2017 Esri User Conference Report

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Jeff Searle and Adrian Welsh had the opportunity to attend the annual Esri User Conference (UC) held in San Diego, California in July. The conference is held to learn about best practices in the GIS industry and get a jump start on the latest geospatial technology.

This was Esri’s biggest conference ever with nearly 18,000 registered attendees. The main theme of “The Science of Where” resonated throughout the technical workshops and training sessions. The theme allowed attendees to  solve problems in real-time, using location and geography to integrate, analyze, and understand all types of data.

Due to Adrian’s presence in the GIS community and winning an MVP award for his diligence and assistance, he was asked to give a presentation at the Esri UC to discuss why the GIS community is important and what made him a success story. Adrian was honored to write a blog post for each day of the Esri conference. (a link to this blog post will be at the end of this write-up).

Instead of writing about the key take-away points from Jeff and Adrian of this conference, let’s take a look at a story map! Click on the link or image below to launch the story map presentation.


Esri UC Convention Center


Thanks for reading! Please add a comment if you were able to attend the conference. Also, here is a link to Adrian’s blog written on Esri’s website: https://geonet.esri.com/blogs/AdrianWelsh/2017/07/17/2017-esri-user-conference-quick-thoughts

Welcome Sierra to the Meridian Family

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Sierra Holz has joined the Meridian Engineering family as a Survey/Right-of-Way CADD technician. Sierra brings experience and education with her. She had the opportunity to work with the Bureau of Land Management finding original stone monuments. She helped locate, resurvey, and replace the stones with metal posts using GPS technology. Other experience includes work on ALTA, subdivision, and condo plats, and staking points for the placement of large tools.

Sierra loves the outdoors and the arts and satisfied both of these interests in obtaining her Bachelor degree of Geography. She is working towards her license as a Professional Land Surveyor.

We are happy to welcome Sierra Holz to Meridian as a qualified survey technician ready to serve your needs!




Meridian Engineering is Growing Again

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‘Here we grow again’ may seem a bit cliche’, but it’s what you do when you get great people.

Please join us as we welcome Sean!

Sean Ireland recently joined Meridian Engineering as a LiDAR and Survey Technician.  Sean has been actively involved in projects such as the passing lanes on US-6, bridges on I-80, and the 90th South roadway extraction.  His expertise includes LiDAR scanning, which involves setting up the ideal location for data scan collection. LiDAR is a measurement of distance using light pulses.

Sean has over 16 years as a survey technician all over the United States, including Chicago, Florida, and Utah. Sean has an in-depth background in surveying since he was trained by the United States Army Corp of Engineers. Sean will graduate from Utah Valley University next year with his Bachelor degree. Meridian believes in education which led to Sean being recruited by a teacher to explore career options at Meridian. Sean did and we are glad to have him.

We welcome Sean Ireland to Meridian as well-qualified professional ready to serve your needs!



Meridian Engineering Welcomes New Team Members

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Meridian Engineering’s ability to attract well-qualified employees is what has kept us in business for 20 years. In continuing that success that we welcome two new team members: Mark Cook, PE and Mitsie Smith. Read below to know more about the amazing team at Meridian Engineering, Inc.

Mark Cook, PE recently joined Meridian Engineering as a Design Engineer.  Mark has been actively involved in projects employing civil and environmental engineering, including residential, commercial, and industrial site development, environmental reclamation and permitting, and water resource management.  His expertise includes grading and drainage design, storm water management, utility design, hydrologic modeling, erosion/sediment control planning, and roadway design.

Mark has been instrumental in the completion of several projects along the Wasatch Front, Intermountain Region, and internationally.  His recent projects include the East Bluff Utah Flood mitigation design, West Bluff storm drain design, permitting and quality assurance support of the NERT superfund site in Henderson Nevada, hydrologic and hydraulic modeling of plant upgrades for multiple PacifiCorp Powerplants in Wyoming, and design of hydraulic structures for erosion protection and environmental remediation at the Ambatovy Mine in Madagascar.


Mitsie Smith  recently joined Meridian Engineering as our Marketing Coordinator/Technical Writer. Mitsie’s experience with writing technical-based email communication, strategic positioning statements, and her approach to Marketing makes her ideal to have on the Meridian team. She is pursuing her Master’s Degree in Marketing, which has been key in understanding the needs of clients. Her background in account management attributes to being well-rounded in all  facets that she will be supporting. Her ability to multi-task is a valuable asset as well as her ability to communicate ideas at varying levels.  She is no stranger to event coordination and is looking forward to the UDOT Conference where she is ready to showcase Meridian’s amazing talent. She is eager to learn about the products and services that Meridian offers and apply her knowledge that will propel Meridian Engineering into the future.