WEST JERSEY CHAPTER DIRECTOR’S REPORT –May 2016–

WEST JERSEY CHAPTER DIRECTOR’S REPORT
Prepared by: Charles E. Adamson, Director of West Jersey
Board of Director’s Meeting Date: May 10, 2016
West Jersey Meeting Date: May 12, 2016
State Board Report:
• No report, they did not have a meeting.
Executive Comm.:
• A focus group has been set up to study the answers/comments about land surveying in the future. The biggest response was to how to get younger people involved with land surveying and go back to the High Schools.
• John Rossi resigned as Vice President, so Ambrose Gmeiner moved up to fill V.P. seat and we approved John Beattie a North Jersey Director to take the Director at Large position.
NSPS Governor:
• Jim Sens will email a detailed report about the NSPS spring conference.
NJSPLS Conference:
• The conference will be more electronic and we are going to improve the Tech day on Friday.
Public Relations:
• Annual Awards Dinner is Saturday, May 14, 2016 at Clarion Hotel in Toms River. Chip Adamson, Steve Mervine and Bill Haggerty are attending for West Jersey. (110 people are attending)
• NJSPLS is designing a new, improved and updated booth for various conferences.
GIS/LIS Comm.:
• NJSPLS has a boundary task force committee at NJGF. Headed by the GIS/LIS Comm. they have quarterly meetings in Trenton and has made the announcement.
• The GIS/LIS Comm. is looking for speakers for MACUROSA conference in October.
• Chip Adamson will be co-chair on the NJSPLS GIS/LIS comm. with Dawn McCall.
• The GIS/LIS Comm. submitted a 2016/2017 budget for &5,000 for various events, meetings and activities during this year and it will be included in the NJSPLS budget and voted on at July’s meeting.
Education Comm.:
• Setting up CST classes in September and the CST test will be in October this year.
Legislative:
• All legislative bills that NJSPLS is tracking are on our web site. All bills that are new or reintroduced committee is reviewing.
• NJSPLS is sending a letter to support the Digital Coast Act to Senators Booker (NJ), Baldwin (WI) & Murkowski (AK)
NJSPLS Scholarship Foundation:
• Charlie Bell is running the raffle again this year, Bill has the tickets if you need them. Charlie has said that it looks like we will raise less then we did last year unless we get more tickets sold.
• Looking to do a study on investing the scholarship foundation so we can earn more interest.
NJSPLS 2016 SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS:
George Swensen – $2,500
Ethan Hyder – $1,500
Jacob Elliott – $1,500
El Mehdi Bendsame – $1,500
Nicholas Van Wattingen – $1,500

NJSPLS 2016 Annual Awards:
Surveyor of the Year – Peter Burgess PLS, PE
Lifetime Achievement – Richard Smith, Jr. PLS
Technician of the Year – Timothy Coyle & Lew Reed
“Friend of the Society” – John & Rosemary Boyd, Boyd Instruments

SAWJ Meeting Minutes 4-14-16

SURVEYORS’ ASSOCIATION OF
WEST JERSEY
April 14, 2016
MINUTES OF MEETING
Carlucci’s Waterfront
876 Centerton Road, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054

President William Haggerty called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm. Mr. Haggerty asked for the membership present to introduce themselves and then invited the presenter to begin.

SPEAKER

The speaker tonight is Jerry Jones, President of Western Group, LLC. The presentation was about New Jersey tidelands claims and riparian zones. Western Group runs a program called NJ Property Fax, which provides users with detailed property reports, including current tax maps and zone classifications, as well as flood zone classification and tidelands or riparian claims.

Western provides clients with reports on Tidelands Determination, which are insured to be accurate. Employees of Western go to the NJ Tidelands Department multiple times per year to scan and record the most current tidelands claim maps.

Current subscribers of NJ Property Fax can obtain a Tidelands Determination on a property for a discounted rate of $20 to $30. Western generations numerous reports per day for a wide variety of customers including title companies, attorneys, engineers, and surveyors.

The presenters concluded and opened the floor for questions. The presentation concluded at 8:00pm.

BUSINESS MEETING

DIRECTOR’S REPORT
The Director did not have a report.

TREASURER REPORT
Treasurer, Richard Sapio, did not have account totals to report. He did inform the membership that a formal Thank You note was received from the NJIT Student Competition organizers for the SAWJ gift of $500.00.

MINUTES
Minutes from last meeting were posted on the website. Motion was made to accept the minutes as posted. Motion passed by voice vote

NEW BUSINESS
Discussions were held regarding the attendance of SAWJ members at the upcoming NJSPLS awards banquet on Saturday, May 14 at the Clarion in Toms River. Peter Burgess, P.E. & P.L.S., member of SAWJ, is this year’s recipient of Surveyor of the Year. SAWJ was asked to sponsor at least one full table at the banquet and make a $500 donation to the NJSPLS Scholarship Fund. A motion is made and seconded to make the $500 donation. Motion is passed by voice vote.

