MAPPS — the national association of photogrammetry, mapping and geospatial firms — is celebrating its 35th anniversary. It was on July 12, 1982 that a group of visionary firm owners gathered at a hotel at O'Hare Airport in Chicago and formed the national association, exclusively comprised of private-sector geospatial firms.

"MAPPS meetings have become known as the place for news, information, networking and partnering,” says John Palatiello, MAPPS executive director. “Each year, millions of dollars in business-to-business activity is conducted among MAPPS member firms, and many of those relationships are formed at our conferences. … We look forward to an informative and enjoyable 35th Anniversary conference.”

Originally formed primarily by firms in photogrammetry and related services, MAPPS has expanded in size and scope over its 35-year history to become a membership that now spans the entire spectrum of the geospatial community, including member firms engaged in satellite and airborne remote sensing, surveying, photogrammetry, aerial photography, hydrography, aerial and satellite image processing, GPS, GIS data collection and conversion services, UAV, LiDAR, BIM, mobile mapping, asset management, and other services. MAPPS also includes associate members, which are companies that provide hardware, software, products and services to the geospatial profession in the U.S. and other firms around the world. 

On July 23-27, MAPPS will host its annual Summer Conference at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs, Colo.  The theme for the conference is "Past Reflections - New Directions." It will feature sessions that not only look back on the history of MAPPS, but to the future as well.

The conference features an oral history of MAPPS, featuring nine of the 16 surviving individuals who are past presidents, a "Drone Day" field demonstration, a session on initiatives in Congress and the Trump Administration affecting geospatial firms, mentor protégé programs, one-person survey crews, outdoor map apps, international trade, communications, business law, project management, USGS 3DEP and state elevation strategies, ethics, and presentations by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Office of Aviation Services. 

The MAPPS Emerging Leaders track will feature sessions on analytics for business and sales management.  The keynote address will be presented by Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO), a leader on numerous geospatial issues and author of the "Map It Once, Use It Many Times" Act.

About MAPPS

Formed in 1982, MAPPS is a national association exclusively comprised of private firms in the remote sensing, spatial data and geographic information systems field in the U.S. The MAPPS membership spans the entire spectrum of the geospatial community, including member firms engaged in satellite and airborne remote sensing, surveying, photogrammetry, aerial photography, LiDAR, hydrography, bathymetry, charting, aerial and satellite image processing, GPS, and GIS data collection and conversion services. MAPPS also includes associate member firms, which are companies that provide hardware, software, products and services to the geospatial profession in the U.S. and other firms from around the world.