In Memoriam – Michael F Burns PLS

All are deeply saddened by the recent loss of Mike Burns PLS on Jan.30, 2021. Mike was a member NJSPLS and chapter member of SAWJ . Mike was active in SAWJ an inspiration to all in the survey community routinely providing presentations for the membership. He will be truly missed.

His obituary can be found at the following link :

Calling All Students! Scholarship Application Deadline is Approaching

Calling all students!  It’s time to get your NJSPLS scholarship applications completed for the March 1, 2021 deadline.  The following scholarships are available to New Jersey residents studying at an accredited in active pursuit of an undergraduate or graduate degree in Surveying or related fields such as Cartography or Geodesy, etc.  Preference will be given to applicants enrolled as full-time students.

The available scholarships are:

  1. Dr. Josh Greenfeld Scholarship ($2,500):This annual scholarship was established to honor Dr. Greenfeld, who served as the first head of NJIT’s Survey Program.The deadline for application is March 1, 2021.
  2. The NJSPLS/NSPS National Scholarship ($5,000): The application is available from NSPS on their website and NJSPLS Scholarship Committee selects the recipient. Preference is given to New Jersey students. Deadline for this scholarship application is January 22, 2021.
  3. The NSPS Walter Robillard Scholarship ($2,500): The application is available from NSPS on their website and the recipient is chosen by NSPS. Deadline for this scholarship application is January 22, 2021.
  4. The NJSPLS/Michael Galante Military Service Scholarship. This award is given to honor those students who currently serve or have completed service in any branch of the military.The scholarship is available to the children of fallen or disabled veterans as well.The deadline for application is March 1, 2021.
  5. NJSPLS Scholarships are also given to qualified students. The amounts awarded range from $500-$2,000.The deadline for application is March 1, 2021.

Applicants are encouraged to apply for multiple scholarships.

NSPS applications are to be made directly to NSPS, following their guidelines and deadlines.  Please pay careful attention as their application deadline is Friday, January 22, 2021.  The applications must be postmarked or received by email by that date. 

NJSPLS Scholarship applications can be downloaded from the NJSPLS website under the “Education” tab or click here:  NJSPLS ScholarshipsNEW THIS YEARCompleted applications must be submitted via email to The NJSPLS Scholarship Foundation is honored to promote the surveying profession. We urge students to apply for the scholarships, especially those who attend NJIT, Rowan University and the N.J. Community Colleges.

SAWJ Meeting Thursday 11/12/20

After a long absence. The Surveyors Association will have its monthly meeting at Carlucci’s Waterfront in Mt Laurel at 7 PM.

Their will be no guest speaker at this meeting and due to Covid Restrictions we may be meeting at Carlucci’s outside facilities. Hope to see you there.

Land Surveying Exempt from Shutdown Order

SAWJ Members:

We hope you are all doing well during the current crisis. Please see the message below from NJSPLS regarding the Shutdown Order as it pertains to Land Surveying.

Surveying Exempt from Shutdown Order

The New Jersey State Police has informed us that Governor Murphy’s Shutdown Order DOES NOT APPLY TO LAND SURVEYING.  Land surveying is viewed as part of the construction industry and is considered an essential service. 

Please continue to practice all safety procedures to include social distancing.

SAWJ Meeting Presentation Thursday 3/12/2020

The Surveyors Association of West Jersey will be having its monthly dinner meeting and presentation on Thursday March 12th at 7PM at Carlucci’s Waterfront in Mount Laurel.

This months guest speaker will be Ben Jarrett with Geomatrix, LLC

Carlucci’s Waterfront is located at 876 Centerton Rd, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054-1611

Cost: $35


Geomatix provides drone services and remote sensing for industry and enterprise customers. We specialize in 3D mapping and modeling as well as asset inspection.
Geomatix, a drone service provider company in central Jersey, will make a presentation about the potential drone use in the survey industry.
Geomatix will present on when and how drones can be integrated into traditional surveying workflows.
Geomatix is focused primarily on using photogrammetry to generate point clouds and georeferenced maps for line work and topography and will share some examples of drone applications.


SAWJ Dinner Presentation 2/13/20 Bruce Blair PLS

The Surveyors Association of West Jersey will be having its monthly dinner meeting and presentation on Thursday February 13th at 7PM at Carlucci’s Waterfront in Mount Laurel.

This months guest speaker will be Bruce Blair PLS  Topic: Weird and Interesting Deed Descriptions. 

Carlucci’s Waterfront is located at  876 Centerton Rd, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054-1611

Cost: $35


Minutes of Meeting January 9, 2020


January 9, 2020


Carlucci’s Waterfront

876 Centerton Road, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054

Past President Bill Haggerty called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm.  Mr. Haggerty introduced Craig Stratton as the new president of SAWJ and turned the meeting over to him. Mr. Stratton announced the officers for the new year. They are as follows:

President-Craig Stratton

Vice President-Charles Adamson

Director-Bill Haggerty

Treasurer-Rick Sapio

Recording Secretary-Lou Marchuk

The meeting was then turned over to the speaker.


Lou Marchuk with Aurora and Associates was tonight’s speaker. The presentation topic was the international foot vs. the U.S. Survey foot. The conversation discussed the differences between the two units of measure and how surveyors must understand the differnece when it comes to specific projects. Any projects with a high level of accuracy or that would traverse a great distance must be consistent with the unit of measure. The presentation also discussed the NGS plan to phase out the two separate units of meausre and just have one, uniform unit for the survey community and beyond.

Mr. Marchuk discussed the differences on existing NGS datasheets for benchmarks, and how the use the data presented to help surveyors with indivisual projects.

Questions and discussions continued throughout the presentation. Mr. Marchuk concluded his presentation at 9:15.



A motion was made to accept the minutes from the November 2019 meeting. There was no meeting in December of 2019. The motion was seconded.  The motion past by unanimous voice vote.


Treasurer, Richard Sapio presented the following financial report.

           Checking       $XXXXXX

           Savings          $XXXXXX

           Duck              $XXXXXX

           Scholarship   $XXXXXX

           TOTAL         $XXXXXX


Charles Adamson presented a written report from the latest NJSPLS business meeting. This report was distributed to the membership in attendance. Copies are available upon request.


Announcement of the elected officers from the November meeting. There are some board positions un-occupied for any members who would like to participate.


The next meeting of SAWJ will be Thursdday February 13. The speaker will be Bruce Blair who will be discussing “Interesting Descriptions”. If any members have any examples they would like to share with Bruce, please email them directly to Bruce or through Lou Marchuk or Craig Stratton.

The March 2020 meeting will include a presentation on drone surveying. Anyone who has any presentations, or ideas for presentations should contact Lou Marchuk to volunteer

Before closing the business meeting, the membership of SAWJ, at the direction of Rick Sapio, presented Bill Haggerty with a plaque, thanking him for his previous years of services presiding over SAWJ and filling other important roles.


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

Craig Stratton