An announcement was made that certain townships in New Jersey are now requiring a Plan of Survey before issuing Certificates of Occupancy for home purchases.

Rowan/GCC is looking for an instructor for CET 108 (Introduction to Surveying) for the Fall 2016 semester. This course is a systematic study of the basic principles of plane surveying. Topics include field practice, office procedures, and familiarization with various surveying instruments (transit, theodolite, EDM, total station, automatic-level, and laser-level). Traversing, triangulation, and leveling are also studied. The schools is looking for someone with a Master’s in some type of Engineering or a related field with experience in surveying. In lieu of a Masters, significant experience in surveying will be considered. The course would pay $2010 for the semester and can be flexible on when it is scheduled. It would meet for 2 ½ hours per week total (either one 2 ½ hour class or two 1 ¼ hour meetings on 2 days a week) for 15 weeks. Interested parties are to contact:

Dr. Brenden Rickards, Ph.D.
Dean, STEM Division
Associate Professor, Biology
Rowan College at Gloucester County
1400 Tanyard Road
Sewell, NJ 08080
(856) 415-2279
brickar1@rcgc.edu

OLD BUSINESS
There is no old business to discuss at this time

GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
A brief discussion was held regarding the “Final Point” program available through Bernsten, in which a monument may be made to honor the memory of passed surveyors. NJSPLS will help with the setting of points, if requested

CLOSING

The door-prize was won by John FitzGibbon who contributed the money to the Duck Fund. At 8:36 pm it was moved to adjourn the meeting; seconded, and approved by voice-vote.

Craig Stratton, Recording Secretary

SAWJ meeting Thursday April 14, 2016

The Surveyors Association of West Jersey will be having its monthly meeting on Thursday April 14, 2016 at:
Carlucci’s Waterfront
876 Centerton Road, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
6:30PM Cocktails
7:00PM Dinner/Meeting
$35

Our guest speaker for this event will be Jerry Jones, from Western Technology Group who will discuss tidelands research, Flood determination data and other information that land surveyors typically acquire on projects such as tax maps etc.

All are welcome!

SAWJ Meeting minutes March10th, 2016

SURVEYORS’ ASSOCIATION OF
WEST JERSEY
March 10, 2016
MINUTES OF MEETING
Carlucci’s Waterfront
876 Centerton Road, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054

President William Haggerty called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm. Mr. Haggerty invited the presenter to begin.

SPEAKER

The speaker tonight is Brian Shaw, C.F.M, Director of Sales and Marketing for Smart Vent. The presentation was about the Smart Vent product and how surveyors can use Smart Vent to help clients who are paying for flood insurance.

Brian went over the details of the FEMA Elevation Certificate and how each item is used as a cost basis for pricing flood insurance through the NFIP. He explained specifically how engineered flood openings, such as Smart Vents, can reduce the hydrostatic pressure of flood waters against a structure.

Smart Vent has established an in-house insurance company to offer competitive rates for flood insurance to property owners. In an effort to educate the public on the advantages of the Smart Vent, the company offers a Flood Evaluation resource, in which surveyor’s can submit a completed Elevation Certificate for evaluation and they will issue a report detailing way in which the property owner can lower insurance costs.

This program is available free of charge and can be accessed by going to www.yourfloodrisk.com

Questions were asked throughout the presentation. The presentation concluded at 8:53pm.

BUSINESS MEETING

MINUTES
Minutes from last meeting were posted on the website. Motion was made to accept the minutes as posted. Motion passed by voice vote

TREASURER REPORT
Treasurer, Richard Sapio, presented the following financial report, dated: March 10, 2016
Checking XXXXX
Savings XXXXX
Duck XXXXX
Scholarship XXXXX
TOTAL XXXXX

GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
If anyone is looking for old survey records prepared by Rick Humphries you may contact Charlie Walton.

OLD BUSINESS
There is no old business to discuss at this time.

NEW BUSINESS
David Aguanno, President of the North Jersey chapter of NJSPLS, has asked SAWJ to make a financial contribution to the NJIT SET students competing in this year’s student competition. A motion was made to make a contribution of $500.00. The motion passed by voice vote.

Discussion was raised regarding the attendance of NJSPLS members to the MAC URISA conference and whether the accommodations were being paid for by NJSPLS. NJSPLS Director Charles Adamson reported that the motion to pay for the attendees was presented at the last NJSPLS meeting and voted down.

