Cherokee Nation Technology Solutions helps Air Force light the way with LiDAR training

August 30, 2017

TULSA, Okla. — Cherokee Nation Technology Solutions recently assisted in the development of an Imagery and Light Detection and Ranging course to introduce Air Force civil engineers to the use of remote sensing resources.

LiDAR uses light in the form of a pulsed laser to measure distances. The light pulses are combined with other data to generate precise, three-dimensional information on both natural and manmade environments.

“This technology enhances the Air Force Agile Combat Support’s mission in multiple ways, which includes providing a richer understanding of installations built and natural infrastructure worldwide,” said Garry Zettersten, CNTS project manager. “The extremely accurate LiDAR data can be used for architecture and infrastructure analysis, real property accountability, road and airfield planning, environmental assessments, forest and vegetation management, and flood modeling.”

The three-day course includes an overview of imagery and LiDAR collection processes, basics of imagery analysis and an introduction on using imagery to classify features. The training also covers basic concepts of LiDAR science and the use of LiDAR data in creating terrain models and elevation data, developing lines of sight, conducting change detection, and developing detailed measurements of objects and features.

Two sessions of the course have been conducted to date, with additional sessions planned for later this year.

For more information on CNTS’ geospatial and/or training services, contact Heidi Bernardo, CNTS business development director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Cherokee Nation Technology Solutions, formed in 2008, provides technical support services and project support personnel to its defense and civilian agency partners. The company provides a tailored management approach for complex government programs and disciplines, including information technology, science, engineering, construction, research and development, facilities management, program management, and mission support.

CNTS is headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and is part of the Cherokee Nation Businesses family of companies. For more information, please visit