UGIC Conference Rescheduled FAQs

As you are all aware, UGIC’s annual conference has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, like so many other things in all of our lives. Two months ago, as the pandemic began, the UGIC Board was hopeful that suspending the conference until the Fall would buy us enough time to still hold a meaningful event. Since that decision, we have watched as closures and restrictions continue to be extended. While things are looking positive in Utah and plans for reopening are slowly underway, it is apparent that large events such as UGIC will be among the last to be permitted to restart. The safety of our attendees remains our number one priority, and therefore, we have made the decision to cancel UGIC’s annual conference for 2020.

We are very saddened by this decision because as a community, we all love and enjoy the conference. While it is a tough decision to make, we feel it is the right decision to make. That said, we do have some good news! The UGIC Board has decided to hold a virtual event September 3rd. While this is certainly not a replacement for the conference itself, we hope to make it a fun and valuable experience for those who attend.  There will be no cost to attend the virtual event (all conference registrations will be refunded), and we will send out more details about it as our plans come together.

We’ve put together the following Q&A to provide some more details about these changes:

  • So the conference is cancelled – what do I need to do now?
    • You don’t need to do anything at this point.  We will cancel all registrations, whether or not you indicated if you were planning to attend the rescheduled conference.

 

  • I’ve already paid for the conference. How will my registration fees be refunded?
    • If you paid via credit card, your registration fee will be refunded via PayPal to the credit card with which you paid. This should happen in the next couple of weeks.
    • If you paid via check, go ahead and cancel the check. UGIC has not cashed any checks and will destroy any checks that we have received so far.

 

  • Is there a cost for the virtual meeting? Are my conference registration fees rolling over to that?
    • No. There is no cost for the virtual meeting.  All conference registration fees will be refunded to all attendees.

 

  • What about my hotel reservations? Do I need to cancel them somehow?
    • No. We will contact Ruby’s Inn, and all hotel reservations will automatically be cancelled. You should receive a cancellation notice from Ruby’s Inn in the next week or so.
    • That said, if you don’t get a cancellation notice in the next 2 weeks, you should probably call Ruby’s Inn and make sure the reservation is cancelled.

 

  • Tell me more about the virtual event. How many days will it last? Will I have to register for it?
    • UGIC’s 2020 virtual conference will take place on Wednesday, September 2nd and Thursday September 3rd , 2020.
      • Most breakout sessions will be pre-recorded and will be made available to view at your leisure.
      • The Plenary Session and a few other sessions (including panels and technical Q&A sessions) will be held live via video conference.
    • Wednesday, September 2nd:
      • All pre-recorded breakout sessions will be made available online.
    • Thursday, September 3rd:
      • The Plenary Session will be held in the morning, and other live sessions (including panels and technical Q&A sessions) will be held throughout the rest of the day.
      • Online pre-recorded sessions will remain available on Thursday and after the conference ends.
    • Specific times for live sessions will be released closer to the conference.

 

  • I signed up to present at the conference. Can I give my presentation at the virtual event?
    • If you are interested in presenting a breakout session:
      • Please contact Mellissa Campbell (mcampbell@springville.org) and let her know you would like to present.
      • Record your session using the video software of your choice, keeping in mind the following requirements:
        • The maximum length of the recording should be 30 minutes. Please coordinate with Mellissa if you would like your presentation to be longer.
        • Ensure that your microphone is capturing your voice well.
        • Title the video file with the presentation title and presenter’s name.
        • Use the following specifications when recording:
          • Video format .mp4
          • Resolution 1080p HD (1920 x 1080)
          • Encoding h.264
          • Framerates per second up to, but no more than 30 FPS (We recommend as close to 30 FPS as possible)
      • Instructions for transferring the video file to UGIC will be sent to you after you contact Mellissa.
        • You will be asked to include a paragraph describing your presentation, along with the presentation title, presenter’s name, and video runtime in your submittal.

 

  • What about UGIC 2021?
    • UGIC 2021 will still be held in May 2021, and it will most likely be held in Bryce Canyon, with many of the same activities and events that we originally had planned for this year. Since we will have an extra year to plan it, it will be the best conference ever!

