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December 9, 2015
MAPPS, NSPS Issue Call for Presentations for 2016 National Surveying and Mapping Conference

December 9, 2015 (Reston, VA) — MAPPS, the national association of private sector geospatial firms, and the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS), the national voice of the professional surveying community, today issued a call for presentations for the 2nd Annual Surveying, Mapping and Geospatial Conference to be held March 14-18 at the Hilton Hotel in Crystal City (Arlington), VA.

The conference will include general sessions, an exhibit hall, and social/networking activities designed to create synergy among the many vertical segments (technical disciplines, applications, and sectors) of the surveying, mapping and geospatial community. It will bring together all stakeholders, constituents, and levels of government in the surveying, mapping, and geospatial field. It will be a forum for a discussion of issues and policies, sharing of information and provision of education, and collaboration.

For the general sessions, this "Call for Presentations" is being issued to invite thought leaders in the community to share their knowledge and facilitate discussions on issues in the profession.

Proposals for individual presentations, panel discussions, and "town hall meetings" are requested on topics such as:
•    Government Coordination
•    Public-Private Partnerships
•    Data Acquisition, Processing, or Applications
•    New and Emerging Technology
•    New Markets
•    GPS and GNSS
•    LIDAR
•    BIM
•    Mobile Mapping
•    Cloud Computing
•    UAVs.
The conference organizers particularly encourage firms that are exhibitors to propose presentations on technologies to be the subject of their exhibit booths. Presentations can be:
•    Technical - an emerging technology, applications, data collection or processing
•    Government Programs - data collection initiatives, contracting, legislation, or public policy
•    Business and Professional Practice -- management, ethics or operations issues in a surveying, mapping, or geospatial firm, agency or organization.
Presentation and session suggestions are welcome.

Please submit suggestion or expression of interest, along with a title, 50 word abstract, and name of the presenter, via the conference website www.surveyingandmapping.net by January 15.
ABOUT MAPPS
MAPPS is the only national association of firms in the surveying, mapping and geospatial field in the United States. MAPPS member firms are engaged in surveying, photogrammetry, satellite and airborne remote sensing, aerial photography, hydrography, aerial and satellite image processing, GPS and GIS data collection and conversion services. Their associate members include firms that provide products and services to member firms, as well as other firms world-wide. For more information, visit www.mapps.org.

ABOUT NSPS

NSPS is the voice of the professional surveying community in the United States (and Territories) with more than 15,000 members. Through its affiliation agreements with the respective state surveying societies, NSPS has a strong constituency base through which it communicates directly with lawmakers, agencies, and regulators at both the national and state levels. NSPS monitors and comments on legislation, regulation, and policies that have potential impact on the activities of its members and their clients, and collaborates with a multitude of other organizations in the geospatial community on issues of mutual interest.

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