LiDAR Training

Level Five Supplies has launched a range of specialist training courses for 2020, designed to complement our other services and accelerate the tricky early stages of integration.

Our one, two or three-day (combined) courses offer the ideal combination of theory and practice, ensuring you develop a sound working knowledge of LiDAR hardware and software. Learn how to get started with generating, recording and interpreting point clouds for robotics, surveying and autonomous systems.  An exclusive opportunity to understand the fundamentals of digital 3D LiDAR technology with Level Five Supplies and expert course leaders, Dr. Rebecca Bennett and Alexey Simonov.

Delivered by Dr. Rebecca Bennett and Alexey Simonov, our Basic and Intermediate Getting started with LiDAR courses are limited to 10 places, so early booking is essential.

Lunch and refreshments are included, but overnight accommodation is NOT provided as part of the course fee.

The April 2020 courses have been postponed until 15-17 September 2020.  All existing bookings are valid for the new dates. 

Getting started with LiDAR 

Basic (one day) | Intermediate (two days) | Combined course (three days)

Basiclidar Map

Book now to secure your place

  • When: 15 September 2020
  • Where: Stanton House Hotel, Swindon
  • Cost: £250 + VAT  (Early bird booking rate until 16 July)
  • Accommodation: available from £110 pppn
  • Required: Laptop
  • Aimed at: Project Managers, Junior Technicians, non-technical analysts and consultants, decision-makers

What is LiDAR, how can it be used? What are its applications, limitations and industries? Exploring the current state of play of the LiDAR market place, Dr Rebecca Bennett and Alexey Simonov will use market knowledge and a variety of lidar systems to demonstrate the story of LiDAR and how it can generate useful spatial information for your applications. We’ll also touch on the skills needed to successfully deliver a project using lidar, as well as the pitfalls you may encounter.


Analysing LiDAR data

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  • When: 16-17 September 2020 (intermediate)
  • Where: Stanton House Hotel, Swindon
  • Cost: £650 + VAT (Early bird booking rate until 16 July)
  • Accommodation: available from £110 pppn.
  • Required: Laptop and working knowledge of Python or C++, some experience with range finders or 2D lidars useful but not essential
  • Aimed at: Product engineers, Software engineers, Technicians, Developers, Technical Consultants and Researchers

Building on the Basic course, the Intermediate course will help develop practical skills to gather, interpret and analyse the accuracy and usefulness of 3D LiDAR data, primarily using high-resolution 3D LiDAR sensors made by Ouster. Creating point clouds, ensuring hardware and software connections between sensors and processing systems using Python / ROS and C++, attendees will prepare themselves to use LiDAR in integrated products, research, and projects.

Delivered again by Dr. Rebecca Bennett – a leading expert in LiDAR point cloud processing, and Alexey Simonov, an experienced innovator and roboticist, the training will require a reasonable level of technical skills – so attendees should be prepared with a knowledge of Python and/or C++. Using your own laptop and a virtual ROS environment, you’ll interpret point cloud data and perform processing and some light Machine Learning techniques to generate results.

We’ll also have guests from Kaarta, whose fully integrated surveying platforms use a combination of lidar and camera systems to accurately map indoor and outdoor spaces. Learn about dos and don’ts of product development from experienced product developers.

Following the course you will be able to:

  • Understand LiDAR spec sheets
  • Choose the best sensor for your project
  • Connect sensor and set up drivers on Linux, and use the manufacturer’s visualisation / capture tools
  • Run ROS wrapper to get the data from the sensor in real-time
  • Save LiDAR data to files
  • Develop Python code for data exploration using standard Python packages & visualise in web notebooks
  • Develop Python and C++ code in ROS and PCL (Point Cloud Library) to get useful results from real-time data in a robotics system
  • Conceptualise, develop and train AI / DNN code to work with point cloud data to run object detection / classification in 3D

Basic and intermediate—combined course

Book now to secure your place

  • When: 15-17 April 2020 (combined)
  • Where: Stanton House Hotel, Swindon
  • Cost: £850 + VAT (Early bird booking rate until 16 July)
  • Accommodation: available from £110 pppn.
  • Required: Laptop and working knowledge of Python or C++

Save £50 on this combined course.

About the venue

stanton house hotel

The Stanton House Hotel is located in the village of Stanton Fitzwarren, near Swindon. The hotel is just 10 minutes from the M4 and 6 miles from Swindon town centre with easy access to the M5 from the A419. There is free Wi-Fi, free parking and a restaurant on-site. Book accommodation.