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SAWJ Minutes of Meeting November 9, 2017

SURVEYORS’ ASSOCIATION OF WEST JERSEY

November 9, 2017

MINUTES OF MEETING

Carlucci’s Waterfront

876 Centerton Road, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054

Treasurer Richard Sapio called the meeting to order at 7:03 pm.  Mr. Sapio 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 Adam Grant, P.L.S. with Odin Areodata and Consulting Engineering Services.  The presentation was focused on UAV functions and capabilities resulting in survey grade mapping.

Mr. Grant discussed with the membership his role in this emerging discipline within the field of surveying and engineering.  He discussed the FAA regulations that govern how to operate drones for survey work and how to navigate within those regulations.

The discussion was centered around the technology that is utilized, including the aircraft, which Mr. Grant had on hand to show the membership.  Also discussed was Pix4D, the photogrammetry software program used to post process and evaluate data obtained using drone flights.  Mr. Grant made sure it was understood that the use of quality, adjusted ground control is essential to obtaining the highest quality of data possible and that Odin Aerodata would not accept anything less for their clients.

Mr. Grant presented some prior projects as an example of the high level of accuracy which can be obtained using the technology and techniques outlined in his presentation.

Discussion was held and questions were asked throughout the presentation.  The presentation concluded at 9:10pm.

BUSINESS MEETING

 MINUTES

A motion was made to approve the October meeting minutes as drafted and presented to the membership via the SAWJ website.  The motion was seconded and passed by voice vote.

TREASURER REPORT

Treasurer, Richard Sapio presented the following financial report, dated July 13, 2017

Checking       $XXXXXXX

Savings          $XXXXXXX

Duck              $XXXXXXX

Scholarship   $XXXXXXX

TOTAL         $XXXXXXX

 

 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

–SurvCon 2018 brochures will be available later this month for viewing on the NJSPLS website and hard copies will be mailed out.

–SAWJ December Meeting will be held December 14 at 7pm at Carlucci’s.  Elections for positions for 2018 will be held.  If anyone is interested in holding office, please contact Bill Haggerty.

 CLOSING

 At 9:15 pm it was moved to adjourn the business meeting; seconded, and approved by voice-vote.

Craig Stratton, Recording Secretary

SAWJ Minutes of Meeting October 12, 2017

SURVEYORS’ ASSOCIATION OF WEST JERSEY

October 12, 2017

MINUTES OF MEETING

Carlucci’s Waterfront

876 Centerton Road, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054

Vice-President Bill Haggerty called the meeting to order at 6:59 pm.  Mr. Haggerty asked the membership present to go around the room and make introductions.  At 7:10 pm the floor was handed over to tonight’s speaker

SPEAKER

The speaker tonight was Tara Vargo, Esq.  The topic for the evening was ALTA Land Title Surveys.

Mrs. Vargo discussed the minimum ALTA/NSPS Land Title  Survey Standards and the optional Table A requirements.  Many issues were raised by the membership regarding the surveys including how the certifications should be written and why ALTA/NSPS expressly directs their certification to remain unchanged.  Other items such as the responsibility of title companies to acquire the deeds for the property in questions and the adjoining properties was discussed.

Mrs. Vargo presented a number of different options for supplying the client with a product that meets their needs.  This includes a list of possible boundary line encroachments.  Mrs. Vargo also warned that surveyors make no legal case as to the location of boundary lines.

Questions were asked throughout the evening.  The presentation concluded at 9:00 pm.

BUSINESS MEETING

 DIRECTOR’S REPORT

Director Charles Adamson presented his report via hard copy to the membership.   A full copy of the report can be provided upon request.

TREASURER REPORT

Treasurer, Richard Sapio was unable to attend.  There was no treasurers report tonight.

 OLD BUSINESS

SAWJ was given 2 credits for continuing education for the GIS/CAD presentation from May of 2017.

