ESRI UC 2016

Many UGIC members make the trip to San Diego each summer to attend the ESRI International Users Conference.  This year was no different as Utah was well represented at the UC.

A few major themes coming out of the conference included:

  • 3D GIS – 3D is becoming mainstream functionality within ESRI’s products.  From desktop software and analytics to sharing maps in 3D in the web browser, 3D is a major focus of ESRI’s development efforts.
  • Big Data – ESRI is providing tools to leverage ‘Big Data’.  Visualization of very large datasets is made possible by massively scaleable computing infrastructure provided as a service.  This capability expands what is possible and brings Big Data computing to geospatial workflows.
  • Insights for ArcGIS – Insights is a new web application that allows users to visualize data (both spatial and non-spatial) in creative and interactive ways.  The app provides ‘cards’ consisting of maps, charts, and tables that are all linked to each other and symbolized in a consistent manner.  The Insights application is very flexible and configurable even for non-technical users.  Insights for ArcGIS is focused on exposing patterns in data that may not be otherwise accessible or apparent.
  • Drone2Map – Drone2Map is an application that leverages the new and exciting UAV technology to easily produce ultra high resolution ortho-imagery as well as DSM’s, point-clouds, and 3D models.
  • Free eLearning – ESRI is offering access to 100’s of self-paced eLearning courses at no additional cost for users who are current on maintenance.  ESRI  President Jack Dangermond said, “We are happy to offer organizations the opportunity to train more people in their workforce in how to use Esri ArcGIS at no additional cost.
  • GIS Evolution – ESRI see’s ArcGIS as a unified technology platform that supports multiple types of systems (system of record, system of engagement, system of insight).  Technologies such as web services, distributed computing, real-time data, configurable templates and apps, smart mapping, story maps and Big Data analytics are replacing older patterns such as client/server, static databases, and proprietary application development.
  • Field GIS Tools – ESRI is providing tools such as Workforce, Navigator, Collector, and Survey123 to better support GIS field operations.  We were able to see much of this technology first-hand from Chris LeSueur at the UGIC Conference in May.
  • Living Atlas – ESRI is providing 1000’s of ready to use datasets, layers, and basemaps (as well as millions of user contributions) through the living atlas.  In addition, ESRI announced a new partnership with DigitalGlobe to provide current high quality aerial imagery for the entire world offered through the living atlas.
  • Real-Time – There continues to be emphasis on integrating real-time data including geo-fencing, citizen and customer engagement, and many other examples of ‘high velocity data streams’.
  • ArcGIS for Adobe Creative Cloud – ESRI announced a new add-in that allows users to import ArcGIS Online map data into Adobe Illustrator (as vectors) to take advantage of the high end graphics design capabilities of the Adobe Suite of products.
  • ArcGIS Shared Code – For those of us who have been in the industry for a while, we remember a super useful little website called ArcScripts.  This site was loaded with cool scripts, tools, and ideas that were freely shared among GIS users.  Now that concept has been resurrected into a site called ArcGIS Code Sharing (codesharing.arcgis.com).  Users can log in and share their development work as well as browse and use the work of the collective.  This site which was recently launched is bound to be a valuable tool for many of us.

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The Importance of the UGIC Board Elections

As you may already know voting is now open for several positions on the UGIC Board.  You can review the candidates here.

Serving on the UGIC Board is a big responsibility that requires a real commitment.  Of course serving on the Board is a volunteer position.  Many of you may see the work that the Board does at the UGIC conference.  But, serving on the board is much more than just running around at the conference.  It takes a lot of effort from the Board year round to make UGIC work.  We are focused on facilitating connections within our community, supporting public outreach efforts, and acting as a unified voice for geospatial professionals in Utah.

Producing a successful UGIC conference is a major undertaking that keeps the Board busy for months.  There are a thousand details to work out.  If you have an enjoyable conference, it’s largely because the UGIC Board spent hours planning and working to make things run smoothly.