 

  • I’d really prefer to give the presentation I signed up for at a live conference. Can I just wait until UGIC 2021 to give it?
    • Absolutely! Just let Mellissa Campbell (mcampbell@springville.org) know that is your plan. It is likely you’ll have to re-submit your abstract when registration for UGIC 2021 opens early next year.

 

  • Once again, I have important questions about all of this and you did not provide the right answers.
    • We will continue to release more details as we get closer to the conference dates. In the meantime, please feel free to contact Kasey Hansen (khansen@jub.com), Dave Henrie (davidh@utahcounty.gov) or any other UGIC board member with questions.  As a reminder for advance planning, UGIC 2021 will be in Bryce Canyon May 3-7, 2021.  Thanks!

Again, we apologize for this additional change and the inconvenience associated with it. However, we are looking forward to an amazing virtual event this Fall and our best conference ever next Spring.  Please contact the UGIC board with any questions you have, and thank you all so much for your continued support of UGIC!

 

2019 UGIC Pre Conference Training Classes

MONDAY

(Mon.) Pre-Conference Full Day Workshop: Introduction to ArcGIS Pro (Esri)

8:30 AM – 5:30 PM — Instructor: Joe Peters (NOTE: This is the first offering of a one-day workshop. The Tuesday ArcGIS Pro workshop is a repeat of this class, NOT a continuation. Please do not sign up for both classes.)

  • We will start the day by learning and/or reinforcing the concepts you need to know to jumpstart your productivity with ArcGIS Pro. We will make sure that you are familiar with the ribbon-style interface, project-based organization, key capabilities, and ArcGIS Pro terminology. Hands-on exercises will include:
    • Importing ArcMap documents into ArcGIS Pro projects
    • Organizing projects and working with project templates
    • Creating 2D and 3D features and modifying their symbols
    • Performing analysis using geoprocessing tools and raster processing functions
    • Creating map layouts, project packages, and web layers to share your work
  • We will spend the afternoon looking into some more advanced topics like the Arcade scripting language, Tasks, the Solution Deployment tool and more. We will also review some of the key new features of ArcGIS Pro 2.3.

(Mon.) Pre-Conference Full Day Workshop: Cartography (UGIC)

8:30 AM – 5:30 PM — Instructor: Brandon Plewe

  • Become an master cartographer in one day! Well, we’ll work on it at least. We will discuss some core design principles, learn from some great maps, and go over some of the new design capabilities in ArcGIS Pro. Feeling brave? Bring your rough drafts and we’ll all help you make them better. Then we’ll cheer you on in Iron Cartographer next year!

(Mon.) Pre-Conference Full Day Workshop: Introduction to Python (UGIC)

8:30 AM – 5:30 PM — Instructor: Keaton Walker

  • Want to learn how to make your ArcGIS Pro geoprocessing workflows repeatable and efficient? If so Python is the tool you need. This Python course will start at a beginner level with a review of the basics of Python syntax and data types. We will also learn to use variables and basic python data structures like the list and dictionary. Then we will take a dive into functions and classes and in order to become familiar with the fundamentals of an object oriented programming language like Python.Once we have covered the basics we will work with arcpy, the Python scripting library for ArcGIS, to access data with cursors and organize geoprocessing tools into a program.  A stretch goal for the course will be learning to use the arcpy geometry objects and trying the ArcGIS api for Python.
    Previous Python experience is not a requirement, but some basic awareness of running ArcGIS geoprocessing tools will be helpful. ArcGIS Pro will be used and it should be installed and licensed before the course begins.

(Mon.) Pre-Conference Full Day Workshop: Introduction to UAS – Unmanned Aerial Systems (UGIC)

8:30 AM – 5:30 PM — Instructors: Michael Philp

  • This class will involve a general introduction to UAS, and a discussion of the evolution of UAS data over the years and the laws governing UAS usage.  In addition, we will cover hardware platforms, software tools, and how to best incorporate your UAS into a geospatial workflow. We’ll talk about some practical items, tips and tricks, and other essentials to getting started with managing your own UAS program. Additionally, we will discuss the Part 107 test and what it takes to be prepared for it.

