Class Announcements

You will find an archive here of all class announcements. Check the assignments board for recent lab assignments, readings and homework.

UDWR hirging for Senior GIS Analyst

posted Aug 29, 2015, 11:54 AM by Joseph Wheaton


Senior GIS Analyst   
This is a full-time, Schedule B (Career Service) position.
Benefits:  Yes
Location:  SLC, UT 
Requisition #05916
Replacing Ben Sutter who resigned.  
CLOSES: 8/31/2015.

To view and/or apply for this position, go to , click on Job Search, then Job Listings.

If you have any questions regarding this announcement, please call the Human Resource Office at 801-538-7202.

Blimp Data available on Canvas!

posted Mar 21, 2015, 10:39 AM by Shannon Wing Belmont

Hey 2015 GISers    
The blimp photos and survey data are available on Canvas, Lab 9 assignment page in zipped folders (one from each day).
Have fun georeferencing :)

Data Collection (Blimp) Lab

posted Mar 16, 2015, 8:26 PM by Shannon Wing Belmont

This week we will be demonstrating the rtkGPS, total station, Blimp aerial photography, and the drone (weather permitting) during two lab sessions:  Thursday 12 - 2 and Friday 10:30 - 12:30.  Meet on the quad.

No lab Tuesday 3/17 - Tuesday folks can hopefully attend Thurs or Fri lab.

All lab data collected will be made available on the course website.

gisR Espresso Course by Tom Edwards

posted Mar 5, 2015, 8:55 AM by Joseph Wheaton

The dates and times for the gisR Espresso evening sessions will be TU 31 Mar and TH 2 Apr, 1800-200 hr.  Depending on interest, the session could continue at the Bull's Head, Blue Square.
All sessions will be held in NR 217, which has ~35-40 seats.  First come, first seated.

PLEASE bring a fully charged battery for your laptop.   Even though I'll bring some extension cords and power strips, there are limited outlets in the room.

Also, please confirm your attendance in an email back to me ( so I can make a class list and stop sending these announcements as global emails.
I will send out details for downloading course material several days before the sessions.

Last, if you have anything you'd like me to attempt to cover, send it to me ASAP and/or stop and visit.

Tom Edwards

Watch Those Podcasts...

posted Jan 19, 2015, 8:02 PM by Joseph Wheaton   [ updated Jan 20, 2015, 12:22 AM ]

Remember, last Thursday and tomorrow (Tuesday) are Podcasts instead of in-person lectures (see calendar). You can find the Podcasts under the specific topic pages.... in the same place you find lecture slides. For those of you that means nothing to... here's a video:

Tuesday's Podcasts SpanTwo Topics:

Class Forum is NOT Down - Check Your Browser Address Bar

posted Jan 8, 2015, 3:53 PM by Shannon Wing Belmont   [ updated Jan 11, 2015, 10:26 AM by Joseph Wheaton ]

Thanks for letting us know that it appeared the class forum was not accessible. What appears to have been the case is that the forum was never actually down but many people's browsers were automatically switching your URLs from http to https (i.e. secure).  If you are in this boat, there is NO forum at However, the forum IS at

There are security add-ins for both Chrome and Firefox that attempt to assign most or all URLs to secure https for conservative security measures and to prevent you from using regular http. The problem is NOT all websites are set up to deliver content in both traditional http or https and our forum is not. You should be able to override this by retyping the URL in the search bar or changing your add-in or browser settings. 

Welcome Spring 2015 Students!

posted Jan 4, 2015, 3:30 PM by Joseph Wheaton   [ updated Jan 10, 2015, 12:14 PM ]

Hello Spring 2015 WATS 4930, 6920 and 6915 students! Welcome to GIS. Our first class will be an in person lecture on Thursday, January 8th at 10:30 AM in NR 102 lecture hall (off the Atrium). 
If you are unable to make the first class, read through the Day 1 lecture slides (see slide 97 for quiz 1 - due Tuesday), take care of the initial logistics homework, complete the reading assignment,  and you'll be fine for next week. There will be no lab this week on account of starting lecture on Thursday. Labs will begin next week after Tuesday's lecture (January 13th). 

Lab 10 requires MATLAB

posted Mar 18, 2014, 9:16 AM by Shannon Wing Belmont

Hey all,

Lab 10 requires Matlab which is installed on the Quinney Computers.  For this last lab, if you don't have access to Matlab somewhere else, you will need to use the Quinney computers or the open access PC lab in engineering to run the utilization model.  Lab 10 is due March 28 at 5pm.

2014 Blimp photos posted

posted Mar 10, 2014, 10:38 AM by Shannon Wing Belmont

Hey all,

Blimp images from last week's flights have been posted to the Lab 9 webpage
Great work everyone!

No Lecture Tuesday February 11th!

posted Feb 11, 2014, 6:11 AM by Joseph Wheaton

Just a reminder, there is no lecture today! Watch the podcast instead. You can find it and the lecture slides in the Topic Pages or watch the video here:

Lecture on Raster Analsyes

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