GEOG 481
Topographic Mapping with Lidar
diagram of an airplane capturing LiDAR data

This course develops students' understanding of lidar systems' design, operation, data processing techniques, and product generation to address typical application scenarios faced by the geospatial professional.

At a Glance


Applications in GIS
Remote Sensing and Image Analysis
ArcGIS Pro
GeoCue LP360
SyllabusGEOG 481 Syllabus

Upcoming Offerings

Semester Instructor
Fall 2, 2022 H. Karl Heidemann, B.S.
Spring 2, 2023 Karen Schuckman, CP, PLS, MGIS, CMS
Summer, 2023 H. Karl Heidemann, B.S.
Fall 2, 2023 H. Karl Heidemann, B.S.

Meet Our Faculty Instructors

Karl is a long-standing and active member of ASPRS and currently serves as the Chair of the Lidar Certification Review Committee. He has been a contributor to major industry publications and has conducted innumerable workshops and classes in lidar in both the public and private sectors.

What Our Students Say

I now feel confident about transitioning into a future remote sensing career.

“I was able to master the necessary software skills and scientific theory of lidar classification and mapping without having any background in the subject matter. Combined with the object-based image analysis methods I learned in GEOG 883, I now feel confident about transitioning into a future remote sensing career.”

— Ericka Lynn Kato

I found the flexibility in the final project particularly useful.

“GEOG 481 is beneficial if you are interested in developing knowledge in and skills for working with lidar point clouds with respect to applications in topographic mapping. I found the flexibility in the final class project particularly useful ... I used it as an opportunity to apply lessons learned to my proposed MGIS Capstone.”

— Cale Kochenour

We offer over 30 courses in five 10-week terms each year: two every fall, two every spring and one every summer.