Denver, Colorado (February 23, 2017) – Aero-Graphics had a successful week at the International LiDAR Mapping Forum and Vexcel User Group Meeting in Colorado. These events were held at the Hyatt Regency in Downtown Denver and Vexcel Headquarters in Boulder, respectively. We enjoyed great food and good times with existing and new partners.
2017 International LiDAR Mapping Forum
The International LiDAR Mapping Forum is an industry technical conference and exhibition showcasing the latest airborne, terrestrial, and underwater LiDAR as well as emerging remote-sensing and data collection tools and technologies. It’s a great place to learn about the latest advances in technology and hear about industry changes and developments from industry experts. Aero-Graphics has been attending and exhibiting at this conference for the past ten years.
This year, we redesigned our exhibit layout and feel. Our goal was to provide a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere for our clients and partners. The couches provided individuals a place to relax and enjoy a snack and water while discussing the latest industry developments. In addition to the redesign of our booth, we held a “Guess That Location” game.
Each day we featured ten images of famous geological sites within the United States. At the end of each day, the person with the most correct location guesses won a prize, ranging from Starbucks gift cards to portable speakers to portable charging packs.
Our LiDAR processing manager had the opportunity to attend the technical sessions and learn more about the latest advances and changes in the industry. He found many interesting and important topics that will impact his workflow moving forward. He feels it is necessary to attend this conference every year to keep up with software updates and techniques in this fast-changing industry. When asked how he felt about the attendee turnout, he mentioned that the past two years have been light on attendees and that merging ILMF and ASPRS together would be great idea. Read more about that merge here.
Vexcel User Group Meeting
Vexcel Imaging is a leading provider of large-format digital aerial camera systems and fully integrated processing software. Their user group meeting is designed for current and prospective users who would like to learn more about the advances in systems and softwares that they offer. Aero-Graphics owns a Vexcel UltraCam Eagle.
Our Assistant Flight Manager and Survey Manager had the chance to attend this event. They learned about the UltraCam product line and how their systems are integrated. Apart from the CCD resolution, each of their cameras are the same from the lens up, so it makes technical support and in-field fixes streamlined for their users. Surprisingly, there is more to map/image indoors rather than outdoors in this day and age. Our Survey Manager finds that the most interesting topic would be that the quality of the automatic ortho generation and digital surface model generation both continue to improve. When asked where they see the future of sensor technology heading in the next year, our Assistant Flight Manager responded, “I see more simultaneous LiDAR/digital imagery sensor integration like Vexcel has done with the UltraCam Mustang.”
It’s admirable that UltraCam users, who are competitors in the aerial survey industry, can all get together to share their knowledge and experience acquired in all aspects of the job, from data collection all the way down to 3D imagery processing. Overall, the user meeting had a great turnout with people from all over the globe attending. Vexcel successfully coordinated a fun and informative event.
Aero-Graphics is thrilled to be a part of this fast-growing industry filled with great technology and intelligent individuals. We definitely look forward to next year’s events!