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LiDAR 1 For Natural Resource Professionals ($395)


This two-day course is intended for professionals seeking a basic working knowledge of Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) datasets for use in ArcGIS towards solving common spatial problems in environmental management. Participants will gain hands-on experience with ArcGIS and the 3D Analyst extension (provided) in a computer lab setting. As a result of the workshop, participants will be able to query and download LiDAR point cloud data from GeoNB, decompress and prepare these data for use in ArcGIS, visualize point cloud information and create derivative surfaces, to assess spatial problems as outlined below.

Topics include:

  • LiDAR primer
    • Basics of LiDAR technology
    • Common terminology
    • Data format and classification standards
  • Accessing LiDAR point cloud data from GeoNB
  • Decompress GeoNB point cloud data with LAStools
  • Create LAS Datasets for use in ArcGIS
  • Visualize and create on-the-fly point cloud derivatives
  • Filter and classify point cloud data
  • Create bare earth, full feature and canopy height rasters and contour lines
  • Use LiDAR derivative datasets in combination with other GIS data to solve spatial problems including:
    • Visualizing impacts of harvest operations
    • Assessing flood-prone areas
    • Assessing ​vertical ​structure ​to ​identify ​old ​growth
    • Delineating watershed boundaries

About the instructor

Jae OgilvieJae Ogilvie is Research Associate in the Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management at the University of New Brunswick where he teaches undergraduate and graduate-level courses in introductory & advanced GIS and LiDAR. Jae is the primary developer in charge of the continued improvement of the wet areas mapping (WAM) model in the Forest Watershed Research Centre at the University of New Brunswick. Jae has a Masters of Science in Forestry (MScF) degree from the University of New Brunswick, is a Registered Professional Forester (RPF), a Certified Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP) and is a fellow of the Canadian Rivers Institute (CRI).

  • Dates: March 12 - 13, 2020
  • Time: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Cost: $395 + HST includes coffee breaks, lunch and a workbook of materials covered
  • Location: IUC Forestry Building, 28 Dineen Drive
  • Contact: Laurie Nason

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