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 the week the conference was to be held (August 31st – September 4th). 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?
    • We are just starting to figure out the details for the virtual event (including what we will officially be calling it), and we send out more details as they come together. But here are a few general items we can tell you:
      • There will be no cost for the event.
      • There probably won’t be a formal registration process for the event; it will likely be something you can just attend if you want. As we figure out the details of the event, that may change somewhat, but in all cases we plan to make this easy to attend.
      • It will be held at some point during the week of August 31st – September 4th, 2020.
      • It most likely won’t go for the full 5 days. Again, we’ll send you more details as we figure things out.
      • It is not intended to replace the conference, but rather give us an opportunity to get together and share our work in spite of everything going on.  And while not UGIC itself, it will still be very awesome.

 

  • I signed up to present at the conference. Can I give my presentation at the virtual event?
    • Mellissa Campbell (mcampbell@springville.org) will be contacting everyone who signed up to present at the conference to find out if they are interested in presenting at the virtual event. If you would really like to present, please go ahead and contact Mellissa and let her know.
    • As indicated in the question above, we’re still working out the details of what this event will look like, and that includes how many presenters we willl be able to accommodate. Our first step is understand who is willing to present in a virtual setting, so please let Mellissa know!

 

  • I have some really good ideas for a virtual conference, and you guys should definitely use them for your event.
    • Awesome! We are interested in any ideas that might help us as we plan the event! Just contact any member of the UGIC board and let us know your ideas.

 

  • 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.
    • Sorry to make a habit of it.  If you have additional questions, please contact Kasey Hansen (khansen@jub.com) , Dave Henrie (davidh@utahcounty.gov) or any other board member and we will be happy to help you out!

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!

 

Submit an Abstract for UGIC 2020

UGIC is now accepting abstract submissions for breakout presentations at the 2020 UGIC Conference! We are proud of the excellent work being done by geospatial professionals in Utah. The UGIC Conference provides a great venue to tell your story and share your work. Your content doesn’t have to be ground breaking work and you don’t have to be a polished presenter.  You can sign up for a 20 minute, 40 minute or 90 minute presentation.  There’s something for everyone!

The strength of our grassroots GIS organization comes from users helping users as we all become better at what we do. Whether you work in the public or private sector, whether you’re a professional or a student, want to hear from YOU! Click here for more info.

 

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2020 UGIC Pre Conference Training Classes

We hope to have the same pre conference training available for the conference. Please check the FAQ page for more information.

MONDAY

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

8:30 AM – 5:30 PM — Instructor: Hayley Miller (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.)

  • Description:
    • Join us for an exciting day of hands-on work with ArcGIS! This ArcGIS Pro Workshop will focus on a discussion of ArcGIS Pro and 3-4 hands-on lessons. The lessons will cover 2D and 3D analysis, data visualization, and integration with a web GIS. The workshop is Bring Your Own Device (BYOD). Please plan to have a laptop with the latest version of ArcGIS Pro installed (version 2.3.x). If you do not have a license for ArcGIS Pro, we will provide you with a named user license on the day of the workshop.

(Mon.) Pre-Conference 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.

(Mon.) Pre-Conference Full Day Workshop: Introduction to High Resolution Topography (Lidar and Structure from Motion)  (UGIC)

8:30 AM – 5:30 PM — Instructor: Christopher Crosby & Matthew Beckley

  • This one day course is designed for people interested in learning more about high resolution topography (HRT). Participants will be introduced to what HRT is, where to obtain it, and some of the myriad of applications for the data. The basics of point clouds, digital elevation models (DEMs) and their various manifestations (e.g., DSMs and DTMs), and an overview of the methods to acquire them such as lidar and Structure-from-Motion (SfM) photogrammetry will be covered. Hands-on work with data will be emphasized, and while basic knowledge of GIS software will be helpful, no prior knowledge of HRT is needed by attendees.

(Mon.) Pre-Conference Full Day Workshop: GIS Manager’s Workshop (Esri)

8:30 AM – 5:30 PM — Instructor: Adam Carrow & Pete Gamberg

  • Description:
    • In this participatory workshop you will hear strategies on how to spread the understanding and full value of GIS across your organization.  When most non-GIS & IT professionals hear “G-I-S,” they think “M-A-P.” Now that GIS is a location intelligence platform, the underutilization of it is critical, and career-limiting, for GIS & IT professionals.  GIS is designed to do more than make maps.  It is vitally important that organizations proactively evangelize and market all of the location intelligence platform capabilities.  In addition to presentations on strategy and best practices, the workshop will include the opportunity to participate in a Lean Coffee session which will drive a productive (but unstructured) conversation with your colleagues on the morning’s content.  Session will include:
      • The Underutilization of GIS & How To Cure It – Adam Carnow
      • Lean Coffee Group Discussions
      • Introduction to Geospatial Strategy –Adam Carnow
      • Architecting the ArcGIS Platform: Best Practices – Solution Engineer Pete Gamberg
      • Utah Customer presentation

TUESDAY

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

8:30 AM – 5:30 PM — Instructor: Hayley Miller (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.)

  • Description:
    • Join us for an exciting day of hands-on work with ArcGIS! This ArcGIS Pro Workshop will focus on a discussion of ArcGIS Pro and 3-4 hands-on lessons. The lessons will cover 2D and 3D analysis, data visualization, and integration with a web GIS. The workshop is Bring Your Own Device (BYOD). Please plan to have a laptop with the latest version of ArcGIS Pro installed (version 2.3.x). If you do not have a license for ArcGIS Pro, we will provide you with a named user license on the day of the workshop.

