August 23rd, 2023 - SLUG Meeting DiGISt

Minutes of the 54th Quarterly Salt Lake GIS Users Group (SLUG) meeting, held on August 23, 2023 from 11:30 am to 1:00 at the Utah Department of Natural Resources Utah Core Research Center (240 North Redwood Road, Salt Lake City, UT 84114). There were about 65 people in attendance today.



Adrian Welsh, SLUG Board


Welcome to SLUG’s 54th meeting! We would like to thank Utah DNR Utah Core Research Center for hosting us. And to UGIC for sponsoring lunch.

GIS Day is coming in November and SLUG will be involved with the planning and hosting of the Salt Lake County GIS Day on November 15, 2023. If you would like to help out, please let us know!


The next UGIC conference will be May 6-10, 2024 in Price, Utah. Keep an eye on their website for registration and more information.


This meeting's lunch was sponsored by UGIC. 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 a SLUG Board member.


Ammon McDonald & Tom Dempster - Utah Geologic Surveys, Utah Core Research Center

The Utah Geological Survey has the mission of providing timely scientific information about Utah's geologic environment, resources, and hazards. One of their key facilities is the Utah Core Research Center in North Clearfield, which currently stores approximately 150 pallets of core samples. They seek to expand this space to meet their long-term needs. The Utah Core Research Center houses core samples from over 1,500 wells, totaling over 400,000 feet of core. This represents a significant investment of about $5 billion in Utah's natural resources. These core samples are used for various purposes,

including industry research, academic research, UGS (Utah Geological Survey) research, and education and training. The Utah Core Research Center is the largest core repository in Utah. Core samples are cylindrical rock sections extracted from the ground, while cuttings are shavings produced during the drilling process. To learn more, visit their website here.



Michelle Baragona - Utah Public Lands Policy Coordinating Office


Michelle discussed the Utah Public Lands Policy Office's utilization of the Utah Access Map 360° to display roads that offer access to Utah's public lands. The Public Lands Policy Coordinating Office (PLPCO) is dedicated to enhancing the benefits of Utah's public lands for its residents by offering access, economic opportunities, and responsible management. Their mission is to coordinate, promote, and implement Utah's public land priorities, considering that 67% of Utah's land is federally owned. PLPCP has been working to collect video footage of 12,326 roads covering 35,700+ miles to use during

legal proceedings.


Will DeLaney – ESRI


Will talked about the future of ESRI’s app builders. Dashboards will have a new version that is more performant, scaled to handle high demand, and have new visualization and data expressions. The three versions of ESRI’s classic dashboards will be retired by the end of 2025. The next generation of mapping apps will be able to be configured quickly and also be mobile friendly. They will also have purpose driven templates that are interactive, accessible, and focused on the map. When you are considering which app to use keep in mind the purpose, audience, and the design and customization.



Thank you to our presenters and for joining us in person. If you have any ideas for a presentation or any other matter, please contact a SLUG board member. We welcome short or long presentations on any projects that you might be working on that might benefit others. We appreciate your interest and support!


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