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National Surveying, Mapping and Geospatial Conference Program Sessions Announced

Friday, March 27, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Beth Hawley
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A program of professional, educational and technical sessions has been announced by MAPPS and NSPS for their joint National Surveying, Mapping and Geospatial Conference, Collaboration: The Map to the Future, to be held April 13-16, 2015 at the Hilton Hotel in Crystal City (Arlington), VA.

"These sessions will provide attendees and members perspectives on some of the major issues facing the profession," said MAPPS Executive Director John Palatiello and NSPS Executive Director Curtis Sumner. "Our goal from the beginning was to provide conference sessions that are distinct from what surveyors experience at their state conferences. These presentations will give conference attendees and members new insights on the geospatial profession, particularly in the commercial market."


On Monday April 13, sessions will include:


Michael Anderson, POB magazine - POB Top 100


Bryan Baker, Leica - What You Need to Know Before Starting Up Your Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Department  


Pam Nobles, Rob Garster - What Is Surveying? A Discussion of Infringing Technologies


Sessions on Wednesday, April 15 will include:


Rhonda Rushing and a panel from Berntsen, Inc. - Smart Markers for the Nation's Land & Infrastructure Assets


Ted Naak, Certainty 3D  - Establishing Requirements, Extracting Metrics and Evaluating Quality of LiDAR Data


Neil Sandler, and a panel from xyHT magazine - Are You Prepared for Change?


The conference also features a "conference within a conference" format in which participating organizations will hold their respective meetings and sessions. MAPPS will host its annual Federal Programs Conference April 14-15. Presentations by Federal agencies, the Obama Administration, and members of Congress will include briefings on programs, budgets, and requirements for the acquisition of geospatial services, data and products by contract from the private sector. NSPS will host the finals of its annual Student Competition on Monday, April 13. This competition will for the first time include not only student teams from four-year degree programs, but also teams from two-year degree programs. The NSPS annual General Membership meeting, and other business meetings, will be scheduled throughout the week in order to allow NSPS leadership to more fully participate in conference activities. MAPPS and NSPS members will visit some 200 Congressmen and Senators at the U.S. Capitol, advancing a common agenda of legislative issues that serve the public and engage the surveying and mapping community.


Also on the program will be an invitation only USGS 3DEP stakeholders meeting, a summit by the National Geodetic Survey (NGS) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and a licensed geospatial data forum by the Geospatial Management Office (GMO) of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  


Information, registration and other conference details can be found at