MAPPS Announces Third Annual Geospatial Awards Competition, Submission Deadline August 7, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
Posted by: Nick Palatiello
VA - MAPPS (www.mapps.org), the association of private
geospatial firms, has announced that it will host its third annual Geospatial
Products and Services Excellence Awards competition, recognizing the
professionalism, value, integrity and achievement that member firms have
demonstrated in their projects and technology developments over the previous
Awards Program is an opportunity for MAPPS member firms to showcase the
high-quality work that is being preformed in the geospatial community,"
said John Palatiello, MAPPS Executive Director. "The awards program
demonstrates the cutting edge technology and professional expertise that MAPPS
member firms implement in projects serving their clients."
award recipients will be announced and recognized on Wednesday, November 18
during the MAPPS/ASPRS Joint Specialty Conference in San Antonio, Texas.
Geospatial Products and Services Excellence Awards program has six categories:
airborne and satellite data acquisition; photogrammetry/elevation data
generation; remote sensing; GIS/IT; small projects; and technology innovation.
A Grand Award will be selected from the six category winners to represent the
MAPPS Project of the Year.
2008, the MAPPS Project of the Year was awarded to Fugro EarthData (Frederick,
Maryland) for the "Mapping a Vital Marine Resource in Texas" project.
The project, conducted for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration's (NOAA) Coastal Services Center (CSC), created benthic habitat
maps to support the Texas Seagrass Monitoring Program. It helped protect the
shallow marine environment in the 1,400 square miles of estuaries along the
Texas Gulf Coast. The mapping project involved three elements: high-resolution
aerial mapping, object-oriented classification and quantitative accuracy
2008 category winners were Intermap Technologies for "Ultra Long Lines:
Increasing Airborne Data Acquisition Rates" in the category of Airborne
and Satellite Data Acquisition; Aero-Metric, Inc. for "Interstate 35W
Bridge Collapse" in Photogrammetry/Elevation Data Generation; and Photo
Science for "Legislative Atlas" in the GIS/IT category. The Fugro
EarthData project was the category winner among Remote Sensing project entries.
2009 contest is open to all MAPPS Member and Associate Member firms. The
deadline for submitting entries is August 7, 2009.
Formed in 1982, MAPPS is the only national association exclusively comprised of
private firms in the remote sensing, spatial data and geographic information
systems field in the United States. The MAPPS membership spans the entire
spectrum of the geospatial community, including Member Firms engaged in
satellite and airborne remote sensing, surveying, photogrammetry, aerial
photography, LIDAR, hydrography, bathymetry, charting, aerial and satellite
image processing, GPS, and GIS data collection and conversion services. MAPPS
also includes Associate Member Firms, which are companies that provide
hardware, software, products and services to the geospatial profession in the United
States and other firms from around the world. Independent Consultant Members
are sole proprietors engaged in consulting in or to the geospatial profession,
or provides a consulting service of interest to the geospatial profession.
MAPPS provides its 180+ member firms opportunities for networking and
developing business-to-business relationships, information sharing, education,
public policy advocacy, market growth, and professional development and image