Utah Geospatial Podcast

Utah Geospatial Podcast

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


February 24, 2023 31 min

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 secti...

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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’ involveme...

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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 datu...
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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.

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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.


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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 ha...

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  • 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 data
  • Kem C Gardner Policy Institute 2020 Census
  • UGRC 2020 Census data page
  • US Census upcoming data release
  • US Census 2020 r...
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    May 28, 2021 21 min

    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, Explained
  • SITA's Land Ownership GIS l...
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    Today we hear from Buck Ehler at the Utah Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife Resources.

  • Link to DNR's Utah Wildlife Migration Initiative
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    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.  

  • Article on PLSS and Surveying: The Western Grid, Explained
  • Location matters

  • Check out UGRC’s good idea platform, called Darwin. Feel free to submit an idea to UGRC.
  • Read more about UGRC initiative to build a statewide pseudo addressing grid where users can...
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    Welcome to episode one of the Utah Geospatial Podcast hosted by Matt Peters and Greg Bunce.

    In this episode we discuss:

  • The state GIS office 
  • The role of the office and some SGID history
  • Name change from AGRC to UGRC
  • Statewide NG911 data
  • Utah election information
  • Get the latest Utah imagery
  • Get the latest Utah LiDAR data
  • Contributing data to the SGID
  • Notable legislation from the 2021 session
  • Utah Housing Affordability Amendments
  • Utah Geographi...
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