UGIC is really fortunate to have a lot of great candidates willing to serve on the Board.  So it is important for the UGIC membership to vote in this election.  Please take a few minutes to read through the candidates and vote.

It’s important.

UGIC 2016 Board Election Candidates

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(Voting closes June 9th at 5:00 pm)

 

The following individuals have been nominated, and have accepted the opportunity, to run for UGIC Board positions:

– INDUSTRY –

Kim Coburn

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Biography: Kim Coburn has been with Epic Engineering for 3 years and has been utilizing GIS for over 7 years. She earned her Bachelors in Civil Engineering with a Minor in Astrophysics at the University of Toledo. Her Master’s focused on water quality and she has a passion for creating environmental reports, modeling, and feasibility studies. She has worked with several municipalities on the utilization of GIS with their utilities, including Magna Water and Service District, Draper Irrigation, North Fork Special Service District, the City of Myton, the Town of Daniel and many more. She specializes in water resource management including hydraulic modeling of infrastructure, floodplain modeling, and storm water delineations.

Statement: I would like to run for the Industry Board Position because I am excited to be part of such a dynamic community. The industry and tools to utilize spatial information are constantly evolving and I want to be at the forefront of that technology. I believe that communication between the different organizations is pivotal to the continued growth of our community.  I would love to help facilitate the continued open communication so that we can not only advance our databases but the ease and implementation of our spatial technology.


Kasey Hansen

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Biography: Kasey Hansen graduated from Brigham Young University with a Master’s Degree in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in 2001 and has worked for Gateway Mapping for the past 16 years.  He currently serves as Gateway Mapping’s GIS Services Director, and is a certified GIS professional (GISP).  Kasey’s responsibilities include GIS project management, analysis, GIS-based asset management, programming, and GIS training.  Kasey thoroughly enjoys teaching GIS concepts and loves to help others see the value in GIS. He enjoys planning and carrying out GIS events, and has served on both the UGIC board and on the planning committee for the Northern Utah GIS user group. When he’s not at work, Kasey’s favorite activities still have a tie to geography. He enjoys taking his family hiking, camping, geocaching, and exploring around in general.

Statement: I love being able to work with geography and GIS, but I also love teaching and sharing what I’ve learned with others.  That’s what is great about UGIC – it gives us an opportunity to do both!  This is why I have actively participated in UGIC for more than ten years, and this is why I initially ran for the board.  Over the past three years I have served as UGIC Secretary, I have learned the details regarding how to make UGIC a great organization with a  very successful annual conference, and I feel that I can use that knowledge and experience to help contribute to UGIC’s success in the future. I would love the opportunity to continue to serve on the UGIC board.


Frank Pisani

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Biography: Frank Pisani is a GIS Analyst with HDR in Salt Lake City. He has over 10 years of experience with GIS in both the private and public sectors. His specialties lie in enterprise data management, spatial data visualization and web based mapping. Frank is an advocate of GIS technology and strives to show clients and colleagues how taking a GIS approach to solving problems make projects more successful. Before working at HDR Frank served as UDOT GIS manager for 5 years and was the project manager and technical architect of the DOT’s UPlan GIS applications. The UPlan project has received best practice awards from ESRI, AASHTO, URISA and FHWA. Frank graduated from the University of Delaware in 2004 and moved to Salt Lake City where he lives with his wife and daughter.

Statement: I am interested in a board position because I feel UGIC is what makes the Utah GIS community flourish. When moving to Utah the UGIC events provided an outsider a great way to meet and learn from others in the state. I want to help keep our GIS community thriving and support the events that UGIC offers.