NEW BUSINESS

Lou Marchuck made a suggestion that the membership share with the group some difficult survey projects they have encountered as a way to encourage shared communication among the group.  He also asked that SAWJ make an effort to provide programs that are geared towards Survey Technicians.

CLOSING

 At 8:42 pm it was moved to adjourn the business meeting; seconded, and approved by voice-vote.

Craig Stratton, Recording Secretary

SAWJ Meeting Minutes August 10, 2017

 

MINUTES OF MEETING

 

Vice-President Bill Haggerty called the meeting to order at 7:08 pm.  Mr. Haggerty asked the membership present to go around the room and make introductions.  At 7:10 pm the floor was handed over to tonight’s speaker

SPEAKER

The speaker tonight was Brent A. Jones, PE, PLS, is the Global Manager, Cadastre/Land Records at Esri.

Mr. Jones’ discussion covered a wide range of topics.  He discussed the advancements in GIS that ESRI was promoting, including the ability for individuals to create their own applications using simple software.  The role of the Professional Land Surveyor in the development and promotion of GIS software was discussed.  The membership was invited to ask questions throughout the presentation.

Mr. Jones’ has shared with SAWJ multiple tools to help people use the ESRI software.  These tools have been emailed to the membership in attendance.

The presentation concluded at 9:31 pm.

BUSINESS MEETING

 MINUTES

A motion was made to approve the July meeting minutes as drafted and presented to the membership via the SAWJ website.  The motion was seconded and passed by voice vote.

TREASURER REPORT

Treasurer, Richard Sapio presented the following financial report, dated August 10, 2017

Checking       $XXXXXXX

Savings          $XXXXXXX

Duck              $XXXXXXX

Scholarship   $XXXXXXX

TOTAL         $XXXXXXX

 DIRECTOR’S REPORT

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

GIS-LIS COMMITTEE

Dawn McCall, the co-chair person for the NJSPLS GIS-LIS Committee was in attendance to discuss the committee with 7 other professionals from that committee.  GIS-LIS holds there meetings in the evenings and is open to all professionals.  They are working on a class to be held at the next NJSPLS SurvCon.  There is also plans to hold a Geospatial Family Fun Day in Union County.  For more information check with Dawn McCall and see the MAC-URISA website for meeting dates.

OLD BUSINESS

There is no old business.

NEW BUSINESS

Speakers/topics for upcoming meetings are as follows:

Ed Pagan for September

Title Issues for October

Drone Surveying for November

Craig Stratton reported to the membership that the Introduction to Survey course held at RCGC in the fall has 24 enrolled students.  Lou Marchuk made a motion to talk to the membership about getting at least 3 scholarships awarded. The motion was seconded and passed by voice vote.

 CLOSING

 At 9:41 pm it was moved to adjourn the business meeting; seconded, and approved by voice-vote.

Craig Stratton, Recording Secretary

SAWJ Meeting Minutes July 13th, 2017

SURVEYORS’ ASSOCIATION OF WEST JERSEY

July 13, 2017

MINUTES OF MEETING

Carlucci’s Waterfront

876 Centerton Road, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054

Vice-President Bill Haggerty called the meeting to order at 7:10 pm.  Mr. Haggerty asked the membership present to go around the room and make introductions.

BUSINESS MEETING

 MINUTES

A motion was made to approve the June meeting minutes as drafted and presented to the membership via the SAWJ website.  The motion was seconded and passed by voice vote.

TREASURER REPORT

Treasurer, Richard Sapio presented the following financial report, dated July 13, 2017

Checking       $XXXXXXXX

Savings          $XXXXXXXX

Duck              $XXXXXXXX

Scholarship   $XXXXXXXX

TOTAL         $XXXXXXXX

 DIRECTOR’S REPORT

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

OLD BUSINESS

NJSPLS Awards dinner was held on June 3, 2017.  SAWJ had sponsored a table.

