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Kappa Mapping Announces New Hire

Kappa Mapping Announces New Hire

October 20, 2014

jeremy-whittemoreBangor, ME – Kappa Mapping President Claire Kiedrowski announced the April hire of Jeremy Whittemore as Compilation Manager to the company. Jeremy has over 20 years of experience in photogrammetric and orthophoto production.

"Jeremy is a welcome addition to Kappa Mapping," said Kiedrowski. “He has excellent organizational skills and an easy-going personality. He readily shares his technical skills with his team and I am pleased that he has joined us. I know that he’ll contribute greatly to the success of our business.”

Before joining Kappa, Whittemore was the photogrammetric and production manager for Aerial Survey & Photo, Inc. Prior to that, he was production manager for Photogrammetric Data Services (PDS), Inc., and for Aerial Survey & Photo, Inc.

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About Kappa Mapping, Inc.

Kappa Mapping provides high-quality photogrammetric and GIS services that help a wide variety of clients – architects, engineers, surveyors, developers, airport planners, utility firms, municipalities, and government agencies – solve complex problems, monitor important resources, and better manage their communities. Kappa Mapping is a woman-owned business. For more information, call 866.836.8834 or visit kappamap.com.

 
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Mainebiz Names Claire Kiedrowski of Kappa Mapping a Woman to Watch

Mainebiz Names Claire Kiedrowski of Kappa Mapping a Woman to Watch

September 9, 2013

Bangor, ME – Business news publication, Mainebiz, has named Kappa Mapping President Claire Kiedrowski one of five Women to Watch in its fifth annual issue highlighting exceptional female executives in the state of Maine.

The Mainebiz editorial staff evaluated numerous nominations before selecting a diverse cross section of top female executives who demonstrate the qualities that are steering their organizations to success. These outstanding executives are leading their organizations in aerial mapping, health care, digital media and entrepreneurial investment networking.

Kiedrowski has built Kappa’s 10-year reputation by using technology in combination with innovative and creative problem solving to deliver what her clients in Maine, the United States, Canada and Europe require. As she tells Mainebiz, "My role is to know what the client really needs," she says. "I'm adept at asking the right questions in order to arrive at the right specifications for the job in hand."

The challenge of leading a small business in a competitive and technology-dependent environment means that it’s critical to lead an “ensemble” team that can flexibly use creative solutions to augment the technology to meet a specific client’s needs. The team at Kappa Mapping, Inc., stay abreast of the latest mapping industry trends through webinars and trade journals and bring their combined problem-solving expertise to competitively solve mapping challenges.

Despite the intense competition from overseas mapping shops, Kiedrowski believes Kappa Mapping brings, “Excellence. That’s the key. It’s why we’re still relevant.” For the full story, including highlights from some of Kappa Mapping’s high-profile projects, see the Mainebiz online at http://www.mainebiz.biz/article/20130805/CURRENTEDITION/308019994

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About Kappa Mapping, Inc.

Kappa Mapping provides high-quality photogrammetric and GIS services that help a wide variety of clients – architects, engineers, surveyors, developers, airport planners, utility firms, municipalities, and government agencies – solve complex problems, monitor important resources, and better manage their communities. Kappa Mapping is a woman-owned business. For more information, call 866.836.8834 or visit kappamap.com.

 
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Kappa Mapping’s Kiedrowski Receives MAPPS Presidential Award, Re-elected to Board

Kappa Mapping’s Kiedrowski Receives MAPPS Presidential Award, Re-elected to Board

August 5, 2013

Bangor, ME – Kappa Mapping President Claire Kiedrowski was recently awarded the MAPPS Presidential Award at the 2013 MAPPS Summer Conference in Rockport, ME. During the Conference, Kiedrowski was re-elected to the board of directors for her second two-year term (2013-2015) and voted in to serve as Secretary for the Board of Directors.

“This is an honor,” said Kiedrowski. “MAPPS offers a unique opportunity to work with highly esteemed colleagues and professionals in the private practice of mapping who are committed to growth and education in the profession.”

