Intensive FAA Part 107 Training at UGIC 2018



The Utah State University Aviation Program, Utah Geographic Information Council, UtahView, and the Utah State University Remote Sensing/GIS Laboratory are excited to present a two-day INTENSIVE continuing education course that will cover basic knowledge requirements to successfully complete the FAA Part 107 Knowledge Test2.

Using the ASA Test Preparation 2018 Remote Pilot Manual, USU Aviation Program instructors will cover topics including flight and ground safety, regulations, weather, national airspace, waivers, and FAA rules.

The course will be held on May 7th and 8th, as a pre-conference workshop to the annual 2018 UGIC Conference in Uintah Convention Center in Vernal, Utah.

The course will be uniquely structured to allow students access to instructors and to interact with other students for up to six weeks through the USU Canvas online course system. Additional study sessions may be scheduled after the two-day course to help students prepare for their exam. The exam must be completed in order to receive continuing education credit.

Do I need to be a member of UGIC or register for the whole conference?

No! While we would love it if you were a member of UGIC ( and were registered for the conference, you don’t have to do either. You can register to take the pre-conference training only. Select the Drone Part 107 – Intensive Training Course (USU) course at registration.

Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to up your UAS game! Sign up today!


1 Teachers and Students can receive a $150 discount. Only 10 discounts are available. Teachers, fill out this form (  to check eligibility and apply for your discount. Students, fill out this form ( to verify eligibility and apply for your discount.

2 The FAA Part 107 Knowledge Test will NOT be given as part of this course. Each student is required to schedule and complete the exam at a certified FAA testing center within five weeks. The costs associated with this course do not cover the cost of the FAA Part 107 Knowledge Test.

Questions? Contact Chris McGinty at

UGIC 2018 Call for Maps, Apps, and Posters


We know you’ve got skills, and NOW is your chance show them off at the 2018 UGIC Map, App, and poster gallery and competition in Vernal, Utah.

Haven’t Registered for UGIC 2018? No problem. Take care of that little detail on our REGISTRATION page.

UGIC 2018 would like to invite YOU to enter this year’s map, app, and poster gallery and competition.  Many of us do what we do because we love maps and this is your opportunity to show off your hard work to the greater Utah geospatial community!  There will be cash awards in the student categories.



  • CITIZEN ENGAGEMENT – Many of us work to transmit complex information to the public, and it isn’t easy! Show off your best citizen engagement map.
  • UTAH AS ART – Utah is beautiful. Show us your real cartography skills. No limits, but it must be of Utah – other geographies will be appreciated, but disqualified.
  • INTERACTIVE MAP – Exactly as it states. This MAP should be online, or otherwise digital, and should present information in a unique, clear, and engaging way. If you are submitting an interactive map, you need to provide a single 8.5″ x 11″ paper that contains your name, a title and description of your interactive creation, and a simple URL code (use, or similar to create a simple URL – or a scannable QR code will work).
  • SMALL MAP – We often have to produce maps that are letter size but must transmit, clearly, efficiently, and accurately, an extensive amount of information. This is your opportunity to show your best 8.5″ x 11″ map. There are no limits to the map topic, but the map must meet the noted dimensions.
  • PROFESSIONAL MAP – This category hosts the best of the best where professionals show us what hey have put together over the past year.
  • STUDENT MAP – Utah students are some of the most geographically and cartographically inclined. Show us what you’ve got!
  • STUDENT RESEARCH POSTERS – Not to be confused with a map, POSTERS depict research, methodologies, processes, and efforts generally undertaken via scholastic activities.


  • APPS– A category unto itself, geospatial applications may be mobile or desktop based. If you are submitting an app, you need to provide a single 8.5″ x 11″ paper that contains your name, a title and description of your application, and a simple URL code (use, or similar to create a simple URL – or a scannable QR code will work). Or, if the user needs to install the app, please direct them to the location to download the app.


