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MAPPS 2019
Geospatial Products and Services Excellence Awards
Deadline for entry is October 31, 2019

The 13th 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 three 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.

Either an Excellence or Honor award is given to firms that submit an entry. A Grand Award, "MAPPS Project of the Year" will be selected from the winners of the professional services categories (A-F and H). The winner in category G will receive the “Technology of the Year" award.

What makes a good project? What returns and benefits can your firm gain by submitting a project? Review a webinar conducted by 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 awards will be presented, and winners announced at the MAPPS 2020 Winter Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii. 


 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. Regular Member Firms may submit for all categories. Associate Member Firms may only submit for Categories G & H. .
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 deliverable's must have been accepted by the client between January 1, 2018 and May 31, 2019. Technology Innovations (Category G) and Licensed Data Products (Category H) must have been introduced into the marketplace between January 1, 2018 and May 31, 2019.

6. Entries are due by October 31, 2019: completed on-line Awards Entry Form, 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. 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 Programs Conference. 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.

Award Categories
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

    → Stereo compilation/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 2019 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.

Click here to view an example of a past submission.

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 than 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.


C. Electronic Version
Include one PC Compatible CD-ROM, DVD or thumb drive with a digital copy of the following:

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:
 9 Newport Dr. Suite 200
Forest Hill, MD 21050

All materials must be received no later than October 31, 2019 to be considered for an award.