Kiedrowski, who served on the Board from 2011-2013, was one of 10 members to receive a MAPPS Presidential Award for significant contributions to the association and the geospatial profession during the past year. Kiedrowski was presented with the award in recognition for her service as a Director and Secretary on the Board, and for her work on the MAPPS 2013 Summer Conference in Maine.

In recognition of the Presidential Award recipients, immediate past president Richard McDonald of Pennsylvania-based T3 Global Strategies, Inc., stated, "The strength of this organization is the dedication of its members to improving the association and the profession. These volunteers help drive MAPPS."

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About Kappa Mapping, Inc.

Kappa Mapping provides high-quality photogrammetric and GIS services that help a wide variety of clients – architects, engineers, surveyors, developers, airport planners, utility firms, municipalities, and government agencies – solve complex problems, monitor important resources, and better manage their communities. Kappa Mapping is a woman-owned business. For more information, call 866.836.8834 or visit kappamap.com .

About MAPPS

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. Current MAPPS memberships span 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. MAPPS provides its 160+ member firms opportunities for networking and developing business-to-business relationships, information sharing, education, public policy advocacy, market growth, and professional development and image enhancement. For more information, please visit MAPPS.org .

 
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Kappa Mapping Seeks to Grow Business with New Hire

Kappa Mapping Seeks to Grow Business with New Hire

March 6, 2013

Bangor, ME – Kappa Mapping President Claire Kiedrowski announced the December hire of Mark R. Bradstreet as Director of Business Development to the company. A certified photogrammetrist, Bradstreet was the owner and lead consultant for Bradstreet Consultants, Inc., which provided photogrammetric mapping services to surveyors, engineers, and municipalities across the country from 1998 to 2012.

"Mark has a wide range of experience in photogrammetric mapping and GIS business development, and he’s committed to growing our firm," said Kiedrowski. "He also brings a wealth of mapping production and software systems knowledge. I’m so pleased to have him on the Kappa team."

Before closing the doors of his own company and joining Kappa, Bradstreet was the business development director for Blue Marble Geographics. Prior to that, he provided technical support and developed sales worldwide for Kork Systems / Autometric in Bangor, ME.

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For more information about Kappa Mapping, or about owner Claire Kiedrowski—one of the few women in the field of photogrammetry—visit kappamap.com or call (207) 942-5200.

 
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Kappa Mapping Wins Fourth Consecutive Small Projects Award In National Geospatial Excellence Awards Competition

Kappa Mapping Wins Fourth Consecutive Small Projects Award In National Geospatial Excellence Awards Competition

November 26, 2012

Bangor, ME – Kappa Mapping received the Small Projects award in the annual MAPPS Geospatial Products and Services Excellence Awards competition. This marks the fourth consecutive year Kappa has been recognized by MAPPS, the only national association of private geospatial firms.

Kappa’s winning entry – Mapping Fishing Gear and Lines to Reduce Whale Entanglements – used stereo-photography and photointerpretation to determine the density and location of buoys and lines, as many as four miles out to sea, along Maine’s coast.      

Now, Department of Marine Resources (DMR) scientists can anticipate potential points of convergence between vertical fishing lines and whale migration paths, accurately detect and report entanglements, and help formulate fishery regulations to reduce entanglements, particularly of the critically endangered right whale.

“I’m delighted to have Kappa’s work acknowledged by this respected association and to showcase the services our firm provides to our clients,” said Kappa President Claire Kiedrowski.

The Bangor-based firm was recognized by MAPPS at a presentation ceremony October 30 at the 2012 MAPPS/ASPRS Joint Specialty Conference in Tampa, Florida.

“Kappa Mapping was able to accomplish the project tasks in the face of many unforeseen obstacles by being flexible, innovative and motivated to produce the best possible outcome for all parties,” said Erin Summers, Marine Scientist for DMR.

