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ASPRS T en -Y eAR R emoTe S enSing i nduSTRY F oRecAST Phase VI Mr. Charles Mondello, Chair ASPRS Ten-Year Remote Sensing Industry Forecast, Pictometry International Dr. George Hepner, Co-Chair ASPRS Ten-Year Remote Sensing Industry Forecast, University of Utah Ms. Stephanie Boerman, Team Member ASPRS Ten-Year Remote Sens-ing Industr Forecast, Pictometry International http://www.asprs.org/Forecast Executive Summary The ASPRS Ten-Year Remote Sensing Industry Forecast began in 1999 with the goal of pro-viding the remote sensing-based geospatial industry with an iterative, phased snapshot of key qualitative and quantitative metrics over time. The primary intent of Phase VI of the Forecast is to provide additional information about the industry in response to questions elicited by the results of the first five phases. In particular, Phase VI extended its inquiries into the areas of workforce issues, technol-ogy trends, information needs by users, and trends in U.S. leadership in the geospatial industry. Phase VI of the ASPRS Ten-Year Remote Sensing Industry Forecast developed a two prong approach to information gather-ing on the current issues of the industry. This approach consists of a Gross Revenue Survey (GRS) of private sector firms and an internet survey of individual members. This report summarizes the results and conclusions of these two separate, but complimentary data collection components. The Executive Sum-mary of this report will address both the GRS and the internet survey results and conclu-sions. The specific methodology and results of each of the information components will be described in detail in later sections. The GRS component is a confidential, direct survey of industry private sector firms, including the Sustaining Members of ASPRS. This survey of revenues and busi-ness practices was done to complement a similar survey done in earlier phases of the Forecast to provide a financial snapshot of the industry. The GRS was sent to specific high level executives during April–May, 2011. Fifteen percent of those firms contacted, completed the survey in this period. Re-ported gross revenues of the respondent firms ranged from $0.5M to over $300M; total firm employee levels ranged from less than 10 to nearly 500. Given the general distribution of the responses, it is believed they represent a reasonable source of private sector information. The internet survey of individual ASPRS members was launched between Sep-tember, 2010 and November, 2010 to the approximately 6,000 members of ASPRS, which has nearly equal representation from the government, private sector and aca-demia. Members were sent reminder email requests to complete the survey three times throughout this period. Approximately 450 ASPRS members responded to the internet survey, about seven percent (7%) of the target population. Based on self-identified job titles and salary ranges, most of the respondents to the Phase VI survey are in mid-level and upper management positions in all employment sectors. Because of the limited nature of these surveys, the results cannot be used to de-finitively predict future trends, but rather to provide information and insights that can be used by industry, academia, and govern-ment in hiring, education and training, and policy making. Industry Size and Growth Total 2010 gross revenues for the remote sensing related portion of the geospatial industry are estimated at $7.039 Billion (Figure 1). This estimate is made using actual revenues reported during the Gross Revenue Survey of Phase VI. A comparison of the Phase VI data with projections de-continued on page 1082 Photogrammetric engineering & remote SenSing November 2011 1081

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