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 technical topics.

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 Excellence Awards.

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 conference website. The preliminary program is also available on the conference website.