Tom Toronto

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Biography: I was raised in Farmington, UT where we currently reside. I attended BYU as a PreMed, but after taking the Intro to GIS class for a Geography requirement, I was hooked. My experience is in both the Public and Private sectors of the Geospatial Industry for the last 15 years. I started at Farmington City, UT to set up the GIS Operations and then moved to Phoenix, AZ to do the same thing at an engineering consulting firm. I loved the diversity of GIS projects and project locations that I was able to work on. We moved back to Utah and shortly thereafter, was a part of the original 3 that created SLUG (The Salt Lake GIS Users Group). I have really enjoyed serving on the SLUG board and can’t believe it’s been almost 7 years since the commencement. Right now I am 3 years into running my own GIS Consulting Services business with clients in UT, ID, CA, AZ, TX, & NM. My clients comprise Municipalities, Water Companies, Legal Firms, & Educational Organizations. My Geospatial acumen is in GIS, GPS, Survey, Engineering, Planning, and Public Works. I have a wife, 3 girls and finally, a boy due in Oct. I enjoy all sports, primarily, basketball (surprised?) and enjoy skiing, camping, hiking, fishing, Star Wars etc. My latest hobby is adding GIS technical terminology from the ESRI Colombia Twitter feed to my Spanish learned while a missionary in Barranquilla, Colombia.

Statement: I appreciate being nominated for the potential opportunity to serve on the UGIC board.  If voted in, I’ll work hard to continue the thriving organization that it is and wasn’t really surprised to find out that this past conference was the 25th anniversary.  That is a testament to the many great people who have willingly served to enable the viability and success of UGIC.  As I have worked with Geospatial professionals from other states, they all seem to be aware of the GIS presence in Utah and frequently declare that Utah is one of the front runners in the industry.  As mentioned in my bio, I have enjoyed serving on the SLUG board and look forward to the possibility of transferring that experience to serve on the UGIC board. Thanks for your consideration.


– STATE –

Steffie Gould

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Biography: Steffie is a GIS Analyst with the State of Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA) where she has worked since 2015. Before SITLA she worked as a GIS Specialist/Fiber Engineer for Zayo, a Colorado Communications Infrastructure company. Her first job utilizing GIS was a Forest Steward Intern for the Green Mountain Club, a Vermont non-profit that maintains the Long Trail- a long distance hiking trail that runs through the state. In 2014 she received a Master’s of Engineering in GIS from the University of Colorado, Denver. Her studies culminated with a project examining how land cover characteristics affect urban water use in Austin, TX while also looking at developing an easily replicable method to measure land cover characteristics for water demand modeling. She received a B.S. in Forestry and Resource Ecology from the University of Vermont. When not working, Steffie can be found exploring Utah by foot, bike and ski!

Statement: I am relatively new to Utah, having moved to Salt Lake City in January of 2014. Since then I have enjoyed getting to know Utah and the GIS community here. Attending my first UGIC Conference this year really highlighted the vibrant energy and engaging opportunities surrounding GIS within the state. By joining the UGIC board I hope to continue to connect with this amazing community as well as contribute to helping grow and strengthen it. I believe my background with both the public and private sectors along with my enthusiasm for the power of all that is geospatial will be assets on the UGIC board.


Josh Groeneveld

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Biography: Josh Groeneveld is the GIS Coordinator for the Utah Division of Emergency Management.  He is the chair of the Utah Mapping Emergency Technical Team, which provides GIS professionals with resources and guides for producing maps and performing data analysis during an incident.  He is co-chair of the National States Geographic Information Council Geospatial Preparedness Committee, which promotes coordination and shares best practices between state emergency management, public safety and homeland security agencies.  He received his Masters in Geography from the University of Utah in 2011 and a Bachelor’s in Geography from Western Michigan University in 2008.

Statement: UGIC has done a wonderful job fostering collaboration and cooperation in the GIS community in Utah.  Through my involvement with NSGIC and various emergency management organizations, my perspectives and insight can further enhance how the Utah GIS community works together.  I want to actively build up the already successful UGIC efforts for both GIS Day and Maps on the Hill.  As chair of UMETT, I have witnessed strong partnerships and a willingness to share expertise within the Utah GIS community and I would enjoy serving on the UGIC Board to keep this fantastic community growing.


