Sterling, VA – As part of the VARGIS plan for customer support and knowledge transfer, VARGIS LLC conducted a public workshop on September 1, 2005 that focused on LiDAR covering Montgomery County, VA including the Towns of Christiansburg and Blacksburg. The workshop topics provided to the municipalities within the area included providing further understanding of what LiDAR is and applications and benefits the communities can achieve from the LiDAR deliverables.
The workshop educated the attendees on the project specifications of which LiDAR was a focal point. VARGIS described the LiDAR QA/QC process to explain how a faster delivery of data was achieved. In addition to the delivery of 2 foot contours VARGIS explained and demonstrated several applications ranging from simulated flood mapping, change detection, and emergency response capabilities. In addition to applications, VARGIS provided a Case Study on the City of Indianapolis Urban LiDAR experience.
The LiDAR workshop attendees included Montgomery County, the City of Radford, the Towns of Blacksburg and Christiansburg, as well as Virginia Tech, the Center for Geographic Information Technologies, and the State of Virginia. According to Bob Pearsall, GIS Manager for Montgomery County, “it enlightened the wide range of possibilities available to us to maximize our utilization of the data in ways yet unimagined”.
VARGIS, founded in 1995, is a global geospatial consulting and professional services firm with an industry reputation for delivering complex geospatial solutions. VARGIS provides a wide range of cost effective GIS, mapping services, and IT in the areas of photogrammetry, software development, customization, and data management. VARGIS, an Infotech Enterprises Company, is headquartered at 100 Carpenter Drive, Suite 200, Sterling, VA 20164. For more information, please visit
If there is interest in learning more about LiDAR or requesting a similar workshop please contact Drew Meren at 703-834-0225 or at