UGIC 2022 Board Elections

The Utah Geographic Information Council Board is composed of volunteers from around the state of Utah who are passionate about geospatial data, topics, and applications. The Board is elected by those who are UGIC members as of the date of the current year’s annual UGIC conference (9 May 2022). Board members serve three year terms.

County (Uncontested)

David (Dave) K. Henrie

Biography
David K Henrie (Dave) is a GIS Programmer with three decades of experience in GIS. He graduated with a BS in Geography and a Master of Public Administration from Brigham Young University. His personal motto is “to lift those around him and help them become the best versions of themselves”. Dave is an acknowledged leader in the field of Parcels. He has a strong interest in parcels and enjoys talking about mundane things like Coordinate Geometry. Dave is heavily immersed in rock art. His username in most apps is almost always Petroglyphman. Dave is an explorer, when his GIS career is finally over, you will find him and his wife driving down a dusty road looking for more rock art. His slogan is “So many roads, so little time”.

Personal Statement
I am passionate about Utah’s GIS community that has given me so much. In the early days of GIS, I served as the co-chair the Technical Interchange Group (TIG) in Utah. The TIG organization was eventually replaced by SLUG and UVGIS. Through TIG, I was able to give back to the community. Professional organizations like UGIC, SLUG, and UVGIS fill a vital role in developing professional networks and real-life GIS skills in the GIS Community of Utah. I am proud to have served on the board of directors for UGIC for quite a while and I am a good fit for this position. I have helped put on successful conferences. I love being surrounded by the exceptional people in our GIS Community. Please vote for me, as I run again this term.

At-Large (Vote for TWO)

Kate Smith

Biography
Kate is passionate about the intersection of GIS analysis and emergency management/emergency response. She spent 8 years at Salt Lake County Emergency Management/Unified Fire Authority as a GIS Specialist and Hazard Mitigation Planner, and is currently pursuing new opportunities in mitigation planning. She has also taught Spatial Analysis at Salt Lake Community College. She previously served as a member of the UGIC Board and UGIC Education Committee for Salt Lake County GIS Day. In 2013, she helped establish the Utah Mapping Emergency Technical Team (UMETT), a UGIC committee focused on best practices for GIS support for emergency response, and currently serves on the UMETT Coordinating Board. Kate has geography degrees from BYU and University of Utah. She enjoys road trips, backpacking, hiking, cycling, music, and quilting.

Personal Statement
Thank you for the nomination. The community created by UGIC has been foundational to my growth as a GIS professional. I appreciate the technical knowledge and camaraderie of my peers that both challenges and encourages me to excel in my work. As a board member, I would seek to continue promoting valuable professional development through events such as the annual conference and Maps on the Hill, as well look for other ways we can contribute to and support the work efforts of GIS users in Utah. My previous terms on the UGIC Board have given me experience that will help me keep current processes running smoothly, but I am also open to evaluating those processes to address changing needs and interests of the UGIC community.

Stan McShinsky

Biography
Stan McShinsky is a GIS Web Developer/Coordinator for Provo City. Stan enjoys building interesting maps like puzzles, augmented reality sandboxes, mazes and map art. Currently Stan develops web applications for various projects in the city. He has served on the UGIC board most recently as the UGIC Conference Chair. He graduated from BYU. Stan likes to play softball, go geocaching, hiking and play lots of Pickleball.

Personal 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 again and have a way to contribute to the GIS community myself.

Joy Kaseke

Biography
Joy Kaseke is a senior GIS analyst for the Utah Department of Natural Resources in the Division of Wildlife Resources. In this role, she builds geospatial applications to monitor and track wildlife across the state, allowing for observation and protection of many species. She also creates spatial stories to inform and educate the public and partners on the importance of conservation and how it impacts the environment. Born and raised in Zimbabwe where weekend family trips to the nearby Eastern Highlands ignited her love of and technical interest in geography, Joy takes pride in helping preserve the natural beauty of the state so that Utahans and visitors from all over the world can experience and enjoy the outdoors for generations to come.

