February 9th 2011 - SLUG Meeting DiGISt


The seventh quarterly Salt Lake GIS Users Group (SLUG) meeting was held on February 9th 2011, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm on the 26th floor of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Church Office Building.  We had about 180 in attendance.


Food and drinks were also sponsored by the LDS Church - Thank You!


Business:  Ray Montgomery, SLUG Board Member

·         The next SLUG meeting will be held May 11th, to be held at SLCC.  More details to follow.  Please plan on it now.

·         UGIC Announcements – Upcoming UGIC Conference to be held in Logan, UT - April 4 - 8th, 2011.

·         New SLUG Board Members announced.  Deidre Beck of Stantec and Neal Fraser of Gateway Mapping, Inc.





Overview of how the LDS Church uses GIS  (13 minutes)

David Peart, GIS Operations Manager – LDS Church

David spoke briefly about how the Church uses GIS to serve the needs of various departments throughout the church and worldwide.  The key components of the Church GIS are to manage geographic information, distribute geographic information, and provide geographic information services.  He related his role and the role of The Church GIS department to a border collie that works with the shepherds to try to track and control the “spatial” nature of the sheep and other resources. 


Data-driven Mapping for Automation (33 minutes)

Gary Christensen, GIS Coordinator – LDS Church

Gary presented the methods that the Church uses to quickly create and distribute the maps needed for various applications in the Church such as boundary changes, and mission assignments.  Gary showed the new ArcGIS 10 data driven maps functionality, and then how to access that functionality through Python code.  By entering a Church unit number, or at the time edits are done, maps can be automatically generated by the GIS users at the Church.


LDS Maps Online (40 minutes)

Bruce Hall, GIS Product Manager – LDS Church

Bruce discussed the online mapping services that are available from the Church.  He demonstrated the http://lds.org/maps website and various functionality available using the Silverlight platform for ArcGIS server.  He also showed how the online services are planned to be used in facility coordination as well as other humanitarian efforts of the Church.  Troy Andersen (Lead Developer) also did a demonstration of some of the churches web mapping applications.


David and Bruce both fielded questions submitted by the SLUG members and questions brought up during the meeting.


Thanks again to the LDS Church for the lunch and presentations!

Sheri Davis,
Feb 24, 2011, 11:51 AM
Sheri Davis,
Feb 24, 2011, 11:53 AM
Sheri Davis,
Feb 24, 2011, 11:57 AM