MAPPS, a trade association of private sector geospatial firms, will be co-locating its Fall Policy Conference at Drone World Expo, Nov. 17-18, at the San Jose Convention Center.

"The MAPPS sessions will complement the Drone World Expo education program and will focus on preparing entrepreneurs, investors, executives and technical managers, as well as end users, to utilize UAS technology to its fullest extent and expose the challenges that await fledging operators," says Joel Davis, president of JD Events, producers of the Drone World Expo.  "For firms exploring UAS operations, subcontracting, partnering or any other strategy to utilize this technology, the MAPPS Fall Policy Conference at Drone World Expo is the place for you."

Drone World Expo attendees can add the MAPPS geospatial programming to their registration for $95 before Oct. 1, $195 after Oct. 1 and $295 at the event. MAPPS members save 10 percent.

The conference will kick off with a presentation on things to know before starting up a UAS department. Experts in the field will explore factors to consider when planning the start-up of a stand-alone UAS business, or a department in an existing firm, for geospatial and imaging data acquisition. These include system operating limitations, flight training, crew responsibilities, operator authority and client expectations. The MAPPS program will also include information on standards, licensing and applications for UAS utilization in the geospatial market.

Speakers at the policy conference will include Bryan Baker, UAS sales manager for Leica Geosystems; Jeff Lovin, senior vice president and director of geospatial services at Woolpert; Andy Nickerson, director of business development for Aerovel Corp.; Mike Tully, president of Aerial Services Inc.; and David Yoel, CEO of American Aerospace Inc.

The conference will be moderated by John Palatiello, Executive Director, MAPPS.

"We chose to participate in Drone World Expo because we believe it will attract the largest, most diverse and highest quality participants. Our research has shown there are a lot of venture capital, start-up and entrepreneur interest in UAS for geospatial in Silicon Valley, and we are confident the San Jose location of Drone World Expo will provide us access and exposure to those individuals and an opportunity to engage in a dialogue with them," Palatiello says.

MAPPS is a national association of firms in the surveying, spatial data and geographic information systems field in the United States. 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.