MAPPS is introducing a new Architecture & Engineering forum for its member firms. For companies that have geospatial or GIS divisions within a multi-disciplinary A&E firm, the forum will serve as an avenue to discuss and share information on managing geospatial activities.

"From profit centers to marketing, capital investment to teaming, from QBS to design-build, reverse auctions and unfair government and university competition, there are important issues that face A&E firms and their geospatial divisions, which the MAPPS A&E Forum will address though the exchange of information, discussions, programs and policy development," says MAPPS Executive Director John Palatiello.

Launched at this week's MAPPS Summer Conference, the forum will focus on management, technology and public policy issues as integration, marketing strategies and growth challenges. It will advise the MAPPS staff and board of directors on trends to be addressed and actions to be taken by the association. Forum members will recommend policies for MAPPS and monitor market trends. They will also provide input to the program committee on sessions, speakers and topics to be addressed at MAPPS conferences, interact with the MAPPS Legislative Affairs Committee on A&E procurement, professional licensing and other relevant issues.

The forum is open to all MAPPS member firms and participation is encouraged. Robert Hanson, senior vice president of GIT Service Area for Michael Baker International, will serve as the first chairman of the forum. Zsolt Nagy, AECOM's senior manager with Geospatial Services, North America, will serve as vice chair.

Other MAPPS forums are focused on aerial acquisition, emerging markets and technologies, GEOINT, government and university competition, infrastructure, ocean and coastal mapping, small business, and surveying.

About MAPPS

MAPPS is a national association of firms in the surveying, spatial data and geographic information systems field in the U.S. 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. Their associate members include firms that provide products and services to member firms, as well as other firms world-wide.