SAWJ Meeting Thursday September 8th, 2016

The Surveyors Association of West Jersey will be having its monthly meeting on Thursday September 8, 2016 at:
Carlucci’s Waterfront
876 Centerton Road, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
6:30PM Cocktails
7:00PM Dinner/Meeting
$35boundary line

Our guest speaker for this event will be John Rossi PLS. The presentation topic will be on Boundary line issues. Specific problems that were encountered and how they were resolved.

All are welcome!

 

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attached is a link to last month’s meeting minutes. SAWJ Meeting minutes 8-11-16

SAWJ Meeting Minutes 8-11-2016

President William Haggerty called the meeting to order at 7:05 pm.  Mr. Haggerty asked for the membership to introduce themselves, then invited the presenter to begin.

SPEAKER

The speakers tonight are Ed and Hannah Pagan discussing copyright issues and infringement.  Also included in the topic were surveyors and engineers clients ownership, licenses, and transfer of copyrights, etc.20160811_194029

The presentation focused on surveyors and intellectual property, discussion was made about what exactly can be copyrighted, how copyright is defined and how can our industry protect itself.

Ed and Hannah Pagan presented on the need for clear and concise contracting in our industry and how contract can protect surveyors against copyright infringement.  It must be agreed upon up front what the survey will be used for and what it should not be used for.  It is not enough to put disclaimer notes on the final plan.

Ed and Hannah Pagan concluded and opened the floor for questions.  The presentation concluded at 9:10pm.

BUSINESS MEETING

TREASURER REPORT

Treasurer, Richard Sapio, presented the following financial report, dated July 14, 2016.

Checking       $XXXXXX

Savings          $XXXXXX

Duck              $XXXXXX

Scholarship  $XXXXXX

TOTAL         $XXXXXX

DIRECTOR’S REPORT

Director Chip Adamson was unavailable to give a report in person, but a draft of the NJSPLS Board of Directors meeting was given briefly by President Bill Haggerty.  A hard copy of the full report is available upon request.

OLD BUSINESS

There was no old business

NEW BUSINESS

Elections for next year’s board members will take place soon.  The membership was asked to prepare nominations for the September meeting.  It was suggested that member wishing to nominate individuals for position find out if that individual would be willing to take the appointment, if elected.

GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Camden County deeds are now available online

Mercer County new FEMA maps have become effective dated July 20, 2016.

CLOSING

 At 9:30 pm it was moved to adjourn the meeting; seconded, and approved by voice-vote.

Craig Stratton, Recording Secretary

NGS Webinar “Understanding the Information Found on NGS Datasheets” on August 11, 2016

SAWJ Member Lou Marchuk provided us with link to NGS’s webinar “Understanding the Information Found on NGS Datasheets” on August 11, 2016. Great info.!

Powerpoint presentation can be downloaded at: http://geodesy.noaa.gov/web/science_edu/presentations_library/files/Ellingson_2016_August_datasheets_presentation.pptx 

Video recording: http://www.ngs.noaa.gov/corbin /class_description/Datasheets. shtml

Presenter’s email address: john.ellingson@noaa.gov

Christine Gallagher
Constituent Resource Manager
NOAA’s National Geodetic Survey
New office number: 301-713-3225×128
202-236-6092 (cell)

SAWJ Meeting August 11, 2016

copyright-symbol-wordpressThe Surveyors Association of West Jersey will be having its monthly meeting on Thursday August 11, 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 Ed Pagan and Hanna (his daughter).  The presentation topic will be on Copyright Issues and Infringement , surveyor , engineers; clients ownership or license; transfer of copyrights, etc

All are welcome!

SAWJ Meeting Minutes July 14, 2016

President William Haggerty called the meeting to order at 7:05 pm.  Mr. Haggerty asked for the membership to introduce themselves, then invited the presenter to begin.

SPEAKER

The speaker tonight is David Day, CP, GISP from Keystone Aerial Surveys Inc. The presentation is on UAS regulations and usage.

Keystone Aerial has been in the business of aerial mapping for some time and has recently begun exploring the use of UAS as a means to provide a high quality product.  Mr. Day explained to the membership the limitations of UAS and the regulations regarding how and when UAS flights are allowed.   The quality of the products produced by UAS are based upon the quality of the camera.  In some instances, UAS mapping is able to produce accuracies of up to 1/4″.  Mr. Day stressed that with the rapid advancement of the technology that it is important for a surveyor, as a consumer of the product, to understand how the data is being compiled, what kind of hardware is in the UAS, and what type of software is being used for post processing.  For survey projects, data must be certified to a certain degree of accuracy.

Mr. Day plans to email the membership a copy of the Power Point presentation for everyone to use as a reference.

Mr. Day concluded and opened the floor for questions.  The presentation concluded at 8:45m.

BUSINESS MEETING

TREASURER REPORT

Treasurer, Richard Sapio, presented the following financial report, dated July 14, 2016.

