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1/13/2017 to 1/17/2017
When: January 13-17, 2017
Where: Innisbrook Resort
36750 US Hwy 19 N
Palm Harbor, Florida  34683
United States
Contact: Sally Palatiello

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2017 Winter Conference
January 13-17, 2017
Palm Harbor (Tampa), 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

Innisbrook Resort
36750 US Highway 19 North
Palm Harbor, FL  34684

Make your hotel reservations at the Innisbrook Resort.  The special MAPPS rate of $189 will expire on December 19, 2016!!!  Don't miss out.  Click here to book your room on-line.  You can also call the Innisbrook Resort at 800-492-6899 and let them know you are with MAPPS to receive the discounted conference rate.

Parking at the hotel is complimentary. The Innisbrook does not provide transportation to and from the airport.  However, there is a shuttle service available and is provided by Super Shuttle at a rate of $28 per person each way. Reservations are encouraged and can be made by calling 800.258.3826 or on-line at

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 Monday, January 16 at 12:30.  Click here to register.

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   Conference Program
January 13               

8:00 AM
MAPPS Board of Directors
1:00 PM
MAPPS Registration Office Opens 
Edinburgh 3-4
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
PAC Briefing
PAC Briefing
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4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Keynote Address (All Participants)
Congressman Gus M. Bilirakis is a Republican from Palm Harbor, representing Florida’s 12th Congressional District. He was first elected to Congress on November 7, 2006, and is currently serving his fifth term in the United States House of Representatives. A member of the Committee on Energy & Commerce, Congressman Bilirakis is the sponsor of H.R. 3317, the "Flood Insurance Integrity Act of 2015".
Keynote Address
Sponsored by:

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Welcome Reception (All Participants)
Welcome Reception Sponsorship
January 14

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Forum/Committee Meetings (Principals and Emerging Leaders)

  Legislative Affairs Committee
   Emerging Markets & Emerging Technologies Forum
   FEMA Task Force
7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Emerging Leaders/Principal Breakfast
Breakfast Sponsorship

8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Principal's Sessions
Sessions Sponsorship Available
     Real Time Maps features Sanjiv Singh, Research Professor, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University will discuss research on sensor to wall systems, including real time LiDAR collection for a UAS and Grady Tuell, Associate Director, Electro-Optical Systems Laboratory, Georgia Tech Research Institute will present on real time error on bathymetric LiDAR. Registration of lidar data during motion is challenging because each measurement is taken from a different location and orientation.  Such data are typically registered using inertial sensors and GPS receivers to estimate motion at a high rate and fidelity.  However, new methods make it possible to resolve motion in real time without the need for any GPS. This talk will show results of ground and air deployments in which we simultaneously create maps and estimate motion in real time using laser scanning and low-grade IMUs.  Such technology could revolutionize the use of LiDAR mapping where GPS is either unreliable or unavailable, and, significantly reduce the cost of 3D reconstruction.

   BIM & Indoor Mapping will provide the MAPPS membership with an update to one of the most interesting and important developments in the survey and mapping market; indoor mapping. Several panelists will share their expertise and help us all better understand the technologies, markets and applications for this fascinating advance from the centuries old tape measure and pencil method of measuring indoor features. Mark Brooks, Optimal Geo, will lead the discussion with Kevin Perkins, Applanix, Frank Collazo, Leica Geosystems, and Allen Nobles, Nobles Consulting Group.

   Internet Security will focus on a review of current threats to personal internet security (like passwords, hacks, ransomware, identity theft).  Mike Tully of Aerial Services, Inc. will address what we can do to practically address these real security threats on our networks, PCs and mobile devices at home and at work.

  Internet of Things will feature Brian Baha of Esri discussing how big data, wireless networks, connected vehicles, on demand services, and mobile apps are changing the way we live and do business, and the role geographic information will play in this transformation.

