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PA-MAPPS will bestow its second Geospatial Excellence Awards to its Member firms to recognize the professionalism, value, integrity, and achievement that the firm’s staff has demonstrated over the previous year.

A distinguished and impartial panel of three judges will evaluate the submitted projects. This panel will review each submission and select two finalists and a Grand Award will be presented to represent the PA-MAPPS Project of the Year.

Showcasing the Year’s Best Projects

All submitted projects will be recognized for their contribution to the geospatial profession. These awards provide an opportunity for our members to obtain national recognition and to showcase their projects at the Pennsylvania GIS conference.


Any PA-MAPPS Member Firm in good standing is eligible to enter the awards program.


Applications, including an entry fee of $100, must be received by Tuesday, March 22, 2012.

Project materials must be received in the MAPPS office by close of business Friday, April 27, 2012.

Winners will be announced at the Pennsylvania GIS Conference on May 22, 2012.

General Criteria

1 Entries must be submitted in accordance with the rules and requirements described below.

2 Firms may submit up to two projects to be considered for the awards.

3 MAPPS shall not be responsible for any damage to or loss of an entrant’s submittal.

4 Each entry must include an entry fee, a bound submission (i.e. notebook, spiral, or GBC), and a photographic display panel in compliance with the entry rules.

5 The area of geographic extent of the project entered into the competition must be focused on Pennsylvania and final deliverable must have been accepted by the client between January 1 and December 31, 2011. Entries must use technologies related to the geospatial profession including but not limited too:

· Airborne and Satellite Data Acquisition

· Photogrammetry/Elevation Data Generation

· Remote Sensing


· Surveying/Field Data Collection


All winners will be highlighted by MAPPS/PA-MAPPS in press releases, reprints for MAPPS/PA-MAPPS use, and the use of the entry materials at trade shows and conferences throughout the year to demonstrate the exemplary work performed by PA-MAPPS members, which also indirectly benefit all PA-MAPPS members and the profession in general. The public relations and marketing value for participation in the awards program will be considerable and, where applicable, your client/owner will also be highlighted in the process. Further benefits are gained through feature stories presented in firm brochures, newsletters, and other publications.

Rating Guidelines for Judging


Were there extraordinary project requirements?

Did the entry successfully address very complex technical criteria or unique problems? Did the entry require ingenuity to achieve project success? Was the project workflow complex with many subtasks that made managing the project especially challenging?

Original or Innovative Application/Development of Technologies or Techniques........... 20%

Were new techniques or technologies used to complete the project or develop the product?

Were existing techniques or technologies used in innovative ways? Will these innovative techniques or technologies be useful for future projects/products?

Future Value to the Geospatial Profession and the Public............................................. 20%

Does the entry advance a positive public image of geospatial excellence?

Does the entry provide society with social or economic benefits? Is the public’s health, safety, or welfare improved as a result? Will the entry redefine the marketplace or the public’s way of thinking? Does the entry advance the geospatial profession?

Client/Owner Satisfaction...............................................................................................30%

Did the project successfully exceed client expectations? Was an economical and cost effective solution proposed? Was the client’s schedule met?

Preparing Your Entry

This section describes all required submission materials for entering the 2012 PA-MAPPS Geospatial Products and Services Excellence Awards competition. All materials must be submitted exactly as designated below. If the submission does not meet the requirements listed, it may be disqualified. Extraneous material will be discarded.

The following components must be submitted with each entry by March 22, 2012:

· Entry Form to be submitted with entry fee of $100.00.

The following components must be submitted by April 27, 2012:

  • Photographic Display Panel
  • Client/Owner Release Document (Download PDF)
  • Client/Owner Letter 
  • Bound Submission

A Bound Submission (bound within 1/2” notebook, or GBC, or spiral) of the following (on 8.5” x 11”, 12 point type, single spaced):

PC Compatible CD-ROM or DVD with a digital copy of the Bound Submission in Adobe PDF format. All graphics used to create the photographic display panel as well as the final panel must be prepared as JPEGs with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi. Graphics may be used by MAPPS/PA-MAPPS to display and publicize so it is extremely important that firms submit high quality, high resolution graphics. Client/Owner release document confirming that the project was substantially completed and ready for use between January 1, 2011 and December 21, 2011 and authorize publication of the project's details with respect to its complexity, innovative application of technology or techniques, and value to the geospatial profession and the public. Signed Letter from the Client/Owner, on letterhead, not more than two pages, describing the relationship the client/ owner has with the PA-MAPPS member firm submitting the entry and how the project exceeded the client/owner’s need and expectations. Project Description, not more than four pages, addressing the rating guidelines outlined in this brochure. Include the role of the entrant’s firm in the project and the role of other firms participating in the project. Describe in layman’s terms what makes this project unique and worthy of recognition. Graphics or photos may be imbedded within the project description as necessary to supplement text. Tables may also be used, but must be neat and legible. A 7” x 7” version of the Photographic Display Panel.

B Photographic Display Panel

One copy of the following (all text must be no smaller than 30 point type for descriptions and 26 point type for captions and graphics) One Photographic Panel, 30” x 30” square, plotted on high quality paper (or the equivalent), without lamination, framing or mounting. No more than five photos or graphics shall be used to make up the panel. A background photo or image shall not count toward the photo count. Include the following information on the panel: Entrant firm’s name / logo and location, client’s / owner’s name / logo and location, the title of the project and its location, and the PA-MAPPS logo. Panel text and photos shall demonstrate the challenges and solutions provided for the project submitted for consideration. No more that 250 words shall be displayed on the panel.

For questions, contact: or (703) 787-6996.