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A podcast published by the Utah Geospatial Resource Center discussing all things spatial in Utah.


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A podcast published by the Utah Geospatial Resource Center discussing all things spatial in Utah.








Water in Utah: Part 2 - Lee Eschler from DNR's Division of Water Rights on water allocation and monitoring in Utah

This episode is part two of a three-part series on water here in Utah. In Part one we focus on water resources. In Part two we discuss water rights, and in part three we focus on drinking water. You can find all of our episodes in our podcast feed or wherever you find your podcasts. Today's show is part two in the water series and we’re talking with Lee Eschler from DNR’s Division of Water Rights. Lee tells us how the PLSS section corners are a critical piece to water rights in Utah...


Water in Utah: Part 1 - Aaron Austin from DNR's Division of Water Resources on Utah's water supply

In this episode of the podcast, we talk with Aaron Austin, the GIS Manager at the Utah Department of Natural Resouces’ Division of Water Resources. He tells us how his division went from clipboards out in the field to now the use of satellite data. We also hear how collaboration among agencies played into the creation of the water supplier boundary layer. Additionally, Aaron fills us in on the Division of Water Resources’ involvement in secondary water metering and also on the water budget...


Episode 9 - Lynda Bell from NOAA/NGS on datums, the National Spatial Reference Frame, and the PLSS

In this episode, we talk to Lynda Bell, who is the Southwest Regional Geodetic Advisor for NOAA’s National Geodetic Survey. She is the geodetic advisor for Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah. In the episode, she explains why the National Spatial Reference Frame (NSRS) is so important and how it is a framework that ties all of our geospatial data together. She also reminds us of what a datum is and what we need to know about the new datums that are coming in 2023. She also explains the GPS on...


Episode 8 - Bert Granberg from WFRC and the role of the MPO

In this episode, we talk to Bert Granberg, the analytics director at the Wasatch Front Regional Council - commonly known as WFRC. WFRC is a metropolitan planning organization (MPO) here in Utah and they play a significant role in transportation planning along the Wasatch Front. Bert fills us in on how analytics are used in transportation planning, and how transit and biking play into growth along the Wasatch Front. Jake Adams from UGRC also joins us on this episode to talk about the...


Episode 7 - Next-Generation 911 and the Role of Geospatial Data (a conversation with Tina Mathieu from the Weber Area Dispatch 911)

In this episode, we talk with Tina Mathieu, the Executive Director of the Weber Area Dispatch 911 & Emergency Services District. Tina explains why GIS data is so critical in Next-Generation 911 systems and how local and state agencies work together to make this happen. Tina also walks us through a typical 911 call, from a call being placed to the routing of the call, and then to the actual dispatch and emergency response. Resources and related links: Weber Area Dispatch 911 & Emergency...


Episode 6 - The Utah Department of Health (covid-19 and outbreaks)

In this episode, we talk with Nancy Arbon, the Customer Relations Manager at the Utah Public Health Laboratory, and George McEwan, the Director of Information Technology at the Utah Department of Health. Listen as we discuss how GIS was used at the state government level during the covid-19 pandemic. Learn how technology and human relationships play a key role during a health crisis or outbreak and how these relationships in Utah have strengthened during the covid-19 pandemic. We hear...


Episode 5 - We're all in this together (a smorgasbord of news and happenings from around the state)

UGRC has a new logo!Statewide 6-inch imagery update Utah Geographic Information Systems Advisory Council (GISAC)Utah Public Notice website (search for GISAC in the search tool)SGID Data Tiers (categorizing SGID data)National Address Database (NAD)NSGIC’s Geospatial Maturity Assessment (GMA)Redistricting and Census dataKem C Gardner Policy Institute 2020 CensusUGRC 2020 Census data pageUS Census upcoming data releaseUS Census 2020 redistricting data news releaseNext Generation 911 updateUtah...


Episode 4 - Kate Staley at SITLA

In this episode, we hear from Kate Staley at SITLA - State of Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration. SITA was established by Utah Legislature in 1994 to administer the state trust lands. One of the very popular datasets that they manage is the Land Ownership GIS layer. Listen in, as Kate takes us behind the scenes with managing state trust lands data. Related Links: SITA, ExplainedSITA's Land Ownership GIS layerPLSS and the Western Grid, ExplainedUGRC's data-sharing...


Episode 2 - Buck Ehler at the Utah Department of Natural Resources

Today we hear from Buck Ehler at the Utah Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife Resources. Utah Wildlife Migration Initiative


Episode 3 - The Survey Corner with Sean Fernandez

On this episode we here from Sean Fernandez on the importance of surveying and the role of the state surveyor in Utah. This will become a regular segment called the Survey Corner. The Western Grid, ExplainedLocation matters Darwinstatewide pseudo addressing grid


Episode 1 - News from the state GIS office

Welcome to episode one of the Utah Geospatial Podcast hosted by Matt Peters and Greg Bunce. In this episode we discuss: state GIS officeSGID historyAGRC to UGRCNG911 dataelection informationlatest Utah imagerylatest Utah LiDAR dataContributing data to the SGIDUtah Housing Affordability AmendmentsGISACUGICCensus 2020 geographiesConnect with us on Twitter and sign up for the AGRC newsletter. You can find more information about the Utah Geospatial Resource Center on our website. Theme music...