February 13th 2013 - SLUG Meeting DiGISt

The 15th quarterly Salt Lake GIS Users Group (SLUG) meeting was held on February 13, 2013, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm in the Saltair Room of the Union Building on the University of Utah campus.  We had about 110 in attendance.

Food and drinks were sponsored by the DIGIT Lab at the University of Utah.


Neal Fraser, SLUG Board

·         The next SLUG meeting will be held May 8th. More details to follow.  Please plan on it now.

·         Barry Biediger, State Lands GIS, is now on the SLUG Board, replacing Scott Davis.

Kate Smith, UGIC Board

·         Upcoming UGIC Conference in Provo, April 1-5, 2013

·         UGIC is sponsoring FREE attendance at the UGIC Conference for 3 students. Applications and the process to use were presented.



Phoebe McNeally, DIGIT Lab Director  (U of U Geography Department)

Phoebe talked about the new Geography professors at the U, their interests, and showed demos of their GIS-related work.  The U is now offering a non-thesis Masters in GIS degree that can be earned in 35 credit hours, so it can be done in 4 semesters.


Implementation of ESRI Tracking Server at Sandy City

Ryan Kammerer, Sandy City Public Works

Last year, Sandy City implemented ESRI’s Tracking Server to replace their existing Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) service in the Public Works and Public Utility Departments. This allows Sandy City’s management and GIS staff to track vehicle locations in real-time, as well as store the vehicle history data in a geodatabase feature class. Using a customized Flex-based web map application, vehicles can quickly be dispatched in a snowstorm, monitored during snow removal, and later a driving route can be analyzed for workflow improvements.

Ryan covered the implementation process, how and why Sandy City’s Public Works Department uses this data, and included a live demo of the Flex viewer. See Ryan's presentation materials HERE.


Geography Humor Segment 

Ray Montgomery, Sandy City  

Ray showed 2 short videos (parts 3 and 5) from “The Googling” series.  Please see our Geography Humor page where most of the humor videos we have shown at SLUG meetings can be accessed.


The Local Government Information Model and the Executive Dashboard

Bryan Franey, ESRI

Bryan presented an Introduction to “ArcGIS for Local Government” and a set of maps and applications for local governments. The presentation highlighted the Executive Dashboard application for ArcGIS. The Executive Dashboard is a configuration of ArcGIS Online and a HTML 5 / JavaScript application used by local government leaders to proactively view critical metrics, identify trends, raise questions, and devise new management strategies.


To our presenters and our sponsor, “Thank you!”    And thank you for your interest and support!