Adam Radel

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Biography: I have enjoyed performing geospatial wizardry for almost 10 years. I have a B.S. In GIS from the University of Idaho. I ‘m a proud GISP and love supporting the GIS community in various ways. In April I completed a 6-month long GIS Corps mission creating an elevation dataset that will be used in the design of a modern water system in a small Panamanian town.  I enjoy hanging out at local schools on GIS Day, expanding the idea of Geography for the kiddos I have the honor of speaking to. I have experience working in both federal and state government organizations as well as private companies.  I’m lucky enough to spend my days at UDOT where I am a GIS Program Manager. I love hiking, camping, cycling, mountain biking, disc golf, long walks on the beach, and running.

Statement: Let’s make UGIC great again! Actually, UGIC is an amazing organization that I look forward to being a part of for many years to come. I would like to be considered for UGIC board member as I have a broad range of GIS and leadership experience. I don’t mind staying late or coming in early to setup a meeting or activity. I would like to offer my time, talent, and humor to ensure UGIC continues to be the exceptional organization it is!


– FEDERAL –

André Coleman

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Biography: André Coleman is a senior research scientist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (16-years) and currently resides in Salt Lake City, Utah. He brings 24-years of experience in the fields of geoinformatics, hydrology, and computer science with significant experience and research interests in spatial and numerical modeling, water resources, bioenergy modeling, estuarine systems modeling, disaster response, climate analysis, data fusion, machine learning, high-performance computing, photogrammetry and remote-sensing. These specialties have been applied to numerous local, regional, national, and global scale environmental and energy-related projects. Mr. Coleman graduated with a BS in Geography and Earth Resources from Utah State University in 1995 with emphases in GIS, hydrology, and fluvial geomorphology. In 2008, he completed an MS (cum laude) in Geoinformatics at the Vrije Universiteit, The Netherlands and won the International Award of Academic Excellence in Geoinformatics for his work in neural-based classifiers. Mr. Coleman is currently pursuing a Ph.D. from Clemson University with a focus on the water-energy-environment nexus and sustainable systems. To date, he has authored or co- authored 28 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters.

Statement: The purpose and objectives of the Utah Geographic Information Council align with my professional background and interests to continue promoting the value of geographic information, sharing and learning best practices, increasing operation/system efficiencies with effective data management practices, and ensuring a high-degree of data quality and pedigree in an era of data deluge. While currently working under the Federal umbrella, I have also worked in the private industry and academia and understand these environments.


– AT-LARGE –

Shawn Beecher

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Biography: I am Shawn Beecher.  I am the GIS Administrator at Spanish Fork and have been since 2003.  I have been involved in GIS for over 20 years.  I received my GISP in 2011.  While studying GIS and Cartography at BYU (1996-1998) I worked for the LDS Church as an intern digitizing road networks for cities in South America.  After graduating with a BS from BYU, I moved to Springfield, MO where I worked on my masters at SMSU and worked for Springfield City as an intern doing application development, training, and GIS services.  Upon leaving Springfield I got a job with a Private Engineering Firm in 2000 doing GIS consulting, GIS training, and application development.  I moved to Logan, UT in 2002 as a GIS Specialist for 6 months before moving to Spanish Fork where I am currently the only full-time GIS person doing everything GIS, IT, and more.

Statement: I have really enjoyed the UGIC community and all they offer.  After coming to my first UGIC Conference in 2010 in Moab, UT I wanted to come back as many times as Spanish Fork would allow me.  I feel the networking, knowledge, experience, comradery, and more that we get at these conferences is huge.  I have felt for many years the need to give back to the community that has given me so much.  I feel this is my way to do that.  We at UGIC have a phenomenal group of people of which I am glad to be a part.