Discussions were held regarding the attendance of SAWJ members at the upcoming NJSPLS awards banquet on Saturday, May 12 at the Clarion in Toms River. SAWJ was asked to sponsor at least one full table at the banquet. Charles Adamson will accept emails from members who wish to attend. SAWJ will pay for one table and hopefully have 10 members to fill the table.

The next SAWJ chapter meeting will be held on April 14. The speaker will be Jerry Jones who will be discussing N.J. Tidelands mapping.

DIRECTOR’S REPORT
Charles Adamson reported on the number of students currently enrolled in the SET program at NJIT. He discussed the legislative bills currently under review by NJSPLS. He announced that the Surveyor of the Year award will go to Peter Burgess for his role in the surveying education in the state of New Jersey.

CLOSING

The door-prize was won by Rich Federico who contributed the money to the Duck Fund.

At 9:28 PM. it was moved to adjourn the meeting; seconded, and approved by voice-vote.

Craig Stratton, Recording Secretary

SAWJ Meeting Thursday ,March 10, 2016 -Smart Vent

inward-smart-vent The Surveyors Association of West Jersey will be having its monthly meeting on Thursday March 10, 2016 at:
Carlucci’s Waterfront
876 Centerton Road, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
6:30PM Cocktails
7:00PM Dinner/Meeting
$35

Our flooded-house_645x400guest speaker for this event will be representatives from Smart vent who will be explaining and demonstrating what a Smart vent is, the importance to homeowners and how it relates to the surveying profession.

All are welcome!

SAWJ Meeting Minutes February 11, 2016

SURVEYORS’ ASSOCIATION OF
WEST JERSEY
February 11, 2016
MINUTES OF MEETING
Carlucci’s Waterfront
876 Centerton Road, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054

President William Haggerty called the meeting to order at 7:01 pm. Mr. Haggerty invited the presenter to begin.

SPEAKER

The speaker tonight is Fredrick A. Czepiga, P.L.S., former N.J. State of Transportation Land Surveyor with New Jersey Geodetic Survey, presenting on geodetic control monumentation across the state, National Geodetic Survey Data Sheets, and the ways in which surveyors can access and utilize available information.

Fred reviewed the information available on the NGS Data sheets.
INTERPRET DATA INFORMATION
–Data sheets containing NAVD 88 elevations to 3 decimal places indicates it was derived by leveling. Anything less is an elevation derived from observation.
–Data sheets containing latitude and longitude information to 5 decimal places indicates it was derived by GPS observation and can be used as a control station. If the values are to 2 decimal places, this indicates it was derived from handheld GPS.

Resources for research available to the Surveyor for control information:
–NJ Geological Survey 1864 report
–NGS Website. Includes interactive search options
–Google Earth, including OPUS database DSWORLD, which plots marks by county. Also includes un-published marks and marks recovered by the geocaching community.
— http://surveymarks.planetzhanna.com/ Website dedicated to recovering lost benchmarks

Questions were asked throughout the presentation. The presentation concluded at 9:09pm.
BUSINESS MEETING

MINUTES
Minutes from last meeting were posted on the website. Motion was made to accept the minutes as posted. Motion passed by voice vote

TREASURER REPORT
Treasurer, Richard Sapio, presented the following financial report, dated: February 11, 2016
Checking $XXX
Savings $XXX
Duck $XXX
Scholarship $XXXX
TOTAL $XXX

GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
There will be an NJSPLS general membership meeting on March 8, 2016 at the Clarion in Toms River, N.J. The topic of presentation will be Drone Surveying.

SURVEYORS’ ASSOCIATION OF
WEST JERSEY
OLD BUSINESS
NJSPLS Conference. February 3-5, 2016 at Bally’s Atlantic City.

Discussion was opened by Lou Marchuk regarding the need for more National Geodetic Survey and GPS courses at the conferences. Mr. Marchuk suggests that the membership of SAWJ should make formal suggestions to Chip Adamson and John Rossi on what courses they would like to see offered at conferences.

SAWJ Members who attended the Survey Technician meeting on February 5 was a success and should be a regular event.

NEW BUSINESS
Lou Marchuk presented the list of upcoming speakers SAWJ has scheduled for the year. Open spots are looking to be filled. The spots currently open for possible presenters includes June 9th, August 11th, and November 10th. The membership discussed possible topics and presenters for the open months. If anyone has a suggestion for a presentation, contact Lou Marchuk or William Haggerty.

NJSPLS awards banquet will be held in May. Specific date will be announced at a later date. Nominations for awards will take place at a future meeting. NJSPLS raffle tickets are available for sale. Raffle winners will be announced at the awards banquet.

NJSPLS Golf outing will be held in September.

