March 29/30: LEG and MCFT offering Introduction to LiDAR Based Enhanced Forest Inventory (EFI), Terrain and Surface Products for Forest Professionals

The Maritime College of Forest Technology’s, Department of Continuing Education is pleased to offer Introduction to LiDAR Based Enhanced Forest Inventory (EFI), Terrain and Surface
Products for Forest Professionals with Riley Côté-DeMerchant as instructor. The dates are March 29 and 30, 2017 beginning at 8:30 AM each day. The course will be held in room 230 of the Maritime College of Forest Technology, Fredericton, New Brunswick. Specific course details including an instructor profile, application form, and tuition costs can be found at http://mcft.ca/en/continuing-education/upcoming-courses 

As LiDAR accessibility continues to increase, more industries are adopting the technology and discovering its practical and cost-saving applications. Resource industries including forestry, mining, and energy, are using LiDAR to increase efficiencies and lower operational costs. These industries are continuously discovering new ways to manipulate and apply data to better their operations, such as discovering watercourses and previously undetected structures and growth patterns.

Much like the GIS, LiDAR has the potential to revolutionize the forest industry. The availability of LiDAR derived Enhanced Forest Inventories has recently become more common and available
across many land bases in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, presenting forest professionals with an unprecedented amount of relevant data. The available information ranges from basic tree height, to more complex and detailed inventory attributes such as diameter distribution of stems throughout a stand. Further, EFI provides highly detailed information on the ground, including elevation data, percent slope and, and accurate hydrographic information.

Through hands on demonstrations of software, this course will introduce students to the basics of LiDAR; what it is, how it works, and why it is an economical choice for data collection and analysis. An overview of LiDAR equipment, and discussion of predicted upcoming LiDAR advances, applications and trends will also take place. Riley will also provide insight into the cost-savings that Leading Edge Geomatics (LEG)’s LiDAR products and services provides. You will find out exactly how LiDAR technology can:
-Lower operational costs
-Identify high value wood products
-Analyze variation in forest growth and performance
-Increase safety
-Reduce negative environmental impacts
-Improve change detection
-Account for within stand variability across the landbase

If you have any questions or wish to reserve a seat on this or any other course, please call MCFT at 506-458-0649.