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July 2014
ASPRS Guidel ines for Procurement of Geospatial
Mapping Products and Services
The following material is considered DRAFT FOR REVIEW and is being published at this time to encourage wide dissemination
and comment. Comments should be forwarded via email to
no later than September 21, 2014.
The current plan is to review all comments and finalize the document for ASPRS Board approval at its on November 21, 2014
ASPRS has published two previous procure-
ment guidelines:
for the
curement of Professional Aerial Imagery,
Photogrammetry, Lidar and Related Re-
mote Sensor-based Geospatial Mapping
Services (2009)
and the
Guidelines for Pro-
curement of Commercial Geospatial Map-
ping Products
to address common questions that
have arisen about appropriate models and as-
sociated procurement procedures for products
and services from the ASPRS membership and
broader profession.
This procurement guideline document incor-
porates those two existing guidelines, super-
sedes, and combines those guidelines into this
single document entitled
Guidelines for the
Procurement of Geospatial Mapping Prod-
ucts and Services
seek to inform and guide
the reader in the following ways:
Provide a clear and updated definition of
what characterizes Professional Geospa-
tial Mapping Services (PGMS) and Com-
mercial Geospatial Mapping Products
Provide clear examples of PGMS and
CGMP covered and not covered in each
Recognize and reference existing Federal
and State laws that may govern the pro-
curement of PGMS or CGMP.
Review procurement methodology and
best practices as applicable.
Provide additional reference materials
for the reader as appropriate.
Executive Summary
The intent of these
is to provide federal, state and local gov-
ernment agencies, researchers, private entities and other organizations
with a resource that they can use as a guide to help determine the best
approach and methodology for procuring Professional Geospatial Map-
ping Services (PGMS) and Commercial Geospatial Mapping Products
provide a definition of PGMS and CGMP with the intent
to highlight the characteristics that distinguish CGMP from deliverables
made through PGMS contracts. The
provide criteria to consid-
er when evaluating the procurement of products and services. A matrix
outlining these differences is provided in Appendix 1 of these
The specific goals of these Guidelines related to procurement of PGMS
are to:
Define which remote sensor-based geospatial mapping services
are considered by ASPRS to be professional level services.
Endorse qualifications-based selection (QBS) procurement consis-
tent with similar professions for which services are professional in
nature and affect public wellbeing and safety.
Recognize existing state and federal laws regulating this profes-
sion and distinguish between:
i. Licensed activities that are defined by state law; and
ii. Professional services that may not require a license, but are profes-
sional in nature as determined by the ultimate use of the services,
level of skill required and accepted standards of practice.
Define the characteristics that distinguish professional geospatial
services from geospatial mapping products and/or technical services.
Provide definitions and guidance that will apply to both current
and future technologies.
The specific goals of these
related to procurement of CGMP
are to:
Define “commercial off-the-shelf” (COTS) CGMP.
Recognize, acknowledge, and reference the existence of state and
federal laws that may govern the procurement of CGMP as they
relate to COTS.
Distinguish CGMP from deliverables provided as part of a PGMS
Define CGMP procurement practices that may include elements
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