Joy graduated with a BS in Geography from BYU in 2017 and recently completed service on the Herriman City Planning Commission and as a board member for the Utah Chapter of The Wildlife Society. In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis, cycling, snowboarding, hunting, and attempting to maintain a vegetable garden.

Joy was awarded a 2022 Rising Leaders Fellowship by Justice Outside, an organization aimed at increasing diversity and removing barriers to access to the outdoors for underrepresented populations. She hopes her selection to the UGIC board will be a pathway to building networks with and attracting more professionals of color to not only visit but contribute their expertise to the state, joining UGIC in its mission to provide a modern, accurate, documented, and accessible geospatial information infrastructure for all of Utah.

Michael Philp

Biography

  • Tackled Charles Barkley – 1993
  • GIS Degree from BYU – 2000
  • GIS Programmer/Analyst at Maricopa County – 2001->2005
  • GIS Administrator at Springville City – 2005->2019
  • Geospatial Product Lead at Novotx – 2019->Present
  • E-Bike rider, Lawn care enthusiast, Eater of all the spicy foods
  • World view informed by Guns N’ Roses 

Personal Statement
I accept the nomination to serve on the UGIC Board if elected because I love our Utah GIS community. UGIC is a group of very talented geospatial professionals. But more than that, UGIC has really cool people. I know the hard work required of the board members. Grassroots organizations like UGIC are only as strong as the members make them.
If the Utah GIS community would like me to serve on the UGIC board, I’m happy to devote my time and skills to support our super cool geo-geek organization.

Sarah Lindsey

Biography
I am a Utah native who loves using maps to explore and discover the diversity and natural beauty of our state. I graduated from the University of Utah with a B.S. in Geography, a minor in Business, and a certificate in GIS. I have worked for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources for 16 years as a Senior GIS Analyst and as the Data Manager for the Utah Natural Heritage Program. My work focuses on using geospatial technology to track the distribution of species of greatest conservation need, and getting the information into the hands of decision makers in order to protect threatened and endangered species, inform conservation actions, and to sustain Utah’s wildlife biodiversity for years to come.

Personal Statement
I have benefited from the many opportunities for training and networking that UGIC provides, and I would like to give back to the GIS community by serving on the UGIC board. I have experience working with GIS users from a variety of organizations as my work involves collaboration with federal and state agencies, local governments, law enforcement, private contractors, universities, students, and non-profit organizations. I would love to support these communities in the advancement of geographic information science and technology use, as well as promote geospatial education opportunities throughout Utah.

2018 UGIC Board Elections

The Utah Geographic Information Council Board is composed of volunteers from around the state of Utah who are passionate about geospatial data, topics, and applications. The Board is elected by those who are UGIC members as of the date of the current year’s annual UGIC conference (11 May 2018). Board members serve three year terms.

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County

David Henrie

Biography: I have worked in GIS for Utah County Government for the last 26 years. I majored in Geography and later earned an MPA from BYU. I started out working for Utah County in the Assessor’s Office as a GIS Analyst. I worked there for 13 years and then took a job at the Utah County IT Department. In the IT Dept I had a hand in developing all the GIS applications that the County uses.

I used to co-chair the now defunct Technical Interchange Group (TIG). TIG served to promote the exchange of ideas and best practices of GIS. TIG used to sponsor annual summer field trips where we would visit some very interesting places and see GIS in action and learn how to use GPS equipment. For example, we visited and GPS’ed much of the infrastructure of Zion, Great Basin, Capitol Reef, and Timpanogos Cave. TIG lasted for many years until it was replaced by local user groups such as SLUG and UVGIS.

I believe that professional organizations such as UGIC and TIG fill a very important role in the local GIS Community. I have been privileged to serve the UGIC organization for many years and would love to continue to serve on its board of directors. Since I have been on the board we have hosted conferences in Logan, Midway, Park City, Bryce Canyon, Moab, Cedar City, Richfield, Salt Lake, Provo, and Vernal. I love UGIC organization and would feel privileged to continue to serve on the board.


