MAPPS Announces 2011 Geospatial Excellence Awards Judges
Thursday, October 06, 2011
Posted by: Nick Palatiello
A panel of five independent judges will evaluate projects
submitted in the MAPPS 2011 Geospatial Products and Services Excellence
Awards competition, the association announced today.
The judges panel will once again be chaired by Robert Burtch,
professor in the Surveying Engineering Program at Ferris State
University, Big Rapids, MI, where he teaches courses in surveying,
geographic information systems, photogrammetry and geodesy. Burtch is a
Professional Surveyor in Michigan and a Certified Photogrammetrist,
ASPRS. Joining Mr. Burtch are:
Christine "Kristi" Grahl , editor of P.O.B. magazine, Troy, MI,
and administrator of its electronic bulletin board, www.RPLS.com.
P.O.B., published by BNP Media, is the oldest monthly national magazine
serving the surveying and mapping profession, reaching more than 38,000
readers. Kristi is an APEX Award-winning writer and editor, has been
P.O.B. editor since 2008 and has spent the past 15 years working closely
with publications serving audiences including engineers and
Thomas "Tom" M. Palmerlee, Associate Director, Technical
Activities Division, Transportation Research Board (TRB). TRB is a
component of The National Academies, a private, nonprofit institution.
Tom manages activities in information technology and transportation
data, including the Geographic Information Science and Applications
Committee and the Geospatial Data Acquisition Technologies in Design and
Construction Committee. Prior to joining TRB, Mr. Palmerlee was
executive director for the University Consortium for Geographic
Information Science (UCGIS), and for the Urban and Regional Information
Systems Association (URISA). In the 1980's he served as a legislative
assistant and legislative director for U.S. Senator Malcolm Wallop of
Mr. Donn D. Dears, a retired General Electric Company executive
now based in Chicago. A graduate of the United States Merchant Marine
Academy and veteran of the U.S. Navy, Mr. Dears is president of
TSAugust, a 501(C)(3), nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank conducting
research on energy and economic issues, is the author of two books and
writes the blog, Power America.
Leonard Gilroy, director of government reform at Reason
Foundation, a Los Angeles nonprofit think tank advancing free markets.
Gilroy, a certified urban planner (AICP), researches privatization,
government reform, transportation, infrastructure, and urban policy
issues. Gilroy has a diversified background in policy research and
implementation, with particular emphases on public-private partnerships,
competition, government efficiency, transparency, accountability, and
government performance. Gilroy has worked closely with legislators and
elected officials in Texas, Arizona, Louisiana, Utah, Virginia,
California, and several other states in efforts to design and implement
market-based policy approaches, improve government performance, enhance
accountability in government programs, and reduce government spending.
He is the editor of the world's most respected newsletter on
privatization, Privatization Watch, and is the editor of the widely-read
Annual Privatization Report, which examines trends and chronicles the
experiences of local, state, and federal governments in bringing
competition to public services.
The MAPPS awards competition recognizes the professionalism,
value, integrity and achievement that member firms have demonstrated in
their projects and technology developments over the previous year.
"I am pleased these judges will evaluate the great projects
submitted by MAPPS member firms. We are honored to have these
independent, knowledgeable individuals particiate in our competition.
The projects submitted exemplify the contributions private geospatial
firms make to society every day to enhance our quality of life. I look
forward to the judges' decisions and the bestowing of awards in
November," said MAPPS Executive Director John Palatiello.
The award recipients will be announced and recognized on Tuesday,
November 15 as part of the MAPPS Fall Policy Conference and in
cooperation with the ASPRS/Pecora Conference at the Hilton Hotel in
The Geospatial Products and Services Excellence Awards program
has seven categories for projects and technologies delivered in calendar
2010: airborne and satellite data acquisition; photogrammetry/elevation
data generation; remote sensing; GIS/IT; small projects;
surveying/field data collection and technology innovation. A Grand Award
winner will be selected from the seven category winners to represent
the MAPPS Project of the Year. This is the fifth annual awards
competition. The surveying/field data collection category is a new
addition in the 2011 awards, "reflecting the diversity of MAPPS firms
engaged in this service area and the rapid advancements in technology
and applications being provided to clients," Palatiello said.
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, mobile mapping, LIDAR,
building information models (BIM), 3D mapping, 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 enhancement.
For more information on MAPPS, please visit www.MAPPS.org