MAPPS and the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS), have issued a call for presentations for the National Surveying, Mapping and Geospatial Conference. The event will be held March 14-18 at the Hilton Hotel in Crystal City, Va.

The conference will include general sessions, an exhibit hall and social/networking activities designed to create synergy among the many vertical segments of the surveying, mapping and geospatial community. It will bring together many stakeholders, constituents and levels of government in the surveying, mapping and geospatial field.

For the general sessions, the "Call for Presentations" invites thought leaders in the community to share their knowledge and facilitate discussions on issues in the profession.

Proposals for individual presentations, panel discussions, and "town hall meetings" are requested on topics including:

  • Government Coordination
  • Public-Private Partnerships
  • Data Acquisition, Processing, or Applications
  • New and Emerging Technology
  • New Markets
  • GPS and GNSS
  • BIM
  • Mobile Mapping
  • Cloud Computing
  • UAVs

Conference organizers encourage firms that are exhibitors to propose presentations on technologies to be the subject of their exhibit booths. Presentations can be:

  • Technical: an emerging technology, applications, data collection or processing
  • Government Programs: data collection initiatives, contracting, legislation, or public policy
  • Business and Professional Practice: management, ethics or operations issues in a surveying, mapping, or geospatial firm, agency or organization

Presentation and session suggestions are welcome.

Those interested are encouraged to submit suggestions or expression of interest, along with a title, 50 word abstract, and name of the presenter, via the conference website by Jan. 15.


MAPPS is a national association of firms in the surveying, spatial data and geographic information systems field in the United States. MAPPS member firms are engaged in surveying, photogrammetry, satellite and airborne remote sensing, aerial photography, hydrography, aerial and satellite image processing, GPS and GIS data collection and conversion services. Their associate members include firms that provide products and services to member firms, as well as other firms world-wide.