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MAPPS Recap of SPAR International 2013

Posted By Nick Palatiello, Tuesday, April 23, 2013

MAPPS participated as a supporting organization at the SPAR International conference last week in Colorado Springs, CO.

3D, terrestrial scanning and mobile mapping markets play an important role in the surveying, spatial data and geographic information systems field in the United States. The commercial focus of SPAR International is particularly aligned with the objectives of MAPPS, which is to promote the business interests of the profession.

On Monday, April 15, the Colorado chapter of MAPPS (CO-MAPPS) held a meeting at the conference featuring Jorge Diaz, Program Administrator, Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade and Danielle Blakely, Sr. International Trade Specialist with the U.S. Department of Commerce Export Assistance Center of Denver who discussed opportunities in the international market and resources within the state of Colorado for businesses, including grants and financial assistance, to assist firms with exporting. The session was a prequel to the MAPPS International Markets Conferenceto be held November 13-14 in Alexandria, VA.

I made a presentation on Wednesday, April 17, on the "Opportunities and Threats" facing the 3D marketplace. I provided an overview on the new demand for surveying and mapping as a result of the MAP-21 Act enacted into law in July 2012 and an update on the anticipated demand for LIDAR in the United States as a result of the proposed US Geological Survey’s 3D Elevation Program (3DEP). I also highlighted legislative hurdles facing the profession using new technologies such as unmanned aerial systems (UAS).

Two weeks ago, Idaho became the second state to have legislation signed by the governor affecting the use of unmanned aerial system. The new law, which will take affect July 1, includes an exemption for the use of UAVs "in mapping or resource management.” This is a signification exemption for the surveying and mapping community with the recognition by the legislature for the use of the technology.

As the association of the leading firms in airborne, terrestrial, mobile and bathymetric scanning market, MAPPS has been in the forefront of advocacy of this technology, use of the private sector in the collection, processing and value-added application of 3D data, and qualifications based selection for those services. SPAR International is an event that features the latest developments in the technologies and capabilities the private sector can provide to the market.

SPAR Point Group, conference organizer of SPAR, announced on April 10 that it acquired International LiDAR Mapping Forum (ILMF) and European LiDAR Mapping Forum (ELMF) from UK-based Intelligent Exhibitions.

This is the third time that MAPPS has partnered with SPAR International. MAPPS had a booth in the exhibit hall to meet with members, prospects and members of the user community.

Status of UAV Legislation at the State level in the U.S. as of April 18, 2013. Source ACLU.

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