NEW BUSINESS

–Harold Bozarth passed out to the membership an inquiry he received via email from a person seeking employment in the surveying field.  All members were asked to give consideration if they had a position to fill.

–Lou Marchuk informed the membership of a new technology that would allow drone aircraft to submerge themselves under the surface of water and return to the air.  He mentioned that he would bring more information as it becomes available.

GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

SAWJ August meeting will be held on Thursday, August 10 at 7pm.

CLOSING

 At 7:18 pm it was moved to adjourn the business meeting; seconded, and approved by voice-vote.  The meeting was turned over to tonight’s speaker, Mr. Lou Marchuk of Arora and Associates.

SPEAKER

Mr. Lou Marchuk’s presentation subject is “Grid to Ground, Scale Factors, and easy formulas for the field”.

Lou discussed the various ways that scale factors can be obtained to convert coordinates from grid systems to ground systems.  Discussions were held regarding the dangers of assuming systems, failure to note systems and their associated scale factors.

Lou presented multiple methods for determining scale factors, including those published in academic texts, as well as the use of the National Geodetic Survey data sheets.

Discussion was held and questions were asked throughout the presentation.  Lou promised to email the membership his entire presentation for their review and use.  Any member who does not get a copy may request one from SAWJ, or Mr. Marchuk.

The presentation concluded at 9:23pm.

Craig Stratton, Recording Secretary

SAWJ Meeting Minutes 6/8/17

SURVEYORS’ ASSOCIATION OF WEST JERSEY

June 8, 2017

MINUTES OF MEETING

Carlucci’s Waterfront

876 Centerton Road, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054

Vice-President Bill Haggerty called the meeting to order at 7:02 pm.  Mr. Haggerty asked the membership present to go around the room and make introductions.

SPEAKER

The speaker tonight is Frank Lenik, P.L.S. of Leica Geosystems, Inc. Mr. Lenik’s topic was the New Jersey Statutes on the calibration of EDM’s and how to use the New Jersey calibration baselines.  His topic also included the surveyor’s responsibility to calibrate the EDM and how to use the forms provided through NJSPLS to record the data necessary for calibration.  Discussion was held regarding the legal reasons for calibration instruments and how the surveyor’s failure to do so could result in the work conducted be invalidated.

After the conclusion of Mr. Lenik’s presentation, Fred Czepiga, formerly of N.J. Geodetic Survey, gave a presentation on the history of the New Jersey Calibration Baselines, how they were established, and how geodetic surveyors would approach setting new calibration baselines.

The floor was opened to questions for Mr. Lenik and Mr. Czepiga

The presentations were concluded at 9:25pm.

BUSINESS MEETING

MINUTES

There were no minutes recorded from the May meeting.

TREASURER REPORT

Treasurer, Richard Sapio, was unable to attend, therefore no Treasure’s report was presented.

DIRECTOR’S REPORT

Director Charles Adamson was unable to attend, therefore no Director’s report was presented.

OLD BUSINESS

The NJSPLS Awards banquet was held.  SAWJ was present with a sponsored table.

NEW BUSINESS

–The July Meeting of SAWJ will include a presentation regarding the difference between Grid coordinates and Ground coordinates.

–The August Meeting of SAWJ will include a presentation about GIS and ESRI.

–SAWJ has obtained approval from the State Board for continuing education credits for the following seminars:

“Tidelands and the Surveyor” by Lou Marchuk.  January, 2017 – 2 credits approved.

“Surveying next to PSE&G Property and PSE&G record access procedures and safety” by Michael Poploski.  April, 2017 – 2 credits approved.

–Lou Marchuk suggests re-evaluating the amount of money awarded by SAWJ for scholarship due to the rising cost of education at NJIT and other institutions.

