Tag Archives: Are You GIS?
If there’s one thing you’re guaranteed to see at UC (aside from thousands of other geogeeks), it’s a map. Covering virtually every topic from every corner of the globe, the Esri UC features thousands of stunning and informative web maps, mobile maps, and printed maps that all beg for your attention.
For some people, it hits them the first time they walk into the Plenary Session and see 15,000 other geogeeks. For others, it comes after a chance meeting in the GeoLounge with someone who knows exactly what they’re going through. It’s that moment when you realize that the Esri UC isn’t just another conference—it’s a celebration of geography and innovation, and you play the leading role.
Even we were amazed by the overwhelming number of you that registered for Esri UC within minutes of the webpages going live last month. As we were en route to our best opening day in the history of UC, Jeff Dickey of Salt Lake City, Utah, managed to sneak in before anyone else. In what has now become an Esri UC tradition, we took some time to speak with Jeff about all things UC and to find out how he is GIS.
Esri: Congrats and thank you for being the first person to register for the 2013 Esri UC. You’re listed as the GIS Manager for Barrick Gold. Can you tell us more about that?
Jeff Dickey: I’ve been with Barrick for two years and I’m the GIS Manager of the North American Regional Land Department. We use GIS to manage all of our cadastral records. We hold title to over 30,000 unpatented mining claims, in addition to thousands of acres of surface and mineral holdings.
At 440,000 total square feet, the GIS Solutions EXPO is truly a sight to behold. Almost all of us can vividly recall our first encounter with the sprawling showcase that features more than 300 geospatial exhibitors interspersed with technical islands and demo theaters staffed by Esri’s experts.
There are Esri UC veterans, and then there’s Lorri Peltz-Lewis. “I gave my first presentation in 1992!” says Peltz-Lewis. “Except for a few years, I’ve submitted at least one paper annually since then. One year I did three papers, and in another I had four sessions.”
Virtually everyone is. The fire marshal who plots out past incidents in hopes of averting future ones. The priest who maps out his church grounds so he can locate problems that need fixing. The student who does demographic research for a marketing class project.
Each of our users has a story to tell, one that we intend to celebrate on a trading card.