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2015 Summer Conference - Sunriver, Oregon
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7/12/2015 to 7/15/2015
When: 7/12/2015
Where: Sunriver Resort
Sunriver, Oregon  97707
United States
Contact: Sally Palatiello

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Sunday, July 12, 2015

8:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Board of Directors Meeting
Fireside Room
1:30 PM
Registration Opens
Landmark 1 & 2
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
PAC Briefing
Homestead 2
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Keynote - Underground Utility Location & SUE

Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE), with an integral relationship between the surveying, civil engineering, and geophysics professions, is a rapidly emerging market. MAPPS has been educating Congress on the need for enhanced underground utility and infrastructure location. James Anspach, a recognized leader in the subsurface utility engineering field and authority on standard of care issues for the utility damage prevention and subsurface utility engineering practice will discuss recent and current research programs, standards, and studies affecting the practice, including its surveying and mapping component.

James Anspach, P.G, Director of Utility Market & Practice Development for Cardno, Inc., Bend, OR; Chair, Committee on Construction Institute Utility of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Great Hall

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5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Welcome Reception
Great Hall Bachelor Lawn
Beverage Bar Sponsored By:


Monday, July 13, 2015

7:00 AM
MAPPS Office Opens
Landmark 1 & 2
7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Member Continental Breakfast
Sponsored By:
7:15 AM - 8:15 AM

Aerial Acquisition Forum:
The Aerial Acquisition Forum will explore the use of UAS by MAPPS members today, as well as future plans and requirements. Additionally, there will be a discussion of FAA's guidance on Laser Airworthiness Installation, which regulates LiDAR systems, and the status of MAPPS efforts in this area.

7:15 AM - 8:15 AM Infrastructure Forum:
Discussions in the Infrastructure Forum will include the Pipeline Corridor Location effort as well as other related corridor-type distribution efforts, including gas, electric and water infrastructure. Other ongoing topics will be the Highway Bill and transportation-related infrastructure efforts that will create additional value for MAPPS members. The Forum will evaluate trends to anticipate where the use of geospatial products and services might be most advantageous in infrastructure applications and markets.
7:15 AM - 8:15 AM Membership Committee:
The Membership Task Force will discuss strategies and tactics to promote new member growth, as well as provide a larger and more diversified voice on local and federal issues that impact our profession. The Task Force will discuss the New Member Recruiting Plan approved by the MAPPS Board, in addition to provide an update on retention of existing members.
8:00 AM - 8:45 AM
Spouse/Child Breakfast
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

General Sessions

Market Survey of the Profession
Michael Anderson, POB

View presentation here.

Next Gen LiDAR
Moderator: George Southard, Trimble Navigation Limited
Panelists: Jim Van Rens, RIEGL; Don Carswell, Optech Inc.; Ron Roth,
Leica Geosystems; Joe Seppi, Woolpert; Scott Bennett, Harris Corp.

View Ron Roth's presentation here.

 General Sessions Sponsored By

8:45 AM - 12:00 PM Spouse/Child Visit to High Desert Museum  
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM  Education Task Force
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
GeoInt Forum:

The GeoInt Forum will discuss ways firms can Find/Pursue/Win GEOINT business and identify current opportunities

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Surveying Forum:
The survey forum will continue discussions on licensure and competing technologies. New topic of discussion will be “the definition of the practice of surveying.” Several states have dealt with this issue by including mapping professionals into survey licensure, and others are in the process of defining what is survey and what is not. Come join the discussion. This could become relevant in your state.
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Associate Members Forum:

The Associate Members Committee will discuss the recently proposed US government export regulations affecting LiDAR, imaging, and positioning systems, as well as future issues and programs in MAPPS.

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

General Sessions Continued
Federal Focus
Jason Stoker, USGS
Discussion of the current status of the USGS 3DEP Program

View presentation here.

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Group Networking Activity

Your networking activity schedule is in your packet. Boxed lunches and drinks provided. Pick them up to the right of the main lodge.

