MAPPS Announces Fourth Annual 'Geospatial Products and Services Excellence Awards' Competition, Dead
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Posted by: Nick Palatiello
Reston, VA - MAPPS
(www.mapps.org), the association of private geospatial firms, has announced
that it will host its fourth 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 year.
Awards Program is an opportunity for MAPPS member firms to showcase the
high-quality work that is being performed 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 17 as
part of the MAPPS Fall Policy Conference and in cooperation with the
ASPRS/CaGIS Fall Specialty Conference in Orlando, FL.
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.
2009, the MAPPS Project of the Year was awarded to Merrick & Company
(Aurora, CO) for their "Levee Recertification Using Geospatial
Technologies" project. Conducted for the City of Wichita Kansas,
Department of Public Works, the project gathered and processed data for one of
the first levee recertification projects in the U.S. as part of the Federal
Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) 2005 mandate following Hurricane Katrina.
The Merrick team collected over 1,000 square miles of Light Detection and
Ranging (LiDAR) and digital aerial imagery, with the specific area of the
project being a 33-mile stretch of the Arkansas River that consisted of levees,
floodways, improved channels, and control structures. The mapping project
involved LiDAR data collection, color digital aerial imagery and elevation data
2009 category winners were Intermap Technologies for "Intermap
Technologies Completes NEXTMap Europe" in Airborne and Satellite Data
Acquisition; Photo Science "Spatial Data Interoperability at the Florida
Department of Transportation" in GIS/IT; Kappa Mapping, Inc. "Color
Infrared Imagery Makes Accurate Vernal Pool Mapping Possible in Bar Harbor,
Maine" in Small Projects; Optech Technologies "New Product
Introduction in Hardware: ALTM Oriom" in Technology Innovation; and
Merrick & Company in the Photogrammetry/Elevation Data Generation category.
2010 contest is open to all MAPPS Regular and Associate Member firms. The
deadline for submitting entries is August 31, 2010.
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