Leading agencies will present as part of Tuesday’s MAPPS Federal Programs Conference, being held as “a conference within a conference” during the massive National Surveying, Mapping and Geospatial Conference in Crystal City, Va.

2015 National Surveying, Mapping and Geospatial ConferenceMAPPS member firm principals will hear presentations by federal agency officials on programs, budgets and requirements for the acquisition of geospatial services, data and products by contract from the private sector that are on the horizon. The association will also host a series of liaison meetings with key agencies. These small group discussions between agencies and the private sector focus on issues affecting the relationship between the government and private geospatial firms. Joining MAPPS will be members of the National Society of Professional Surveyors.

“For nearly 25 years, MAPPS has been the only organization in the geospatial community to host a conference of this kind,” said John Palatiello, MAPPS executive director. “Our members gain valuable insights into business opportunities with federal agencies.”

Among the agencies participating are the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Census Bureau, Departments of Agriculture and Homeland Security, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Army Geospatial Center, Bureau of Land Management, World Bank and National Science Foundation. The keynote address will be presented by Jim Williams, manager of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Office of the Federal Aviation Administration. He will discuss the current plan for the safe integration of UAS into the national airspace and how private geospatial businesses can become authorized to engage in commercial UAS operation.

With the theme Collaboration: The Map to the Future, the National Surveying, Mapping and Geospatial Conference is being held April 13-16 in Crystal City (Arlington), Va. For more information, 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.