Can I Convince You to Participate in Maps on the Hill?

 

MOTH2017(2)Okay lets start with the where and when…
Maps on the Hill will be held on January 25th, 2017 at the Capitol Rotunda.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with Maps on the Hill let me describe it for you.  Maps on the Hill is an event that lets you put your best geospatial work on display in the ‘Times Square‘ of Government in Utah, the Capitol Rotunda.  The rotunda is a beautiful and historic setting you will not soon forget.  Your work will also be highlighted in a mapbook that is the de facto who’s-who of Utah GIS.

Still not convinced…

Let’s talk about the who…
Do you know who hangs out at the Capitol Rotunda?  That’s right, impact players in Utah Government.  Have you ever wanted the chance to show your boss how cool your work is?  You’d love to sit down and help the geo-challenged see that spatial light?  Well how about getting the opportunity to demo your best geospatial efforts face to face with State Senators or Representatives,  or maybe someone from the Governors Office, or a high level Department Director.
Government hoity toities don’t do it for you?  How about interested citizens, lobbyists, and a whole bunch of really cool geospatial geeks?  They will be there too.

Still not convinced…

Here’s why…
The people who hang out at the Capitol Rotunda influence resource distribution.  Those resources impact your geospatial operations, oh and maybe even your paycheck.  This is not an exaggeration.  In fact it is one of the driving goals of Maps on the Hill.  We want Government leaders to see and appreciate the valuable work we do.  We want them to know what GIS is and what it can do.  When they know the power of geospatial, they think about how GIS can solve the real world issues they face.  And when they feel like GIS is a tool they can trust, they will direct resources toward GIS.  And that is a good thing.

Maps on the Hill is only a thing for State GIS Orginizations“…
Are we still having this conversation?  Sigh and eye-roll.  Here’s how it works, the State is broken up into legislative districts which constitute local representation.  Those Senators and Representatives are interested in helping their local constituents.  Furthermore, they live in those districts and care about local matters.  And it works the other way as well.  Federal organizations benefit from State support.

The basic concept is that “a rising geospatial tide lifts all geospatial boats“.

So if I’ve convinced you to come and participate, hit the sign up page and reserve your spot.  Further details can be found here.  Registration closes on January 5th so be sure to sign up soon.

2016 Conference Vendors

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2   BlueMarble BLUE MARBLE GEOGRAPHICS GOLD
3  Cityworks2 CITYWORKS SILVER
4  AeroGraphics_Logo_RGB AERO-GRAPHICS BRONZE
5 appgeo-logo_1 APPGEO BRONZE
6  gateway2 GATEWAY MAPPING BRONZE
7  novotx-logo NOVOTX BRONZE
8  AGRC2 AGRC BRONZE
9  iGage2 IGAGE
10  GraphicImaginglogo GRAPHIC IMAGING SERVICES
11  monsen smaller MONSEN ENGINEERING
12  RockyMountainTransitInstruments ROCKY MOUNTAIN TRANSIT INSTRUMENTS
13  Pictometry PICTOMETRY
14  BLM_sign BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
15  Geocortex-by-Latitude-Geographics-Logo-MED LATITUDE GEOGRAPHICS “GEOCORTEX”
16  hexagon-geosystems HEXAGON GEOSYSTEMS

PDF of Vendor layout

vendor layout UGIC 2016

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.

Call for Papers

2016 UGIC Conference, May 9th-13th Bryce Canyon

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Do you want to be a Geospatial Rockstar? Now is your chance…submit your abstract for consideration here.

The Utah Geographic Information Council (UGIC) is now accepting abstract submissions for breakout presentations at the 2016 Annual Conference. We are proud of the excellent work being done by geospatial professionals in Utah and throughout the region. The Conference provides an excellent venue for you to tell your GIS story. It doesn’t have to be ground breaking work and you don’t have to be a polished presenter. Just come and Thankful show your peers what you’ve been working on in the friendly, laid-back environment that UGIC provides. The strength of our grassroots GIS organizations is found in users helping users as we all become better at what we do. Within Utah and beyond, we would like to hear from a variety of users: public and private sectors, tribal, federal, state, and local governments, educators, managers, innovators, beginners, students, experts, ArcPy ninjas, and old Avenue bosses. We want to hear from YOU!

Abstracts must be submitted for review by January 22nd, 2016. Presenters will be notified in February 2016 of acceptance.

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