February 2016

Fundamentals and Applications of Airborne LiDAR and Aerial Photography in Engineering and Geosciences

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Date: Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Time: 8:30 AM-9:00 AM: Registration and Breakfast
9:00 AM-5:00 PM: Fundamentals and Applications of Airborne LiDAR and Aerial P
Location: Holiday Inn Vancouver-Centre (Cypress Room), 711 W Broadway Vancouver, BC
Presenter: Dr. Azadeh Koohzare, P.Eng., Project Manager, McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd. 
Credit: 7 Formal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: Early Bird Price Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member: $419.00 + GST = $439.95 until Feb 3, 2016

Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member and EIT/GIT Regular Price: $519.00 + GST = $544.95

Non-Member Price: $519.00 + GST = $544.95

Student Member Price: $259.50 + GST = $272.48
Please Note: *A minimum number of registrations are needed by February 03, 2016 to proceed with this seminar. Please register early to avoid cancellation.
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This course will provide the participants with the fundamentals knowledge on LiDAR, processing and application as well as new advancements in LiDAR technologies. The course will also include topics on aerial photography and satellite imageries vs. LiDAR. In this course, we introduce new advancements in LiDAR technology and show that high resolution LiDAR data provides a level of detail not achievable by other digital terrain modeling techniques, whether extracted from aerial photography, low-resolution topographic contour maps, or SRTM digital elevation models. The specific characteristics of Lidar data (e.g., signal penetration of forest canopy, or the achievable density values) are explained.

Course Outline

  • LiDAR and RGB/NIR camera systems, components, and principles
  • LiDAR procedures
    • Flight Planning
    • Post Processing
    • Practice: GPS and LiDAR processing software
    • QC
    • Deliverables
    • Accuracy
  • New advancements in LiDAR systems and technologies
  • What you should expect from LiDAR data?
  • LiDAR Cost
  • Applications to Engineering and Geosciences (case projects)
    • Engineering-Transportation
    • Geotechnical
    • Mining Exploration
    • Forestry
    • Municipalities, such as 3D mapping, Planning
    • Other (Based on audiences field)
  • LiDAR vs. Aerial and satellite photography
  • Open Discussion
  • Concluding Remarks and Final Adjournment


The successful analysis and design of any engineering and mining project requires an in-depth understanding of the current technologies to produce the most effective topographic maps. One of these emerging technologies is Airborne light detection and ranging (LiDAR) that has been growing so fast in the engineering and geoscience industries. It is an emerging technology used to generate high-resolution digital elevation models (DEMs) via microsecond laser pulses emitted to the ground and reflected back to the detector. It is complimented by high precision colour (RGB) and near infrared (NIR) photography to create planimetric photomaps. 

This course presents the information needed for planning and processing of LiDAR data. Following the technical part of the course, a selection of case studies and projects will be presented to illustrate how the technology has been used in corridor mapping, forestry, flood plain mapping, transportation design and 3D modeling applications.

Special Features

Several case projects are explained step by step. Each will target different audiences, engineers, geosciences, and forestry, 3D modelling –planning-flood plain mapping.

Target Audience

  • Highway, railroad construction and transportation engineers
  • Consulting engineers
  • Civil engineers
  • Geologist, geoscientists and mining engineers
  • Geomatics engineer and surveyors
  • Individuals involved in airports, harbours, gas pipelines, mining and forestry industries
  • Geotechnical engineers
  • Developers
  • Landscape architects
  • Construction contractors
  • Watershed and wetlands managers
  • Agriculture and environmental experts

After Attending This Course, Participants Will Be Able To

  • The participants will have the basic knowledge to design a LiDAR project from start to finish, as well as through understanding of LiDAR specification and requirements for their applications.
  • The participants will be able to estimate the project cost based on the understanding of project requirements, perform the flight planning, post-process the data and perform a full quality control.
  • The participants will be able to calculate the accuracy of the data, and gain a hand on different project deliverables.
  • The participants will also gain knowledge about the advantage and limitation of the technology vs. other mapping techniques. Each individual will also gain an insight in the application of LiDAR in their specific field (engineering and Geoscience or other fields). 

Speaker Bio

Dr. Azadeh Koohzare, P.Eng., is a project manager with McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd. with over 14 years of experience in Geodesy, Geomatics and surveying throughout Canada and internationally.
Azadeh received her doctoral degree in Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering from the University of New Brunswick (UNB) in 2007. Her focus was on deformation monitoring using geodetic data. She has worked as Associate Researcher and Instructor at UNB and has involved together with more than 50 Canadian Scientists and Engineers in the development of seamless height datum for Canada.

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