Ken Richards

Biography: Hello fellow geospatial enthusiasts! My name is Kenneth Richards, (please call me Ken). Currently I am the GIS Coordinator for Iron County. I have been involved with GIS for 10 years. I received my formal GIS training from SUU where I received my GIS certificate and a bachelors in Engineering Technology. I then went on to the University of Arizona where I completed the Masters of GIS Technology program. I got my start georeferencing historical maps for SUU Special Collections. From there I have been involved in many types of projects in geospatial community including facilities management, web programing, hazard mitigation, addressing, OHV trails. Currently my primary goal is to get GIS into more users hands. I have recently started by deploying Collector and Workforce to our Roads and Weeds departments. What do I do besides GIS? Well I love to go offroading with an emphasis on rock crawling with my family. Utah has some amazing trails for that need to be explored (and mapped)!

Statement: I am running for the UGIC board to better represent the southern Utah GIS community. We have a lot of great people and resources here and I want to help represent them and bring their ideas to the table. I also want to give back to our amazing community. All of you have given me some great opportunities for learning and growth and I want to give back and help each of you. GIS is about connections and I want to build and strengthen the connections we have.


Sheldon Baumgartner

Biography: I grew up here in Utah and attended the University of Utah. There I got my Bachelors of Science in Geography with a certificate in Applied GIS in 2009. I’ve been working in the GIS industry since 2008 and have worked for various private, local, state, and federal agencies. Currently, I work as the GIS Specialist in the Salt Lake County Emergency Management Operations Center. In my free time I enjoy hiking and exploring the Utah landscape!

Statement: I feel honored to be nominated to run for the UGIC board. I feel that Utah has a very strong GIS community and I would like to be able to help strengthen the community through the work UGIC does. Something that I noticed while working in the DC area for the past year and a half is how collaborative and technical the GIS community is here. It is something that I missed while I was working out there. I feel a lot of that comes down to members of the GIS community here being proactive about providing meetings, conferences, and community events or outreach. I would like to be a part of continuing to build relationships with agencies, communities, and bringing continuing education to the GIS community in Utah.


Federal

Andre Coleman

Biography: André Coleman is a senior research scientist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (18-years) and currently resides in Sandy, Utah. He brings 25-years of experience in the fields of geoinformatics, hydrology, and computer science with significant experience and research interests in spatial and numerical modeling for water resources/water scarcity, snow hydrology, bioenergy and beneficial waste resources modeling, estuarine systems, disaster assessment and response, and climate analysis, in addition to applying digital photogrammetry, remote-sensing, data mining, data fusion, machine learning, and high-performance computing to these research areas. These specialties have been applied to numerous local, regional, national, and global scale environmental, energy, and national/global security 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 working on a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Utah with a focus on heterogeneous data fusion for disaster assessment and response. To date, he has authored or co-authored 32 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters.


At-Large

Dennis Allen

Biography: Dennis Allen is the GIS & IT Administrator for Farmington City. He has been involved in GIS for the last 10 years filling the following additional roles: GIS Manager at Vivint Internet, GIS Specialist III at Brigham City, GIS Technician/Intern at Box Elder County, and Private GIS Consultant. Dennis received his BS in Geography with a minor in Geospatial Analysis from Weber State University.

Statement: I love GIS and I love learning! For me, UGIC does more than satisfy both of these loves. Each time I attend the conference, I am able to continue to expand my knowledge and understanding of GIS. I always take away something that I can implement in my work and enjoy the new friendships I develop as well. I would be thrilled to be able to give back by serving as a part of the UGIC board!


Stan McShinsky

Biography: Stan McShinsky is a GIS Web Developer for Provo City. Stan enjoys building interesting maps like puzzles, augmented reality sandboxes, mazes and map art. Currently Stan develops web applications for various projects in the city. He recently completed the Part 107 drone test and is a certified drone pilot. He graduated from BYU. Stan likes to play softball, go geocaching, and ride his 4 wheelers.

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.


