The MAPPS conference this fall will be part of Drone World Expo, a defining event for commercial technologies and applications for unmanned aerial vehicles — or UAVs — commonly referred to as drones.


MAPPS Association LogoDrone World Expo has announced a conference partnership with MAPPS — the only national association of firms in the surveying, spatial data and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) fields in the U.S. — to bring together all stakeholders, constituents and levels of government in the surveying, mapping and geospatial fields. The MAPPS conference will be held as a part of Drone World Expo, set for Nov. 17-18 at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, Calif.

“With all of the exciting developments taking place in the UAV industry, we are thrilled to bring the breadth and depth of knowledge from MAPPS to our event,” said Joel Davis, chief executive officer of JD Events, producers of the show. “Attendees to the MAPPS conference will have free access to the Drone World Expo trade show floor, general sessions and networking events,” said Davis, “and we look forward to welcoming their members to this must-attend event.”

The MAPPS conference will be a forum for discussion on issues and policies, sharing of information and provision of education, and collaboration, specifically related to the geospatial applications of UAV technology. “MAPPS is thrilled to be part of Drone World Expo,” said John Palatiello, MAPPS executive director. “We believe UAVs will play an integral role in the future of surveying and mapping, and it is vitally important we lead the discussion in terms of investment, technology, applications and regulations. MAPPS looks forward to presenting quality content on the geospatial market for UAVs at Drone World Expo.”

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. Associate members include firms that provide products and services to MAPPS member firms, as well as other firms worldwide. Officially the Management Association for Private Photogrammetic Surveyors based in Reston, Va., MAPPS is “An Association of Photogrammetry, Mapping and Geospatial Firms.”

In addition to the MAPPS conference, Drone World Expo will offer a two-day conference that will feature sessions and case studies addressing data collection and processing, sensors, piloting and safety management, FAA updates, certification standards and commercial strategies. The event will offer informative sessions on the impact drones are having on GIS, Big Data and the Internet of Things. The Drone World Expo Conference is being developed with the help of a dynamic advisory board, on which Palatiello serves. A complete list of advisory board members is available at the show's website.