UGIC Board Candidates 2019

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 (10 May 2019). Board members serve three year terms.

 

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State

Tommy Thompson

Bio

Tommy Thompson is a Senior GIS Analyst and Audio/Visual Specialist 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. He loves to demonstrate how spatial analysis and drones can be leveraged in ways that helps us better understand and explain natural resource development. He gained his undergraduate degree in Geography emphasizing in Bioregional Planning and Analysis, minoring in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). He is a member of the Geography Honor Society (Gamma Theta Upsilon), and was a Service Learning Scholar. He also 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 five years, he has focused his time and effort on small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS), commonly referred to as drones, and infrared thermography (IRT). He received his master degree in Ecology and his research focused on using sUAS and IRT to detect and monitor sage-grouse. He explored how temperature data can aid in classifying sage-grouse gender. His research has created a unique spatial dataset that wildlife managers and researchers can use in real world applications. He has 10+ 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 that.

Reason

I was born and raised in Utah and see myself as a steward to this beautiful place we call home. I believe that GIS, remote sensing, and drones are key components when measuring responsible natural resource development. I’m applying to be a UGIC Board member because I have a strong passion for GIS, drones, and collaboration. I am also running because this organization plays a vital role in facilitating GIS development and collaboration with various organizations across Utah and I would love to participate in that. I would like to serve you so I can help champion our GIS accomplishments, better explain challenges, and aid in achieving the goals our GIS communities are striving for. In 2017, I was awarded the UGIC student scholarship and I helped the board members in a small capacity, which was a very positive experience, but now I would like to help more. Lastly, I would like to aid in the advancement of geospatial science in and around Utah. I enjoy helping others in general but I love to help others accomplish their goals by leveraging GIS, remote sensing, and drones. We need to advance the latest and greatest technology to improve our ability to responsibly manage Utah’s natural resources, utilities, cities, counties, and much more. With your vote, I can help achieve our shared goals and interests. I would really love the opportunity to server you all in this capacity. Thank you for your time and consideration. I hope to earn your vote.


Justin Johnson

Bio

I am a lifelong Utah resident, spending most of my first 20 years in Price, with a few summers in Delta and Cedar City. I have visited nearly all of the state. After high school, I moved to Salt Lake City, where I completed a B.A. in Economics at the University of Utah, then returned a few years later to earn an M.S. in Geography. I have been working with GIS as a student, teacher, and analyst for 20 years. My GIS work experience includes years in academia as a teaching assistant and adjunct faculty, providing GIS support for consulting firms, 10 years in commercial real estate, and work within the Department of Natural Resources in the State of Utah at the Division of Water Resources, Utah Geological Survey, and now as a Senior GIS Analyst with the Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands. I currently reside in downtown Salt Lake City. Outside of work, I enjoy cycling, photography, programming and development, language study, and road trips. I hope to always be learning something new.

Reason

I began studying GIS because it combined my longtime interests in maps, which I began collecting in my early teens, and technology. I am a fan and proponent of open data and open source technology. Utah has a long history of making geospatial data available at the state level through the AGRC. I would like to advocate for efforts to bring more data from local governments and historic sources into the pool of available GIS data online, as well as advocating for a greater presence for open standards and applications within the GIS discussions in Utah. Lastly, I have benefited greatly from the GIS community in Utah, and feel that it would be my privilege to contribute by following the recommendation given at close of this year’s UGIC conference, and get more involved.


Jennifer Biggs

Bio

I have worked for the State of Utah with the Division of Forestry, Fire & State Lands for 25 years. Currently, I am the IT Administrator for the Division. I really enjoy using technologies like GIS and IT to help make peoples lives better and easier. Most of my experience is in web design, database management, and IT coordination. I have some experience in GIS and truly understand how powerful the technology can be. I am proud of the work I have done to enable the GIS tools and software for the state. I have an AAS in Information Technology. I am a member of the GIS/IT group for our division. I have a strong background in Web and Print design.

Reason

I feel I would be a strong asset to the UGIC board. I am very creative, hardworking and focused. I have the full support of my agency to contribute to the UGIC board and will be able to contribute my time and skills to make UGIC even better. I have been a big contributor in organizing numerous conferences over the years and feel this experience would be beneficial to the UGIC board and conference. I have attended every UGIC conference since 2014 and have enjoyed getting to know and being a part of the GIS community in Utah.


Industry

Kasey Hansen

Bio

Kasey Hansen graduated from Brigham Young University with a Master’s Degree in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in 2001 and has worked for Gateway Mapping for the past 19 years. He currently serves as Gateway Mapping’s General Manager, and is a certified GIS professional (GISP). Kasey’s responsibilities include GIS project management, analysis, GIS-based asset management, programming, and GIS training. Kasey thoroughly enjoys teaching GIS concepts and loves to help others see the value in GIS. He enjoys planning and carrying out GIS events, and has served on both the UGIC board and on the planning committee for the Northern Utah GIS user group. When he’s not at work, Kasey’s favorite activities still have a tie to geography. He enjoys taking his family hiking, camping, geocaching, and exploring around in general.

