May 12th, 2010 - SLUG Meeting DiGISt
 

The fourth Salt Lake GIS Users Group (SLUG) meeting was held on May 12, 2010, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm in the Utah State Office Bldg Auditorium. 

Food and drinks were sponsored by Salt Lake Community College, Monsen Engineering, and UGIC (Utah Geographic Information Council).  We had about 120 in attendance.

 

Business:

  • Be sure to check out the new SLUG website at www.slug-gis.info for the latest info, recaps and photos of past meetings.
  • The SLUG logo contest was won by a combination of art from Allen Greenwell and Jared Hardman.  They split the $50 prize awarded by Forsgren and Associates.  Look for the final finished version soon.
  • The next SLUG meeting will be held August 11, 2010, at the DNR.  Please plan on it now.  

Presentations:

High Accuracy GPS using TURNGPS

Sean Fernandez, AGRC

Spencer Lace, Park City Municipal

Tom Wussow, Monsen Engineering

 

The State of Utah (UDOT/AGRC) has invested in a network of base stations that is used for acquiring high accuracy GPS data – in real‑time. This technology was originally conceived and implemented for the purpose of surveying for the Utah Department of Transportation. Since its initial roll-out other professionals in Utah have started using the system for mapping/GIS purposes. Instead of sub‑centimeter accuracy a GIS user can expect down to 4 inch accuracy. This can be used for initial data collection or finding buried utilities, for example.

 

Sean Fernandez from the AGRC explained the basic concepts of the system as well as a time‑line to explain how TURNGPS has gotten to where it is today. Spencer Lace has been using the network for data collection for the city of Park City. He talked about the pros and cons from a user perspective. Tom finished out the presentation by giving a live demonstration of the system using a GeoExplorer XH – showing the kind of accuracy you can expect with a hand‑held GPS. 

For questions or more information on TURNGPS please contact Tom Wussow at:  tomw@monsenengineering.com

Click here for Tom’s Presentation, Sean’s Presentation, Mike’s Presentation, Spencer’s Presentation.


Statewide Base Map Services

Bert Granberg, AGRC


Using ArcGIS Server's tile‑caching functionality, AGRC has developed several new base map services to support several web applications at the state level but can be utilized locally for similar applications or as a background layer in ArcMap.

AGRC's base map services utilize the richer GIS‑based map content, much of it from local sources, that we are fortunate to have for Utah.  The vector cache incorporates roads, city boundaries, parcel lines (& address labels at fine scales), points of interest, public land ownership by agency/designation, exits & mileposts, ski lifts etc.

His presentation provided background on the service, processes, and future direction.

 

Utah Broadband Mapping Efforts:

Bert Granberg, AGRC


Short presentation describing the federal grant awarded to Utah to map broadband internet availability across the state with emphasis on how local government fits into the mapping project

Click here for Bert's Presentation.

 

 

To our presenters and our sponsors, “Thank you!”    

 

An after-meeting survey was sent out to all attendees.  Results will be available soon. 

 

Thanks for your interest and support!

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