SAWJ Meeting/Presentation “Protect Your Practice — Identifying, Understanding and Guarding Against Risk”

Come out and join us at our monthly Dinner Meeting presentation at Carlucci’s Waterfront in Mt. Laurel on Thursday Sept.. 12th at 7PM – 9:30 +/-. This months guest speakers are Joseph T. Ciampoli, Esq.,and Fred Mahar, Esq., P.E., Esq. of Thompson Becker, LLC located in Cherry Hill, NJ .  Additional Speakers include Terry Ann Coleman, Petty Burton Associates/Wm. H. Connolly in Montclair, NJ. Mr.

Protect our Practice — Identifying, Understanding and Guarding Against Risk

Why do you need to have insurance for your professional services?
• All projects present some level of risk
• Just because your scope of services may be small does not mean that potential claims will be small
• Often times no relationship between scope and magnitude of claim
• Do not assume that a claimant will not pursue your business/personal assets if you not have a professional policy of insurance
• Your general liability policy will exclude coverage for the provision of professional services
• If you subcontract out any part of your services and errors are committed within that scope of services, you could be held responsible
• The variety of potential damages is broad – demolition/reconstruction, loss of use, diminishment in value, loss of profit/economic opportunity…
Standard of Care
• The Standard of Care for all professional services performed or furnished by Surveyor will be the skill and care used by members of Surveyor’s profession practicing under the same or similar circumstances at the same time and in the same locality.
• Standard of care does not require perfection. Rather, the focus is on the level of services provided by an average member of the professional community.
• It is a process-based analysis as opposed to an outcome based analysis. In other words, simply because there is a bad result does not mean that a breach of the standard of care has occurred.

Cost $35

SAWJ Minutes of Meeting July 11, 2019

SURVEYORS’ ASSOCIATION OF

WEST JERSEY

July 11, 2019

MINUTES OF MEETING

Carlucci’s Waterfront

876 Centerton Road, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054

President Bill Haggerty called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm.  Mr. Haggerty asked the membership present to go around the room and make introductions.

The floor was turned over to tonight’s speaker.

SPEAKER

The speaker tonight was Craig Stratton, P.L.S. with Trenton Engineering Company, Inc. The presentation was Internet Resources for Land Surveyors and Engineers.

Mr. Stratton presented numerous websites that are useful in budgeting, planning, and preparation of final plats.  Land survey information as well as data to be utilized in engineering design.

Presented also were websites designed to help surveyors research projects by searching for recorded instruments and old maps.  All in an effort to put forth an accurate final product.

Discussion was held and questions were asked throughout the presentation.  The presentation concluded at 9:00 pm.

BUSINESS MEETING

MINUTES

There were no minutes for the June meeting

TREASURER REPORT

Checking:         $XXXXX

Savings:            $XXXXX

Duck:               $XXXXX

Scholarship:     $XXXXX

DIRECTOR’S REPORT

Director Charles Adamson was unable to attend.  No Director’s report was given.

OLD BUSINESS

There was no old business.

NEW BUSINESS

–Lou Marchuk reported on the upcoming speakers for the rest of 2019.  More options will come at a later date.

CLOSING

At 9:10 pm it was moved to adjourn the business meeting; seconded, and approved by voice-vote. 

Craig Stratton, Recording Secretary

SAWJ Dinner Meeting Presentation Thursday July 11th!

Come out and join us at our monthly Dinner Meeting presentation at Carlucci’s Waterfront in Mt. Laurel on  Thursday  July 11th  at 7PM – 9:30 +/-. This months guest speaker is Craig Stratton PLS  who will discuss:

Internet Resources for Land Surveyors and Engineering Aids.

The presentation will cover some of the internet resources that can be helpful to put together budget proposals for surveying and engineering projects. It will also cover some useful websites for research, evaluation, and final product production.

Cost $35

SAWJ Meeting -Dinner Presentation Thursday June 13th, 2019

The Surveyors Association of West Jersey will have its monthly meeting this Thursday June 13th,  2019 At Carlucci’s Waterfront located in Mt . Laurel NJ.

Our speaker for this meeting will be Micheal R. Vargo PLS from Vargo Associates  who will make a presentation on Green Acres.  7PM presentation.Cost$35  dinner included.

Everyone is Welcome,No reservation required.

Senior Surveyor Recruiting

Job Description
Pennoni is a multidisciplinary consulting engineering firm founded more than five decades ago. We approach engineering challenges from a wider spectrum of angles than most, from land development to energy management. Our goal is to help communities and private sector clients alike navigate the ever-changing technological advancements available and learn how best to integrate “smart” solutions into the current landscape to make them a part of resilient and sustainable planning. Our combination of talent and experience generates unprecedented solutions for diverse and iconic projects around the globe.

