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.


(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


(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.

Can I Convince You to Participate in Maps on the Hill?


MOTH2017(2)Okay lets start with the where and when…
Maps on the Hill will be held on January 25th, 2017 at the Capitol Rotunda.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with Maps on the Hill let me describe it for you.  Maps on the Hill is an event that lets you put your best geospatial work on display in the ‘Times Square‘ of Government in Utah, the Capitol Rotunda.  The rotunda is a beautiful and historic setting you will not soon forget.  Your work will also be highlighted in a mapbook that is the de facto who’s-who of Utah GIS.

Still not convinced…

Let’s talk about the who…
Do you know who hangs out at the Capitol Rotunda?  That’s right, impact players in Utah Government.  Have you ever wanted the chance to show your boss how cool your work is?  You’d love to sit down and help the geo-challenged see that spatial light?  Well how about getting the opportunity to demo your best geospatial efforts face to face with State Senators or Representatives,  or maybe someone from the Governors Office, or a high level Department Director.
Government hoity toities don’t do it for you?  How about interested citizens, lobbyists, and a whole bunch of really cool geospatial geeks?  They will be there too.

Still not convinced…

Here’s why…
The people who hang out at the Capitol Rotunda influence resource distribution.  Those resources impact your geospatial operations, oh and maybe even your paycheck.  This is not an exaggeration.  In fact it is one of the driving goals of Maps on the Hill.  We want Government leaders to see and appreciate the valuable work we do.  We want them to know what GIS is and what it can do.  When they know the power of geospatial, they think about how GIS can solve the real world issues they face.  And when they feel like GIS is a tool they can trust, they will direct resources toward GIS.  And that is a good thing.

Maps on the Hill is only a thing for State GIS Orginizations“…
Are we still having this conversation?  Sigh and eye-roll.  Here’s how it works, the State is broken up into legislative districts which constitute local representation.  Those Senators and Representatives are interested in helping their local constituents.  Furthermore, they live in those districts and care about local matters.  And it works the other way as well.  Federal organizations benefit from State support.

The basic concept is that “a rising geospatial tide lifts all geospatial boats“.

So if I’ve convinced you to come and participate, hit the sign up page and reserve your spot.  Further details can be found here.  Registration closes on January 5th so be sure to sign up soon.

2016 Conference Vendors

1  esri-logo ESRI GOLD
5 appgeo-logo_1 APPGEO BRONZE
7  novotx-logo NOVOTX BRONZE
9  iGage2 IGAGE
11  monsen smaller MONSEN ENGINEERING
12  RockyMountainTransitInstruments ROCKY MOUNTAIN TRANSIT INSTRUMENTS
13  Pictometry PICTOMETRY
15  Geocortex-by-Latitude-Geographics-Logo-MED LATITUDE GEOGRAPHICS “GEOCORTEX”
16  hexagon-geosystems HEXAGON GEOSYSTEMS

PDF of Vendor layout

vendor layout UGIC 2016

SLUG Meeting (02/09/2016)

The 27th Quarterly Salt Lake GIS Users Group (SLUG) Meeting
Tuesday, February 9 from 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Intermountain Medical Center (IMC)
5121 Cottonwood Street, Building 6 – Doty Family Education Center, Murray, UT 84107

Map to the Doty Family Educaton Center at IMC campus in Murray
We will be meeting in the Doty Family Education Center which is building 6 at the IMC campus in Murray City. The campus have several buildings; each has a large number outside that will help you find number 6.  When you enter into Doty Education Center, there will be SLUG posters to guide you to the meeting room.
There is free parking but please use the southwest corner. TRAX Murray Central Station is located directly across the street from Intermountain Medical Center.  It is an easy walk from the station to the meeting place.

Questar Gas

Scott Hansen, Questar Chief FERC Compliance Officer and Gen. Mgr Enterprise Risk Management, will discuss preparedness coordination of Questar Corporation with the State of Utah and other local lifeline service providers (power, water, sewer, transportation, communications, etc.).  During an emergency situation, key tools in understanding and addressing any situation are GIS diagrams and data. Mark Warner, Questar Chief DOT compliance Officer, will accompany Scott and discuss information that is accessed during emergencies using Questar’s GIS system.   This will be an interactive presentation with questions and answers.  Think about what you would like to know and ask about Questar’s emergency preparedness plan.

GIS Humor – Ray Montgomery

Cottonwood Heights – Kevin Sato
In collaboration with Amateur Radio Operators and a dedicated citizens group Cottonwood Heights has established an Emergency Response process.  Once activated, the Emergency Response process can provide the City EOC with information on the relative health of citizens in a short period of time.  In this presentation, Kevin will talk about how this process was developed and how it works.

UMETT (Utah Mapping Emergency Technical Team)

UMETT is a UGIC sub-commitee with the aim of enabling GIS professionals to effectively plan for and respond to emergency situations.  The group discusses and seeks to implement best practices for effective emergency management including developing procedures, participating in training, sharing data and maps, and collaborating with emergency managers and responders.  Learn more about the past and future efforts of this group.

Kate Smith and Talsan Shulzke will discuss GIS emergency management top ten tasks you can do that will help you be more effective in supporting an emergency response.

Hosts and Sponsors

A very big thank you goes to the IMC Lab for hosting this meeting! Lunch maybe provided, so stay tuned for further announcements. There are lots of seats available for you to RSVP now for yourself, friend, and co-worker.

Call for Papers

2016 UGIC Conference, May 9th-13th Bryce Canyon


Do you want to be a Geospatial Rockstar? Now is your chance…submit your abstract for consideration here.

The Utah Geographic Information Council (UGIC) is now accepting abstract submissions for breakout presentations at the 2016 Annual Conference. We are proud of the excellent work being done by geospatial professionals in Utah and throughout the region. The Conference provides an excellent venue for you to tell your GIS story. It doesn’t have to be ground breaking work and you don’t have to be a polished presenter. Just come and Thankful show your peers what you’ve been working on in the friendly, laid-back environment that UGIC provides. The strength of our grassroots GIS organizations is found in users helping users as we all become better at what we do. Within Utah and beyond, we would like to hear from a variety of users: public and private sectors, tribal, federal, state, and local governments, educators, managers, innovators, beginners, students, experts, ArcPy ninjas, and old Avenue bosses. We want to hear from YOU!

Abstracts must be submitted for review by January 22nd, 2016. Presenters will be notified in February 2016 of acceptance.

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