May 21st 2014 - SLUG Meeting DiGISt

The 20th quarterly Salt Lake GIS Users Group (SLUG) meeting was held on May 21, 2014, from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm at AGRC.  There were about 70 in attendance.

This meeting’s lunch was a brown-bagger.  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 a SLUG Board member.


Neal  Fraser, SLUG Board

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

·         The next SLUG meeting willl be at IMC in Murray on Aug. 13th. Hope to see you there!


Top 10 AGRC GIS Projects

Bert Granberg, AGRC Director

Bert spoke about the top 10 GIS projects at AGRC:

10) LiDAR data - The new LiDAR data for Salt Lake County area will be available in 1 month. AGRC partnered with USGS on this project.

9) PLSS/GCDB - Joint project with the counties, state and BLM. It is going very slow and AGRC is waiting for new direction.

8) uPEL Environment tool by UDOT - this project is with local business, agency cooperation and UDOT. The purpose of this project is to get an environmental assessment of an area with a click of a button. It is an online tool, one can digitize an area, load the digitized area data into the tool, the tool will spit out a collection of environmental assessment for the specified area.

7) Data maturity assessment - AGRC has created an online template that asks data stewards about the data quality, accessibility, currency, ect. The template is short, takes 5-10 mins to complete.

6) Data-as-a-service stategy - has to do with geocoding.

5) - National address database - US Census department is heading this project but is cumbersome due to homeland security reasons. The hope is that local govt can move this project forward with federal government. The purpose of this project is for Utah address to have lat/long point address so things can be found in a map title service.

4) - This is for geocoding using api methods. The purpose is to do spatial address queries and to build custom web applications.

3) NexGen911 - This project uses statewide GIS resources, state and local partnerships. The purpose is to update 911 system to real time. For example when a new subdivision comes online, it will automatically be updated in 911 system.

2) Enterprise data feedback box - This is AGRC's comment box on website.

1) Imagery - This involves digitizing all historical photos, putting them online for the public and make it into a database. There will be new 1 meter NAIP aerial photo available this summer.

Biggest news is that AGRC will have open data on their website. It will be like SDE so it can be used by lots of difference audience. You will be able to see metadata and explore it. There will be some kind of tool that you can search the data and you will know if you can use it or not. You will also be able to connect to it so it will automatically update. See Bert’s materials HERE & The Power of Utah's Open GIS Data.


Geography Humor Segment 

Neal Fraser, SLUG Board

Neal showed a great Google video about the Street View tram working underwater (!) and finding a pirate treasure map, then digitizing it and asking for help online to decode it- with outrageous results. See that video here: LINK  Or you can check out our Geography Humor page where most of the humor videos we have shown at SLUG meetings can be accessed.


Build it once, use it a Bunch

Sean Fernandez, AGRC

Sean spoke about the history of SGID.  It began in 1998 when the legislature gave AGRC funds to acquire county data. AGRC has online PLSS app that lets the county update PLSS sheets to AGRC, they turn around and give the data to BLM who then updates GCDB.

State wide roads – AGRC gets updates from counties about twice a year. - Kelly Green is the specialist on this project.

GPS network - partnership between city, county and AGRC - there are 80 base stations in and outside of Utah that are maintained.

There are 400 layers in SGID - now in process of trying to figure out which are most important. Also trying to figure out most efficient way to sharing and how often to update data. AGRC shares and receive data through a several ways such as CD, FTP, web app, etc. It just depends on the customer's needs.  Sean’s presentation

Thank you to our presenters and our venue. And thanks for your interest and support!