UGIC Conference Rescheduled FAQs

As the situation with COVID-19 continues to evolve, we hope everyone is staying safe and healthy.  Like so many other aspects of life, the virus is affecting our plans for UGIC 2020.  We recognize that travel and meeting restrictions will likely still be in place in early May, and it is important for us as an organization to help further the efforts to limit the spread of the virus.  With all this in mind, we have made the decision to postpone UGIC 2020.  The UGIC 2020 conference will now be held from August 31st – September 4th, 2020, at Ruby’s Inn at Bryce Canyon, Utah. 

 

We know there will be many questions that arise from this change,  so we’ve put together the following Q&A to provide you with as much information as we can:

 

  • I’ve already registered for the conference.  What do I need to do?
    • First, please determine if you are still able to attend the conference on the new dates.
    • Please email Kasey Hansen (khansen@jub.com) and let him know whether you will or will not be attending.
    • If you still plan to attend on the new dates:
      • You don’t need to make any changes to your online registration.
      • You do need to contact Ruby’s Inn and update your hotel reservation (if you’ve already made a reservation). See information about that below.
      • If you have already paid by credit card or check, you don’t need to take any further action.  If you planned to pay at the door, you may still do so.
    • If you cannot attend the conference on the new dates:
      • We will issue you a full refund.
      • If you paid via PayPal we will issue the refund to the card that you paid with.
      • If you paid by check, please cancel the check.  UGIC has not yet cashed any checks that have been issued to us.  We will destroy the check once you indicate you are not attending the conference.
      • If you planned to pay by check and have not paid yet, let us know that and please don’t pay.
      • If you have already made hotel reservations, please cancel them.  See information about that below.
  • Will the cost of the conference change?
    • No.  All costs for the conference will remain the same.  If you have already paid and you still plan to attend, you just need to let us know you are still coming.
  • What about hotel reservations?
    • Whether you will be attending on the new conference dates or not, if you have already booked a room at Ruby’s Inn, you will need to change or cancel your reservations. We have reserved a block of rooms at the same rate of $94/night plus tax. Below is the phone number for Ruby’s Inn:
  • What about Preconference Training?  I registered for a class already, is it going to change?
    • We hope to keep the same training schedule.  If we have to make a change in any of the classes, we will reach out to those who have signed up for the changed class(es) and let you know your options. We will also update the registration website and the class descriptions on UGIC’s website accordingly.
  • What about all the activities?  Will those all remain the same?
    • We hope so.  Obviously the change in date may affect some of the activities we have planned, but we are working to keep all of the activities (Vendor social, Bryce Canyon Hike, Country Dinner Show and Stargazing Show) the same.  If anything changes, we will update the website accordingly.
  • Okay, you just said that you hope stuff doesn’t change, but you said there might be some changes.  How will I know once everything is set and won’t change?
    • Once we have confirmed all preconference training classes and all activities, we will send out another email to everyone letting you know that the schedule is set. Hopefully,  that email will simply confirm that all classes and activities are going forward as scheduled.
  • I haven’t registered yet, but I can attend on the new dates.  When should I register?
    • You can register anytime you want.  You may want to wait until the email mentioned in the question above goes out, so that you know for sure there won’t be any changes to preconference training classes or conference activities.
  • I signed up to give a presentation at the conference, do I need to do anything?
    • Whether or not you can attend the conference at the new dates, if you have signed up to give a presentation, please contact Mellissa Campbell (mcampbell@springville.org) and let her know whether or not you will still be able to give the presentation.  You will probably get a separate email from Mellissa about this.
  • Is there still going to be another UGIC conference in May of 2021? Does this change UGIC’s schedule forever?
    • We fully intend to host UGIC 2021 in May of 2021, and after that we plan to continue on with our regular May conference schedule in subsequent years. (Consider getting to have two UGIC conferences in a 7-month timeframe your reward for having to wait so long for UGIC 2020.)
    • Please take this schedule into account as you work with your organization to plan and budget for future conference attendance.
  • There is a really important question about the conference that I need answered right now and you totally didn’t ask it here.
    • You are already going to email Kasey Hansen (khansen@jub.com) to tell him if you are still coming the conference or not, so you can ask your question in the same email.  You can also contact any member of the UGIC board with questions.
  • Now UGIC is postponed too? I am freaking out about all of this. Can you help me?
    • I am not a licensed psychologist, but I know a good one that I can refer you to. Keep calm and map on!

 

Again, we apologize for the change and inconvenience this presents on top of the many changes we are all already facing. However, we feel this modification will provide us with the opportunity to still have an amazing conference in a great location.  As mentioned above, if you have already registered for the conference, please email Kasey Hansen (khansen@jub.com) to let us know if you will still be attending on the new dates (Aug. 31 – Sept. 4) or not.  If you do not send an email, we will assume you will be attending!  Please let us know what additional questions you have, and thank you for your support of UGIC!

 

Submit an Abstract for UGIC 2020

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

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

 

Submit an Abstract

2020 UGIC Pre Conference Training Classes

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

MONDAY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TUESDAY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Map Gallery 2020

UGIC 2020 MAP, APP, and POSTER GALLERY AND COMPETITION

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

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

 

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

THE CATEGORIES:

MAPS

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

APPS

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

COMPETITIONS

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

– WHEN, WHERE, & HOW –

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

2019 UGIC Pre Conference Training Classes

MONDAY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TUESDAY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2019 UGIC Registration Open

Register Now for the 2019 UGIC Conference!