Jordan Behunin

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Biography: Jordan Behunin has been a GIS Specialist for Carbon County since 2012. Before he worked for Carbon County, he volunteered with Hurricane City GIS and worked for the Forest Service as a seasonal technician. He has a Bachelor of Science in Recreation Resource Management and a minor in GIS from Utah State University. He is three classes away from obtaining his Master of Science in GIS Management from Salisbury University. During his most recent semester of school, he conducted a use assessment for Carbon County GIS. As a GIS specialist, Jordan has many responsibilities including data collection and creation, creating map deliverables, and doing analysis. Most recently, he transitioned Carbon County’s online maps from ArcGIS flex viewer to Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS (Developer Edition). In the past Jordan has been chair of the Castle Country Trails Committee and now functions as the GIS Specialist for the committee. When Jordan is not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, mountain biking, hiking, riding OHVs, fishing, and staying active.

Statement: Within the first three weeks of beginning work for Carbon County GIS, I attended UGIC at Bryce Canyon in 2012. Every year since then, I have looked forward to UGIC conferences as an opportunity to learn techniques, skills, and applications from Utah’s GIS experts. Through networking opportunities at UGIC, I have gained new friends and had awesome opportunities in GIS including GIS Day held at Utah Valley University, participated in Maps on the Hill, and presented at various user groups and conferences. I am grateful to be nominated as a prospective member of the UGIC board. I would gladly give back to the GIS community of Utah by serving as a member of the board. I want to represent you and your ideas as Utah’s GIS professionals. I will continue to build upon the hard work and dedication of past boards, by providing opportunities for you to continue to network, learn innovative skills, and gain knowledge at UGIC conferences and events throughout the year.


Steve Johnson

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Biography: I am excited to be a member of the geospatial community in Utah and have loved the chances I have had to serve in UGIC. I hold a bachelors and a masters degree in geography from Brigham Young University and have been employed at the City of Orem for 20 years as an Engineering Specialist in the Storm Sewer Utility. I have sought out opportunities to maintain professional relations with fellow GISers in Utah County through intiating the establishment of UVGIS.

Statement: As a UGIC board member for the past three years and a conference committee member for three years before that, I have grown to love the opportunity to learn from UGIC presenters and expand a network of friends and colleagues that share my love of maps, places, locations, and spatial relationships.Some of my favorite experiences in my career have been in organizing and assisting with GIS Day events in Utah County, Salt Lake County, Richfield and Escalante. If I were re-elected to serve on the board, I would seek to enhance the Council’s education and outreach efforts. I would also like to find ways to assist GIS users with their needs in asset management and public works applications.


Nick Kryger

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Biography: Nick Kryger is the GIS & IT Administrator for Salt Lake City Department of Public Utilities. Nick has been working in GIS for over 25 years. He has a BS degree in Business Administration and in Industrial Relations Nick is a Certified Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP) and is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer.

Statement: I would like to continue on the board to help promote GIS across the State of Utah.  Having worked in GIS for over 25 years and having the knowledge on how UGIC functions I feel will help our GIS Community.


Stan McShinsky

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Biography: Stan McShinsky is a GIS Web Developer for Provo City. Stan enjoys building interesting maps like puzzles, augmented reality sandboxes and mazes. Currently Stan develops web applications for various projects in the city. Previously he worked in the energy department at Provo City managing a fiber network and power grid data.  He also has experience with the UTOPIA project in managing fiber networks around Utah. He graduated from BYU. Stan likes to play softball, go geocaching and beekeeping.

Statement: For me, GIS is not just a job but a way of life. I see the different needs of those around me from coworkers to customers and I look for a way to fill that need through maps. By having a position on the board I believe I can clearly see the bigger picture and needs of those I come in contact with. I consistently push myself to improve my skills and learn new things.  I like to think outside the box and believe I can bring a fresh perspective. Many GIS professionals have helped me along the way–from getting an internship to troubleshooting projects. I would appreciate the opportunity to be on the board and have a way to contribute to the GIS community myself.