  • BEST OVERALL MAP –  By simply entering a MAP or POSTER category, you are competing for the BEST. Keep that in mind!
  • THE STAN McSHINSKY AWARD – The man behind the legend, Stan Mcshinsky, has a category that is worthy only of his namesake. If you think you have what it takes, the creativity, the countless hours, the endurance to create a unique mapping work of art – bring it on. You don’t enter this category, this category finds you.
  • BEST STUDENT MAP – Are you a student? You could win bragging rights for the next 12 months about being awarded the best student map. The small $cash$ prize won’t hurt either. But, this is for students only! Sorry, no, a student of life won’t cut it. 
  • BEST STUDENT RESEARCH POSTER – Putting your best foot forward is important when explaining your research. Posters should clearly present the topic at hand, be readable (visible) from a short distance, and include maps and graphics (of course). Another opportunity for UGIC bragging rights and a small $cash$ prize.


Bring your hard copy maps and posters to the conference and submit them at the conference registration desk at the Uintah Conference Center in Vernal, Utah on Wednesday, May 9th.  If the map or poster is larger than 24” x 36” then you must provide your own foam core board or other mounting material.  Online maps/apps: Bring an 8.5 x 11” or 11 x 17″ sheet with a screenshot and short description, including the URL and a QR codeSee example.  Note: there are websites that will convert a URL to a QR code for free.


UGIC 2018 – Submit an Abstract

Submit an abstract today for UGIC 2018! We know that you all are doing amazing work everyday. One of the best things you can do with your amazing work is to tell people about it. Your content doesn’t have to be ground breaking work and you don’t have to be a polished presenter.  This is a conference of laid-back geo-geeks happy to be away from their office for a few days.

The strength of our grassroots GIS organization is found in users helping users as we all become better at what we do. We would like to hear from a variety of colleagues: public and private sectors, tribal, federal, state, and local governments, educators, managers, innovators, beginners, students, experts, and everywhere in between. We want to hear from YOU! Click here to submit your abstract.

UGIC 2018 Registration

The UGIC Board of Directors is pleased to announce that the 2018 UGIC conference will be held from May 7th through the 11th, 2018 at the (amazing) Uintah Conference Center in Vernal, Utah. Historically the UGIC conference has been an incredible value for attendees who need to maximize every training dollar, and this year will be no exception. Multiple lodging venues are available close to the conference center and we have an exciting educational event and speaker scheduled for Thursday, May 10th at Dinosaur National Monument. Full UGIC Conference registration will be $325.  Are






While you’re here, we would love for you to participate and share your knowledge, projects, and overall amazing geospatial efforts with the UGIC community. So, why not submit an abstract?

We know that you all are doing amazing work everyday. One of the best things you can do with your amazing work is to tell people about it. Your content doesn’t have to be ground breaking work and you don’t have to be a polished presenter.  This is a conference of laid-back geo-geeks happy to be away from their office for a few days.

The strength of our grassroots GIS organization is found in users helping users as we all become better at what we do. We would like to hear from a variety of colleagues: public and private sectors, tribal, federal, state, and local governments, educators, managers, innovators, beginners, students, experts, and everywhere in between. We want to hear from YOU! Submit your abstract here!

2018 ArcGIS Online Competition

 2018 Map Competition for Utah High School and Middle School Students

Basic Information

  • Theme:
  • Deadline:
  • Eligibility: All Utah public, private, or homeschooled students are eligible to enter the contest. Maps can be submitted individually or as a team of two students. Limit of one entry per student or team.
  • ArcGIS Online Requirement: You must use ArcGIS Online to create an original map that features an interesting story about your hometown. The map you submit must be a story map in one of the following formats:
    • Story Map Journal
    • Story Map Series
    • Story Map Tour
  • ArcGIS Online is available to any K-12 school in the United States free of charge from Esri: Go to to sign up for a free ArcGIS Online school organization account. Your final map must be created using the school organization account. You may not use a public account.
  • Prizes:  The five maps judged the best in each division will be awarded a $100 gift certificate to All students whose maps are submitted and their teachers will also receive Map Competition T-shirts.