Judges included Robert Burtch PS, CP of Ferris State University, Big Rapids, MI, chairman of the judges’ panel; Christine "Kristi" Grahl, editor of POB Magazine, and   GeoDataPoint Troy, MI; Robert Banzhoff, editor for surveying of Professional Surveyor Magazine, Haggerstown, MD; Leonard Gilroy, AICP, director of government reform at Reason Foundation, Los Angeles, CA; and Donn Dears, president of TSAugust.org, a nonprofit think tank conducting research on energy and economic issues in Geneva, IL.

“This project once again demonstrated the ingenuity and ability for Kappa Mapping to work with clients to provide solutions that are within budget and have long lasting societal benefits on a daily basis,” said MAPPS Executive Director John Palatiello.

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About Kappa Mapping, Inc.
Kappa Mapping  provides high-quality photogrammetric and GIS services that help a wide variety of clients – architects, engineers, surveyors, developers, airport planners, utility firms, municipalities, and government agencies – solve complex problems, monitor important resources, and better manage their communities.   Kappa Mapping is a woman-owned business. For more information, call 866.836.8834 or visit kappamap.com.

About MAPPS
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. Current MAPPS memberships span 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. MAPPS provides its 160+ member firms opportunities for networking and developing business-to-business relationships, information sharing, education, public policy advocacy, market growth, and professional development and image enhancement.

For more information, please visit MAPPS.org.

 
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Mary Elizabeth Parent Joins Kappa Mapping, Inc.

Mary Elizabeth Parent Joins Kappa Mapping, Inc.

May 1, 2012

Bangor, ME –  Mary Elizabeth Parent recently joined the full-time staff of Kappa Mapping, Inc., a Bangor-based, woman-owned firm that provides aerial photography, photogrammetry, and digital mapping services to clients throughout the US.

According to Kappa President Claire Kiedrowski, Parent was first hired in December 2011 to work part-time on an orthophotography project for the United States Geological Survey (USGS), a government agency that studies the natural resources and the natural hazards inherent in the US landscape.

She also represented Kappa as the firm collaborated with the Bangor Daily News to create a Bangor region map for the Greater Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce.

In April, Parent became a full-time, permanent Kappa employee. “Mary Beth brings so much to Kappa Mapping,” said Kiedrowski, who recently announced the hire. “She has demonstrated strong team leadership skills, proficiency with multiple mapping and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software, and a solid knowledge of the natural world from Maine to Alaska.”

Parent received a BS degree in environmental science from the University of Maine in 2009 and her MS in remote sensing and GIS from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, in 2011.

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For more information about Kappa Mapping, Inc., please call 866.836.8834 or visit kappamap.com

 
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Third Win for Kappa Mapping at National Geospatial Excellence Awards Program

Third Win for Kappa Mapping at National Geospatial Excellence Awards Program

Friday, December 9, 2011

Bangor, ME –  In November, Kappa Mapping took part in the fifth annual MAPPS Geospatial Products and Services Excellence Awards competition and won an award in the Small Projects category for the third consecutive year.
 
Kappa’s winning entry – Innovative Software use for Danbury Airport (DXR) Obstruction Mapping –  complied with government data collection and attribution requirements and supported precision approach analysis and certification.

 “Certification attracts aviation business and increases air access to the region, enhancing the airport’s economic viability,” explained Kappa Mapping President Claire Kiedrowski, who attended the awards ceremony in mid-November.

 The Bangor-based firm was recognized by MAPPS, the only national association for private geospatial firms, on November 15 at the 2011 MAPPS Fall Policy Conference in Herndon, VA.

 A panel of independent judges evaluated a wide variety of projects in seven categories – airborne and satellite data acquisition; photogrammetry/elevation data generation; remote sensing; GIS/IT; surveying/field data collection; small projects; and technology innovation. The judges made their selection on the professionalism, innovation, and societal benefit of each submission.

"These awards highlight ongoing challenges that geospatial solutions address and solve. The projects demonstrate ingenuity and professionalism MAPPS members strive to provide on a daily basis,” said John Palatiello, MAPPS Executive Director.