Whitewater Rafting (Buses marked Rafting load to the right of the main lodge)
Canoeing (Buses marked Harper’s Bridge Float load to the right of the main lodge)
Bike Ride (Buses marked Benham Falls load to the right of the main lodge)



Tuesday, July 14, 2015

7:00 AM
MAPPS Office Opens
Landmark 1 & 2
6:45 AM - 8:30 AM
Member Continental Breakfast
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6:45 AM - 7:45 AM
Small Business Forum:
The Small Business Forum will continue the discussion of federal prompt payment and its impact on small business. Other topics include the Mentor-Protégé Program, webinar topics, and insurance issues. Additionally, members are encouraged attend to provide new topics to the forum.
6:45 AM - 7:45 AM Legislative Affairs Committee:

The committee will review pending legislation in the U.S. Congress and state legislatures, issues from the Federal Programs Conference, and new developments and initiatives. Topics to include 3DEP, highway bill, government competition, underground utilities, federal geospatial governance, parcels/land inventory, and others.

6:45 AM - 7:45 AM
Cadastre Task Force
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
General Sessions
UAS Update:

Advancements in policy, technology, legislation and markets for commercial activities using unmanned aircraft systems will be presented by Randy Willis, FAA; Jeff Lovin, Woolpert; John Palatiello, MAPPS; Jeff Cozart, Juniper Unmanned; and Douglas Shinkle, National Conference of State Legislatures.


View John Palatiello's presentation here.


View Jeff Lovin's presentation here.


View Douglas Shinkle's presentation here.


View Randy Willis's presentation here.

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9:45 AM - 10:30 AM
Emerging Markets Forum: 

Discussion topics will include sUAS, emerging LiDAR technology, threats to existing markets, and augmented reality. Additionally, members are welcome and encouraged to provide new topics to the forum.

9:45 AM - 10:30 AM
A/E Forum:

This is the inaugural meeting of the A/E Forum. During this meeting Forum members will outline our initial and primary areas of interest within Architect and Engineer (A/E) businesses. The Forum will seek to align interests with our association’s advocacy (e.g., professional and business licensing) that affects major design and construction-related programs. The Forum will focus on creating additional value for A-E firms that are participating in MAPPS. We will consider educational opportunities (possibly presented at future MAPPS meetings and programs) to inform our MAPPS members on business and technological topics specific to A/E firms. The Forum will continually look at any trends associated with the use of geospatial products and services that are integral to A/E design and construction activities

9:45 AM - 10:30 AM Ocean & Coastal Mapping Forum:

The Ocean & Coastal Mapping Forum will discuss issues in NOAA, USACE, and other markets for hydrography, nautical charting, and near-shore topography, bathymetry and other data collection activities.

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Government/University Competition Forum:

The forum will review recent activity on competition issues from agencies such as USAID and state departments of transportation, Congressional action on NOAA contracting, the Higher Education Act, and the Freedom from Government Competition Act.

10:30 AM -11:30 AM
MAPPS Business Meeting & Election of Directors
12:30 PM
Golf/Free Time

Golf Scramble: The MAPPS golf scramble is
a fun, friendly competition designed for golfers
of ALL levels. We encourage all principals,
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!!! 

Interest in playing golf – click here

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7:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Banquet Reception
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

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Beverage Bar Sponsored By:


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

7:00 AM
MAPPS Office Opens
Landmark 1 & 2
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM  New Board of Directors Meeting
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Program Committee:
The Program Committee will discuss topics and speakers for presentation at future MAPPS conferences and events.
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Member Continental Breakfast
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8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

General Sessions


BLM: CFedS and Geospatial Activities


A national certification program for surveying, CFedS, is hosted by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Learn what CFedS is, how to get certified, projects/agencies/programs that require CFedS certification, and the relationship of CFedS to the FLAIR Act (including the role of a CFedS survey of any land to be sold by BLM and other Federal agencies) and the market demand for private sector surveyors to become CFedS certified. This session will also provide information on BLM use of geospatial data.


Mary Hartel, BLM


View Mary Hartel's presentation here.

9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

The Feasibility of a National License

As numerous states define photogrammetry and other geospatial activities as the practice of surveying, subject to state licensure, the requirements to maintain multiple state licenses has become increasingly burdensome. As a follow-up to sessions held at the Winter Meeting and MAPPS-NSPS conference, this session will explore whether a national license is feasible and a reasonable alternative.

John Palatiello, MAPPS Executive Director

View presentation here.

9:45 AM - 10:30 AM

Data Sharing: The Government Perspective


The inability or unwillingness to share geospatial data between government agencies causes government to waste billions of dollars every year. A proposed solution to this problem, model legislation that could be adopted by states and patterned after similar practices in Alberta, Canada, will be presented


Cy Smith – Geospatial Information Officer, State of Oregon


View presentation here.

10:30 AM
Conference Adjourns