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2018 MAPPS Winter Conference
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 Export to Your Calendar 1/28/2018 to 2/2/2018
When: Sunday, January 28, 2018
Where: Reunion Resort
7953 Gathering Drive
Kissammee, Florida  34747
United States

Online registration is available until: 1/28/2018
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2018 Winter Conference
January 28-February 1, 2018
Kissammee, Florida

The Winter conference includes a two track format designed for principals, owners and partners on one track and a second for emerging leaders – those currently in middle management positions who are the next generation of emerging leaders -- tomorrow's principals, owners and partners in MAPPS member firms. A principal from a firm must be registered at the full conference rate for an emerging leader(s) to qualify for the lower rate. 

Hotel Information

Reunion Resort & Club
7543 Osceola Polk Line Rd.
Kissimmee, FL, US, 34747

Make your hotel reservations at the Reunion Resort & Club.  The special MAPPS conference rate will expire on January 4, 2018!!!  Don't miss out.  Click here to book your room on-line.  You can also call Central Reservations 877-523-7130 and let them know you are with MAPPS to receive the discounted conference rate.

Parking at the hotel is complimentary. The Reunion Resort does not provide transportation to and from the airport.  It is suggested you take a taxi or Uber.

The MAPPS golf scramble is a fun, friendly competition designed for golfers of ALL levels. We encourage all principals, emerging leaders, spouses and guests to register for this event. The MAPPS scramble is a great way to network with your colleagues, meet new friends, enjoy an afternoon on the golf course. Remember, if you are a competitive golfer or a once a year golfer, this tournament is for you!!!  The golf scramble is Wednesday, January 31 at 1:00 PM.  Click here to register.

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   Preliminary Conference Program
January 28              

8:00 AM
MAPPS Board of Directors
4:00 PM
Keynote Address (All Participants)
5:30 PM
Welcome Reception (All Participants)

January 29

7:00 AM

8:00 AM
Principal's Sessions

8:00 AM
Emerging Leaders Session
9:00 AM
Spouse/Guest Program
3:00 PM
Networking Activity #1 - (All Participates) - Foot Golf Competition
January 30

7:00 AM

8:00 AM
Principal's Sessions
8:00 AM
Emerging Leaders Session
9:00 AM
Spouse/Guest Program  
3:00 PM
Networking Activity #2 (All Participants)
January 31

7:30 AM
8:00 AM
Principal's Sessions
8:00 AM
Emerging Leaders Session
1:00 PM
Free Time/Golf Scramble

7:00 PM
Excellence Awards Banquet Reception (All Participants)

7:45 PM
Excellence Awards Banquet (All Participants)

February 1

8:00 AM

8:30 AM
Joint Principals and Emerging Leaders Sessions

11:00 AM
Conference Adjourns
   Session Highlights

Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR): The Next “Earth Shattering” Technology

MAPPS member firms and others will review how this burgeoning technology is impacting the geospatial sciences. Manufacturers, End Users, and Practitioners will discuss how this technology and related opportunities may affect our businesses.

How Does MAPPS Grow?
The growth of any organization is both a blessing and curse. In this session, MAPPS members will participate in a discussion focused on discussing not only HOW to grow MAPPS, but WHAT the implications are for MAPPS with a broadly- or narrowly-defined membership.

MAPPS Strategic Planning

Closely related to "How Does MAPPS Grow?", this session is held every few years so membership can review MAPPS current strategic plan and discuss how it should change to best meet the needs and desires of the membership.


LiDAR Control and QA/QC: A Different Animal
Ground truth and quality control process for LiDAR projects have different requirements than typical photogrammetric projects. USGS, FEMA, ASPRS have guidelines but what qualifies as good practice? Presentation will review best practices for field survey, data processing, LiDAR QC during production and QA to support final deliver. This session will be a review of requirements to support 3DEP and other LiDAR programs, and a review of equipment, software and processes that support successful projects.


Conducting a Good Employment Interview
Experts will teach members tips on how to ensure the best results from these important conversations.

Emerging Leaders
Last and not least, and back by popular demand, MAPPS will have a second educational track for our Emerging Leaders. Member firm principles are encouraged to bring their emerging leaders for training tailored to our geospatial realities that are difficult to find elsewhere. At this meeting there will be two courses for our emerging leaders in: Operations Management Marketing