SURVEYORS’ ASSOCIATION OF WEST JERSEY

May 10, 2018

MINUTES OF MEETING

Carlucci’s Waterfront 876 Centerton Road, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054

President Bill Haggerty called the meeting to order at 7:01 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 Bruce Blair, P.LS. and P.P. The topic was Forensic Surveying.  Mr. Blair introduced the membership to the field of Forensic Surveying.  He discussed how surveyors can become part of Boundary Line Commissions, and how those commissions can be created.  NJSA 13:40-5 is the statute which describes the Boundary Line Commissions and its uses in the courts.

Per Mr. Blair, the commission would be created to settle boundary disputes, issue reports to be filed with the superior court and offer suggestions to resolution.  The chancery judge in a particular area will appoint the commission.

Mr. Blair’s lecture also included the preparation of forensic surveys as part of court cases.  He gave may examples of how to meet the needs of the client’s and give expert testimony.

Discussion was held and questions were asked throughout the presentation.  The presentation concluded at 8:55 pm.

BUSINESS MEETING

 MINUTES

There were no minutes for April, 2018.

TREASURER REPORT

The total money in the SAWJ account is XXXXXXXX  Detailed report was not available.  A motion to approve the treasurer’s report was made and seconded.  Passed by voice vote.

DIRECTOR’S REPORT

Director Charles Adamson issued his report by giving handouts to the membership.  NSPS has started a website to attract new people to the profession.  www.beasurveyor.com

A complete list of the Director’s Report items can be obtained upon request.

OLD BUSINESS

David Doyle was the presenter at the March Meeting.  SAWJ thanks Mr. Doyle for his contributions.

NJSPLS has asked each chapter to purchase a table at the upcoming awards banquet on June 2, 2018.  A motion was made to approve the purchase of a table by SAWJ.  The motion was seconded and approved by unanimous vote.  SAWJ plans to open it up to members who wish to go.  They can go for free and sit at the SAWJ table.

NEW BUSINESS

Bill Robins of Robins Surveying has suffered a stroke and is in a rehabilitation center.  His firm is a small firm and they are asking for help to keep going while Bill recovers.  The membership of SAWJ has agreed to send a card and fruit basked.

NJSPLS Newsletter recently featured a new article by Bill Henning.  The membership was encouraged to read Mr. Henning’s article.

The Professional Development Hours fee needs to be renewed to the state board.  A motion was made to pay the fee, seconded and passed by unanimous vote.

The next speaker for the meeting on June 14 will be Ricardo Pasine with BAE.

CLOSING

 At 9:31 pm it was moved to adjourn the business meeting; seconded, and approved by voice-vote.

Craig Stratton, Recording Secretary

SAWJ Meeting-Bruce Blair

SAWJ is honored to have Bruce Blair, PLS, as our guest speaker at our May 10th meeting .Mr. Blair has over 50 years in all phases of surveying, including- cadastral, hydrographic and aerial. He will discuss the Boundary Line Commission a well as talk about forensic surveying and the responsibility of a forensic surveyor with regards to the courts. Mr. Blair will discuss the affidavit of merit and its purpose and also the activities after you are retained as an expert.

An experienced surveyor is often called upon by an attorney or a title company to opine on the merits, or lack thereof, of various surveying properties. If it is a legal issue and may result in an action at court, it is then properly referred to as a Forensic Survey. Lately most have taken this to mean an accident survey or other criminal activity where scanners and lidar and other high-tech procedures are involved. While this is often the case, it is not the basics. A forensic surveyor must be able to understand the title aspects of ownership and possession as any other surveyor. They are often called upon to position the accident or occurrence on or in front of properties so that proper liability may be determined. This usually involves reviewing material from other surveyors and either supporting or contesting their findings. In some cases it is the “policing of the profession”. Mr. Blair will discuss various cases and whether or not he has accepted them or rejected them. There are also times when you refer them to responsible surveyors due to conflicts of interest. Come prepared to ask questions but keep them civil 😊

 

 

Modernization of the National Spatial Reference System

The Surveyors Association Of West Jersey  is honored to welcome back  Dave Doyle (NGS retired, Editor xyHt, Presenter at GoLearn) to our chapter for a presentation on the  “Modernization of the National Spatial Reference System” .  This presentation will take place at our regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday April 12, 2018. at

Carlucci’s Waterfront
876 Centerton Road, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054


6:30PM Cocktails
7:00PM

Dinner/Meeting         Cost $35

 

During the next several years enhancements and additions to the network of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) including: the U.S. NAVSTAR Global Positioning System, Russian GLONASS, European Union GALILEO and China’s BeiDou will significantly improve the use of space-based positioning systems for surveying, mapping, charting, navigation and innumerable other applications. In order to meet the anticipated demands for an improved geospatial framework that these developments will require, the National Geodetic Survey (NGS) is implementing a plan for the modernization of the National Spatial Reference System (NSRS). Among the various topics outlined in this plan is the adoption of an entirely new geodetic reference frame with updated geometric (horizontal) and gravimetric (vertical) realizations that will replace the North American Datum of 1983 (NAD 83), the North American Vertical Datum of 1988 (NAVD 88) and the several island vertical datums. The new framework will be designed such that the geometric component (latitude, longitude, ellipsoid height) will be virtually identical to and aligned with the International Terrestrial Reference Frame (ITRF), while orthometric heights will be based exclusively on a nation-wide high accuracy (1-2 cm) gravimetric geoid model. This presentation highlights the rational for these changes; the various elements that currently define the NSRS and the activities NGS is engaged in to improve the capacity of and access to the NSRS.

