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MAPPS Minute: Congressional Testimony and Upcoming LiDAR Webinar

Posted By Nick Palatiello, Tuesday, April 22, 2014

MAPPS testified in favor of 3DEP funding before the Interior Appropriations Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives on April 10 indicating the strong support within MAPPS for national LIDAR data that will provide a very positive return on investment and serve of variety of elevation needs for government at all levels, as well as the private sector.

President Obama has included funding for 3DEP in his budget request to Congress, and MAPPS testimony urged Congress to fund that request, or increase the amount if possible.

USGS has updated its national LIDAR specification to reflect the 3DEP program and other revisions.  MAPPS will host a webinar with Karl Heidemann, USGS EROS Center, on the USGS Base LIDAR Specification this Thursday, April 24 at 1:00 PM Eastern Time.  Register here

All members have been notified of the schedule for the 2014 MAPPS Geospatial Products and Services Excellence Awards competition.

Entries are due August 8 and winners will be announced at the Geospatial & Engineering International Conference on Thursday, September 25, 2014 in Alexandria, VA.

Tags:  3DEP  Appropriations  Congress  Excellence Awards  Funding  Geospatial  International Conference  LiDAR  USGS 

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MAPPS Minute: Federal Programs Conference Recap

Posted By Nick Palatiello, Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Last week’s Federal Programs Conference was a great success.  This is the premier event on the annual MAPPS calendar and MAPPS is the only organization in the entire geospatial community that engages with Federal agencies and Congress in this manner.

Presentations are available to MAPPS members. Pictures from the event can be viewed on the MAPPS Facebook page.

And MAPPS members were great citizen lobbyists on Capitol Hill.  As a result of meetings with Congressmen and Senators, we added Republican and Democrat cosponsors to the FLAIR Act; secured a Senate sponsor and several cosponsors for the Digital Coast Act; got a commitment for geospatial provisions in the new MAP-21 -- the Highway bill -- and added cosponsors to the Freedom from Government Competition Act.

For MAPPS members that attended, please do not forget to complete your Hill Visit Evaluation.

Our next event is a webinar on April 24 when we host the USGS discussing their LIDAR specification. Click here for more information and registration.

The MAPPS Summer Meeting is July 27-31, 2014 in beautiful Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.  The MAPPS Program Committee is issuing a call for presentations.  If you have knowledge or expertise on a management, technology, application, or policy issue, please send an email to John Palatiello, MAPPS Executive Director, with a brief abstract of your proposed session.  Early registration is now open for the conference.

Entries are now being accepted for the 2014 MAPPS Geospatial Products and Services Excellence Awards Competition.  The deadline for entries is August 8.  Winners will be announced at the MAPPS Geospatial and Engineering International Conference to be held on September 25 and 26 in Alexandria, Virginia.

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MAPPS Minute: Federal Programs Conference Preview

Posted By Nick Palatiello, Friday, March 28, 2014

Next week MAPPS will host the annual Federal Programs Conference on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 1-2 in Washington, D.C.

MAPPS member firm principals will hear presentations by Federal agency officials on programs, budgets, and upcoming geospatial contracts. We’ll also host a series of liaison meetings with key agencies.

Members gain valuable insights into business opportunities with the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Departments of Interior, Energy, Agriculture, and Homeland Security, as well as USGS, US Army Corps of Engineers, NOAA, Forest Service, BLM, Census Bureau and Small Business Administration.

Our luncheon address will be presented by Randy Willis of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Office of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). He will discuss the plan for the safe integration of UAS into the national airspace, the opportunities available to private sector firms for system and safety procedure testing through the six national test sites, and how private geospatial businesses can become authorized to engage in commercial UAS operation.

 MAPPS members will be on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, April 2, visiting some 200 Congressmen and Senators. We will advocate for the geospatial profession in Congress and have a significant and positive impact on public policy by educating elected officials on geospatial technologies and the professional services available from the private sector.

Among the members of Congress who will speak to MAPPS members during the two-day conference will be Senator David Vitter of Louisiana,  Rep. Jack Kingston of Georgia, Rep. Ted Poe of Texas, Rep. Bill Huizenga of Michigan and Rep. Todd Young of Indiana.

It is not too late to register for the conference or make a contribution to the MAPPS PAC and join the Inner Circle to attend Tuesday's PAC Dinner.

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National Surveyors Week - MAPPS Minute

Posted By Nick Palatiello, Friday, March 21, 2014

MAPPS joins in celebrating National Surveyors Week in this week's MAPPS Minute. Among the topics covered is the use of remote sensing and satellite technologies to find the lost Malaysia Airlines flight, MAPPS interaction with FAA Administrator Huerta at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on small unmanned aerial vehicles (sUAV), the White House working with Esri (a MAPPS member firm) on climate change, and recent articles in National Public Radio and The Washington Post on the extent of unneeded buildings and land owned by the Federal government. 

Tags:  Climate Change  FAA  Federal Government  FLAIR  Land Inventory  National Surveyors Week  NPR  Parcels  President Obama  Remote Sensing  Tax Dollars  UAVs  Washington Post  Waste  White House 

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MAPPS Madness - Upcoming Events, UAVs and FEMA Legislation

Posted By Nick Palatiello, Friday, March 14, 2014

Don't miss your chance to secure your hotel room for the 2014 Federal Programs Conference and register at the early rate! Deadline is TODAY!

Congress passed controversial legislation yesterday that may impact FEMA RiskMap and USGS 3DEP. 

MAPPS will host a Member-Guest Breakfast at ASPRS' Conference March 26. Inviting a guest is not a prerequisite to attend. 

More information in this week's "MAPPS Minute".