CLOSING

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

Craig Stratton, Recording Secretary

SURVEYORS’ ASSOCIATION OF WEST JERSEY MINUTES OF MEETING March 9, 2017

SURVEYORS’ ASSOCIATION OF WEST JERSEY March 9, 2017

MINUTES OF MEETING

Carlucci’s Waterfront

876 Centerton Road, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054

President Steve Mervine called the meeting to order at 6:58 pm.  Mr. Mervine asked the membership present to go around the room and make introductions.

BUSINESS MEETING

 MINUTES

There were no minutes from the February meeting since the February meeting was cancelled due to inclement weather.  A motion was made to approve the January meeting minutes as drafted and presented to the membership via the SAWJ website.  The motion was seconded and passed by voice vote.

TREASURER REPORT

Treasurer, Richard Sapio presented the following financial report, dated March 9, 2017.

Checking       $XXXXXXX

Savings          $XXXXXXX

Duck              $XXXXXXX

Scholarship   $XXXXXXX

TOTAL         $XXXXXXX

 DIRECTOR’S REPORT

Director Charles Adamson was unable to attend, but did email his report to Mr. Mervine:

–NJSPLS meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 14 at the Clarion in Toms River.  See NJSPS website for details

–Checks for dues will be distributed to the chapters for the dues.

–Nominations for yearly NJSPLS awards are ongoing.  Chapters or individuals may make nominations for the awards

OLD BUSINESS

At the January meeting, the membership discussed ways to boost attendance at the monthly meetings.  Discussions on these ideas are ongoing.

NEW BUSINESS

–Revised Elevation Certificates has been made available to download on the SAWJ website.

–NJSPLS early records project is being performed with help from NJSPLS and other chapters.  This program is for the scanning and preserving of early land records from the West Jersey Proprietors and other early accounts.  NJSPLS President-Elect Ambrose Gmeiner was in attendance and informed the membership of the status of the project.  An advisory board will meet every quarter.  Mr. Gmeiner has offered to pass along any comments made by the membership of SAWJ.

–SAWJ member John Gauntt has passed away.  SAWJ would like to dedicate a “final marker” in his honor.  The final marker is a steel monument cap that is available to purchase as a memorial to surveyors and can be positioned and logged using GPS.  The family of Mr. Gauntt and SAWJ will discuss the possibility of this endeavor.

 –Bruce Blair discussed the upcoming Surveyors Week.  The Rolling Hills Chapter of NJSPLS will be identifying and occupying points with GPS in an effort to strengthen the geoid.  He encouraged SAWJ members to do the same.  Surveyor’s week is March 19 through the 25.

–Laramie Potts of NJIT is willing to give a presentation to SAWJ regarding geodesy as long as SAWJ is willing to aid the NJIT surveying students in the annual student competition.  The membership discussed the possibility of lending financial support.

GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

SAWJ April meeting will be held on Thursday, April 13th at 7pm.

CLOSING

 At 7:29 pm it was moved to adjourn the business meeting; seconded, and approved by voice-vote.  The meeting was turned over to tonight’s speaker, Dr. Ricardo Passini of BAE.

SPEAKER

Dr. Passini, of BAE, presented on Oblique Photogrammetry and its impact on the surveying industry.

Dr. Passini discussed the challenges and advantages of photogrammetry and the control regulations that photogrammetrists follow.  The discussion also covered the history of data collection through photogrammetry and where the technology is taking the industry in the future.

Dr. Passini opened the floor for questioning.

The presentation concluded at 9:00pm.

Craig Stratton, Recording Secretary

SAWJ Meeting Mintutes 1/12/17

SURVEYORS’ ASSOCIATION OF WEST JERSEY

January 12, 2017

MINUTES OF MEETING

Carlucci’s Waterfront

876 Centerton Road, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054

President Steve Mervine called the meeting to order at 6:54 pm.  Mr. Mervine began the meeting by asking for a motion to be made to install the following members as officers of SAWJ for the 2017 year:

Steve Mervine – President

Bill Haggerty – Vice President

Rick Sapio – Treasurer

Craig Stratton – Recording Secretary

Charles Adamson – Director

The motion to install officers was made and seconded.  The motion carried by voice vote.

