COVID-19 Safety Measures

Dear UGIC Members,
As COVID-19 continues to be part of our lives, many are wondering what effect this will have on the UGIC Conference. At this point we plan to move forward with the conference, as scheduled, with several safety measures available. We are concerned about the safety of our attendees and we plan to put the following safety measures into place:

  • We will encourage attendees to wear masks in indoor settings where social distancing cannot be maintained, particularly in the breakout classrooms.
  • Masks will be made available to all attendees and hand sanitizer stations will be set up throughout the conference.
  • We encourage everyone to consider being vaccinated if you have not already done so.

For those uncomfortable attending with a large crowd, please be aware that we do have a virtual attendance option available this year. Virtual attendees will be able to tune into live streams of the plenary sessions and one track of breakout sessions. The option to attend virtually can be found on the UGIC registration site.

We want to thank you all for your continued patience as we navigate this pandemic, and your support of UGIC. While we cannot predict the future and it is possible that the current spike in cases will subside before the conference, we feel that having these safety measures available will help ensure a safe, fun, and memorable UGIC conference!

Pre Conference Workshops


(Mon.) Pre-Conference 1/2 Day Workshop: GIS Manager’s Workshop (UGIC)

1:30 PM – 5:30 PM — Instructor: UGIC

  • Who should attend: GIS & IT managers, coordinators, enterprise services and senior-level IT executives, and those interested in GIS Leadership.
  • Join us for this workshop where you will hear strategies on how to spread the understanding and full value of GIS across your organization.
  • Participate in a Lean Coffee session which will drive a productive (but unstructured) conversation with your colleagues on the morning’s content.
  • Additionally, an ArcGIS Best Practices update will arm you with an understanding of Esri’s most current platform capabilities to support your geospatial strategy.

(Mon.) Pre-Conference Full Day Workshop: Mobile Apps (ESRI)

8:30 AM – 5:30 PM — Instructor: Chris LeSueur (ESRI)

  • ArcGIS Field 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 your field and data collection operations. This session will cover the entire field apps suite which includes: ArcGIS Field Maps, Navigator, QuickCapture, Survey123, and Workforce.

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

8:30 AM – 5:30 PM — Instructor: UMETT Coordinating Board

  • One of the most significant aspects of any disaster response is location awareness. As such, GIS plays a crucial role in emergency response, making it essential for geospatial professionals to be familiar with the terminology, concepts, and roles that make up the Incident Command System (ICS). Most of us have already dealt with some type of incident response in our communities, especially in light of the pandemic, but are there things you wish you had known at the time? What could you have done to be better prepared to support the response effort? These are the fundamental questions that the Utah Mapping Emergency Technical Team (UMETT) is working to answer. Through FEMA-certified instruction and firsthand emergency management experience, this workshop will teach you what ICS is and how GIS fits within this standardized approach to incident response. The introductory FEMA courses (ICS-100, -200, -700, and -800) will give you a solid foundation for navigating the ins and outs of emergency management, and the role of GIS during an emergency incident will be outlined in detail, providing you with the knowledge and tools you need to more effectively support your organization when disaster strikes. Certificates of completion from FEMA will be awarded to workshop participants, which can be used for credentialing to become a member of the UMETT Response Team—Utah’s GIS responders.

Mon.) Pre-Conference Full Day Workshop: ArcGIS Enterprise (ESRI)

8:30 AM – 5:30 PM — Instructor: ESRI

ArcGIS Enterprise is the foundational software system for GIS, powering mapping and visualization, analytics, and data management. It is the backbone for running the Esri suite of applications and your own custom applications. ArcGIS Enterprise is tightly integrated with ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS Pro for mapping and authoring, and seamlessly connects with ArcGIS Online to share content between systems. In this workshop, we will cover deployment, administration, publishing, and sharing of maps and data.

Pre-Requisites: Basic familiarly with and access to an ArcGIS Enterprise deployment.


(Tues.) Pre-Conference Full Day Workshop: ArcGIS Pro and Imagery (ESRI)

8:30 AM – 5:30 PM — Instructor: ESRI

  • This workshop will cover the basics of ArcGIS Pro and is designed for those looking to master their ArcGIS Pro skills. This session will prepare you for migrating workflows from ArcMap to ArcGIS Pro as well as cover some advanced workflows in Pro. 
  • Imagery can be a powerful part of your GIS, whether it’s archival imagery, a burgeoning drone program, aerial imagery, or Earth observation data. ArcGIS offers a wide array of tools and interfaces to get the most out of your imagery. We will discuss imagery capabilities in ArcGIS, then see demonstrations of what’s possible, including image analysis, precision mapping, visualization & exploitation, and image management. Finally, we will do hands on exercises to get started with imagery workflows.
  • Pre-requisites: ArcGIS Pro installed on your machine, Basic, Standard or Advanced license, Creator-level user in ArcGIS Online – Bring Your Own Machine and log-in

