MAPPS is the preeminent national association of firms involved in many aspects and benefits of the geospatial field in the United States. Member firms are thought leaders in mapping, surveying, photogrammetry, satellite and airborne remote sensing, aerial photography, hydrography, GPS and GIS data collection and conversion services, technology development and geospatial products. Our associate members produce innovative technologies, software solutions and ancillary services to firms world-wide and government agencies. MAPPS is dedicated to all the business aspects, networking, technical and professional education, geospatial policy and legislation that private practitioners and the mapping community will always need.
MAPPS was formed by a handful of
progressive firms in 1982 as a successor to the Legislative Council for
Photogrammetry to provide a forum for firms in private practice photogrammetry.
The organization has grown to more than 150 members based on a reputation of
aggressive advocacy of the private photogrammetry, remote sensing, surveying,
and GIS community. As the organization has grown, its goals have expanded.
MAPPS' primary objective is to
develop strength and unity on matters affecting the interests of its member
firms. It is intended to promote a quality, profitable profession, interaction
among firms, advance education, both professional and public. The organization
monitors and works to affect legislation that impacts the profession. It is the
purpose of MAPPS to promote the business interests of the profession. Whether its collaborating with peers on procurement issues, geospatial policy or legislation impacting member firms and the professional community, MAPPS "reaches across the aisles" in Washington D.C. to get things accomplished.
MAPPS is exclusively a private
sector organization focused on the needs of the membership by providing a forum
for the mutual benefit of its members. It invites the participation of
government employees, academicians, and technical papers only that directly
support the objectives of MAPPS members. As a business association, MAPPS is
dedicated to developing the growth and improving the bottom line profitability
of its member firms. MAPPS provides valuable interaction with, but does not
duplicate or compete with the technical programs of ASPRS, NSGIC, COGO, URISA, GITA
and other professional organizations.
MAPPS actively promotes the
capabilities of its member firms. The MAPPS website contains profiles of each member-firm that includes a description of their services, software and capabilities. This section on the website alone receives hundreds of inquiries each month from
MAPPS also has a blog, Twitter and Facebook page to keep members and the community up to date on legislation, regulations, markets and activities of the association. The formal MAPPS Communication Plan enlightens members at least four time each month with a variety of relevant content. A typical month includes a Message from the President, Legislative Affairs Report, MAPPS Event news, and other informative topics related to the geospatial community. MAPPS social media outreach has phenomenal success with the number fo members opening email, followers, and reposting MAPPS news.
Member firm owners are secure in the
knowledge that they have support in day-to-day management challenges and have a
network that they can depend on for professional advice and support. MAPPS
provides a "networking" opportunity among its members second to none
in organizations of a similar nature. Based on a system of acquaintances,
friendships and professional relationships developed through MAPPS, members
frequently help one another with technical, contracting, marketing, and
business questions, often providing additional capacity on large contracts.
Using the Member Profile and Capabilities,
MAPPS members often consult their colleagues for evaluations prior to investing
the tens of thousands of dollars on expensive plotters, cameras, or other equipment.
Millions of dollars in fees are generated each year by teams of MAPPS members.
When seeking firms to meet a project's need for such specialties as satellite
imagery, GPS, aerial photography, ground control, or photo lab services, MAPPS
members often form teams based on relationships developed through MAPPS. A
recent poll showed more than 80% of MAPPS member firms have obtained work from
other members as a result of these relationships.
MAPPS promotes this camaraderie
through the Member Profile and Capabilities provided on this website, opportunities to
meet at MAPPS conferences, and special conference sessions on forming teams of
firms to accomplish large or challenging projects. Even the smallest firms are
helped in maximizing their potential.
MAPPS sponsors a number of
informative conferences and meetings on business practices, markets,
legislation, and technology affecting private mapping firms.
MAPPS sponsors a number of visionary conference and meetings on business practices, markets, legislation, and technology affecting private geospatial firms. Because of their relevant content and invaluable networking opportunities, MAPPS events have a definite Return on Investment. Members attending the annual Summer and Winter Conferences typically:
Obtain insight about budgeted federal program
Share experiences and lessons learned
Partake in business networking activities
Collaborate, partner and develop teaming strategies
Create trusted and long-term relationships
Be educated on innovation and technology trends
All of the above business benefits take place in a casual conference setting which allows plenty of networking time to cultivate business relationships. Charity activities are often part of the Winter Conference. Families typically participate in the Summer Conference.
The MAPPS Federal Programs Conference is the premier event within the geospatial community for bringing together the Federal Government and the private sector for discussions on current and future programs, legislation/policy, collaboration opportunities, budgets, contract vehicles and upcoming procurements. Federal agency briefings, small group agency liaison meetings and keynote presentations highlight the first day of this conference. On the second day, MAPPS members go to Capitol Hill visiting their state Congressional delegations. In those advocacy meetings, MAPPS members discuss legislation affecting the geospatial community, and the importance of a number of Federal agency programs. Our members "Walk the Halls of Congress" having face-to-face meetings with their elected representatives and staff promoting legislation favorable to the geospatial profession. This is how we link agencies programs and budgets to the MAPPS Legislative Affairs and continuous advocacy efforts.
Most MAPPS member firms and their
employees are sustaining and individual members of professional societies such
as ASPRS, and look to those organizations for educational rather than business
information. MAPPS has determined that collaborating with professional
societies can be an effective way of increasing the benefits received by our
MAPPS and ASPRS have been equal
co-sponsors of two softcopy photogrammetry conferences, featuring workshops,
exhibits and invited presentations on developments in softcopy technologies and
applications. In 1999, MAPPS sponsored an Aerial Photography Conference,
featuring presentations on film-based and digital airborne image acquisition. MAPPS has sponsored several Federal contracting courses for its members in
conjunction with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
MAPPS is an organization dedicated
to the business aspects of surveying, mapping, remote sensing and GIS. MAPPS
provides what private practitioners in the mapping community have said the
profession has always needed. Have your firm become a member today!
The Business of MAPPS is the Business of Maps. Together, we
can build a better profession!