Andrea Roskelly

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Biography: Andrea Roskelley has worked as a GIS Analyst for Ogden City GIS the past 11 years. Andrea’s work has led her to many different aspects of GIS including public utilities, business development, public safety, municipal elections and emergency operations. She has also worked to configure a number of the web applications for Ogden City. Andrea has trained many new users on how to use GIS and worked with other users to help them improve their skills.  She has worked to spread her knowledge of GIS with others through conference presentations, GIS Day events and classroom presentations.  Andrea’s favorite part of her job is cartography, and getting the details just right so she can deliver an amazing map. Andrea is a graduate of Weber State University with a Bachelor of Science in Geography and she is a certified GIS Professional (GISP).

Statement: I love UGIC and the GIS community that goes with it. I would be honored to be a member of the board. I enjoy sharing my knowledge of GIS with others, and I have been a presenter most of the years that I have attended the UGIC conference.  I have a passion and enthusiasm for all things GIS and I would use those traits to be a great asset on the UGIC committee. I would be thrilled to have the opportunity to serve and help in whatever way I can.


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Global Mapper Workshop @ UGIC 2016

Global Mapper is a low cost, fully functional GIS application from Blue Marble Geographics. In this daylong workshop we will explore some core functionality of the software with a particular emphasis on LiDAR and point cloud processing.

The workshop will begin with a basic introduction to Global Mapper that will include navigating the key components of the interface; file and layer management; importing and export data; creating and editing vector data; and working with raster layers.

In the afternoon session, we explore the LiDAR and terrain analysis capabilities of the software. We will demonstrate basic LiDAR filtering and editing techniques; automatic ground point detection and reclassification; terrain surface creation; various analysis procedures including watershed analysis, view shed analysis and cut and fill optimization and volume calculation; vector extraction from classified LiDAR points; and 3D visualization options.

This workshop will offer the opportunity for hands-on participation. Attendees are encouraged to bring a windows-based laptop computer to the session. A trial version of Global Mapper, a temporary license file, and all of the required data files will be provided.

Register for this workshop and the 2016 UGIC Conference

Global Mapper

ArcGIS Pro Workshop

Description: In this hands-on seminar you will learn about the newest application included with ArcGIS 10.4 for Desktop – ArcGIS Pro.  ArcGIS Pro is designed to help GIS professionals complete their projects and share their results more quickly and easily than ever before.

  • Learn how ArcGIS Pro will streamline the way you do your GIS work with its modern ribbon interface and tight integration of 2D and 3D capabilities.
  • Familiarize you with essential ArcGIS Pro terminology.
  • Prepare you to efficiently complete many different tasks related to mapping, editing, geoprocessing, and analysis.

Instructor Bio: Robert LeClair is a Desktop Technical Lead and Instructor with the Training Services Team in Broomfield, Colorado.  He is responsible for communicating the latest Desktop updates/workflow to the National Desktop Instructor team, serves on many course updates/development with the Curriculum Team and teaches Desktop, Geodata, ArcGIS Pro, and Geospatial Intelligence classes.  Before starting his career with Esri, Robert worked for AECOM, county government, and regional government.  Robert graduated from Clemson University with a Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning.

Register for this workshop and the 2016 UGIC conference

Field Operations with ArcGIS Apps Workshop

Description: In this hands-on seminar you will learn how ArcGIS will help your organization optimize every step of your field operations and data collection.

  • Planning your field work by defining where field work needs to be done (ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS for Desktop)
  • Assigning tasks and dispatching field crews  (Workforce for ArcGIS)
  • Helping personnel arriving to their destination quickly safely (Navigator for ArcGIS)
  • Efficiently executing field data capture (Collector for ArcGIS and Survey123 for ArcGIS)
  • Monitoring field operations (Operations Dashboard for ArcGIS)
  • Analyzing and communicating field work (StoryMaps and Web AppBuilder)

Requirements: Attendees must bring their own laptop (Windows or OS X) and a smartphone or tablet (iOS, Android).