Mr. Mervine asked the membership present to introduce themselves and to present one idea to improve the chapter.  These ideas will not be formalized as motions at this time, but simply serve to get members thinking about the future.

 

BUSINESS MEETING

 MINUTES

There were no minutes from the last meeting.

TREASURER REPORT

Treasurer, Richard Sapio presented the following financial report, dated May 12, 2016.

Checking       $XXXXX

Savings          $XXXXX

Duck              $XXXXX

Scholarship   $XXXXX

TOTAL         $XXXXX

 

 DIRECTOR’S REPORT

Director Charles Adamson prepared the following directors report:

State Board

Professional engineers are pushing for a 5-year degree for college engineering students.

 

Executive Committee

2017/2018 NJSPLS Officers were approved.

 

NSPS Governor

Joe Dolan reported that there was discussion regarding the NSPS foundation

 

NJSPLS Conference

The Conference will be more electronic and were are going to improve the Tech day on Friday

450 people have signed up to date

A mobile app is available through the app store.  Search SurvCon or NJSPSL.  Or go to NJSPLS.org/app

 

Public Relations

NJSPLS has designed new and improved updated booth for various conferences

NJSPLS awards dinner is June 3, 2017

Getting requests for career days at various high schools.

PSE&G has a speaker that wants to go to chapters and update us on PSE&G issues

 

GIS/LIS Committee

NJSPLS has a boundary task force committee at NJGF.  Headed by the GIS/LIS Committee.  They have quarterly meetings in Trenton.  The last meeting of the year was Friday, December 2, 2016.

NJGF Boundary task force committee had a meeting in December and broke up into sub-groups to go over survey/GIS issues.

The GIS/LIS committee is looking to have a meeting in February or March.

 

Legislative

All legislative bills that NJSPLS is tracking are on our website.  The committee has reviewed all the bills and noted our actions for each bill.

Trying to set up a meeting with the NJ Bar Association in the spring.

 

By-Laws

NJSPLS is looking at an early bird special for paying membership dues.

 

NJSPLS Scholarship Foundation:

Charlie Bell is running the raffle again this year.  We have approval from the NJ State Gambling Commission.  Charlie will have the tickets at the conference for sale.

 

NJSPLS 2017/2018 Nominations of Slate of Officers.

Barry Gleissner – Past President

Carl Peters – President

Ambrose Gmeiner – President Elect

John Beattie – Vice President

Stanley Hans – Treasure/Secretary

Jeremy Klapper – Director at Large

OLD BUSINESS

None.

 

NEW BUSINESS

The membership agreed that 2016 was a great year for presenters and we should strive to do the same in 2017.

 

GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Upcoming events are available to view on the NJSPLS website.

 

CLOSING

 

At 7:32 pm it was moved to adjourn the business meeting; seconded, and approved by voice-vote.  The meeting was turned over to tonight’s speaker, Lou Marchuk.

 

SPEAKER

Mr. Lou Marchuk of Aurora and Associates presentation was on NJ Tidelands and how it affects the surveyor.

 

The NJ Tidelands website has a page dedicated to “Before you build or buy”, which guides the reader through the laws as they pertain to the rights of the State of NJ in regards to tidelands claim.  This page is a resource for surveyors and other professionals who may be consulting for their clients.  The page goes into details on tidelands grants, licenses and leases.

 

Tidelands conveyance maps are available in hard copies but the lines have been digitized and included in the NJGEOWEB database available through the NJDEP.  This database provided claim lines overlaid over parcels.  Along with the claim lines, the user can also view Notice of Actions and Bulkhead Lines.

 

Mr. Marchuk opened the floor for questioning.  He plans to email to the membership attending his web resources for Tidelands.

 

The presentation concluded at 9:00pm.

 

Craig Stratton, Recording Secretary