Feb 03

Aerial Lidar in Wisconsin: A View from the Ground Level

eAyres Presents Aerial Lidar Workshop at Surveyors Conference

fZach Nienow and Matt Vinopal had the opportunity to demonstrate applications of Lidar during the 68th Surveyors Institute organized by the Wisconsin Society of Land Surveyors (WSLS). This three day event in the Wisconsin Dells is one of the best attended professional events for surveyors in the Midwest and features many continuing education opportunities from a broad range of topics- ranging from ethical decision making to highly technical topics about survey and mapping equipment.



2ppm_surfaceZach and Matt’s presentation at WSLS focused on LiDAR technology advancements, history of use in Wisconsin, and current examples of how surveyors and engineers are using the data around the State.  Matt Vinopal also demonstrated how to import Lidar data into Civil 3D and practical implementation of lidar in day-to-day operations in an AutoCAD environment.




Lidar_MapOne of the topics of the presentation covered the status of existing Lidar in Wisconsin.  Zach presented a map of the State showing which counties have existing data and provided an overview of ongoing Lidar projects and upcoming efforts to complete Lidar coverage for the remaining counties. As an example, Zach highlighted Ayres collaboration with several counties to secure grant funding through the USGS’s 3DEP initiative to secure high resolution, high accuracy Lidar data.  Much of the Lidar data around the state is now available to the public through individual counties or through the State’s Wisconsin View portal.




In addition to the presentation, Ayres was also on-hand in the exhibit hall at the event to share information about geospatial technology and discuss ongoing aerial mapping and survey initiatives around the state.







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