Dave Doyle joined the National Geodetic Survey in 1972 and held the position of Chief Geodetic Surveyor at his retirement in January, 2013. He was responsible for the development, technical design and management of plans and programs that enhance the United States National Spatial Reference System. He has provided technical assistance in geodesy to international, federal, state and local surveying, mapping and GIS agencies.
During his time at NGS his experiences included all phases of geodetic triangulation, astronomic positioning, leveling, GPS data collection, data analysis, datum transformations, network adjustments, and data publication.
Mr. Doyle’s activities also include many articles in national and local surveying publications and he has conducted hundreds of workshops and seminars detailing the numerous aspects of geodesy and the National Spatial Reference System. Editor of xyHt.

 

 

SAWJ Meeting March 8, 2018 Craig Stratton”Filing a eLOMA”

The Surveyors Association of West Jersey will have its monthly meeting this Thursday March 8th,  2018 At Carlucci’s Waterfront located in Mt . Laurel NJ. Our speaker for this meeting will be Craig Stratton of Trenton Engineering  who will present “Filing an eLOMA to remove a structure from the Special Flood Hazard Area using the FEMA website”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

All are welcome.

Carlucci’s Waterfront
876 Centerton Road, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
6:30PM Cocktails
7:00PM Dinner/Meeting

Cost $35

 

SAWJ Meeting February 8th 2018

The Surveyors Association of West Jersey will have its monthly meeting this Thursday February 8,  2018 At Carlucci’s Waterfront located in Mt . Laurel NJ. Our speaker for this meeting will be Paul Tully and aided by Steffanie A. Lerch with Eagle Wealth Strategies (Certified Financial Planner and Retirement Income Certified Professionals).

Discussions may include:

1. Planning for lifetime income needs in a low interest rate world.
2. Longevity may result in a 30 year retirement-do you have the resources to fund that?
3. When to begin Social Security.
4. US stock market at an all-time high-what’s next?
5. Long term care-at home or in a nursing facility, costs and options to pay.
6. Debt in retirement.
7. How to minimize taxes and costs on retirement income
8. Beware the annuity salesperson! Too good to be true.
9. Everyone needs a financial plan for retirement. No plan is still a plan, just a bad one. Consequences of not matching your goals and your resources.

 

All are welcome.

Carlucci’s Waterfront
876 Centerton Road, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
6:30PM Cocktails
7:00PM Dinner/Meeting

Cost $35

SAWJ Meeting Thursday Jan. 11th _Lou Marchuk “Vertical Control Issues”

The Surveyors Association of West Jersey will have its monthly meeting this Thursday January 11, 2018 At Carlucci’s Waterfront located in Mt . Laurel NJ. Our speaker for this meeting will be Lou Marchuk, PLS, PE.

Lou was formerly NJDOT Geodetic Surveyor and will be discussing  Vertical Control Issues, Locating, Determining the best control for the project.

 

 

 

 

All are welcome.

Carlucci’s Waterfront
876 Centerton Road, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
6:30PM Cocktails
7:00PM Dinner/Meeting

SAWJ Meeting Thursday Nov. 9th _ Adam Grant _ Drones!

The Surveyors Association of West Jersey will have its monthly meeting this Thursday November 9, 2017 At Carlucci’s Waterfront located in Mt . Laurel NJ. Our speaker for this meeting will be Adam Grant.

Adam Grant, Odin Areodata and Consulting Engineering Services

Presentation will be on drone functions and capabilities.
He will discuss FAA Regulations and the process to work within those regulations.
Pix4D, which is a photogrammetry software program.
He will present some project examples using drones for surveying.

 

ll are welcome.

Carlucci’s Waterfront
876 Centerton Road, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
6:30PM Cocktails
7:00PM Dinner/Meeting
$35

SAWJ Meeting Thursday Oct.12th – “A Discussion of ALTA/NSPS Land Title Surveys”

The Surveyors Association of West Jersey will have its monthly meeting this Thursday October 12th. Our guest speaker for this event will be Tara Vargo, Esq. and our topic will be “A Discussion of ALTA/NSPS Land Title Surveys”

Bullet points :

  • ALTA/NSPS Land Title Survey standards
  • A review of Table A items
  • Certifications –standard text, notes, and what parties are included?
  • “List of Encroachments”
  • “Old” versus “New” legal descriptions
  • Zoning status
  • Flood Zone plotting
  • Deed research issues

handouts will be provided.

All are welcome.

Carlucci’s Waterfront
876 Centerton Road, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
6:30PM Cocktails
7:00PM Dinner/Meeting
$35

SAWJ Meeting September 14. Ed Pagan — The Surveyor and the Law

To All,

The Surveyors Association of West Jersey will have its monthly meeting this Thursday September 14th. Our guest speaker for this event will be Ed Pagan esq. — “The Surveyor and the Law”

Ed has presented to our chapter on several occasions as well as presentations for NJSPLS. He is a dynamic speaker that provides knowledge and insight to the many legal aspects with regards to the surveying profession.

It is sure to be an informative and interesting discussion so come with your questions. It will be an event that will be enjoyable and you will walk away a little smarter than when you came.

All are welcome.

Carlucci’s Waterfront
876 Centerton Road, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
6:30PM Cocktails
7:00PM Dinner/Meeting
$35