international organizations, including USGS to develop guidelines to support the National Elevation Strategy and floodplain mapping. 

Presentation Overview

Airborne LiDAR data is well established commercial technology providing a unique textual information about the surface terrain and the physical features on the surface to high degree of detail. Inherently, LiDAR data is a collection of ambiguous pulse returns in three-dimension space and it is not until we apply some intelligence through numerical processing can we attach meaning to these points. In this workshop, the presentation will cover topics on nuance of LiDAR data, understanding the structure of the data, tools to visualize and harness your LiDAR data and more importantly; moving from picture to knowledge illustrated through applying LiDAR data for floodplain mapping, utilities, transportation corridors, and urban forestry applications.

LiDAR for Vernal Pool Identification & Archaeology

Christopher Menary  Hon. BA | GIS Technician, Information Management

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority

Presenter Profile

Chris Menary is a GIS Technician with the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority where he uses geomatics on a wide range of projects such flood protection, erosion control, natural & cultural heritage studies, and agriculture. Chris holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Archaeology from the University of Toronto and further studied GIS at Ryerson University.

Presentation Overview

Vernal Pools are seasonal depressional ephemeral wetlands that are seasonally inundated and generally isolated from other watercourses. They provide a unique habitat with many organisms relying on them for their life cycle, such as Salamanders. These features are difficult to locate outside of their inundation period, and are also found in forests which limits the use of traditional orthophotography in their discovery. Two aspects of Lidar can be used to remotely detect Vernal Pools: a high-resolution DEM to detect depressions in the terrain and the intensity value of the returns to detect wet areas. A methodology was developed to identify areas that were both depressional and wet. This was then field-tested to examine the results and to further refine the process.

LiDAR can be used as a remote sensing tool to detect archaeological features. The only limitation is that it can only detect where the ground has been modified; this means it cannot be used in the detection of most indigenous sites in Ontario. By using the bare-earth DEM, Hillshade & Slope rasters features such as foundations, earthworks, and old agricultural plowlines can be observed even under tree cover. Detection can be manual, such as examining an area where a known farm was located, or automatic such as a script that identifies a combination of slope/aspect/flow direction and can survey a large area.

Credit Valley Conservation LiDAR Applications

Ghassan Sabour

GIS Specialist

Credit Valley Conservation

Presenter Profile

Ghassan Sabour is an information management specialist at Credit Valley Conservation (CVC.) He has a Master’s degree in GIS from Leeds University, UK. He also is a civil engineer focused mainly on hydrology. He has 15 years’ experience in using GIS for a variety of projects at CVC, including subwatershed studies, floodplain mapping, basemapping, low impact developments, and hydrological modeling. He is the lead on LiDAR acquisition and maintenance at CVC.

Presentation Overview

Credit Valley Conservation was covered by LiDAR products flown between Spring, 2015 and Fall, 2017. Acquiring LiDAR was a strategy to provide highly accurate data for various projects and programs across the organization for a cost that is constantly proving to be very reasonable. Some projects are now based completely on LiDAR, such as some of Mississauga’s creeks floodplain mapping and the Flood Damage Risk Assessment. In many site and neighborhood scale projects, the details that LiDAR is providing is substituting the need for field surveys and saving time and resources. The Cities of Mississauga, Brampton and Orangeville are actively using the LiDAR products for wide scale projects within CVC jurisdiction.

Application of Terrestrial LiDAR for BIM Mapping

Glenn Farrington

Presenter Profile

Glenn has been working in with the operation and development of airborne LiDAR for over 20 years. Working with the first airborne terrestrial LiDAR’s he was one of the team attempting to merge hyperspectral technologies and LiDAR. He joined Optech in late 1990’s and worked on the development of the new airborne terrestrial LiDAR business unit. He later over saw, with the airborne business along with the mobile and static scanning business units. He is currently working with Topcon/Sokkia as a senior manager in the Mass Data section which includes mobile LiDAR, Terrestrial Scanning and UAV applications.

Presentation Overview

The supply of high resolution and survey grade geolocation data is one of the largest growing requirements in construction and engineering with BIM (Building Infrastructure Modeling) components. Along with applications in asset and as-built engineering projects the need for rapid and accurate survey grade information is paramount.

The presentation will deal with the technology and techniques in collecting datasets from active and passive systems and the use of such information in static environments as it pertains to critical engineering projects. The information presented will discuss the physical technology and theories, along with the software and potential workflows that can improve the desired results.

LiDAR for Urban Forestry

Craig Robinson

Forsite - Forest Management Specialists

Presenter Profile

Craig Robinson graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from the University of Toronto and has worked in the GIS and forestry industry for over 25 years as an analyst, developer, sales, and manager. Craig has worked in many business verticals throughout his career, providing solutions for industry, consulting, and all levels of government. Craig is currently an Analyst and Senior Project Manager with Forsite Consultants Ltd.  Forsite provides unique value-added LiDAR products throughout Canada that focus on trees, forests, wildlife habitat, and terrain.


Presentation Overview

In this presentation, we’ll talk about adding value to LiDAR data for applications with trees and forestry.  In general, there are two approaches to creating inventories of trees  and forests from LiDAR.  An area-based inventory approach provides a continuous estimate of key tree attributes ‘wall-to-wall’ – across an area of interest, often represented as a raster layer.  Forsite is also putting a lot of emphasis on individual tree inventories, where LiDAR is used to create a wall-to-wall inventory of individual stems, with specific characteristics associated with each tree in the inventory.  We’ll discuss some of the techniques and applications we are currently using for LiDAR-derived tree inventories.

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