A program of professional, educational and technical sessions has been announced by MAPPS and NSPS for their joint National Surveying, Mapping and Geospatial Conference.Collaboration: The Map to the Future will be held April 13-16 at the Hilton Hotel in Crystal City, Va.

2015 National Surveying, Mapping and Geospatial Conference“These sessions will provide attendees and members perspectives on some of the major issues facing the profession,” said MAPPS executive director John Palatiello and NSPS executive director Curtis Sumner. “Our goal from the beginning was to provide conference sessions that are distinct from what surveyors experience at their state conferences. These presentations will give conference attendees and members new insights on the geospatial profession, particularly in the commercial market.”

On Monday April 13, sessions will include:

  • Michael Anderson, POB magazine: POB Top 100
  • Bryan Baker, Leica: What You Need to Know Before Starting Up Your Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Department
  • Pam Nobles, Rob Garster: What Is Surveying? A Discussion of Infringing Technologies

Sessions on Wednesday, April 15 will include:

  • Rhonda Rushing and a panel from Berntsen, Inc.: Smart Markers for the Nation's Land & Infrastructure Assets
  • Ted Naak, Certainty 3D: Establishing Requirements, Extracting Metrics and Evaluating Quality of LiDAR Data
  • Neil Sandler, and a panel from xyHT magazine: Are You Prepared for Change?

To be held just outside D.C. in the Arlington area, the conference features a “conference within a conference” format in which participating organizations will hold their respective meetings and sessions.   

MAPPS will host its annual federal programs conference on Tuesday, April 14 and Wednesday, April 15. Presentations by federal agencies, the Obama Administration and members of Congress will include briefings on programs, budgets and requirements for the acquisition of geospatial services, data and products by contract from the private sector.   

NSPS will host the finals of its annual student competition on Monday, April 13. The 2014/15 competition will for the first time include not only student teams from four-year degree programs, but also teams from two-year degree programs. The NSPS annual general membership meeting and other business meetings will be scheduled throughout the week in order to allow NSPS leadership to more fully participate in conference activities.   

MAPPS and NSPS members will visit some 200 Congressmen and Senators at the U.S. Capitol, advancing a common agenda of legislative issues that serve the public and engage the surveying and mapping community. Also on the program will be an invitation-only USGS 3DEP stakeholders meeting, a summit by the National Geodetic Survey of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and a licensed geospatial data forum by the Geospatial Management Office of the Department of Homeland Security. For more information on the conference and to register, visit the event’s official website.


The Management Association for Private Photogrammetic Surveyors based in Reston, Va., MAPPS is the only national association of firms in the surveying, spatial data and geographic information systems fields. 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 are engaged in the manufacturing and/or supplying of geospatial equipment, services, supplies, hardware or software to geospatial services firms, many of which are MAPPS member firms.

About NSPS

With more than 15,000 individual members primarily within the United States, the National Society of Professional Surveyors is the voice of the professional surveying community. Through its joint membership program with the respective state surveying societies, NSPS has a strong constituency base for communicating with lawmakers, agencies and regulators at both the national and state levels. NSPS also collaborates with a multitude of other organizations within the geospatial community to address issues of mutual importance. As the lead society for the evaluation of college-level programs seeking accreditation through ABET, NSPS is instrumental in assuring that prospective professional surveyors receive an education that is relevant to the role they will play in society. NSPS is the U.S. representative to the international organization for surveyors — FIG — placing representatives on the respective practice-area commissions. NSPS has a Certified Survey Technician (CST) program and a hydrographic surveying certification program, and offers competitions for both high school and college-level students.