Reason

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


Michael Philp

 

Bio

Hi, I’m Michael Philp. I have been involved in GIS for over 20 years. After graduating from BYU, I was hired as a GIS programmer/analyst at Maricopa County Emergency Management in Phoenix, Arizona. While there I learned the value of timely and accurate spatial information. I responded to the terror attacks of 9/11. I learned how a geospatial specialist can play a role on a larger team. In 2006, I accepted a position as GIS Coordinator at Springville City here in Utah. While at Springville I learned how to build a GIS. I installed a web-based GIS and an enterprise geodatabae, but what I really learned is that building a GIS has little to do with installing software and gathering data. Building a GIS happens at a personal level. GIS grows as you gain the trust of your users and show them how GIS can help them do their job. GIS grows as your co-workers see GIS applications as a personal extension of you, their friend. In 2019 I accepted a position with Novotx as a product specialist on the ElementsXS team. I continue to push myself professionally to learn new technical skills and applications of geospatial technology but always within the context of people before systems.

Reason

I’m happy to serve on the UGIC board because I love UGIC as an organization. We have such a wonderful community. UGIC is made up of a group of very different people who come together to share their passion for geospatial technology in Utah. I value my membership in UGIC because it has given me so much. I’ve built lasting friendships, learned from practical skills from talented colleagues, and hopefully shared a few bits of wisdom with others along the way. This is exactly what a professional organization should be. I served on the Board from 2015 to 2017 and I did my best to serve. I’d be happy to serve on the Board again if you feel like I’m the right person for the job.


At-Large

Nick Kryger

Bio:

Nick Kryger is the GIS & IT Administrator for Salt Lake City Department of Public Utilities. Nick has been working in GIS & IT for over 30 years. He is responsible for all mapping of Salt Lake City’s utility infrastructure and watershed. Also responsible for all IT within the Department. This includes any scada, website, billing and server technology. He has a BS degree in Business Administration and in Industrial Relations Nick is a Certified Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP) and is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer.

Reason:

Though my years with UGIC I have had the pleaser of working with many great people.  I would like to continue my work with UGIC to finish some of the initiatives we have started and are very close to completing.


Shawn Beecher

Bio:
I am the GIS Administrator at Spanish Fork and have been since 2003. I have been involved in GIS for over 20 years. I received my GISP in 2011. While studying GIS and Cartography at BYU (1996-1998) I worked as an intern digitizing road networks for cities in South America. After graduating with a BS from BYU, I moved to Springfield, MO where I worked on my masters at SMSU and worked for Springfield City as an intern doing application development, training, and GIS services. Upon leaving Springfield I got a job with a Private Engineering Firm in 2000 doing GIS consulting, GIS training, and application development. I moved to Logan, UT in 2002 as a GIS Specialist for 6 months before moving to Spanish Fork where I am currently the only full-time GIS person doing everything GIS, IT, and much more. While at Spanish Fork I have developed a successful intern program. We have helped dozens of interns successfully enter the workforce in the 15 years I have been there. I have presented at UVGIS, UGIC, ESRI SWUC, and ESRI UC. I have been involved with UGIC and UVGIS here in Utah. At UVGIS I have served in various positions from Secretary to President. I am proud to say that I have recently been accepted to UMETT.

Top Reasons of why I am Running

1. I have really enjoyed the UGIC community and all they offer.
a. After coming to my first UGIC Conference, 9 years ago, in 2010 in Moab, UT I wanted to come back as many times as Spanish Fork would allow me.
b. I feel the networking, knowledge, experience, comradery, and more that we get at these conferences is huge.
2. We at UGIC have a phenomenal group of people of which I am glad to be a part.
a. I want others to be able to enjoy what I have been able to enjoy. Let’s spread the word
b. Because of the phenomenal group of people here at UGIC this conference will be great for many years to come
3. This conference is second only to the ESRI UC. Let’s keep it going
4. I have been a part of UGIC for over 10 years.
a. I have felt for many years the need to give back to the community that has given me so much.
b. It’s time for me to give back


Rachel Manko

Bio

Rachel Manko is a GIS Analyst for the Salt Lake County Surveyor’s Office. She is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and moved out to Utah for school and attended the University of Utah without even touring it first. She graduated in 2016 with a BS in Urban Ecology, geography minor, and GIS certificate. During her senior year of school, she got a GIS internship with the Salt Lake County Surveyor which upon graduation turned into a full-time job. In her free time, she likes to take her dog Poppy on lots of walks, hikes, and basically anywhere dogs can go. She also is a big fan of mail, specifically sending postcards to friends all over the world.

