February 14th 2018 - SLUG Meeting DiGISt

Minutes of the 35th Quarterly Salt Lake GIS Users Group (SLUG) meeting, held on February 14, 2018, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at Unified Fire Authority Station 123 (4850 W Patriot Ridge Drive) in Herriman. There were about 55 in attendance.

This meeting’s lunch was sponsored by Novotx. If you have any contacts that would be willing to ‘sponsor’ a lunch by providing food/ drinks in exchange for their advertising at the meeting, contact Tom Toronto, SLUG Board member.


Todd Turner, SLUG Board

·         Welcome to UFA Fire Station 123. Thanks to UFA for hosting and Novotx for sponsoring the lunch.

·         UGIC Conference will be in Vernal this year from May 7th to May 11th. Pre-Conference training will be on May 7th and 8th.

Justin Gough, Novotx

·         A demo of the asset management software that Novotx provides and its abilities to generate work orders and reports.


Unified Fire Authority in a Data-Driven Age  - Talsan Schulzke, Unified Fire Authority

Talsan talked about data being utilized for further expansion of Fire Stations driven by continuing growth in the valley. UFA has also been closely looking at how it’s doing with delivering services to customers. Showed a video, “Harness the Power of your data”, an overview of Interra software.

New LiDAR efforts that AGRC is proposing and 3DEP program  - Dave Vincent, USGS

A summary of the 3DEP (3D Elevation program) and the growing needs for high quality topographic data. There are two emerging LIDAR technologies, Linear LIDAR & Single Photon. Cost for collecting LIDAR has been decreasing every year and commercial sensors are becoming available for Bathymetry. Dave showed examples of how 3DEP is being used for various hazards including landslide recognition and detecting faults.

Geography Humor Segment  - Zlatko Grebenar, SLUG Board

Little Big Shots – Four-Year-Old Geography Wiz. You can see this clip HERE.

You can see many of the videos we’ve shown (not including the above one) at SLUG meetings on our own YouTube channel HERE.

New Solutions  - Joe Peters & Joe Rhodes, ESRI

Demo of Public Crime Map solution from Joe Peters. Joe Rhodes mentioned that Utility Network, a solution for managing utility and telecom networks is out. It’s an extension that operates directly in ArcGIS Pro.

The next meeting will be held tentatively around mid-April, more information to come.

Thank you to our presenters and our venue.

If you have any ideas for a presentation or any other matter, please contact a SLUG board member.  We appreciate your interest and support!