 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Emerging Leaders Session

Starting and running a business requires a very broad skill set and an understanding of the legal and regulatory landscape.  This Business Law curriculum for Emerging Leaders in our profession will cover a wide variety of topics from hiring and firing employees, to incorporation and legal structures. Success and failure in business often rides on senior management’s understanding of legal risks and responsibilities. Those who operate small businesses typically wear many different hats, but also must know when and how to seek help from others. This session will give the emerging leader an overview of common legal issues faced by all business owners and managers. Moderator, George Southard, Trimble, with Kelly Francis, AeroGraphics, and other presenters TBA.

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM


Forum/Committee Meetings
  A/E Forum
   Aerial Acquisition Forum
   GeoInt Forum

9:00 AM
Spouse/Guest Breakfast & Shopping Excursion
Spouse Breakfast & Program
Sponsored by:

    Bus Transportation for Cruise
Sponsored by:

3:30 PM
Networking Dinner Cruise (all participants)
Networking Cruise
Sponsored by:

January 15

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Forum/Committee Meetings (Principals and Emerging Leaders)
Program Committee
   Ocean & Coastal Mapping Forum
   Membership Committee
   Small Business Forum
7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Emerging Leaders/Principal Breakfast
Breakfast Sponsorship

9:00 AM
Spouse/Guest Breakfast & Line Dancing.   Spouses/Guests will have a fun time dancing to some great music. Never Line Danced before??? That’s okay. Easy dances will be taught for everyone to enjoy. Instructor is our own Brenda Burroughs.
Spouse Breakfast & Program
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8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Principal's Sessions
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   Lou Driber, National Map Liaison to FL, PR, and US-VI, US Geological Survey, will update on the 3D Elevation Program:  Year 1 a Success, Year 2 Ahead! which will provide an overview of 3DEP status and plans, highlighting the final tally of data acquisition of FY16 and projections for FY17, efforts to advance elevation and hydrography integration, and ongoing communication to build the investment needed for a nationwide elevation program.

   Juliana Blackwell, Director, National Geodetic Survey, NGS, will discuss current and ongoing, as well as future, NGS Programs, including modernization of  the National Spatial Reference System (NSRS) which includes the replacement of the current national datums, NAD 83 and NAVD 88, in 2022. An update on the current and planned data collection, products, services, and outreach in support of the modernization effort will be presented, technical and legislative, and as well as GRAV-D. 

   MAPPS Director Thomas Newman,TerraSond, John Tamplin, Seafloor Systems, and Brian Anderson, ASV Global, lead a discussion of Unmanned Hydro Systems. Just as UAV’s are revolutionizing aerial mapping, Unmanned Surface Vessels (USV) and Underwater Autonomous Vessels (UAV) are revolutionizing hydrography.  This session will include a general discussion of systems available for both surface and underwater systems.

   NextGEN Corridor and the Opportunity at Hand: MAPPS Director Chris Ogier leads this session. Within the next 50 years, US population estimates are expected to rise by 25% over above current levels.  Along with that, the impact of existing decay and deterioration of ductile iron, copper, fiber wire, poorly reinforced cement, rebar & PVC.    Within this perfect storm of obvious need and increasingly rapid decay lies opportunity.  New technologies are coming on line that will benefit geospatial professionals.  And, existing technologies are reaching maturity levels that make them more viable than ever.   The discussion will also include anticipated trends in land use, urban development and transportation as the core problems become more acute.

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Emerging Leaders Session
     Communication Strategy & Skills – How well you communicate can make or break your professional image. This course is designed to give participants a solid foundation in essential communication skills and competencies. Topics may include, interpersonal communications, public speaking, how to prepare effective presentations, interviews, performance evaluations, importance body of language, conflict resolution, and strategies on communicating with diplomacy, tact, and credibility.  Individual communication styles and how to recognize them and manage/communicate with those persons through practice sessions and role plays will provide participants with the confidence to keep their careers moving ahead. Instructor - Richard Serby, GeoSearch, Inc. and Marvin Miller, MRG GEO
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
 Networking Lawn Party (all participants)
Lawn Party Sponsorship

January 16

7:00 AM -
8:00 AM

Forum/Committee Meetings (Principals and Emerging Leaders)

  Infrastructure Forum
  Associate Members Committee

7:30 AM
Emerging Leaders/Principal Breakfast
Breakfast Sponsored by:

8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Principal's Sessions
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     The session Small Business: Best Practices and Key Performance Indicators (KPI) will review what KPIs are measured in the geospatial profession and how to apply them to your small business.  This session will provide input from large and small businesses alike. This session will be led by Kelly Francis, Aero-Graphics, as moderator, with presentations by Joe Bruno, ESP Associates and Paul Braun, Continental Mapping Consultants.

