A group of 17 companies in Brazil recently announced they have signed an agreement supporting the establishment of the Brazilian Institute of Geomatics and Geospatial Solutions.
The new institute is defined as a non-profit organization with the mission of promoting the development of the domestic market of Geomatics and Geospatial Solutions, aiming to create a competitive, sustainable, ethical and socially responsible industry.
Is there a need for a similar trade group in North America? Could such a group promote the use of standards and straighten out the mess that we have with professional licensure? How about promoting the importance of the profession so that more young people become interested in these fields and the higher education programs expand? Call me crazy, but it seems like it is worth discussing.