May 20th 2015 - SLUG Meeting DiGISt

The 24th Quarterly Salt Lake GIS Users Group (SLUG) meeting was held on May 20, 2015, from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm in the Barn at Wheeler Farm. There were about 100 in attendance.

This meeting’s lunch was brown-bag.  If you have any business contacts that would like to ‘sponsor’ a lunch by providing food and drinks in exchange for their advertising at the meeting, please contact Tom Toronto, SLUG Board member.


Michael Duncan, SLUG Board

·         Welcome to all, thanks to Salt Lake County for the venue.

·         The next SLUG meeting will be at DNR in SLC on August 12th, 2015. Hope you will be able to attend!

·         We are always in need of presenters. If you would like to present, or suggest someone who you’d like to see present, please contact Neal Fraser, SLUG Board member.


Learn about UAV Tehnology

Mark Miller, Salt Lake County Surveyor’s Office

Mark talked about the County’s current data collection efforts and their progress in working towards using UAV Technology (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles- “drones”). This included a discussion of what possible uses it could be to the County, FAA licencing issues, etc.

What's New With GIS Use at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

Bruce Hall, Business Program Manager, Finance and Records department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

In the 1980’s and 90’s, the Church was purchasing commercial paper maps and atlases and manually drawing ward and stake boundaries on them. These maps were very difficult to maintain and were limited to the United States, with little or no information available internationally. There were legal issues related to making copies of our boundaries from maps with copyrights printed on them.

To avoid copyright issues, in 1992, the church purchased computers, digitizer tables, a GIS system from Esri and street information from Geographic Data Technology. This allowed us to begin digitizing and printing our own maps. From that day to present, GIS at the Church has evolved to an enterprise-level system supporting multiple organizations via the web and mobile devices. The future of GIS at the church includes expanding use within organizations, adding additional information to the web and providing message content the Church wants delivered to both Church members and the general public.

Geography Humor Segment 

Ray Montgomery, SLUG Board

Ray showed a video clip of a Saturday Night Live segment where Fred Armisen shows Seth and Amy the features of his (then-) new interactive 2012 voting map.  Zooms into nothing, flips state votes, makes states bounce around the screen, etc. Unfortunately, it was blocked from our SLUG YouTube site due to copyright. However, you can check out most of the other humor videos we have shown at SLUG meetings here: Geography Humor page

Introduction to Web Programming and the ESRI JavaScript API

Bruce Cheney, Gateway Mapping

Bruce covered some foundational training with HTML, CSS, and Javascript, as well as a look at the Esri Javascript API. By way of information, Bruce team-taught this same topic as one of the pre-conference training sessions at the UGIC/GeCoWest conference held recently.

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!