POB Top 100 Market Study to be Highlighted at MAPPS/NSPS Conference

Reston, VA, March 23, 2015 -- Ever wondered where a company ranks among others in the geospatial market?


In an effort to answer that question, POB (Point of Beginning) magazine is conducting a surveying and mapping market study that will include the first ever ranking of the top 100 companies based on total geospatial revenue for 2014.


MAPPS and NSPS are pleased to announce that Michael Anderson, Editor of POB, will be presenting on the "POB Top 100" project at the National Surveying, Mapping and Geospatial Conference to be held April 13-16, 2015 at the Hilton Hotel in Crystal City (Arlington), VA.


Rankings will be based on total revenue from surveying, aerial mapping, geospatial imagery, 3D modeling, BIM, GIS/IT, underground mapping, and other geospatial services.


Collaboration: The Map to the Future will bring together associations, professional societies, companies and government agencies in the surveying, mapping and geospatial fields, bridge gaps between government agencies and the private sector, as well as different disciplines in the community and providing a forum for discussions on best practices, technology, issues and policies.  


The conference features a "conference within a conference" format in which participating organizations will hold their respective meetings and sessions.   


MAPPS will host its annual Federal Programs Conference April 14-15. Presentations by Federal agencies, the Obama Administration, and members of Congress will include briefings on programs, budgets, and requirements for the acquisition of geospatial services, data and products by contract from the private sector.   


NSPS will host the finals of its annual Student Competition on Monday, April 13. The 2014/15 competition will for the first time include not only student teams from four-year degree programs, but also teams from two-year degree programs. The NSPS annual General Membership meeting, and other business meetings, will be scheduled throughout the week in order to allow NSPS leadership to more fully participate in conference activities.   


MAPPS and NSPS members will visit some 200 Congressmen and Senators at the U.S. Capitol, advancing a common agenda of legislative issues that serve the public and engage the surveying and mapping community.   

Also on the program will be an invitation only USGS 3DEP stakeholders meeting, a summit by the National Geodetic Survey (NGS) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and a licensed geospatial data forum by the Geospatial Management Office (GMO) of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).


"Collaboration is key to success in the geospatial community. We're pleased POB has chosen this forum to help launch this important project," said John Palatiello, MAPPS Executive Director.


"Surveyors have long relied on POB as a major source of news and information about the profession and its market study and Top 100 listing will be a significant contribution," noted Curtis W. Sumner, LS, Executive Director of NSPS.


Go to www.surveyingandmapping.net for more information on the conference and to register for this information-packed event.



Formed in 1982, MAPPS is the only national association exclusively comprised of private firms in the remote sensing, spatial data and geographic information systems field in the United States. The MAPPS membership spans the entire spectrum of the geospatial community, including Member Firms engaged in satellite and airborne remote sensing, surveying, photogrammetry, aerial photography, LIDAR, hydrography, bathymetry, charting, aerial and satellite image processing, GPS, and GIS data collection and conversion services. MAPPS also includes Associate Member Firms, which are companies that provide hardware, software, products and services to the geospatial profession in the United States and other firms from around the world. Independent Consultant Members are sole proprietors engaged in consulting in or to the geospatial profession, or provides a consulting service of interest to the geospatial profession.


About NSPS

NSPS is the voice of the professional surveying community, with more than 15,000 individual members, primarily within the United States. Through its joint membership program with the respective state surveying societies, NSPS has a strong constituency base for communicating with lawmakers, agencies, and regulators at both the national and state levels. NSPS also collaborates with a multitude of other organizations within the geospatial community to address issues of mutual importance. As the lead society for the evaluation of college-level programs seeking accreditation through ABET, NSPS is instrumental in assuring that prospective professional surveyors receive an education that is relevant to the role they will play in society. NSPS is the U.S. representative to FIG (the international organization for surveyors), placing representatives on the respective practice-area Commissions. NSPS has a Certified Survey Technician (CST) program and a Hydrographic surveying certification program, and offers competitions for both high school and college-level students.

Beth Hawley
MAPPS Communications Manager

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