  • Each school is allowed to submit up to five student maps for the state competition.

All qualified entries need to meet the following guidelines for topic and map construction:

  • Your final project may include images and videos but must be primarily based on the data on your original map.
  • Your mapped story must include some analysis based on the information presented. Some examples of analysis are:
    • Use the ArcGIS measure feature to determine the size of an area shown on your map.
    • Create symbols for your map using Map Notes to show important locations.
    • Create a layer using a csv file to show the geographic distribution of some type of feature, and include your explanation of the distribution as a part of the story map.
    • Create a layer using a csv file with numerical information that can be displayed using the ArcGIS “Counts and Amounts” feature.
    • Compare two or more imported layers and explain the patterns you find.
  • All of your research must be documented on the Details page of your ArcGIS tory map. All non-original materials need to be properly referenced. Include a description of how your original map was created and how you did your analysis.

Map Construction Guidelines

  • You must use ArcGIS Online to construct your map.
  • Your map must address the theme for 2018.
  • Your map must be original and not created using only layers of data already available either online or from Esri.  To meet that criteria, you must have created at least one layer of your own data.
  • Your final map for submission must be one of the following:
    • Story Map Journal
    • Story Map Series
    • Story Map Tour

Maps can only be submitted by an individual student or a team of two students.


Judging Criteria




Senior GIS Analyst – Utah Division of Forestry, Fire & State Lands

Job Description
Are you a skilled GIS Analyst looking for an exciting career working with Forestry and Wildland Fire in the Great State of Utah?  The Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands (FFSL) in the Utah Department of Natural Resources, is looking for someone like you to fill their Senior GIS Analyst position to support the Forestry and Wildland Fire programs. This is an exciting position working with a great team that offers a flexible schedule, telecommuting opportunities, and occasional travel through Utah.

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Byers Engineering – Multiple Positions


About Us: Headquartered in Atlanta, Byers has over One Thousand employees combined in its two lines of operations — Engineering Services and Spatial Age®Solutions. The Engineering Services group provides outside and inside plant design, planning, project management, inspection, and right-of-way acquisition services (both wireline and wireless) for RBOCs, ILECs, CLECs, IXCs, utilities, cable television companies, and commercial organizations throughout the United States. The Spatial Age®Solutions group focuses on the development of leading-edge AM/FM/GIS software, data conversion, mapping and records services, consulting, and implementation.

Mission: Providing high-quality technical services and software solutions to the communications, utility, and government industries.

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Facilities Management Project Manager at Dixie State University

Facilities Management Project Manager (GIS/CAD)

Salary: $45,000.00 – $50,000.00 Annually
Location: St. George, UT
Job Type: Full Time Staff
School: Administrative Affairs

Closing: 7/16/2017 11:59 PM Mountain

Under the direction of the Director of Facilities Planning and Construction, performs specialized technical work in the operation and maintenance of GIS (Geographic Information Systems), CAD drafting, GIS data entry, graphic editing, geographic data analysis, space inventory and document management and production of a wide variety of maps an schematic reports and other GIS related responsibilities as assigned.  Provides assistance in project planning and management.


