MAPPS 2023

The 17th annual MAPPS Geospatial Products and Services Awards will be presented to Regular and Associate Member firms whose entries exemplify the professionalism, value, integrity and achievement of the firm’s staff as demonstrated over the previous year.

A distinguished and impartial panel of judges will evaluate the submitted projects from five categories:

  1. Data Acquisition and Processing (includes Aerial Photogrammetry, Satellite, Radar, and Airborne, Bathymetric, and Mobile LiDAR)
  2. Surveying/Field Data Collection (includes Terrestrial Scanning and Ground Penetrating Radar)
  3. GIS/IT/Remote Sensing Analysis
  4. Small Projects (cannot exceed 200,000 in professional services)
  5. Technology Innovation/Licensed Data Products

The panel of judges will review each submission and select a winner in each category. Additionally, all submissions are automatically eligible to be chosen by vote to receive the Member’s Choice Award.  Finally, the Grand Award, MAPPS Project of the Year will be selected from the winners of all categories.


All submitted projects will be recognized for their contributions to the geospatial profession. These awards provide an opportunity for our members to obtain national recognition and to showcase their projects.

The awards will be presented, and the winners will be announced at the MAPPS 2024 Winter Conference


Any MAPPS Regular or Associate Member firm in good standing is eligible to enter the awards program. 


  1. Entries must be submitted in accordance with the rules and requirements outlined on this page.
  2. Regular Member Firms may submit for all categories. Associate Member Firms may only submit for category E.
  3. Regular Member Firms may submit only one project for each category. Firms may submit separate project entries for different categories, but the same project cannot be submitted more than once. Each project must be submitted separately in accordance with the rules and requirements on this page.
  4. MAPPS shall not be responsible for any damage to or loss of an entrant’s submittal.
  5. Projects entered into the competition may have been executed anywhere in the world and must have been delivered to the client between Jan 1, 2022 and May 31, 2023 WITH final client acceptance no later than Sept 1, 2023. Technology innovation and licensed Data Products (Category E) must have been introduced into the marketplace between January 1, 2022, and May 31, 2023.
  6. Your submission including digital files must be received by October 31, 2023. 
  7. The judges reserve the right to determine the eligibility and category classification for all entries.


All winners will be highlighted by MAPPS with press releases. Additionally, reprints of materials for MAPPS use and the use of the entry materials at trade shows and conferences throughout the year demonstrates the exemplary work performed by MAPPS members. This also indirectly benefits all MAPPS members and the profession in general. The Grand Award winner is invited to present their project at a luncheon with federal agencies at the MAPPS Federal Program Conferences in 2024. The public relations and marketing value for participation in the awards program will be considerable. Where applicable, your client/owner will be highlighted in the process. Further benefits are gained through feature stories presented in firm brochures, newsletters and other publications


A. Data Acquisition and Processing

  • Flight Planning/Satellite Tasking
  • Acquisition Constraints Planning
  • Analog or Digital Camera Acquisition
  • Other Sensor Acquisition
  • Aerial Photogrammetry
  • Satellite, Radar, Airborne, Bathymetric, Mobile LiDAR

B. Surveying/Field Data Collection

  • Geodetic Control
  • Ground-based LiDAR
  • Hydrographic Surveys
  • Asset Data Collection
  • Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR)

C. GIS/IT/Remote Sensing Analysis

  • Application Development
  • Geospatial Enterprise Development
  • Satellite/Aerial Image Classification
  • Photointerpretation
  • Change Detection
  • Thematic Mapping

D. Small Projects 

  • Reserved for Small Business for any category
  • Firm must be qualified as a Small Business in accordance with Small Business Administration requirements under NAICS Code 541370 ($19million gross annual receipts averaged over past five (5) years)
  • Project fee does not exceed $200,000

E. Technology Innovation/Licensed Data Products

  • New Product Introductions in Hardware, Software, Supplies & Equipment
  • New Geospatial Technology or Major Improvement on Existing Geospatial Technolog
  • Develop/Implement Licensed Data Products on which the Provider Maintains Ownership and Offers Standard Features from which Client May Choose


Categories A-DCategory E

1. Complexity

  • Were there extraordinary project*/product** requirements?
  • Did the entry successfully address complex technical criteria or unique problems?
  • Did the entry require ingenuity to achieve project*/product** success?
  • Was the project workflow complex with any sub-tasks that made managing the project especially challenging?

2. Original or Innovative Application*/Development** of Technologies or Techniques?

  • Were new techniques or technologies used to complete the project* or develop the product**?
  • Were existing techniques or technologies used in innovative ways?
  • Will these innovative techniques or technologies be useful for future projects*/products**?

3. Future Value to the Geospatial Profession and the Public

  • Does the entry advance a positive public image of geospatial excellence?
  • Does the entry provide society with social or economic benefits?
  • Is the public's health, safety, or welfare improved as a result?
  • Will the entry redefine the marketplace or the public's way of thinking?
  • Does the entry advance the geospatial profession?

4. Client / Owner Satisfaction

  • Did the project successfully exceed client expectations?
  • Was an economical and cost-effective solution proposed?
  • Was the client's schedule met?

*Applies to entries in Categories A-D, **applies to entries in Category E.


This section describes all required submission materials for entering the 2023 MAPPS Geospatial Products and Services Excellence Awards competition. All materials must be submitted exactly as designated below. Projects may be disqualified if all submission requirements are not met.

Click here to view an example of a past submission.

You can view a summary of the program and tips for creating a submittal here.


A. Digital Photographic Display Panel

  • The jpeg file submitted should have dimensions 30" x 30" and a minimum resolution of 300dpi. High graphic quality and resolution are extremely important as MAPPS may use these files to display and publicize member firms' submissions.
  • No more than five photos or graphics shall be used to make up the panel. A background photo or image shall not count towards the photo count.
  • The graphic must show the title of the project and location, entrant firm's name / logo and location, client's/owner's name/logo and location (not applicable to Category E entrants), and the MAPPS logo.
  • Panel text and photos shall demonstrate the challenges and solutions provided for the project submitted for consideration. No more than 250 words shall be displayed on the panel. All text must be smaller than 30 point type for descriptions and 26 point type for captions and graphics.
  • Submission must include a 3-page project description.
  • Submission must include a 750word, one paragraph project summary.
  • All digital files including the graphic jpeg, 3 page project description and 75 word summary must be uploaded via the Awards Entry Form by October 31, 2023.

B. Online Entry Form

Complete the on-line Awards Entry Form and submit credit card payment of $400 per entry. A copy of the completed form will be emailed to the submitter.

C. Electronic Version

Upload all electronic materials through the "File Uploads" section of the Awards Entry Form (Due by October 31, 2023) including: All graphics used to create the photographic display panel, as well as the final panel, prepared as JPEGs with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi. High graphic quality and resolution is extremely important as they may be used by MAPPS to display and publicize firms' submittals.