Virginia, USA, 26 May 2007: MAPPS has invited its members to join to a Special Forum and Networking Reception during the ASPRS Convention in Tampa, Florida. The forum is entitled “Licensing of Photogrammetrists and Other Geospatial Professionals: State, National or Laissez Faire”
The MAPPS Special Forum and Networking Reception will be held on Thursday, May 10, 2007, from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm in Florida Salon III at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel. MAPPS members are encouraged to invite executives from non-member geospatial firms to attend as their guests.
“Professional licensing is a topic of particular interest to the MAPPS community,” said John Palatiello, MAPPS Executive Director. “This forum is the first step toward adoption of a MAPPS formal policy on the licensure question.”
Historically, MAPPS has taken a defensive position in the states to defeat onerous licensing bills, or to amend them to at least permit grandfathering of currently practicing professionals. MAPPS was also involved in causing a multi-organizational task force to be formed that succeeded in revising the Model Law of the National Council of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors (NCEES) to provide for a monitoring process for experienced photogrammetry and GIS professionals.