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SAWJ Minutes of Meeting October 11, 2018

SURVEYORS’ ASSOCIATION OF WEST JERSEY

October 11, 2018

MINUTES OF MEETING

Carlucci’s Waterfront

876 Centerton Road, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054

President Bill Haggerty called the meeting to order at 7:00 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 speakers tonight Kevin Zelinsky and Chip Adamson from Remington and Vernick Engineers.  The topic discussed tonight is the interoperability between GIS and CAD and how to benefit the surveyors.

The speakers discussed the elements and concepts of GIS and demonstrated how GIS software and CAD software can be used together to form a useful planning and analysis tool.  They demonstrated how GIS is used for the planning of survey and engineering projects.

A topic of concern for some members was the use of metadata in
GIS projects and how to interpret metadata in projects.  The speakers discussed the need for clear and concise metadata so that anyone using the GIS components have a knowledge of how that data was obtained, and what type of project the data was intended.  Most have to be aware that all data will not fit all types of standards.

Kevin and Chip shared live demonstrations of the GIS databases they have built for different clients and how surveyed field data is integrated into these databases, as well as publicly obtained data.  Their presentation pieces will be made available to the SAWJ membership via the website and email.

Questions were asked throughout the presentation.

The presentation concluded at 8:50 pm.

BUSINESS MEETING

 MINUTES

The September meeting minutes were approved by voice vote.

 TREASURER REPORT

Treasurer, Richard Sapio presented the following financial report, dated October 8, 2018.

Checking          $XXXX

Savings             $XXXX

Duck                 $XXXX

Scholarship       $XXXX

TOTAL            $XXXX

SAWJ has made a donation to the American Heart Association in honor of Elena McAllister, wife of Glen O. McAllister, who passed away on October 1, 2018 in the amount of $60.00.  Glen McAllister is a P.L.S. with Pennoni and Associates and a member of SAWJ and PLS of South Jersey.  Along with the monetary donation, SAWJ members send their condolences.

 DIRECTOR’S REPORT

Director Charles Adamson handed out his report to the membership.  The Board of Directors met on September 25, 2018.  Copies of that report will be made available upon request.

OLD BUSINESS

There was no old business.

NEW BUSINESS

NJSPLS has made a donation in the amount of $5000 to aid surveyors affected by the recent storms.  SAWJ made a motion to make a similar donation in the amount of $250.00.  The motion was seconded and passed by voice-vote.  The chapter will notify Joe Dolan, Mark Husik and Rona Goldberg about the donation.

Award nominations for NJSPLS must be in by October 31, 2018.

CLOSING

 At 9:00 pm it was moved to adjourn the business meeting; seconded, and approved by voice-vote.

Craig Stratton, Recording Secretary

SAWJ Minutes of Meeting 9-14-18

SURVEYORS’ ASSOCIATION OF WEST JERSEY

September 14, 2018

MINUTES OF MEETING

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

Treasurer Rick Sapio called the meeting to order at 7:05 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 speakers tonight were Althanasios Georgiadis (Thanasi) and Perry Stavridis civil engineers with WSP USA Inc. (formerly Parsons Brinckerhoff).  The topic tonight was the survey and design of ADA compliant handicap ramps.

The gentlemen began with introducing the membership to the design requirements for ramps under the American with Disabilities Act.  There are many requirements for design on ramps that are used for pedestrian walkways at street intersections. Most ramps today are not ADA compliant, which is why many state and local governments are replacing these intersection ramp.

Discussions were held regarding different aspects of the ramps, including the Detectable Warning System, which is placed at the intersections per the ADA requirements to act as a “stop sign” for the impaired.

Mr. Georgiadis and Mr. Stavridis focused their discussion of design to how it relates to the surveying profession.  There were many questions asked by the membership of what engineers expect from the surveyors who provide the data on existing conditions in order to have a compliant design.  Most of the membership agreed that data points must be above and beyond what may by minimally requested in order to create a design that not only is ADA compliant but does not negatively impact storm water runoff.  Members of SAWJ asked that when engineers prepare a scope of services bid request for these jobs that they allow for the surveyor to provide all necessary work.

Questions were asked throughout the presentation.

The presentation concluded at 9:50 pm.

BUSINESS MEETING

 MINUTES

There were no minutes for the August meeting.

TREASURER REPORT

Treasurer, Richard Sapio presented the following financial report, dated September 13, 2018.

Checking           $XXXXXX

Savings             $XXXXXX

Duck                 $XXXXXX

Scholarship       $XXXXXX

TOTAL            $XXXXXXX

 DIRECTOR’S REPORT

Director Charles Adamson informed the membership that he would have a director’s report following the next business meeting for NJSPLS.

OLD BUSINESS

There was no old business.

NEW BUSINESS

There was no new business.

CLOSING

 At 9:55 pm it was moved to adjourn the business meeting; seconded, and approved by voice-vote.

Craig Stratton, Recording Secretary

 

 

SAWJ Meeting Minutes May 10, 2018

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