MAPPS has announced the program for its 2014 Winter Conference on Feb. 9-13 at The Lodge at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif.

MAPPS, an association for private sector geospatial firms, said the conference will focus on business development, management practices and marketing as well as technical, policy and workforce issues.

The conference will look at emerging technologies such as unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), new sensor systems and data processing software. Other topics include streaming LiDAR, new image processing techniques and point cloud generation instruments.

Business development and best practices will also be on the agenda. Attendees will hear from NOAA’s Coastal Services Center on Digital Coast and from the USGS on its 3-Dimensional Elevation Program (3DEP). Sessions also will feature international business opportunities, increasing personal productivity and federal government demand for address data.

"This program provides the owners, principals and senior executives responsible for management, production and business development in private sector geospatial firms with the knowledge to compete and grow their business in today's market," said Mike Tully, MAPPS Program Committee Chair and member of the association's board of directors. "The goal with this and every program at MAPPS is to give senior executives knowledge and understanding of how new technology, markets and legislation will impact their business. This program achieves that goal."

Networking events also will be held during the conference, and MAPPS will announce the winners of the 2013 Geospatial Products and Services Excellence awards. The ceremony was postponed because of the government shutdown.

MAPPS is offering a membership promotion for firms that are not current members. Principals of firms can attend the Winter Conference at the non-member rate, but if the firm joins MAPPS prior to the end of the conference on Feb. 13, 2014, the firm will be credited with the difference between the member and non-member rate. The reimbursement will be credited toward the firm’s 2014 membership dues in MAPPS.

For more information on the Winter Conference program and registration, go to the MAPPS website.