Discussions were held on modifying the SAWJ Scholarship award system. The membership was in agreement that the old way of awarding scholarships did not work. William Haggerty asked for examples on other methods of scholarship awarding, including NJSPLS scholarships and the American Society of Civil Engineers. A decision on a new method will be made at a later meeting.

CLOSING

The door-prize was won by John Pierce who contributed the money to the Duck Fund.

At 9:28 PM. it was moved to adjourn the meeting; seconded, and approved by voice-vote.

Craig Stratton, Recording Secretary

 

 

 

SAWJ Meeting Minutes Jan14th, 2016

SURVEYORS’ ASSOCIATION OF
WEST JERSEY
January 14, 2016
MINUTES OF MEETING
Carlucci’s Waterfront
876 Centerton Road, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054

Vice-President, Steve Mervine, filling in for absent President William Haggerty, called the meeting to order at 6:46 PM. The meeting was began by the membership standing for the Pledge of Allegiance. Steve asked that we provide self-introductions around the tables.

BUSINESS MEETING

GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
Vice-President Steve Mervine announced the 2016 Executive Board for SAWJ, as elected at our November meeting. They are as follows:

President – William Haggerty
Vice-President – Steve Mervine
Treasurer – Rick Sapio
Sergeant At Arms – Mike ??????
Recording Secretary – Craig Stratton
Corresponding Secretary – Phillip Dember

Announcement was made that we have received verification from the state board for the approval of professional development hours for the following:

October, 2015. 3D Laser Scanning Basics. 1.5 pdh’s
September, 2015. Subsurface Underground Utilities. 1 pdh
August, 2015. Grid vs. Ground. 2 pdh’s
July, 2015. SAWJ History. 2 pdh’s

New certificates will be issued to reflect state approval.

SAWJ was mentioned in the December newsletter of NSPS News and Views regarding the oldest surveyors societies in the country.

John Rossi, coordinator of the NJSPLS Annual Golf Outing, announced that the 2016 Golf Outing will include an option to attend for the dinner and party afterwards for those who do not wish to play golf.

Steve mentioned that he would like the chapter to write letters to absentee committee members to inform them that their position would be replaced by other members if they could not continue in the committee.

MINUTES
Steve announced we did not have a business meeting in December, so there are no minutes to discuss.

TREASURER REPORT
Treasurer, Richard Sapio, presented the following financial report, dated: January 14, 2016
Checking XX
Savings XX
Duck XX
Scholarship XX
TOTAL XX

DIRECTOR’S REPORT

SAWJ NJSPLS Director Charles E. Adamson submitted his report on NJSPLS, which is attached hereto.

OLD BUSINESS

There is no old business at this time

NEW BUSINESS

–Discussion was held regarding the emailing of all reports to the entire membership.
–Lou Marchuk discussed the need for the chapter to provide professional training to members. He has many ideas for presentation topics and wants to have a wide variety of topics. He is asking the membership to bring to meetings any issues with projects that come up, so the entire membership can offer insight and learn from the solutions.
–Steve Mervine is asking for the membership to bring colleagues to the meetings in an attempt to increase the membership of SAWJ. Discussion was held to waive the $35 fee for potential members at their first meeting.
–Mervin Chew asked for a discussion for the nominations of the yearly NJSPLS awards. Discussion is tabled to a later meeting.

Steve Mervine announced the next SAWJ meeting for February 11, 2016. The meeting was turned over to the presenters at 7:20pm.

SPEAKER

The speaker tonight is Lou Marchuk, presenting on geodetic vertical control across the state and what resources are available to the surveyor. This presentation is part 1 of a two part series. Part 2 will be at the next meeting and given by Fred Czepiga. The presentation was opened by Lou asking each member to briefly explain how they use NGS monumentation in the field and in the office.

Discussions were held regarding the validity of monumentation set before 1940. Lou presented many internet resources for obtaining the latest vertical, horizontal, and GPS control sheets through NGS, and other platforms.

Lou and Fred reviewed the information available on the NGS Data sheets, how to interpret information, and how to convert information using NGS Vertcon program.

John Rossi added to the discussion with a possibility of creating a checklist of items to be provided by GPS control point providers. This would be helpful to surveyors who sub-contract GPS control to others.

Lou Marchuk plans to email the membership his presentation pieces, which includes hyperlinks to all the resources discussed at the meeting.

Questions were asked throughout the presentation. Lou asked for a final round of questions before announcing Part 2 will be at the February meeting. The presentation concluded at 9:18pm.

CLOSING

The door-prize was won by Mervin Chew who contributed the money to the Scholarship Fund.

At 9:20 PM. it was moved to adjourn the meeting; seconded, and approved by voice-vote.

Craig Stratton, Recording Secretary