Reston, Va. – The revolution and evolution of cloud computing and other emerging new technologies impacting the practice of geospatial professionals will be presented at the 2012 MAPPS/ASPRS Joint Specialty Conference, to be held Oct. 29 through Nov. 1 in Tampa, Fla.
Technical sessions during the conference will
address the most pressing technologies and their applications including 3D,
mobile mapping, cloud data management, unmanned aerial systems (UAS), LiDAR and
the role of cloud computing with these technologies.
The conference will open with 10 workshops
covering such topics as mobile LiDAR, remote sensing, cloud computing,
contracting for geospatial services, classified GEOINT activities and other
Dr. Gerald Bowden, United States Geological
Survey (USGS), will provide the Keynote address on "Ultra-High Resolution
Three and Four Dimensional Point Cloud Analysis Spanning the Earth
Sciences." Dr. Bowden will highlight how terrestrial LiDAR and laser
scanning are enabling 3D site characterization and 4D change detection.
Dr. Jerry Johnston, geospatial information
officer, U.S. Department of the Interior, will present the results of the
National Enhanced Elevation Assessment (NEEA) and outline efforts to develop a
national 3D elevation program (3DEP) based on the results of the study.
ASPRS will debut its "ASPRS Airborne
Topographic LiDAR Manual", the first comprehensive manual on airborne
LiDAR technology and applications covering best practices and procedures for
acquiring, processing and performing quality control and assurance. Also, MAPPS
will announce the winners of its annual Geospatial Products and Services
The concluding general session will feature
members of MAPPS and ASPRS leading a discussion on the future of the geospatial
profession, where the market is going, and how technology and the workforce are
expected to evolve.
Sponsorships and exhibits for the conference are
available, and information on how to become part of the conference may be found
on the conference website.
Further information on all of the pre-conference
activities may be found at the
The preliminary program is also available on the
MAPPS/ASPRS Announce Preliminary Program for Joint Specialty Conference
August 20, 2012