April 26th 2017 - SLUG Meeting DiGISt

Minutes of the 32nd Quarterly Salt Lake GIS Users Group (SLUG) meeting, held on April 26, 2017, from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm at the Utah State Capitol, State Office Building Auditorium.  There were about 104 in attendance.

This meeting’s lunch was sponsored by ESRI. 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.


Kaitlin Barklow, SLUG Board

·         Welcome to all, thanks to AGRC for the venue.

·         The next SLUG meeting will be at the DNR on Aug 9, 2017.

Tom Toronto, SLUG Board

·         Joe Rhodes wasn’t able to make it today, thanks to ESRI for lunch and their continuing support.

Jessie Pechmann, UGIC Board

·         UGIC Conference will be held from May 8th to 12th at the Park City Marriott. Still time left to register for conference. 

·         Park City Ghost Tour will be on Thursday, May 11th.

·         Map Gallery Contest has 5 new categories this year. Best Interactive Web       Mapping Application, Highest Return on Investment, Best Map as Art, Best Citizen Engagement Application and Best 8.5 x 11 Map.


FME Software Integration                                                                  

Adam Radel, UDOT GIS

Adam presented on how the UDOT GIS group has implemented the use of Feature Manipulation Engine (FME) integration software to mash up various file formats to create different data outputs in order to automate workflows, save time and prevent errors. UDOT has used the FME software for avalanche notification and snowplow real time tracking where data is continuously processed and updated to web applications.

Space Occupancy and GIS

Dan Jensen, OnLINEFM

Dan talked about integration of GIS with Integrated Work Management System (IWMS) at the Idaho National Laboratory. Some GIS integration challenges included how to handle multiple floors, data transformation and join issues. The results created greater management awareness as to activities in specific labs and found that GIS was used by lots of users.  

Geography Humor Segment 

Neal Fraser, SLUG Board

Most Complex International Borders in the World in which a few example of complex borders are reviewed that involve enclaves countries such as San Marino, Vatican City and Lesotho. You can see this clip HERE.

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

State of the AGRC – an overview

Bert Granberg – AGRC Director, involved with GIS Legislation, project management, web development

Matt Peters – Data lifecycle, distribution of data & managing developers at AGRC

Scott Davis – Python scripts and web development

Steve Gourley – Spread GIS among everyone, automation through python scripts

Keaton Walker – Geometry tasks, python Scripts, web applications

Jessie Pechmann – Newsletter, Representative for UGIC

Michael Foulger – Database support, license manager           

Greg Bunce – Automated desktop workflows, data validation

David Buell – Maintain street and address data, working with dispatch centers

Rick Kelson – Discover server, maintain parcel data for the state, lidar

Sean Fernandez – GPS network, parcel fabric, data accuracy

Mike Heagin – Municipality boundaries, annexations, parcel fabric


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. And thanks for your interest and support!