Reason

I feel both honored and nervous to be nominated to run for the UGIC board. Utah has such a large GIS community and I feel so fortunate that I get to be a part of it. Attending the UGIC conferences is something I look forward to each year and allows me to meet and share ideas with so many new people. Seeing how UGIC brings our community together is something that I want to help with along with giving back to the community that has given me so much.


Andrea Befus

Bio

Andrea Befus has been involved in GIS for the past 5 years and loves it. She graduated in 2019 from BYU with a GIS degree and is currently working for Utah County as a GIS Systems Analyst. She has made maps for pawn shop crime analysis, elections, court rooms, and mosquito abatement. She is a certified drone pilot with a Part 107 license. Her GIS internships include HydroGeologic in Reston, Virginia after high school and also Gateway Mapping Inc. while attending BYU – she also worked with Dr. Brandon Plewe on campus as a Research Assistant in the Geography department. Andrea was a UGIC scholarship winner in 2018 and won the 2019 Iron Cartographer competition at UGIC. Andrea was born in Tokyo and has lived all over the world including Boston, Chicago, Washington DC, Istanbul, and Albania. Her love of geography stems from seeing new places and cultures and she enjoys learning how to cook foreign foods.

Reason

I would like to run for the UGIC board to help the GIS community grow. I am passionate about GIS and see the potential it can have in everyone’s life to solve problems and be used as a tool to bring clarity to diverse, large and complicated data sets. I believe that children should learn about GIS at a younger age to become spatially aware of the world they live in. I also think the annual gathering of GIS professionals at UGIC is a great opportunity to learn from each other and form lasting relationships. On the UGIC board, I would enjoy planning and serving the GIS community.


Dennis Allen

Bio

Dennis Allen is the GIS & IT Administrator for Farmington City. He has been involved in GIS for the last 11 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.

Reason

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!


Casey Sledge

Bio

Casey Sledge is the GIS Analyst and Developer for the Utah Telecommunication Open Infrastructure Agency (UTOPIA) and has been working in GIS for over 10 years. In 2008 he graduated from BYU with a BS in Geospatial Intelligence. He likes programming with Python and JavaScript, backpacking across the western US, fishing, citizen science, and bringing GIS to larger audiences with his apps and automations.

Reason

I’d like to serve on the UGIC Board for no other reason than to give back some of the benefits that have been given to me through UGIC. My participation in conferences, classes, and events have given an invaluable boost to my career skills as well as a network of professional colleagues and wonderful friends. I think I speak for many when I say that my GIS career would be less rewarding without UGIC so I hope to be able to bring my talents to the Board.


Kyle Rowley

Bio

I grew up in Santaquin, Utah. My family operates a fruit farm on the south side of Santaquin. I enjoyed growing up in agriculture and continue to enjoy working with my dad and brothers through the summer months. After graduating from Payson High School, I enrolled at Brigham Young University. I attended one semester before leaving on a mission to Chile for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. After returning, I settled on studying Civil Engineering with an emphasis in Water Resources. In graduate school, I worked with Aquaveo in Provo helping develop a sediment transport interface for Aquaveo’s SMS. As I finished my master’s degree, a teaching position opened at Snow College for a civil engineer. I applied for the position and am grateful to still be teaching at the college. While teaching, I worked concurrently for two years with Jones and DeMille Engineering. While working at the college, I helped develop a GIS certificate program alongside geography, geology, and natural resources professors and continue to teach two courses in the program. I also have incorporated GIS into our Surveying for Engineers course. Over the past five years, it has been a privilege to see students progress in their education and move into the workforce.

Reason

I am grateful for the opportunity to be considered for the at-large position on the UGIC board. I have benefited from the many resources made available by UGIC and am enthusiastic to assist members of the GIS community throughout the state of Utah and encourage businesses, institutions, and government agencies to incorporate GIS into their products and goals. I am excited about educating students and promoting GIS in our schools and universities. If elected to the UGIC board, I will work to learn my duties and fulfill them in a way that will be beneficial to those in the GIS community in our state. I feel that I can help collaboration between industry and education, and I can provide a connection between urban and rural Utah.

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Map Gallery 2019

UGIC 2019 MAP, APP, and POSTER GALLERY AND COMPETITION

We know you’ve got skills, and NOW is your chance show them off at the 2019 UGIC Map, App, and poster gallery and competition in Midway, Utah.

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UGIC 2019 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.
  • UTAH 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 Zermatt Resort in Midway, Utah on Wednesday, May 8th.  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.

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Conference Schedule

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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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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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!