August 4, 2004 LIDAR Workshop

LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) data are currently being collected and used in North Carolina, initially for the flood mapping program, but many other potential uses are being explored. The first LIDAR workshop was held on October 20, 2003 at the US Geological Survey (USGS) office in Raleigh. Presenters discussed both QA/QC issues and various LIDAR applications. The discussion that followed the presentations made it clear that there was interest in having more LIDAR workshops and potentially forming a LIDAR workgroup. There was a desire expressed that another workshop be held to deal with technical realities of working with LIDAR data.

Building off these ideas, the second LIDAR workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, August 4, 2004 at North Carolina State University (NCSU), and is being organized by the NC Statewide Mapping Advisory Committee LIDAR workgroup. Anyone interested in LIDAR applications using the recently collected North Carolina data is welcome to attend.

Workshop Agenda

Presentations are available in PowerPoint format for download from the links in the agenda below.

8:30 - 8:45 Welcome and housekeeping issues
8:45 - 9:00 LIDAR Work group - history and discussion of goals including discussion of a list serve, a web site, and membershipGerald Ryan, USGS
9:00 - 9:20 Summary of LIDAR data collection in NC, status of available data, and demonstrated advantages to NC (19.5 MB)John Dorman, NC Floodplain Mapping Program
9:20 - 9:30 How and Where to access North Carolina LIDAR data (3.5 MB)Sarah Wray, NC Floodplain Mapping Program
9:30 - 9:45 NC Flood Plain LIDAR Use at NCDOT (1 MB)Keith Johnston, NCDOT
9:45 - 10:00 Break (Snacks and drinks will not be provided. You may bring your own or go to the Atrium snack bar.)
10:00 - 12:00 Twenty-minute technical presentations on LIDAR applications.
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch on your own
1:00 - 2:00 Panel Discussion: "Considerations when using LIDAR data."
  • Gary Thompson, NC Geodetic Survey
  • Silvia Terziotti, USGS
  • Sarah Wray, NC Floodmapping Program
  • Steve Averett, Gaston County GIS
2:00 Wrap up and informal discussions

Additional Information

If you need additional information, contact Jeff Essic through the Data Services form.