ESRI shines national spotlight on the SLCo Cool Zone web application.
ESRI has written a national article highlighting the SLCo Cool Zone web application that helps citizens who may not have air conditioning find places (Cool Zones) they can retreat to in the summer heat. The interface is easy to use and allows the user to type in an address, use the locate tool, or simply click on the map and find the Cool Zones closest to them. This map is the result of a partnership between SLCo Aging and Adult Services and the Surveyor's Office and showcases how GIS can help the citizens of Salt Lake County.
"Before this GIS technology existed, the collaborative delivery and coordination of services that have a direct impact on people's lives would have been inefficient, time-consuming or impossible," said Salt Lake County surveyor Reid J. Demman. "The Cool Zone map is interactive and simple to use and allows our at-risk population to locate safe havens from the summer heat. This is a great example of the practical application of GIS technology to a real-life human need."
GIS on the Web (Who hides behind the GIS web maps?)
Emily Lamunyon (Surveyor’s Office); John Kennamer (Surveyor’s Office); Jarom
Zenger (Assessor’s Office); Alex Rudowski (Eng & FC); Casey Sledge
(Recorder’s Office); Izabela Miller (IS).
Izabela Miller started her career with Salt Lake County in
2006 as a GIS Specialist. Over the years
she shared her passion with other GIS professionals while building her
ESRI-based GIS knowledge. After she
joined SLCo Information Services (IS) Solution Team in 2015 she became a part
of a fast-growing “GIS on the Web”. Today, one of her main responsibilities as a GIS
Manager is to find ways to take GIS to the next level.
Emily LaMunyon started at the Salt Lake County Surveyor’s
Office 9 years ago as a GIS Specialist and has worked her way up to a GIS
Analyst and web developer for the office. During this time she has been a part
of the huge growth and recognition of GIS in the County, including web GIS,
which has allowed this technology to reach more people.
Human interaction with space and place has always fascinated
GIS Specialist Alex Rudowski. As a recent addition to the Public Works
Department, Rudowski is a big fan of using web-based story maps to showcase the
department’s interactions with public space in both urban and natural environments.
Casey Sledge has worked for the Salt Lake County Recorder
for 3 years. He’s developed applications that analyze and search property
records and is working to expand the use of Web GIS across the county.
Everyone knows the Assessor’s Interactive
Parcel Search but not many know who hides behind it. Jarom Zenger has been with
the Salt Lake County Assessor’s Office for many years. He started working on
the web application a few years back and since then this application has helped countless people find property information,
becoming one of the most popular information searches in Salt Lake County.
John Kennamer started with the Surveyor’s Office 8 years ago
as a field surveyor. After he got his
Professional Land Surveyor license he moved to the GIS department and works
with Mark and Emily on various GIS projects, mainly city boundaries. Today, one of John responsibilities is GIS
ZAP Now Playing Free Events web map.
The mission of the Salt Lake County Zoo Arts and Parks (ZAP) program is to enhance Salt Lake County resident and visitor experiences through art, cultural, and recreational offerings. They have partnered with
Now Playing Utah
to highlight free events throughout the area and were interested in having an interactive map that shows these on their webpage.
Megan Atterman, with ZAP, reached out to the Surveyor’s Office to collaborate on a user and mobile friendly web application to display these events. This map makes it easy to find events; users enter their location in one of three ways; entering an address in the search bar, using the geolocate tool (which pinpoints the users location), or simply clicking on the map. The app then displays event locations closest to them. Also, because events are always changing, this map updates daily so the map is always current.
This Free Events
map has been a success, according to Atterman , Grant and Communications Program Coodinator for ZAP, “This map is a win-win-win. Our partners at NowPlayingUtah.com were so excited when we showed them this map. They said that they played with it for hours! Our constituents have also noted how much they love the map. They like how it’s easy to use and visually appealing – helping them find free events they can enjoy with their families and friends. The best part about it – on our end – is that this map is using data that was already out there! The groups we fund don’t have to do anything extra to get their events to show up on the map. Win-win-win!”
Using the Flood Control Project Journal
Engineers with SLCo’s
Flood Control Engineering Division are working on 18 projects for the 2016 year. The division is responsible for the design, installation, and maintenance of flood control structures and
waterways throughout the county. Although the projects differ in scale and scope, they are underpinned by the same purpose - protecting people and improving water quality.
In addition to keeping people safe, the agency strives to keep the public informed through the use of its Flood Control
Project Map. The map documents the status of projects under active construction and provides details about completed projects. Currently, the map contains information on 36 ongoing and completed projects.
"There’s a big push to get a lot of projects done this year. We like this map because it helps keep people informed about our progress both publicly and internally," said Alex Rudowski, GIS Specialist with the division.
Using the map is simple. Users can enter their address to locate projects in their area or they can take a tour by scrolling through the list. As users scroll, the map will automatically zoom to the area where work is being completed.
For more information about a specific project please contact the Flood Control Engineering Division at (385)-468-6300.
Building healthy communities with ArcGIS Web AppBuilder
Currently there are over 10,000 refugee families living within the boundaries of Salt Lake County, half of which are youth. Alexx Goeller, Youth Services Coordinator for the Refugee Services Office, Utah Department of Workforce Services believes that “it is crucial that these youth are able to
integrate into our society and this resource
map can help them find the programs to do so”.
SLCo Information Services helped Ze Min Xiao, the Refugee Liaison for
Office of Community Innovation, and Goeller to create an online application showcasing over 100 different programs available to refugees in the Salt Lake Valley. According to Goeller, the community “wanted an online map so that any resource
pertaining to refugee youth, or just youth in general, could be found in one
easily accessible location. An online tool seemed like the best way to achieve
this”. To meet the customer’s needs, Information Services decided to utilize Web AppBuilder, one of
ESRI’s GIS mapping tools. With a new technology we were able to develop an interactive map application that is accessible not only on desktop but also on mobile devices.
When asked about community’s future plans, Goeller "hopes that this map can be a resource for other program
providers, the mainstream community as well as the refugee community. The idea
is that resources can continue being compiled in one place and that needs such
as sports program, leadership, homework help, etc. can all be found in one place."