(Tues.) Pre-Conference Full Day Workshop: Mastering smart forms with ArcGIS (Esri)

8:30 AM – 5:30 PM — Instructor: Ismael Chivite

  • Description:
    • Too many paper forms going around in your organization? That is not good! Through this hands-on seminar, you will learn how to design, secure and deploy smart digital forms within your organization using ArcGIS.  We will discuss best practices to transform obsolete paper forms into digital forms, show how to build powerful data validation rules to streamline data capture and exploit all incoming data to support your business workflows.
  • Logistics and pre-requisites:
    • Attendees are required to bring their own laptop and mobile device.
    • Esri will be providing ArcGIS accounts for the hands-on exercise, but attendees can use their own as well.
    • Bring comfortable shoes as we will do an exercise outside.
  • Comment: This session focuses on the use of Survey123 to help people transform paper forms into digital ArcGIS smart forms. It is a technical session for people who want to master smart forms for the web or for the field.

(Tues.) Pre-Conference Half Day Workshop: ArcGIS Enterprise (Esri)

8:30 AM – 12:30 PM — Instructor: Pete Gamberg

  • Description:
    • Join us in this technical session to get an introduction to ArcGIS Enterprise. We will discuss the individual components that comprise ArcGIS Enterprise and outline a typical base deployment. We will discuss new and evolving capabilities, including ArcGIS Enterprise to ArcGIS Online collaboration, Enterprise Sites, and optional capabilities for processing and sharing massive collections of imagery, and real-time mapping and analytics.

(Tues.) Pre-Conference Half Day Workshop: Insights for ArcGIS (Esri)

1:30 PM – 5:30 PM — Instructor: Pete Gamberg

  • Description:
    • A hands-on introduction to Insights for ArcGIS—a web-based, data analytics workbench built to explore spatial and non-spatial data. We will learn how to use Insights to dynamically visualize and analyze data from multiple sources on maps, charts, tables, and more. We will also review how to share results and models, as we work through some examples of leveraging location intelligence.

Map Gallery 2020

UGIC 2020 MAP, APP, and POSTER GALLERY AND COMPETITION

We know you’ve got skills, and NOW is your chance show them off at the 2020 UGIC Map, App, and poster gallery and competition in Bryce Canyon, Utah.

Haven’t Registered for UGIC 2020? No problem. Take care of that little detail on our REGISTRATION page

 

UGIC 2020 would like to invite YOU to enter this year’s map, app, and poster gallery and competition.  Many of us do what we do because we love maps and this is your opportunity to show off your hard work to the greater Utah geospatial community!  There will be cash awards in the student categories.

THE CATEGORIES:

MAPS

  • CITIZEN ENGAGEMENT – Many of us work to transmit complex information to the public, and it isn’t easy! Show off your best citizen engagement map.
  • MAP AS ART – Utah is beautiful. Show us your real cartography skills. No limits, but it must be of Utah – other geographies will be appreciated, but disqualified.
  • SMALL MAP – We often have to produce maps that are letter size but must transmit, clearly, efficiently, and accurately, an extensive amount of information. This is your opportunity to show your best 8.5″ x 11″ map. There are no limits to the map topic, but the map must meet the noted dimensions.
  • PROFESSIONAL MAP – This category hosts the best of the best where professionals show us what hey have put together over the past year.
  • STUDENT RESEARCH POSTERS – Not to be confused with a map, POSTERS depict research, methodologies, processes, and efforts generally undertaken via scholastic activities. Putting your best foot forward is important when explaining your research. Posters should clearly present the topic at hand, be readable (visible) from a short distance, and include maps and graphics (of course).

APPS

  • INTERACTIVE MAP – Exactly as it states. This MAP should be online, or otherwise digital, and should present information in a unique, clear, and engaging way. If you are submitting an interactive map, you need to provide a single 8.5″ x 11″ paper that contains your name, a title and description of your interactive creation, and a simple URL code (use bit.ly, or similar to create a simple URL – or a scannable QR code will work).

COMPETITIONS

  • BEST OVERALL MAP –  By simply entering a MAP or POSTER category, you are competing for the BEST. Keep that in mind!
  • THE STAN McSHINSKY AWARD – The man behind the legend, Stan McShinsky, has a category that is worthy only of his namesake. If you think you have what it takes, the creativity, the countless hours, the endurance to create a unique mapping work of art – bring it on. You don’t enter this category, this category finds you.

– WHEN, WHERE, & HOW –

Bring your hard copy maps and posters to the conference and submit them at the conference registration desk at the Ruby’s Inn on Wednesday, May 4th.  If the map or poster is larger than 24” x 36” then you must provide your own foam core board or other mounting material. Online maps/apps: Bring an 8.5 x 11” or 11 x 17″ sheet with a screenshot and short description, including the URL and a QR code.  See example.  Note: there are websites that will convert a URL to a QR code for free.

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.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW FOR UGIC 2019

Click here to register as a VENDOR for UGIC 2019

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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.

>>> VOTE HERE <<<

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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Sean Fernandez named NGS Geodetic Coordinator for Utah

Sean Fernandez, Utah Automated Geographic Reference Center (AGRC), and Bill Stone, NOAA’s National Geodetic Survey (NGS), are pleased to announce that Sean is now serving as the NGS Geodetic Coordinator for Utah. In this voluntary role (in addition to his day-to-day AGRC responsibilities), Sean will assist Bill, the NGS Southwest Region (UT, AZ, NM) Geodetic Advisor, with various aspects of outreach and interface between Utah’s geospatial community and NGS. The volunteer State Geodetic Coordinator program augments the NGS Regional Geodetic Advisor program by providing a single point of contact within participating states to assist in supporting users of the National Spatial Reference System. For further information, including full contact information for Sean and Bill, see: https://geodesy.noaa.gov/ADVISORS/index.shtml. Feel free to direct any questions to Sean (sfernandez@utah.gov) and/or Bill (william.stone@noaa.gov).

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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