Talsan Shulzke

Biography: Talsan has worked for Unified Fire Authority since October 2014, where for most of that time he was the GIS Supervisor in the Emergency Management Division for Salt Lake County. In December 2017, Talsan moved into Administration as the Strategic Data Manager, where he now oversees the datasets used by UFA (GIS and otherwise) and has begun an initiative under the direction of the fire chief to utilize data metrics in guiding decision making throughout the organization. In this new role, Talsan will also help develop UFA’s first Standards of Response Coverage document, which will formally define the department’s baseline of operations, identify benchmarks for achieving its goals, and determine the levels of service UFA communities should expect. Talsan has over 10 years of experience in GIS—including utilities, municipal government, and education—and as a GIS analyst and cartographer with the City of Rexburg, Idaho, Talsan worked closely with the fire department, the sheriff’s office, and the police department to provide GIS support and create Madison County’s first comprehensive 911 responders atlas. Working closely with first responders has taught him a deeper appreciation for the sacrifices these good people make to ensure we all get the help we need when it’s needed most. Talsan holds a master’s degree in English from Idaho State University and earned his GISP certification in 2015. Together with his wife Alesha and their three children, he has thoroughly enjoyed getting better acquainted with Utah and all it has offered him and his family.

Statement: My only hesitation in accepting the nomination to run for the UGIC Board was the time commitment, but it didn’t take long for me to consider the impact UGIC has had on me in the short time I’ve been in Utah. The network of talented and friendly professionals made my transition to this particular GIS community seamless. So first of all, thanks; and second, I feel that the time commitment doesn’t even come close to repaying the benefits I’ve reaped as a member of UGIC, which is just a sentimental way of saying, I’d love to run for a spot on the board! I’ve come to know several members of the board over the last few years, and in working with them have gained a lot of insight regarding our industry here in Utah. But I also hope to contribute to UGIC’s work throughout the state by offering some of the insights I’ve gained working both out-of-state and abroad. We see on a regular basis that part of GIS culture is a willingness to share with colleagues those things that have benefitted us. And that’s a huge part of what makes GIS the best field to work in. It comes down to the people, and the chance to interact with more of you from around the state is an alluring prospect. So again, thanks for being an awesome GIS community, and thanks for giving me the chance to run for the board!


Tom Thompson

Biography: Tommy Thompson is a Senior GIS Analyst for the Department of Natural Resources in the Division of Oil, Gas and Mining. He’s constantly advocating for Geographic Information Systems (GIS), drones, and the use of geospatial data in our everyday lives. Tommy demonstrates how various spatial analysis and mapping can be leveraged in ways that helps us better understand and explain what is happening in our complex world. He gained his undergraduate degree in Geography emphasizing in Bioregional Planning and Analysis and minoring in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). He is a member of the Geography Honor Society (Gamma Theta Upsilon), and was a Service Learning Scholar and he received the S.J. & Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources Legacy of Utah State Award and the Legacy of Utah State Robins Award. For the past three years, he has focused his time and effort on small unmanned aerial vehicles (sUAS), commonly called drones, and infrared thermography (IRT). His just received his master degree and his research focused on using sUAS and IRT to detect and monitor sage-grouse and how temperature data can aid in classifying the different sexes of sage-grouse. His research has created a unique spatial dataset that wildlife managers and researchers can use in real world applications. He has eight years of experience in conducting spatial analysis using various GIS and remote sensing software. If you are not currently thinking of using drones and GIS for natural resource management, he will make you think twice about not using it.

Statement: I’m a great candidate for the UGIC Board as I have a strong passion for both Utah and GIS. I was born and raised in Utah and am a responsible steward to this beautiful place I call home. I believe that GIS is key to measuring successful and responsible natural resource extraction and reclamation. I am running for the UGIC Board because I see it as an important vehicle allowing me to work with individuals, as well as, groups across Utah in a mutually beneficial manner. I would also like to be on the UGIC Board because it exposes me to larger perspectives and helps me better understand the needs of the GIS community in Utah. In 2017, I was awarded the UGIC student scholarship and was lucky enough to aid in the UGIC conference set up, which was a positive experience for me. I would like to have more a roll than I did as a scholarship recipient and I think that by serving on the board that would give me that ability. Lastly, I want to be on the board so I can aid in the advancement of geospatial science in and around Utah. I enjoy helping to advance the latest and greatest technology to improve our ability to responsibly manage Utah’s natural resources and I believe that by being on the board will help me achieve this goal. I would really appreciate the opportunity to server in this capacity. Thank you for your time and consideration.


