UGIC 2021 Conference Schedule

Monday October 11th, 2021

  • 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM – Preconference Training
  • 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM – Lunch
  • 1:30 PM – 5:30 PM – Preconference Training

Tuesday October 12th, 2021

  • 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM – Preconference Training
  • 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM – Lunch
  • 1:30 PM – 5:30 PM – Preconference Training
  • 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM – GIS Day

Wednesday October 13th, 2021

  • 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM – Breakfast
  • 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM – 90 Minute Workshops
  • 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM – Break
  • 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM – Plenary Session
  • 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM – Lunch
  • 1:30 PM  – 2:10 PM – Breakout Session #1
  • 2:20 PM – 3:00 PM – Breakout Session #2
  • 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM – Break
  • 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM – Breakout Session #3
  • 4:20 PM – 5:00 PM – Breakout Session #4
  • 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM – Vendor Social
  • 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM – Indoor Golf Tournament

Thursday October 14th, 2021

  • 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM – Breakfast
  • 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM – 90 Minute Workshops
  • 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM – Break
  • 10:30 AM – 11:10 PM – Breakout Session #5
  • 11:20 AM – 12:00 PM – Breakout Session #6 
  • 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch (Sack Lunch?)
  • 1:00 PM – 6:30 PM – Bryce Canyon Hiking Time
  • 7:00 PM -9:00 PM – Ebeneezer’s Show and Dinner
  • 9:30 PM – Star Party

Friday October 15th, 2021

  • 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM – Breakfast
  • 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM – 90 Minute Workshops
  • 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM – Break
  • 10:30 AM – 11:10 PM – Breakout Session #7
  • 11:20 AM – 12:00 PM – Breakout Session #8 
  • 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Closing Lunch

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.    

2022 UGIC Registration Open

Register Now for the 2022 UGIC Conference!

Join us for the 31st annual Utah Geographic Information Council conference at Dinosaurland in Vernal, UT!  From seasoned GIS professionals to new and upcoming students, this conference will provide an opportunity to grow your GIS knowledge base and expand your networking reach. Geospatial experts will hold workshops and presentations that are guaranteed to elevate individual GIS cognition in our rapidly changing field. The event  is packed full of great presentations, workshops, vendors and opportunities to advance your GIS skills and learn from other GIS Professionals.

The event will be held at the Uintah Conference Center! Located in downtown Vernal near the Utah Field House Museum, and just a short drive from Dinosaur National Monument, this exciting UGIC destination will provide plenty of opportunities for hiking, biking and viewing scenic vistas! Register now!

This year, we will have a virtual registration option for those who wish to attend virtually or cannot attend in person. Virtual registration will cost $125 and will include access to a live stream of the opening and closing plenary sessions, selected live-streamed breakout sessions, and a conference shirt! If you attend virtually, be sure to include your mailing address in your registration so we can mail your shirt to you.

Lodging is open now – Here are the conference hotels. Individuals are encouraged to identify themselves as part of the group block (UGIC) to receive the discounted rate. To reserve your rooms please contact the hotels directly

UGIC Conference full registration is $395.


Click here to register as a VENDOR for UGIC 2022


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Conference App

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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