November 9th 2011 - SLUG Meeting DiGISt

The 10th quarterly Salt Lake GIS Users Group (SLUG) meeting was held on November 9, 2010, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm in the new UFA Fire Station #132 in Herriman.  There were about 80 in attendance.  Food and drinks were sponsored by Azteca, makers of CityWorks.

SLUG Business:

Tom Toronto, SLUG Chair

·   The next SLUG meeting will be held February 8, 2012. Location and details to follow. Please mark this on your calendars now. 

·   We are always in need of Presenters, Sponsors, and Venues. Please contact a SLUG Board member to volunteer.

Nick Kryger, UGIC Board

Nick talked about an upcoming event called Maps on the Hill. It will be a chance for Utah GIS people to exhibit GIS maps, either paper or interactive, that were used to make important decisions. This will be done as a poster session on Capitol Hill.  Legislators will be issued invitations to go see the ones being presented by agencies in their districts.  This is a great opportunity to help educate the Legislature about GIS.  The event is Feb 22, 2012, with a deadline for submission in December.

He also went over the 2012 UGIC Conference., to be held May 7-11 at Ruby's Inn in Bryce Canyon.

Sponsor Segment:  

·   Wayne Hill of Azteca spoke about Azteca and their software offerings.



Integration of infrastructure management with Cityworks at Herriman City (25 minutes)

Steve Brown, Herriman IT Manager

Steve went over the tremendous growth that Herriman has experienced in the last 20 years and the need to manage this effectively. He gave a general overview of their success using the Azteca products. They acquired CityWorks in 2007. They are confident that CityWorks is flexible enough to accommodate the upcoming new tighter requirements from the EPA regarding Storm Water management.

Wayne Hill, Azteca

Wayne talked about their software products, both client-based and client-server (web) based. He went over the differences between them and the pro's and con's of both. See their presentation video below.


Geography Humor Segment

Ray Montgomery  

Ray showed a short animated video clip about a pair of mis-matched Google Map Guys having to drive the entire United States to get photos of everything. View it here.


GIS to Garmin workflow by the USDA Forest Service (15 minutes)

Paul Bartschi, GIS Specialist, USDA Forest Service

Paul explained how requests for Forest Service maps for use in recreation-grade Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver-compatible formats have increased in recent years.  In response, the Geospatial Services and Technology Center (GSTC) in Salt Lake City has developed a GIS to Garmin Workflow that enables the transfer of ESRI-compatible data to supported Garmin GPS receivers.  This workflow is designed to produce background map data for recreational users of Garmin receivers.

The workflow uses a 3rd party solution, Mapwel, ( which is designed to create custom map data compatible with supported models of Garmin GPS receivers.  Mapwel is only $90 for everyone in one location (such as an office) to use. 

Geo-Tagging Digital Photos (10 minutes)

Paul Bartschi, GIS Specialist, USDA Forest Service

Geo-tagging is the process of adding lat/long coordinates metadata to the EXIF header of digital photographs. The EXIF header stores metadata information relating to photographs such as name, file size, camera model name, and date/time of picture.  Spatially aware software applications can add lat/long coordinate information to the EXIF header, allowing digital photographs to be displayed properly on a map.  GSTC has developed a workflow allowing users to geo-tag digital photographs using ArcGIS Explorer and Geo-Setter (

Geo-setter is a freeware tool for Windows (XP or higher) for showing and changing geo-data and other metadata (IPTC/XMP/Exif) of image files (e.g. images taken by digital cameras).  Geo-tags created by Geo-setter are also recognized by several online photo editing applications, such as ArcGIS Explorer, Flickr, and Picasa.  See Paul's presentation materials HERE, and watch the video below.


To our presenters and our sponsor, “Thank you!”    And thank you for your interest and support!