(Tues.) Pre-Conference Full Day Workshop: Building Mobile GIS Apps with ArcGIS AppStudio (ESRI)

8:30 AM – 5:30 PM — Instructor: Chris LeSueur (ESRI)

  • In this hands-on course, attendees will learn how to build custom mobile mapping applications with ArcGIS AppStudio. We will start by using AppStudio templates and samples to configure fully functional apps to meet our needs without any coding.  We will then dive deeper to look at the code behind these apps and learn how to customize them further. AppStudio is a cross platform app building solution, so the applications you build will be run on smartphones (iPhones/Android phones), tablets (iPads/Android tablets), and desktop platforms.  (Note: programming experience is not required for this workshop)

(Tues.) Pre-Conference Full Day Workshop: Mastering the ESRI JavaScript API (UGIC)

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

  • The Esri JavaScript API provides a great framework to build web applications that use GIS. Learn how to build custom web applications that provide great insights into data and maps.  The API can be helpful to build valuable tools for work or just for fun.  We will explore a variety of tools in the API with the goal to build a great project by the end of the day.  Come to class with a basic understanding of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.    

Virtual Conference 2020

You can view all the UGIC 2020 recorded sessions on our YouTube channel.

The live recording links will be coming soon.

Here is a detailed description of each of the videos:

  • ArcGIS QuickCapture Introduction by Ismael Chivite Join this session to learn how organizations are using QuickCapture to accelerate field data collection workflows, and basic information to get you started with the app. Note: This pre-recorded session includes a small hands-on exercise with QuickCapture. You may want to install ArcGIS QuickCapture in your device and have it ready. There is no need to sign in into the app with an ArcGIS account to follow the exercise.
  • Attribute Rules by Justin SollamiThis is a general overview of Attribute Rules and how they function.  I go over how to Import/Export, Add/Delete attribute rules and how they keep the data in check.
  • Building Data Bridges by Izabela Miller & Nick KrygerWouldn’t that be awesome if we can have a way to collaborate between Cities, Districts and Counties?  Are you eager to learn more about the vision of Municipal Services District and Salt Lake City – then this video is right for you!
  • Communicating the Value of GIS in Your Organization: How to Measure Return on Investment – Understanding, documenting, and communicating the value GIS brings to your organization can be critical to your success. First, presenting the return on investment (ROI) from your programs’ and projects helps celebrate the success of the departments using GIS. This process oftentimes stimulates ideas across an organization as to the uses of spatial thinking and GIS technology. Secondly, it reinforces the investment in technology, people, and equipment to improve government services. Quantified ROI is good to have on hand during budgeting periods, too. Finally, measuring the real benefits of GIS can act as an accountability tool for yourself. It provides a self-check as to whether your program is in sync with or meeting organizational goals. This session will seek to provide guidance on documenting and reporting the business value of GIS.
  • Connecting Two Worlds:  Database Synchronization with Electronic Fieldwork by Michael Van HattenThe Utah Division of Oil, Gas, & Mining has been developing a workflow for Electronic Inspection Modernization. Hoping to improve efficiencies and inspection data we have created a system using Survey123 and Collector to give inspectors up to date inspection priority points and automated electronic inspections that can be completed in the field. This has been an important factor in ensuring we get as many inspections done as we can each field season and have a system to determine which areas may need inspections more than others.
  • Data-drive your strategy with Slimgimcapability maturity model by Izabela Miller and Paul Giroux – Professionals are learning our method for developing maturity driven strategy, continuous improvement and enterprise strategic intelligence. This growing community of maturity practitioners are being supported by the right tool, people and approach.  ​Mass Maturity Coach’s are learning our methods so they can help you use maturity modeling to data-drive your enterprise GIS strategic roadmap. Give it a try and learn how to DIY with Slimgim!
  • Fantasy Mapping by Roger Dunn The art of cartography isn’t limited to real-life boundaries, assets, and geoprocessing results.  Fantasy mapping has its place, too, in GIS.  In this video, I’ll go over some of the basic tools, settings, and behaviors of FantasyPro’s Campaign Cartographer 3+.  As I create a new map, I will translate ArcGIS terms into CC3+ terms to help teach this third-party product.
  • Fulfilling Digital Data Requests by Grant HagueThe City of Provo receives many data requests from developers, contractors, and engineering companies who are required to show existing utilities surrounding proposed projects to avoid potential conflicts. Previously Provo would provide a smaller-scale PDF map showing utility locations the users would then need to redraw within their design software. The Provo GIS team has created a method of delivering multiple types of data, including a digital, georeferenced CAD format that can be integrated into existing project plans.
  • Information Governance Risks & Opportunities by Lisa DesautelsNow is the time to pivot and digitally transform paper into a digital format.
  • Meeting The Geospatial Data Challenges of A New Era  by Brian Soliday Melissa Ubaldo This presentation will cover how local and state governments such as Maryland and LA County are leveraging 1Integrate and 1Data Gateway to validate and integrate data sources coming from local jurisdictions or other departments.  Learn about the 1Integrate technology underpinning the validation application and how to get your data “fit for purpose” using the 1Integrate application.
  • Optimizing Field Inspections:  Prioritization thru Operational and Geographic Factors by Mark Gwynn  – The Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining and the Groundwater Protection Council recently developed an Inspection Prioritization Program that combines operational information and geographical information to create a risk-based model that aids Division inspectors in performing routine compliance inspections in a more efficient manner.
  • Optimizing Workflow:  Electronic Inspection Form Implementation by Kim Coburn The Utah Department of Natural Resources Division of Oil, Gas and Mining Minerals Program for the last two years has been working collectively on getting some of our most common forms electronically in order to improve our efficiency. However, this is not a linear process, it is a J Curve. We have gone through a lot of development and work to implement the new technology. This may discourage others at first with the initial loss of productivity, but these tools are worthwhile for consistency, standardization, and future employees because overtime it does improve performance. Our hope is that this presentation can help set realistic expectations and prepare other organizations with what we have learned.
  • Putting Pandas to Work: Solving GIS Problems in Python by Erik NeemannUGIC 2020 presentation on the Pandas Python library and how it can be used to solve GIS problems.  An intro to Pandas functionality, code demonstration in a Python Notebook, and a few real world applications.
  • Querying Dates in ArcGIS by Roger Dunn ArcGIS layers are backed by various types of databases.  These databases support date fields, but they don’t store or query them the same way.  In this video, I’ll use ArcGIS Pro to query date fields in a shapefile and in a feature class on SQL Server.  The vector layers I use form the shape of a 2020 calendar so you can see the results of the queries better.
  • The Journey from a Paper Form to Creating an Esri Solution by Michelle Baragona In late 2018, the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands contracted with Esri to create a system to monitor Forest Legacy Easements. After a few months of work, what used to be a paper form is now a fully digital workflow. Survey123, WebApps, and Integromat are all used to perform the monitoring, edit, add attachments, create a formatted report, and automatically send emails and store reports in Google Shared Drive. The efforts made by both the Division and Esri are now available as an Esri Solution, which allows anybody to download the package of products to use and modify. This presentation will walk through the workflow, talk about working with Esri, and show the Esri Solution.
  • The Path from GIS Manager to GIS Leader by Adam CarnowIn order to maximize the impact of GIS in your organization, garner executive sponsorship for GIS, and increase your personal career potential, we have got to shift the conversation from technology to capability, and that capability is Location Intelligence (LI). This presentation will review the 5 pillars of LI (Strategy, Organization, Data & Technology, Culture, Literacy), as well as provide real examples of GIS practitioners that are using these techniques to move up in their organizations and increase the value of their GIS program.
  • Visualizing Time Series Data by Sarah Lawless by Sara Lawless It’s awesome when you find that you have tons of data that changes over time, but it becomes less awesome if you can’t actually visualize those changes. Introducing animating time sensitive/series data, and 3d Space-Time Cubes in ArcGIS Pro.
  • WaterMAPS™: Insights into Urban Landscape Water Use Patterns by Chris McGinty Developed by a team at Utah State University, the WaterMaps™ program has been developed to support water resource managers in use and conservation planning. The program utilizes classified imagery identifying urban land cover, weather data, and water meter data to identify areas where there is high potential to conserve water resources. This tool is currently being used by Salt Lake City Public Utilities, Eagle Mountain, and a large corporate landowner in the state of Utah.
  • Why ArcGIS Enterprise? by Haley Miller – Is your organization looking to learn more about the value of ArcGIS Enterprise? If you are looking to modernize your web GIS with a full ArcGIS Enterprise base deployment, this presentation is a high-level overview of what ArcGIS Enterprise offers.


Submit an Abstract for UGIC 2022

UGIC is now accepting abstract submissions for breakout presentations at the 2022 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!

Abstract Submissions are closed

Map Gallery 2022


We know you’ve got skills, and NOW is your chance show them off at the 2022 UGIC Map, App, and poster gallery and competition in Vernal, Utah.

Haven’t Registered for UGIC 2022? No problem. Take care of that little detail on our REGISTRATION page

UGIC 2022 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.



  • MAP AS ART – Utah is beautiful. Show us your real cartography skills. No limits.
  • 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).


  • 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, or similar to create a simple URL – or a scannable QR code will work).


  • 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.


Bring your hard copy maps and posters to the conference and submit them at the conference registration desk at the Uinta Conference Center on Wednesday, May11th.  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


(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.


(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 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 <<<


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.


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.


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 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 All students whose maps are submitted and their teachers will also receive Map Competition T-shirts.



  • 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.


Judging Criteria




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: Feel free to direct any questions to Sean ( and/or Bill (