TUESDAY

(Tues.) Pre-Conference Full Day Workshop: Introduction to ArcGIS Pro (Esri)

8:30 AM – 5:30 PM — Instructor: Joe Peters (NOTE: This is a 2nd offering/repeat of the Monday workshop, NOT a continuation of the Monday ArcGIS Pro workshop. This is a one-day class. Please do not sign up for both classes.)

  • We will start the day by learning and/or reinforcing the concepts you need to know to jumpstart your productivity with ArcGIS Pro. We will make sure that you are familiar with the ribbon-style interface, project-based organization, key capabilities, and ArcGIS Pro terminology. Hands-on exercises will include:
    • Importing ArcMap documents into ArcGIS Pro projects
    • Organizing projects and working with project templates
    • Creating 2D and 3D features and modifying their symbols
    • Performing analysis using geoprocessing tools and raster processing functions
    • Creating map layouts, project packages, and web layers to share your work
  • We will spend the afternoon looking into some more advanced topics like the Arcade scripting language, Tasks, the Solution Deployment tool and more. We will also review some of the key new features of ArcGIS Pro 2.3.

(Tues.) Pre-Conference Full Day Workshop: – Field Operations with ArcGIS Apps (Esri)

8:30 AM – 5:30 PM — Instructors: Chris LeSueur & Derek Law

  • ArcGIS Apps can help your organization improve coordination and operational efficiency in field work activities.  In this full-day hands-on session you will learn how ArcGIS Apps can help optimize every step of your field and data collection operations:
    • Coordinate – Coordinating your field workforce and work assignments with Workforce for ArcGIS and Navigator for ArcGIS
    • Location Awareness – Take you maps to the field with Explorer for ArcGIS and know the location of staff and equipment with Tracker for ArcGIS
    • Capture – Choosing the best data capture experience for your field users with Collector for ArcGIS and Survey123 for ArcGIS
    • Monitor – Building effective operation dashboards with Operations Dashboard for ArcGIS
  • This is a hands-on session, please bring a laptop and mobile device (iOS or Android)

(Tues.) Pre-Conf. Full Day Workshop: Incident Command System and Emergency Management for GIS (UGIC)

8:30 AM – 5:30 PM — Instructor: Unified Fire Authority

  • Because GIS plays an important role in emergency response, it is critical for specialists to be familiar with the terminology, concepts, and roles within The Incident Command System. The Incident Command System (ICS) is a standardized approach to the command, control, and coordination of emergency response that provides a common hierarchy within which responders from multiple agencies can manage an incident effectively. Part of the National Incident Management System (NIMS), ICS now serves as a model for similar approaches internationally. The 100-level course introduces the basics of ICS, including its history, features and principles, and organizational structure; it also provides the foundation for higher level ICS training, including the subsequent courses covered in this training. ICS-200 is designed to enable personnel involved in an incident to operate efficiently and understand the supervisory roles within ICS. Both 700 and 800 cover NIMS-related topics with the former providing an introduction and the latter providing an overview of the National Response Framework. Certificates of completion from FEMA will be awarded to participants and can be used for credentialing to become a member of the state’s GIS response team.

(Tues.) Pre-Conference Full Day Workshop: Insights for ArcGIS (UGIC)

8:30 AM – 5:30 PM — Instructor: Bruce Cheney

  • Come to this one-day training to learn how to use Insights for ArcGIS.  Learn how to perform simple yet powerful geospatial data analytics. Explore spatial and tabular data together and get answers to questions.  Learn how to explore and analyze information to gain deeper understanding into what is happening with your data. Use these newfound Insights to create opportunity for impactful decisions and meaningful change in your work.

2019 UGIC Registration Open

Register Now for the 2019 UGIC Conference!

The UGIC Board of Directors is pleased to announce that the 2019 UGIC conference will be held from May 6th through the 10th, 2019 at the Zermatt Resort in Midway, Utah.  Located in scenic Swiss-themed village of Midway, this exciting UGIC destination will provide plenty of opportunities for hiking, biking and viewing scenic vistas!  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.

Lodging is open now – rooms at the Zermatt are available for the conference rate of $100/night.  Please click HERE for reservation information.

Individuals are encouraged to identify themselves as part of the group block (UGIC) to receive the discounted rate. The rate is good until 4/15/2019, so please make your reservations before that date in order to receive the conference rate.

UGIC Conference registration is $345.

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