Job Responsibilities
Pennoni Associates is currently looking for a Project Surveyor to perform the following, but not limited to:
• Overseeing the professional supervision and management of the survey and survey mapping projects to achieve the profitability, safety, quality, and operations of the company
• Preparation of legal descriptions, easement descriptions, and estimates of survey needs
• Conducting boundary, ALTA, and topographic surveys, primarily as support for engineering projects
• Plan preparation and construction layout
• Scheduling field crews and ensuring project deadlines are met
• Client coordination and Proposal Preparation
• Plan review and Quality Control/Quality Assurance
• Staff Mentoring

Job Requirements
Required Attributes
• Degree Required: High School Diploma or higher
Minimum years of experience: 4-7
• Computer skills required: AutoCAD and Microsoft Office Suite
• License not required but is preferred:
Preferred Attributes
• Good written and verbal skills
• Schedule coordination skills
• Ability to follow-up with client questions and comments

Why Work With Us?
At our core, we recognize that the unique qualities of our Pennoni individuals are essential for innovation and growth as a whole. Pennoni, an ENR Top 500 consulting engineering firm, offers many opportunities to help you build your career. We continually strive to build a great workplace where our employees trust the people they work for, enjoy the people they work with, and take pride in what they do.
Equal Opportunity Employer

Dennis S. DiBlasio, PLS , PP
Vice President

Pennoni
515 Grove Street, Suite 1B | Haddon Heights, NJ 08035
Direct: +1 (856) 656-2865
www.pennoni.com | DDiBlasio@Pennoni.com

NJSPLS General Membership Meeting

If you are not aware SAWJ will be hosting this years  “NJSPLS General Membership Meeting”  at Carlucci’s Waterfront at our regularly scheduled monthly meeting on Thursday May 9th at 7pm.

Our guest speaker for this event will be Tara Vargo, Esq. who will be discussing “The NJ Prevailing Wage Act – When does it apply to Surveying Activities and How to Adjust Employees’ Paychecks. The cost will be $35 at the door.

Social Hour is from  6pm to 7pm with the dinner / presentation starting at 7pm.

All are Welcome. No prior registration is required.

Hope to see you there.

 

SURVEYOR’S ASSOCIATION OF WEST JERSEY MINUTES OF MEETING. APRIL 11, 2019

Carlucci’s Waterfront

876 Centerton Road, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054

President Bill Haggerty called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm.  Mr. Haggerty asked the membership present to go around the room and make introductions.

The floor was turned over to tonight’s speaker.

SPEAKER

The speaker tonight is Mike Ruth P.L.S. Mr. Ruth has been surveying for over thirty years. His experience ranges from working as a head of a design team providing base mapping, surfaces and alignments for DOT projects. To the constructing of heavy highway projects including bridges.

The discussion tonight focused on using CAD software to aid in construction surveying from field to finish.  One project was highlighted in which confusion over coordinate systems led to an error in a field stakeout of a house foundation within a subdivision.  In this example, the error was not discovered until a foundation as-built was ordered and another survey crew discovered it was built in the wrong area.

Mr. Ruth emphasized the need for constant communication in construction projects, not only between surveyors and contractors, but other surveyors who come into projects at later dates.  There is an absolute need to be able to work with coordinate systems that are in agreement with other work.

Mr. Ruth took questions from the membership throughout the lecture.

BUSINESS MEETING

MINUTES

A motion was made to accept the minutes from the March meeting.  The minutes were not presented on the SAWJ website at the time of this meeting.  The motion was seconded.  The motion past by unanimous voice vote.S

TREASURER REPORT

Treasurer, Richard Sapio presented the following financial report, dated April 11, 2019.

          Checking       $xxxx

          Savings          $xxxx

          Duck              $xxxx

          Scholarship   $xxxx

          TOTAL         $xxxx

DIRECTOR’S REPORT

Director Charles Adamson shared a letter from Assemblywoman Dianne C. Gove of the 9district addressed to NJSPLS President Ambrose Gmeiner thanking NJSPLS for inviting her to the National Land Surveyors Week in Lacy Township.

The next NJSPLS General Membership Meeting will be hosted by SAWJ and take place on Thursday, May 9 at Carlucci’s Waterfront.  876 Centerton Road, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054.  The speaker will be Tara Vargo, Esq. who will present on the New Jersey Prevailing Wage Act.  Social hour begins at 6pm.  Dinner and presentation will begin at 7pm.  The cost is $35 per person.  For more information you may contact any member of SAWJ or Mark Husik at marklhusik@gmail.com

OLD BUSINESS

There was no old business to discuss.

NEW BUSINESS

The following is a list of upcoming presentations for SAWJ:

May 9.  Tara Vargo – Prevailing Wage

June 13.  Mike Vargo – Green Acres Surveying

July 11.  Craig Stratton – Internet Resources for Surveyors

August 8.  Steve Mervine – Municipal Boundaries

September 12. Joseph T. Ciampoli, Esq. – topic TBD

October 10.  Chip Adamson and Kevin Zelinski – GIS and Tax Map preparation

November 14.  Bruce Blair – Unusual Property Descriptions.

CLOSING

At 9:00 pm it was moved to adjourn the business meeting; seconded and approved by voice-vote. 