Checking       $XXXXXXX

Savings          $XXXXXXX

Duck              $XXXXXXX

Scholarship  $XXXXXXX

TOTAL         $XXXXXXX

DIRECTOR’S REPORT

Director Chip Adamson was unavailable to give a report

OLD BUSINESS

There was no old business

NEW BUSINESS

Lou Marchuk discussed the possibility of having a legal consultant available for surveyors as a benefit of membership in NJSPLS.  He also states that this consultant would be useful to provide surveyors with updates in trespass law and to represent the society in educating the League of Municipalities, as a way to limit the use of surveys within municipalities without a signed or sealed copy from the surveyor.  This seems to be an issue when a property owner applies for building permits by drawing improvements onto a Plan of Survey without the knowledge of the professional.

Mr. Marchuck also suggested that the legal representative be Mr. Ed Pagan, and that Mr. Pagan could give a presentation to SAWJ in the future on topics such as trespass law, and other ways in which a legal consultant could be of value.

A motion to was made to make $1,500.00 made available for the possible consultation.  The motion was seconded and carried by voice vote.

GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

SAWJ January and February seminars have been submitted to the state for PDH approval.  March, April, May, and June will be submitted shortly.

Steve Mervine directed the memberships’ attention to the NJSPLS Calendar, which has been updated with all upcoming events.

http://www.njspls.org/events/event_list.asp

Harold Bozarth announced that any member wishing to obtain copies of old surveys prepared by surveyors who are retired or hard to reach, should contact him and he will get in touch with the proper individuals.

CLOSING

 At 9:23 pm it was moved to adjourn the meeting; seconded, and approved by voice-vote.

Craig Stratton, Recording Secretary

SAWJ Meeting Minutes June 9, 2016

President William Haggerty called the meeting to order at 6:58 pm.  Mr. Haggerty asked for the presenter to begin.

SPEAKER

The speaker tonight is Kevin Zelinsky, GISP, CMS, Associate with Remington & Vernick Engineers, Inc. & Affiliates.  The presentation was an introduction to aerial LiDAR and its applications in regards to surveying and engineering projects.

Mr. Zelinsky demonstrated the various ways in which LiDAR is being used throughout the state.  LiDAR data is being obtained for large scale topographic mapping and in the creation of digital elevation models.  The presentation illustrated how these projects are being implemented in New Jersey and how private companies can obtain this data to incorporate it into private sector projects

Mr. Zelinsky concluded and opened the floor for questions.  The presentation concluded at 8:54pm.

BUSINESS MEETING

 MINUTES

There were no minutes from the last meeting.

TREASURER REPORT

Treasurer, Richard Sapio, reports that he received SAWJ dues money from NJSPLS for the membership.  Mr. Sapio also presented the following financial report, dated May 12, 2016.

Checking       XXXXXXXX

Savings          XXXXXXXX

Duck              XXXXXXXX

Scholarship  XXXXXXXX

TOTAL         XXXXXXXX

DIRECTOR’S REPORT

Director Chip Adamson turned his report over to Kevin Zelinsky to discuss the New Jersey Geospatial Forum’s newly created Boundary Task Force.  Mr. Zelinsky is asking for professionals to join the task force to help the GIS community.  The details are as follows:

Mission Statement

The mission of the NJGF Boundary Task Force is to educate and develop standards on the matter of legal boundaries for the purpose of protecting the public, GIS and surveying communities while increasing the value and reliability of the data in the State’s enterprise GIS.

Goals

  • Educate the GIS & Engineering communities and the public as to what a boundary is, how a boundary is created and their legal ramifications.
  • Educate the GIS, Surveying & Engineering communities to the terminology of GIS parcels and Surveying boundary and when they should be used.
  • Develop consistent standards for submission of surveys and survey data into the state’s enterprise GIS.

 2016 Objectives

  • Definition of a boundary: Create white paper citing real-life examples, using mailing list for discussion
  • Metadata standards: Create a standard template, using mailing list for discussion
  • December NJGF general meeting presentation: Topics including land records 101

Anyone interested in participating should contact Kevin Zelinsky at 856-795-9595 x1064 kevin.zelinsky@rve.com.

Discussion on the Boundary Task Force prompted a general discussion regarding some municipalities required surveyors to update surveys and certify to new property owners.  The membership discussed forming a committee to draft a letter to be sent to NJSPLS regarding our stance on using old surveys for current title transfers.  Further discussion on this matter was tabled for the next meeting.

OLD BUSINESS

SAWJ received approval from the State of New Jersey for the PDH’s earned during the November, 2015 presentation.  We will be submitting for approval of PDH’s for the presentation from May and June of 2016.

NEW BUSINESS

There is no new business

GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

SAWJ July meeting will be July 14, 2016.  A presentation will be given by Keystone Aerial Surveys, Inc.

CLOSING

 At 9:27 pm it was moved to adjourn the meeting; seconded, and approved by voice-vote.

Craig Stratton, Recording Secretary

SAWJ Meeting July 14th— Keystone Aerial Surveys– UAS regulations and Usage

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

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Our guest speaker(s) for this event will be David Day, CP, GISP from Keystone Aerial Surveys Inc.  who will provide a presentation on UAS regulations and usage.

All are welcome!