The UGIC Board of Directors is pleased to announce that the 2019 UGIC conference will be held from May 6th through the 10th, 2019 at the Zermatt Resort in Midway, Utah.  Located in scenic Swiss-themed village of Midway, this exciting UGIC destination will provide plenty of opportunities for hiking, biking and viewing scenic vistas!  Historically the UGIC conference has been an incredible value for attendees who need to maximize every training dollar, and this year will be no exception.

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

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

UGIC Conference registration is $345.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW FOR UGIC 2019

Click here to register as a VENDOR for UGIC 2019

SUBMIT YOUR SESSION ABSTRACT HERE

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2018 UGIC Board Elections

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

>>> VOTE HERE <<<

County

David Henrie

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

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

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


Ken Richards

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

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


Sheldon Baumgartner

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

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


Federal

Andre Coleman

Biography: André Coleman is a senior research scientist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (18-years) and currently resides in Sandy, Utah. He brings 25-years of experience in the fields of geoinformatics, hydrology, and computer science with significant experience and research interests in spatial and numerical modeling for water resources/water scarcity, snow hydrology, bioenergy and beneficial waste resources modeling, estuarine systems, disaster assessment and response, and climate analysis, in addition to applying digital photogrammetry, remote-sensing, data mining, data fusion, machine learning, and high-performance computing to these research areas. These specialties have been applied to numerous local, regional, national, and global scale environmental, energy, and national/global security related projects. Mr. Coleman graduated with a BS in Geography and Earth Resources from Utah State University in 1995 with emphases in GIS, hydrology, and fluvial geomorphology. In 2008, he completed an MS (cum laude) in Geoinformatics at the Vrije Universiteit, The Netherlands and won the International Award of Academic Excellence in Geoinformatics for his work in neural-based classifiers. Mr. Coleman is currently working on a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Utah with a focus on heterogeneous data fusion for disaster assessment and response. To date, he has authored or co-authored 32 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters.


At-Large

Dennis Allen

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

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


Stan McShinsky

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

Statement: For me, GIS is not just a job but a way of life. I see the different needs of those around me from coworkers to customers and I look for a way to fill that need through maps. By having a position on the board I believe I can clearly see the bigger picture and needs of those I come in contact with. I consistently push myself to improve my skills and learn new things. I like to think outside the box and believe I can bring a fresh perspective. Many GIS professionals have helped me along the way–from getting an internship to troubleshooting projects. I would appreciate the opportunity to be on the board and have a way to contribute to the GIS community myself.


Talsan Shulzke

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

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


Tom Thompson

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

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


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2018 ArcGIS Online Competition

 2018 Map Competition for Utah High School and Middle School Students

Basic Information

  • Theme:
  • Deadline:
  • Eligibility: All Utah public, private, or homeschooled students are eligible to enter the contest. Maps can be submitted individually or as a team of two students. Limit of one entry per student or team.
  • ArcGIS Online Requirement: You must use ArcGIS Online to create an original map that features an interesting story about your hometown. The map you submit must be a story map in one of the following formats:
    • Story Map Journal
    • Story Map Series
    • Story Map Tour
  • ArcGIS Online is available to any K-12 school in the United States free of charge from Esri: Go to https://esri.app.box.com/connectedpdf to sign up for a free ArcGIS Online school organization account. Your final map must be created using the school organization account. You may not use a public account.
  • Prizes:  The five maps judged the best in each division will be awarded a $100 gift certificate to Amazon.com. All students whose maps are submitted and their teachers will also receive Map Competition T-shirts.

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Guidelines

  • Each school is allowed to submit up to five student maps for the state competition.

All qualified entries need to meet the following guidelines for topic and map construction:

  • Your final project may include images and videos but must be primarily based on the data on your original map.
  • Your mapped story must include some analysis based on the information presented. Some examples of analysis are:
    • Use the ArcGIS measure feature to determine the size of an area shown on your map.
    • Create symbols for your map using Map Notes to show important locations.
    • Create a layer using a csv file to show the geographic distribution of some type of feature, and include your explanation of the distribution as a part of the story map.
    • Create a layer using a csv file with numerical information that can be displayed using the ArcGIS “Counts and Amounts” feature.
    • Compare two or more imported layers and explain the patterns you find.
  • All of your research must be documented on the Details page of your ArcGIS tory map. All non-original materials need to be properly referenced. Include a description of how your original map was created and how you did your analysis.

Map Construction Guidelines

  • You must use ArcGIS Online to construct your map.
  • Your map must address the theme for 2018.
  • Your map must be original and not created using only layers of data already available either online or from Esri.  To meet that criteria, you must have created at least one layer of your own data.
  • Your final map for submission must be one of the following:
    • Story Map Journal
    • Story Map Series
    • Story Map Tour

Maps can only be submitted by an individual student or a team of two students.

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Judging Criteria

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Questions

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Sean Fernandez named NGS Geodetic Coordinator for Utah

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

Reflections on the 2017 NSGIC Midyear Meeting

NSGIC’s State Caucus Meeting

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

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

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

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

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