February 21st, 2019 - SLUG Meeting DiGISt

Minutes of the 39th Quarterly Salt Lake GIS Users Group (SLUG) meeting, held on February 21, 2019, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at Intermountain Medical Center – Doty Family Education Center (5121 Cottonwood Street) in Murray. There were about 108 in attendance.

This meeting’s lunch was sponsored by UGIC. 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.


Tom Toronto, SLUG Board

·         Welcome to the IMC - Doty Family Education Center building. Thanks to UGIC for hosting and sponsoring the lunch.

Dave Henrie, Utah County GIS

·         UGIC conference will be held from May 8th through May 10th at the Zermatt Resort in Midway, Utah. Pre-Conference training workshops will take place on May 6th and May 7th.

Josh Groeneveld, Utah Division of Emergency Management

·         Maps on the Hill will be held on March 7, 2019 from 9:00 am to noon. Registration for the event closes today.


Martijn Van Exel – Telenav

Martijn talked about the state of OpenStreetMap (OSM) from the 1.2 million contributors to the 25 dedicated team map editors. Contributions from local government agencies as well as other volunteer community mapping efforts, have helped corporate map editing teams provide map data to companies such as Microsoft, Apple, Facebook, Uber and Lyft. OpenStreetMap has also made its way into in-car navigation in millions of vehicles. OpenStreetCam has been used for collecting street level imagery and analyzing images once the data has been collected.  

Geography Humor Segment 

Zlatko Grebenar, SLUG Board

Police Officer gives lost woman her GPS to help get her to Florida. 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.

Zach Beck, AGRC

Zach talked about his experience in creating vector tile basemaps. Some of the benefits versus doing a raster tile basemap are being able to create tiles faster, quicker rendering, map styles that can be changed and dynamic labeling. Vector tile creation does require ArcGIS Pro and rendering occurs on the client side in which limited resources can reduce speed.

The next meeting is on April 18, 2019 at 11:30 AM at the new WFRC building at the Gateway Mall in Salt Lake City. More details to follow soon.

If any one is interested in being on the board please reach out, we do have some board members who will be stepping down in the near future. 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!