LIDAR Standards And Guidelines Public Review Process

Two New Documents Available for Public Review and Comment

Comment Period is 9/1 to 10/30/2017

As part of its mission, ASPRS maintains a leadership role in the development of guidelines, standards, specifications, and calibration processes for those sensors and activities of primary importance to the membership by using established procedures for developing, reviewing, modifying, approving standards, and publishing them.

A USGS-ASPRS Work Group (WG), operating under the aegis of the ASPRS Lidar Division and the Airborne Lidar Committee, has investigated various factors associated with the geometric quality of lidar data.  The WG has noted that while the quality of lidar data have improved tremendously in the past few years, the QA/QC of these data are not standardized, including the semantics, processes for measurement and reporting, and meta data.  Therefore, to ensure the geometric quality of that lidar data required for scientific (statistical error propagation and estimation) and non-scientific purposes (including legal), the WG has recommended several topics for research and development in a Summary document.  In addition, the WG created Guidelines on quantifying the relative horizontal and vertical errors observed between conjugate features in the overlapping regions of lidar data.  The effort has been supported by the USGS National Geospatial Program (NGP) and the Land Remote Sensing (LRS) program.

At the ASPRS Imaging & Geospatial Technology Forum (IGTF) in Baltimore, MD in March, 2017, the Standards Committee implemented the first phase of an outreach campaign by approving draft versions of “Summary of Research and Development Efforts Necessary for Assuring Geometric Quality of Lidar Data” and “Guidelines on Geometric Inter-Swath Accuracy and Quality of Lidar Data” and releasing them for review by the ASPRS membership.

Industry stakeholders and the general public are now invited to participate in the approval process by downloading the draft versions, reviewing the content, and providing comments to the editors in a timely manner (ASAP) with a final deadline of October 30, 2017.  The readers are requested to send the reviews and comments to