Craig Stratton, Recording Secretary

SURVEYOR’S ASSOCIATION OF WEST JERSEY MINUTES OF MEETING. MARCH 14, 2019

Carlucci’s Waterfront

876 Centerton Road, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054

President Bill Haggerty called the meeting to order at 6:55 pm.  Mr. Haggerty asked the membership present to go around the room and make introductions.

The floor was turned over to tonight’s speaker.

SPEAKER

The speakers tonight are Dan McIntire and Barry Gleissner, P.L.S. from Axis Geospatial, LLC.  The topic discussed tonight is LiDAR, UAV technology and how it can be utilized in the surveying community.

Mr. Gleissner and Mr. McIntire presented on the difference between fixed wing aircraft and drone aircraft.  At Axis Geospatial, they are able to perform mapping projects with LiDAR from a fixed wing aircraft and get accuracies up to 0.05’ vertical.  These accuracies are not yet available using drones.

Additionally, the presentation focused on the need for good ground control on site to aid in the accuracy of aerial mapping.  Some elements of projects may need to be supplemented with traditional survey techniques.

The gentlemen took questions from the membership throughout the lecture.

BUSINESS MEETING

MINUTES

A motion was made to accept the minutes from the January meeting as presented to the membership via SAWJ.org.  The motion was seconded.  The motion past by unanimous voice vote.

TREASURER REPORT

Treasurer, Richard Sapio presented the following financial report, dated March 14, 2019.

          Checking      xxxxxxxx

          Savings          xxxxxxx

          Duck              xxxxxxx

          Scholarship   xxxxxxx

          TOTAL         xxxxxxxx

SAWJ has sent a check in the amount of $250.00 to NJSPLS for the scholarship fund in the name of John Gellenthin.  A total scholarship of $1,000.00 will be given away.  Other donations were received and any difference will be made up by NJSPLS.

DIRECTOR’S REPORT

Director Charles Adamson attended the Board of Directors meeting March 5, 2019 and presented his report to the membership as follows:

            STATE BOARD

            No report

            EXECUTIVE

            Looking for articles for the Good Points Emails

New ideas: web classes, CST exams for techs, Career Fairs and workshops

National Surveyors week is coming.  On March 19 in Lacy Township there will be a celebration at the calibration baseline to promote the profession.  For more details see the NJSPS website

            NJSPLS CONFERENCE

            The conference had 700 members and 150 vendors and board members.

Scholarship awards will be at the May 9, 2019 Board of Directors Meeting at the SAWJ chapter meeting

PUBLIC RELATIONS

NJIT will compete in the national survey competition

NJSPLS was represented and spoke at the fence conference.

GIS/LIS COMMITTEE

NJSPLS will meet with NJGF meeting on March 14, 2019

EDUCATION

NJIT Surveying program is having enrollment issues

Rowan University is going to have a surveying program up and running by fall 2019

The University of Main is going to have an on-line land surveying degree program

LEGISLATIVE

All legislative bills that NJSPLS is tracking are on the website.  The committee is reviewing all the new bills and will note our actions for each bill.  The NJ specific exam bill is in review and hopefully passes by the end of this year.

NEW BUSINESS

Consolidating chapters

If the state specific exam passes, who writes the exam?

Remember 2022 datum change

Fellows Nominations were made and approved:

Carl Peters and Barry Gleissner

SCHOLARSHIPS

(As previously noted in treasurer’s report)

OLD BUSINESS

Raffle tickets for the NJSPLS Scholarship fund are still for sale.  See Rick Sapio if you are interested.S

NEW BUSINESS

Lou Marchuk has presenters lined up for the upcoming months.

All of the courses for last year’s meetings have been submitted to the state. All but two have been approved for continuing education credits for Land Surveying but those two have been approved for Civil Engineering.  Surveyors can use up to 8 credits of related fields for their license renewals.

CLOSING

At 9:00 pm it was moved to adjourn the business meeting; seconded, and approved by voice-vote. 

Craig Stratton, Recording Secretary

SAWJ/ Dinner Meeting -Thursday April 11th – Construction Layout Issues using AutoCad

The Surveyors Association of West Jersey will have its monthly meeting this Thursday March 14th,  2019 At Carlucci’s Waterfront located in Mt . Laurel NJ. Cost $35

Our speaker for this meeting will be Mike Ruth PLS . Mr. Ruth has been surveying for over thirty years. His experience ranges from working as a head of a design team providing basemapping, surfaces and alignments for DOT projects. To the constructing of heavy highway projects including bridges.

Mr. Ruth is currently working for a developer in the Allentown area. He works as a one man team providing his services to numerous Forman and superintends in the development of new subdivisions. His services cover the utilities, sanitary and storm (all improvements). Including as built mapping for the county agencies. Over the thirty year period Mr. Ruth has remained up to date with the equipment and software available to land surveyors. He is also licensed in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

No registration required, pay the night of the event .

All are welcome!