“We’re honored to receive this award for our airport obstruction mapping,” said Kiedrowksi. “To successfully map the treetops and other obstructing objects, we needed to display the airport’s approach and related surfaces in 3d. We accomplished this using in-house software and hardware – and a little creativity – which avoided the purchase of expensive, specialized software and saved our client money. Our solution met both our client's needs and the newest FAA requirements, which support precision approach design. “

According to Robert Burtch, chairman of the judges’ panel, Kappa Mapping won the Small Projects award for two reasons: their ingenuity and flexibility.

“Larger firms may have more assets, but Kappa expertly modified their hardware and software to meet client needs,” said Burtch. “They were willing and able to adapt when the scope of the project changed. Kappa Mapping is very deserving of this award and should be recognized for their hard work and dedication.”

In addition to chairman Robert Burtch PS, CP of Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Michigan, the judges’ panel included Christine "Kristi" Grahl, editor of P.O.B. magazine, Troy, MI; Leonard Gilroy, AICP, director of government reform at Reason Foundation, Los Angeles, CA; and Donn Dears, president of TSAugust.org, a nonprofit think tank conducting research on energy and economic issues; and Thomas Palmerlee, associate director, Technical Activities Division at the Transportation Research Board (TRB), Washington, DC.

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About Kappa Mapping, Inc.
Kappa Mapping  provides high-quality photogrammetric and GIS services that help a wide variety of clients – architects, engineers, surveyors, developers, airport planners, utility firms, municipalities, and government agencies – solve complex problems, monitor important resources, and better manage their communities.   Kappa Mapping is a woman-owned business. For more information, call 866.836.8834 or visit kappamap.com.

About MAPPS
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. Current MAPPS memberships span 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. MAPPS provides its 160+ member firms opportunities for networking and developing business-to-business relationships, information sharing, education, public policy advocacy, market growth, and professional development and image enhancement. For more information, please visit MAPPS.org.

 
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Kappa President Claire Kiedrowski Authors Two Articles for MAPPS Point of Beginning, a publication for the surveying and mapping community

MAPPS Small Business: Growing Through Adversity
As I face the numerous challenges involved in running a small business, I find outlook and attitude are everything...
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Fresh Catch
A creative use of photogrammetry provides an accurate count of lobster trap buoys for a more sustainable fishery...
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Bangor Business Owner Named to Board of National Geospatial Association

Bangor Business Owner Named to Board of National Geospatial Association

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Bangor, ME – MAPPS, the only national association of private sector firms specializing in aerial surveys, remote sensing, spatial data, and geographic information systems, recently announced the election of Kappa Mapping President Claire Kiedrowski to its board of directors for a two-year term, 2011- 2013.

"This is truly an honor," said Kiedrowski, who is one of three newly elected board members. "I look forward to working with my highly respected colleagues and to giving back to an organization that has benefited me both professionally and personally."

According to nominating committee chair Bobby Tuck, the group put together a slate of 16 candidates who met nine criteria including peer recognition and respect for work in the geospatial field, strong management skills, and the political acumen necessary to serve MAPPS well.

Association members then elected three of the nominees, and re-elected five others, during the MAPPS summer conference at the Sagamore Resort in Bolton Landing (Lake George), New York in June.

"Our members had a tough decision to make this year," said MAPPS President Richard McDonald, Director of Geospatial Services for Pennsylvania-based T3 Global Strategies, Inc, "There were many outstanding candidates, and I know that Claire ranked high thanks to the active role she's taken in MAPPS and her reputation as a very astute business woman. I'm sure she'll use these same leadership qualities to benefit the entire geospatial community, and I look forward to serving with her on the board."

Kappa Mapping is a woman-owned business providing photogrammetric and GIS services to help clients solve complex problems, monitor important resources, and better manage their communities. For more information, call 866.836.8834 or visit www.kappamap.com.

MAPPS provides 180+ member firms representing the geospatial community with opportunities to network and develop business-to-business relationships, share information, learn about and advocate for public policy, and to develop and enhance their company's image in the marketplace. For more information, please visit. www.MAPPS.org.

 

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