    Part 107 Operational Experience. Federal Aviation Regulation part 107 is a proactive step in integrating the UAV industry with existing FAA manned aircraft safety standards and regulations.  Andres Vargas, Riegl USA will discuss the impact on flight planning for mapping an area of interest with a specific survey requirements using the RIEGL RiCOPTER Surveying UAV System, a brief comparison of Part 107 and  Section 333 exemption, a discussion of DOD Air Worthiness Release (AWR) and its impact on UAV processes. Finally, a review of MDOT test area with Surveying Solutions Inc. as an example of how commercial UAS can participate in the surveying and mapping community with these certification procedures.

     Mapping with Drones: Key Considerations and Factors to Achieve Desired Accuracy. DroneView Technologies is a leading drone services company, who works with enterprise customers throughout the United States - collecting, processing and extracting real value out of aerial data. Our client’s require verification of the accuracy of the aerial data in order to authorize aerial mapping services using drones. This process also enables the client to recognize how, when and where aerial mapping services using drones should be utilized. Accurate results can be reliably achieved using a drone to collect aerial data on project sites for engineering design. Jason Heywood, CP, PSM, LPS Director of Business Development, DroneViewTechnologies.

    Political & Legislative Forecast – MAPPS Executive John Palatiello will provide insight on election results, the new administration and the 2017 Congressional agenda, with a focus on issues impacting business generally and the geospatial community in particular.

8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Emerging Leaders Session
     Project Management - Successful projects do not just occur by luck or by chance.  In order deliver a project that meets the schedule, budget, and performance objectives, the project manager must be able to organize, plan, implement and control the required tasks. This course will introduce participants to the tools and concepts such as project charter, scope statement, work breakdown structure, project estimating, and scheduling that can be used to guide a project through the maze of challenges to successful completion. Instructor - Jeff Tornapore, PMP, Michael Baker International.
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Forum/Committee Meetings
Surveying Forum
  Government & University Competition forum
  Cadastre Task Force

12:30 PM
Free Time/Golf Scramble
Golf Scramble
Sponsored by:

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

7:45 PM
Excellence Awards Banquet (All Participants)
Awards Banquet Sponsorship
January 17

8:00 AM
Emerging Leaders/Principal Breakfast
Breakfast Sponsorship
8:30 AM
Joint Principals and Emerging Leaders Sessions
Sessions Sponsorship

   In the session, Energy & the Environment, Donn Dears, an expert on energy and environment and author of two books, Nothing to Fear explains why CO2 is not the primary cause of global warming, why it's impossible to cut CO2 emissions 80% as required by the EPA without destroying our standard of living, and that there are alternative causes for global warming that have stronger scientific underpinnings than the CO2 hypothesis.  His previous book, Carbon Folly provides Americans with the information they need to make judgments about cap & trade legislation.

    Forum Chairs as Thought Leaders - MAPPS Forums and Committees are groups within the association focused on specific business, market and professional interests.  In this session, the Forum and Committee chairs will report and engage on hot topics, identify issues important to their group and the membership at large, and discuss next steps.

    Hardware and software manufacturers are the enablers of our profession.  At the 2016 summer meeting, those firms’ prices, policies and performance were questioned in an open forum.   In 10 Questions from Service Firms Members That Equipment Manufacturers Want to Know, the tables will turn as the manufacturers will provide the questions to the general membership.  All members are invited to participate in this spirited discussion by willingly and candidly answering the questions put forth by the manufacturers.
11:00 AM
Conference Adjourns
   Hospitality Suite sponsored by    
  Hotel Keycards sponsored by