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John Palatiello Addresses Concerns for FEMA Flood Mapping Program Legislation in GeoDataPoint Article

Posted By Nick Palatiello, Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Recent action in Congress to delay reforms enacted in the Biggert-Waters Act, part of the MAP-21 Act of 2012, may have a significant impact on FEMA's flood mapping program. 

John Palatiello, MAPPS Executive Director, outlined the impact legislation in Congress could have on this and other geospatial programs in an entry for GeoDataPoint.

Here is a snippet:

"While repealing this section of current law continues the Risk Map process, some observers believe the House bill prevents any changes in rates or insurance premiums. "

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MAPPS Minute - UAVs and Upcoming Events

Posted By Nick Palatiello, Friday, March 07, 2014

Check out this week's MAPPS minute to learn about MAPPS activities related to unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), recent news on the topic and upcoming MAPPS events.

court ruling announced March 6 may have a positive impact on the use small UAS/UAV. The FAA has appealed the decision. MAPPS is engaging stakeholders and partners and will provide education once more information becomes available on what this means for commercial use. MAPPS has recently engaged with the legislatures in Georgia, Iowa, Michigan and Maryland on legislative language regarding UAVs that would be harmful to the profession. 

MAPPS announced this week a Member-Guest breakfast to take place at the ASPRS Annual Conference in Louisville, KY. Members are encouraged to register and bring a prospective member to attend the breakfast. Our guest speaker will be Denise LaDue, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Louisville District, where she is Production Manager for the Inland Electronic Navigational Chart (IENC) initiative.  Ms. LaDue will discuss the Louisville District's surveying and mapping program and the IENC initiative. Register Here.

The early registration deadline is March 14 for the 2014 MAPPS Federal Programs Conference. Save on your registration today! A limited number of hotel rooms still remain in the MAPPS block. The Federal Programs Conference is a Members Only event.

Don't forget to educate yourself on the four issues MAPPS will take to Congress April 2 as part of the Federal Programs Conference. MAPPS will review Government and University Competition and Highway Bill (MAP-21) Reauthorization in the remaining two episodes of the "Legislative Issues" webinar series. 

Tags:  ASPRS  Drones  Federal Programs  Geospatial  UAVs  Unmanned Aircraft Systems  USACE 

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MAPPS Launches Legislative Issues Webinar Series

Posted By Nick Palatiello, Friday, February 28, 2014

Want to learn more about the four issues MAPPS will be taking to Congress as part of the 2014 Federal Programs Conference? Register for one of our three remaining webinars! Each issue will be discussed Thursday afternoons at 3:00 PM (Eastern) through March 20. Register today!

The Federal Programs Conference is open to MAPPS members only. MAPPS members April is at the peak of the Cherry Blossom festival in Washington, DC. Reserve your hotel room and register today!

Tags:  Congress  Digital Coast  Federal Programs  FLAIR Act  Geospatial  GIS  Highway Bill  Land Inventory  Reauthorization  Webinars 

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MAPPS Creates Forums to Facilitate Engagement

Posted By John Palatiello, Wednesday, February 05, 2014
Updated: Friday, February 21, 2014

It is my pleasure to inform you of an exciting new activity in MAPPS.

In November, the MAPPS Board of Directors met for two days to engage in a 360 degree review of the association.  Given the economy, government budgets and shutdowns, generational changes, emerging markets and technologies, and the rise of social media, the Board met with a representative group of members, former members, prospective members, and government partners to get feedback on what the association is doing right, and where MAPPS can improve.

As a result, one new program is already being launched.

The Board has reorganized MAPPS committees, task forces, and working groups.  

We are launching a new series of MAPPS "Forums" to replace several previous committees and task forces. Forums are communities within MAPPS that address issues affecting firms, their products and services, and markets.  Each member firm of MAPPS is encouraged to join at least one forum.  The forums will not only meet at MAPPS conferences, but host conference calls, organize webinars, and engage in communications using the features of the MAPPS web site. 

The forums will provide members an even greater sense of "belonging” and add value to being a member firm in MAPPS.  Forums are a way for you to share and gain information and knowledge, network, solve problems, and work with your peers to improve your business and contribute to the well being of the geospatial profession at and apart from attendance at MAPPS meetings and conferences.
Our initial forums will be on:
Aerial Acquisition
Commercial Remote Sensing & Licensed Data
Emerging Markets & Technologies
Government & University Competition
Ocean & Coastal Mapping
Small Business

Each forum meet at the Winter Conference in San Diego.
A description of each is on the MAPPS web site, along with a way for you to enroll.  This is a wonderful opportunity to get even more benefit from your membership in MAPPS, as well as a great way to give back to your profession.

Finally, if there is something in which you have an interest that is NOT part of one of these forums, the MAPPS Board would welcome your ideas for additional forums.  Please email me with your thoughts and suggestions.

Once again, in an economy where you’re counting every dollar, it’s good to know you can count on MAPPS.

Tags:  Aviation  Cadastre  Commercial Remote Sensing  Forums  GEOINT  Government Competition  Licensed Data  Small Business  Surveying  UAV  University Competition 

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MAPPS Seeks Member Input on Strategic Plan and Advocacy at Winter Conference

Posted By Nick Palatiello, Monday, January 20, 2014

MAPPS to provide forum for members to provide input on strategic plan and government affairs topics at the 2014 Winter Conference.

 Find out what will be discussed and how to provide input. MAPPS will be reaching the entire membership on these topics and the Winter Conference is meant to be the first public forum.

Tags:  advocacy  legislative affairs  MAP-21  Non-Profit  Privacy  Strategic Plan  Transportation  UAV  University Competition  Unmanned 

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