Call for papers for ILMF 2012 announced

31 May 2011

The International LiDAR Mapping Forum (ILMF), the premier event for the LiDAR industry attracting professionals from all over the world and supported by ASPRS and MAPPS has announced a 'Call for Papers' for the 2012 event, to be held in Denver, Colorado from 23rd-25th January.

The 11th Annual Conference was held in New Orleans earlier this year and welcomed a total of 576 delegates from 33 countries. The conference programme offered 34 technical papers, supported by a sold-out exhibition hall with 59 of the top international organisations being represented.

A key focus for this event is the three-day world class Technical Conference, where speakers from the international LiDAR community will be reporting on latest technology advances and recent projects, highlighting experiences and lessons learned in aerial and bathymetric LiDAR with a focus on mobile mapping. Technological advances resulting in faster and more compact data capture systems are reshaping the LiDAR mapping market. Combining these with complementary data processing and visualisation systems is now opening up a whole new range of applications, and, more importantly, introducing new end-customers to the cost benefits of LiDAR mapping. All this bodes well for an internationally expanding LiDAR market. With the falling cost per mile of data capture and processing, surveys can now be conducted more often and updated more frequently.

The ILMF Technical Committee lead by Conference Chairman, Alastair MacDonald from TMSI, invite papers on a range of topics which can be found on the website. Abstracts should be no more than 250 words and can be submitted online. The deadline is 7th September 2011. Each abstract will be peer-reviewed by the committee. 

Another key component is the exhibition that will feature more than 50 leading companies in this rapidly growing global market showcasing new LiDAR products and a wide range of new technologies and services. Exhibitors include the LiDAR and complementary sensor manufacturers, survey service companies, data processing, GIS and management specialists and the latest mobile mapping vehicles. The exhibition also houses an informative array of technical posters from academia and industry.

Conference Chairman Alastair MacDonald commented "The LiDAR scanners now arriving on the market are smaller, faster and cheaper to operate, and in addition to driving new applications and user sectors, their cost-efficiency is enabling greater volumes of mapping work to be undertaken than ever before. As the world's leading LiDAR focused event, the ILMF offers a wealth of interest and benefits to all delegates, users and buyers at all levels: whether you are a seasoned LiDAR professional and want to update your knowledge, or a new entrant to the LiDAR community who wants to find out what LiDAR is about, ILMF is for you. With world-class speakers in three conference tracks on airborne, bathymetry and mobile mapping, and all the key technology suppliers exhibiting, the ILMF is relevant to all mapping sectors and is the main event to visit."

The Conference Programme is complemented by Technical Workshops which are hosted by exhibiting companies and are aimed at providing novice operators and their managers and potential purchasers of equipment with an understanding of the basic principles and fundamental benefits and technology associated with LiDAR whilst providing the more seasoned experts with up-to-date information on current developments.  Delegates can dip in and out of these sessions and follow up with exhibiting companies at their booths to become fully aware of the products and opportunities offered within the LiDAR market.

Further information on all aspects of ILMF 2012 can be found at or by emailing


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