  • Create, maintain and update campus AutoCAD drawings, facility maps, systems maps and records including blueprints, program guides and design documents, operations and maintenance manuals, GIS and CAD files for the Facilities Management department. Perform data queries and analyses as needed.  Recommend appropriate reactionary strategies in response to GIS analysis.
  • Create and maintain building floor plans in GIS and CAD. Identify and map all University utilities, easements, and property boundaries. Assign attributes to items or areas that need specific identification.
  • Record and be responsible for specific data collection using GPS units and integrating the data into GIS and CAD drawings. Be responsible for the day-to-day hardware and software support, training and development as it relates to GIS and CAD services.
  • Consistently track and file all campus drawings and project drawings, specifications, O&M manuals, and soils and testing reports, from initial design to as-built record drawings. May create databases and application programs and manage projects.
  • Analyze architectural and engineering documents provided by outside consultants to ensure that documents accurately record field conditions and are dimensionally accurate.
  • Assist with updating recording/filing, and submitting the Space Inventory document to the State of Utah. Work with private, local, state, and federal agencies as necessary.
  • Create maps and datasets including hard copy print, and electronic deliverables for distribution. Assist in the design, development, collection, maintenance, analysis, presentation, delivery and archiving of space data for various projects.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or related field, with emphasis in GIS and/or CAD, required
  • Three years related experience required; experience working in or with higher education preferred
  • Working knowledge of ERSI GIS products with proficiency in AutoCAD and the ability to commingle and transfer compatible data in ARCGIS, GPS, and CAD
  • Ability to use survey grade GPS units; must be able to operate and maintain all types of job-related equipment
  • Good computer and general office skills relating to Microsoft Office Suite, Google Platform, etc.
  • Spatial aptitude is required with the ability to easily visualize and sketch a floor plan during a walk-through of a building
  • Must have the ability to communicate clearly, both written and verbal; ability to work with Facilities Management staff regarding critical information, safety issues, work requests, problems, upcoming needs, and tasks within one’s job scope that impact other personnel within the unit
  • Knowledge of state and federal regulations
  • Basic understanding of building construction and architecture is preferred



City of Draper, Utah Part-time GIS Technician

Salary: $15.70 Hourly – 20 Hours Per Week
Location: Draper City, UT
Job Type: Part Time
Agency: Draper City, Utah
Closing date and time: Open until filled

Job Description
The GIS Technician works under the supervision of the GIS Manager. This position performs technical GIS functions including but not limited to, editing and maintaining data layers, generating maps, data collection, and performing data analyses.

Job Responsibilities
The GIS Technician will:

  • Edits and maintains existing datasets in SDE
  • Produces maps for internal and external customers
  • Collects data using Trimble mapping grade GPS unit
  • Assists with addressing and geocoding
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
The model candidate for this position is someone who:

  • Understands relational database design concepts and schema
  • Proficient in cartography and map design, including coordinate systems, projections, and map scales
  • Consistent capacity to pay attention to detail and organization
  • Ability to research and solve problems with a systematic and analytic approach
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively with others
  • Must have excellent customer service skills.

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Utah Department of Natural Resources: Senior GIS Analyst/Audio Visual Media Specialist

Salary: $19.42 – $33.41 Hourly
Location: Salt Lake City, UT
Job Type: Full Time
Agency: 560 Department of Natural Resources
Job Number: 11968
Closing date and time: 5/29/2017 at 11:59 PM Mountain Time (US & Canada)

Job Description
Do you enjoy the challenge of creating complex GIS projects and databases and have some experience with audio visual equipment?  If so, the Division of Oil, Gas & Mining has the job for you! We are recruiting for a Senior GIS Analyst/Audio Visual Media Specialist to complete GIS projects and operate scanning/imaging and/or photographic, audio-visual or related equipment for the division.

Principal Duties
The Senior GIS Analyst/Audio Visual Media Specialist will:

  • use ESRI solutions to create, analyze, manage, integrate and share various spatial information and help non-GIS staff to use GIS applications
  • provide ad-hoc mapping, data and services for division business units
  • set up and operate audio/visual equipment and lighting controls for film and video productions
  • execute a process for discovering, framing, implementing and documenting the impact of effective information products
  • travel statewide to locate locations for GIS purposes and film productions
  • edit film and video productions

The Ideal Candidate
The model candidate for this position is someone who:

  • has an understanding of ESRI technology solutions and GIS best practices
  • has the ability to create, complete and maintain high level or complex GIS projects and supporting databases
  • has the ability and knowledge to operate scanning/imaging and/or photographic, audio-visual or related equipment
  • has the ability and knowledge to use sound recording equipment and videography equipment


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