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MAPPS 2013
Geospatial Products and Services Excellence Awards
Call for Entries - Deadline: September 20, 2013
The seventh 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 five judges will evaluate the submitted projects from eight categories: airborne and satellite data acquisition; photogrammetry/elevation data generation; remote sensing; GIS/IT; surveying/field data collection; small projects; technology innovation; and, licensed data products. This panel will review each submission and select a winner for each category. A Grand Award will be presented from the category award winners to represent the MAPPS Project of the Year.

What makes a good project? What returns and benefits can your firm gain by submitting a project? Review a webinar conducted by three members of the MAPPS Board of Directors and past award winners for valuable tips on marketing and project preparation.
Showcasing the Year's Best Projects
All submitted projects will be recognized for their contribution to the geospatial profession. These awards provide an opportunity for our members to obtain national recognition and to showcase their projects at a special reception. The reception has been postponed due to the government shutdown.

Award winners will now be announced at the banquet of the 2014 MAPPS Winter Conference on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 in La Jolla (San Diego), CA.
Any MAPPS Regular Firm or Associate Member Firm in good standing is eligible to enter the awards program.
General Criteria
1. Entries must be submitted in accordance with the rules and requirements on this page.
2. Associate Member Firms may only submit for Categories G & H. Regular Member Firms may submit for all categories.
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 final deliverables must have been accepted by the client between January 1, 2012 and May 31, 2013. Technology Innovations (Category G) and Licensed Data Products (Category H) must have been introduced into the marketplace between January 1, 2012 and May 31, 2013.
6. Entries are due by September 20, 2013: completed on-line Awards Entry Form, a bound submission (i.e. notebook, spiral, or GBC), a photographic display in compliance with the entry rules, and payment of a $250 entry fee.
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, reprints for MAPPS use, and the use of the entry materials at trade shows and conferences throughout the year to demonstrate the exemplary work performed by MAPPS members, which also indirectly benefit all MAPPS members and the profession in general. The Grand Award Winner is invited to present the project at a luncheon with Federal agencies at the MAPPS Federal Programs Conference in Washington, DC in March 2014. The public relations and marketing value for participation in the awards program will be considerable and, 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. Airborne and Satellite Data Acquisition

    → Flight Planning/Satellite Tasking

    → Acquisition Constraints Planning

    → Analog or Digital Camera Acquisition

    → Other Sensor Acquisition

B. Photogrammetry/Elevation Data Generation

    → Stereocompilation/Feature Extraction

    → Orthophotography

    → LiDAR (active sensor) Processing

    → Control Surveys

    → Aerotriangulation

C. Remote Sensing

    → Satellite/Aerial Image Classification

    → Photointerpretation

    → Change Detection

    → Thematic Mapping


    → Applications Development

    → Geospatial Enterprise Development

E. Surveying/Field Data Collection

    → Geodetic Control

    → Ground-based LiDAR/ Mobile LiDAR

    → Hydrographic Surveys

    → Asset Data Collection

F. Small Projects
G. Technology Innovation

    → New Product Introductions in Hardware, Software, Supplies & Equipment

    → New Geospatial Technology or Major Improvement on Existing Geospatial Technology

H. Licensed Data Products

    → Develop/Implement Licensed Data Products on which the Provider Maintains Ownership and Offers Standard Features from which Client May Choose

Rating Guidelines for Judging


1. Complexity
    →Were there extraordinary project*/product** requirements?

    →Did the entry successfully address very complex technical criteria or unique problems?

    →Did the entry require ingenuity to achieve project*/product** success?

    →Was the project workflow complex with many subtasks 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?
*for entries in Categories A-F **for entries in Categories G & H
Preparing Your Entry
This section describes all required submission materials for entering the 2013 MAPPS Geospatial Products and Services Excellence Awards competition. All materials must be submitted exactly as designated below. If the submission does not meet the requirements listed, it may be disqualified. Extraneous material will be discarded.
Submission Guidelines
A. Photographic Display Panel
Should include the following on one 30” x 30” square, plotted on high quality paper (or the equivalent), without lamination, framing or mounting:

→No more than five photos or graphics shall be used to make up the panel. A background photo or image shall not count toward the photo count.

The title of the project and its location, entrant firm’s name / logo and location, client’s / owner’s name / logo and location (does not apply to Category G entries), and the MAPPS logo.

Panel text and photos shall demonstrate the challenges and solutions provided for the project submitted for consideration. No more that 250 words shall be displayed on the panel. All text must be no smaller than 30 point type for descriptions and 26 point type for captions and graphics.
B. On-line Entry Form
→Complete the on-line Awards Entry Form, and submit credit card payment of $250 per entry. A copy of the completed form will be emailed to the submitter.

Print completed form to include in bound submission.
C. Bound Submission
Should include the following (all on 8.5” x 11”, 12 point type, single spaced):

→Copy of completed Awards Entry Form.

Signed Letter from the Client/Owner, on letterhead, not more than two pages, describing the relationship the client/owner has with the MAPPS member firm submitting the entry and how the project exceeded the client’s/owner’s needs and expectations and acknowledgement that the project details may be publicized. (Does not apply to Categories G & H entries).

Project Description, not more than four pages, addressing the rating guidelines outlined in this brochure. Include the role of the entrant’s firm in the project and the role of other firms participating in the project. Describe in layman’s terms what makes this project unique and worthy of recognition. Graphics or photos may be imbedded within the project description as necessary to supplement text. Tables may also be used, but must be neat and legible.

A 7” x 7” version of the Photographic Display Panel.
D. Electronic Version
Include one PC Compatible CD-ROM, DVD or thumb drive with a digital copy of the following:

→The Bound Submission in Adobe PDF format.

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. Graphics may be used by MAPPS to display and publicize so it is extremely important that firms submit high quality, high resolution graphics.

Ship all materials (photographic displays in mailing tubes) to:
1856 Old Reston Avenue, Suite 205 • Reston, Virginia 20190

All materials must be received no later than September 20, 2013 to be considered for an award.

For questions, contact: or call 703-787-6996.