Instructor Bio: Chris LeSueur is a Product Manager with the Apps Team in Redlands, California. He is responsible for managing Esri’s mobile software products for smartphones, tablets, and rugged field devices. Chris has been with Esri for 17yrs working in various positions in Technical Marketing and Product Management.  Before starting his career at Esri, Chris graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Geographic Information Systems.

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SLUG Meeting (02/09/2016)

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The 27th Quarterly Salt Lake GIS Users Group (SLUG) Meeting
Tuesday, February 9 from 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Intermountain Medical Center (IMC)
5121 Cottonwood Street, Building 6 – Doty Family Education Center, Murray, UT 84107

Map to the Doty Family Educaton Center at IMC campus in Murray
We will be meeting in the Doty Family Education Center which is building 6 at the IMC campus in Murray City. The campus have several buildings; each has a large number outside that will help you find number 6.  When you enter into Doty Education Center, there will be SLUG posters to guide you to the meeting room.
There is free parking but please use the southwest corner. TRAX Murray Central Station is located directly across the street from Intermountain Medical Center.  It is an easy walk from the station to the meeting place.

Presentations
Questar Gas

Scott Hansen, Questar Chief FERC Compliance Officer and Gen. Mgr Enterprise Risk Management, will discuss preparedness coordination of Questar Corporation with the State of Utah and other local lifeline service providers (power, water, sewer, transportation, communications, etc.).  During an emergency situation, key tools in understanding and addressing any situation are GIS diagrams and data. Mark Warner, Questar Chief DOT compliance Officer, will accompany Scott and discuss information that is accessed during emergencies using Questar’s GIS system.   This will be an interactive presentation with questions and answers.  Think about what you would like to know and ask about Questar’s emergency preparedness plan.

GIS Humor – Ray Montgomery

Cottonwood Heights – Kevin Sato
In collaboration with Amateur Radio Operators and a dedicated citizens group Cottonwood Heights has established an Emergency Response process.  Once activated, the Emergency Response process can provide the City EOC with information on the relative health of citizens in a short period of time.  In this presentation, Kevin will talk about how this process was developed and how it works.

UMETT (Utah Mapping Emergency Technical Team)

UMETT is a UGIC sub-commitee with the aim of enabling GIS professionals to effectively plan for and respond to emergency situations.  The group discusses and seeks to implement best practices for effective emergency management including developing procedures, participating in training, sharing data and maps, and collaborating with emergency managers and responders.  Learn more about the past and future efforts of this group.

Kate Smith and Talsan Shulzke will discuss GIS emergency management top ten tasks you can do that will help you be more effective in supporting an emergency response.

Hosts and Sponsors

A very big thank you goes to the IMC Lab for hosting this meeting! Lunch maybe provided, so stay tuned for further announcements. There are lots of seats available for you to RSVP now for yourself, friend, and co-worker.

Maps on the Hill

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Maps on the Hill, supported by the Utah Geographic Information Council (UGIC) and AGRC, will be held on March 1st, 2016. This event, in its fifth year, is a good opportunity for students and professionals to share maps, mapping tools, and mapping projects with elected officials, fellow practitioners, and the public.

Who should participate:
Individuals: Anybody who makes a map through their work or education.
Organizations: An organization that has worked on multiple mapping projects.

Maps on the Hill Event:
The map display event will be held on March 1st, in the Capitol Rotunda from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, with set-up time beginning at 9:00am. We request that at least one participant is present to discuss each map entry throughout the display event.

Display Types:
You can present hardcopy maps, interactive digital maps (you’ll need to provide a means to show it on a computer), or both.
The focus of the event is interesting maps or map technology projects that are applicable to a wide audience. While displays can be on any appropriate topic, presentations that may be of interest to decision makers are strongly encouraged. Marketing of specific product and services is discouraged.

Click here to signup and reserve your spot!

Signups close February 5, 2016.

Questions? Contact Jessie Pechmann at jpechmann@utah.gov or 801-538-3037.