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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 https://esri.app.box.com/connectedpdf 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 Amazon.com. All students whose maps are submitted and their teachers will also receive Map Competition T-shirts.

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Guidelines

  • 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.

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Judging Criteria

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Questions

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Reflections on the 2017 NSGIC Midyear Meeting

NSGIC’s State Caucus Meeting

Annapolis, MD: Josh Groeneveld and Kasey Hansen (UGIC Board Members)

The National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) held its Midyear Meeting in Annapolis, MD from February 27th – March 2nd.  Representatives from 27 states and the District of Columbia were in attendance to collaborate, share best practices and learn about the latest geospatial advancements, particularly in the federal space.  

NSGIC promotes the philosophy of “make it once, use it a bunch”.  There is so much value to all involved in terms of time and effort saved if we can share existing solutions and best practices.  When we have to explain what GIS is to a non-professional, we often hear things like, “Hasn’t everything already been mapped?”  

Not at all!  It was apparent at the Midyear Meeting that there are still challenges creating data in a timely fashion and sharing it with stakeholders across all levels of government. Many national data programs have been implemented for the purpose of addressing these challenges. For first-timers at NSGIC, the sheer number of programs can feel a little overwhelming (not to mention the abundance of federal acronyms!), however the purpose and goal of each program was discussed thoroughly at the meeting.  Even so, while many GIS professionals may be willing to share data, some are under legal constraints to not share data because of privacy concerns.  There are also concerns of some “shared” datasets where the authoritative agency can submit their data into a database and then never see the resulting product.  Some of the hot-button topics at the meeting were Next-Generation 911, the USGS 3D Elevation Program (3DEP), open data, and the GIS Inventory.  

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Maps on the Hill 2017 Recap

Thank you to everyone who participated in Maps on the Hill 2017! It was a great day for the GIS community to participate in telling the story of how geospatial technology can improve efficiency, support decisions, and communicate complex topics. Be sure to check out the photos of the event and Maps on the Hill 2017 Book. AGRC also compiled a video of the event being announced on the house and senate floors (along with great praise), and a time lapse of the morning.

In an effort to reward the best work at Maps on the Hill, a judged contest was added to this year’s event in the capitol rotunda. Recognition and small prizes (Utah AGRC wall maps and ESRI press books) were awarded to the map displays that best conveyed the value of GIS-based solutions.

A four judge panel, consisting of Beth Overhuls (Salt Lake County CIO), Evan Curtis (Governor’s Office of Management and Budget), Lance Newman (Dean, Westminster College Arts & Sciences), and Mike Hussey (State CIO), rated the map displays for overall effectiveness, visual appeal, data integration, and innovation.

 

This year’s winners are:

UGIC 2017 Maps on the Hill – Best of Show

  • Division of Forestry Fire and State Lands (FFSL) – Wildfire Risk (11*)

UGIC 2017 Maps on the Hill – Awards of Excellence

  • City of West Jordan – Sewer and Sidewalk Infrastructure (18, 31)
  • Division of Wildlife Resources – Wildlife Tracking (10,41)
  • Salt Lake City Public Utilities – Infrastructure Mapping (26-28)
  • Utah State Remote Sensing/GIS Lab – Sage Grouse Habitat (13,36)

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The Cool Kids

Be like the cool kids… come to Maps on the Hill 2017.

Where: Capitol Rotunda (350 State Street, Salt Lake City, Utah)
When: Wednesday January 25th, 2017 from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Why: Even if you didn’t register a presentation for Maps on the Hill, if you are interested in the Utah geospatial community it is a great event to attend.  The focus of the event is the application of geospatial technology.  Many Utah GIS folks will be in attendance and it will be a great chance to network and see what others are doing.  So please attend, even if you didn’t register a map for display.  All the COOL KIDS are doing it!

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.

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.