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SAWJ Minutes of Meeting October 10, 2019

SURVEYORS’ ASSOCIATION OF WEST JERSEY

October 10, 2019

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 were Charles Adamson and Kevin Zelinsky with Remington and Vernick Engineers.  The topic tonight was the integration of surveying and GIS.

The presentation focused on the need for GIS platforms to be built on top of mapping created with sound surveying practices.  The best GIS database is only as good as the mapping at its base.  Many topics were discussed about the need for surveying in the future of GIS, and how the use of a GIS database will aid surveyors and engineers in their everyday use.

Questions from the membership were asked throughout the lecture.

The presentation was concluded at 9:30pm

BUSINESS MEETING

MINUTES

There were no minutes for the meeting of September, 2019.

TREASURER REPORT

Treasurer, Richard Sapio presented the following financial report, dated September 24, 2019.

           Checking       XXXXXXX

           Savings          XXXXXXX

           Duck              XXXXXXX

           Scholarship   XXXXXXX

           TOTAL         XXXXXXX

DIRECTOR’S REPORT

Director Charles Adamson presented a written report from the NJSPLS Board of Directors meeting which took place on September 24, 2019.  A full copy was given to each member in attendance and can be made available upon request.

OLD BUSINESS

NEW BUSINESS

The next SAWJ meeting will be Thursday, November 14.  The presenter will be Bruce Blair.  The topic is “Unusual Legal Descriptions”.  Mr. Blair asked the membership to provide him with any examples that may suit this topic.

Nominations for SAWJ officers for 2020 are ongoing.  Any member may nominate any other member in good standing and submit nomination via email to Bill Haggerty.  Election of officers will take place at the November business meeting.

CLOSING

At 9:45 pm it was moved to adjourn the business meeting; seconded and approved by voice-vote. 

Craig Stratton, Recording Secretary

SAWJ Minutes of Meeting July 11, 2019

SURVEYORS’ ASSOCIATION OF

WEST JERSEY

July 11, 2019

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 speaker tonight was Craig Stratton, P.L.S. with Trenton Engineering Company, Inc. The presentation was Internet Resources for Land Surveyors and Engineers.

Mr. Stratton presented numerous websites that are useful in budgeting, planning, and preparation of final plats.  Land survey information as well as data to be utilized in engineering design.

Presented also were websites designed to help surveyors research projects by searching for recorded instruments and old maps.  All in an effort to put forth an accurate final product.

Discussion was held and questions were asked throughout the presentation.  The presentation concluded at 9:00 pm.

BUSINESS MEETING

MINUTES

There were no minutes for the June meeting

TREASURER REPORT

Checking:         $XXXXX

Savings:            $XXXXX

Duck:               $XXXXX

Scholarship:     $XXXXX

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

–Lou Marchuk reported on the upcoming speakers for the rest of 2019.  More options will come at a later date.

CLOSING

At 9:10 pm it was moved to adjourn the business meeting; seconded, and approved by voice-vote. 

Craig Stratton, Recording Secretary

SURVEYOR’S ASSOCIATION OF WEST JERSEY MINUTES OF MEETING. APRIL 11, 2019

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 speaker tonight is Mike Ruth P.L.S. Mr. Ruth has been surveying for over thirty years. His experience ranges from working as a head of a design team providing base mapping, surfaces and alignments for DOT projects. To the constructing of heavy highway projects including bridges.

The discussion tonight focused on using CAD software to aid in construction surveying from field to finish.  One project was highlighted in which confusion over coordinate systems led to an error in a field stakeout of a house foundation within a subdivision.  In this example, the error was not discovered until a foundation as-built was ordered and another survey crew discovered it was built in the wrong area.

Mr. Ruth emphasized the need for constant communication in construction projects, not only between surveyors and contractors, but other surveyors who come into projects at later dates.  There is an absolute need to be able to work with coordinate systems that are in agreement with other work.

Mr. Ruth took questions from the membership throughout the lecture.

BUSINESS MEETING

MINUTES

A motion was made to accept the minutes from the March meeting.  The minutes were not presented on the SAWJ website at the time of this meeting.  The motion was seconded.  The motion past by unanimous voice vote.S

TREASURER REPORT

Treasurer, Richard Sapio presented the following financial report, dated April 11, 2019.

          Checking       $xxxx

          Savings          $xxxx

          Duck              $xxxx

          Scholarship   $xxxx

          TOTAL         $xxxx

DIRECTOR’S REPORT

Director Charles Adamson shared a letter from Assemblywoman Dianne C. Gove of the 9district addressed to NJSPLS President Ambrose Gmeiner thanking NJSPLS for inviting her to the National Land Surveyors Week in Lacy Township.

The next NJSPLS General Membership Meeting will be hosted by SAWJ and take place on Thursday, May 9 at Carlucci’s Waterfront.  876 Centerton Road, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054.  The speaker will be Tara Vargo, Esq. who will present on the New Jersey Prevailing Wage Act.  Social hour begins at 6pm.  Dinner and presentation will begin at 7pm.  The cost is $35 per person.  For more information you may contact any member of SAWJ or Mark Husik at marklhusik@gmail.com

OLD BUSINESS

There was no old business to discuss.

NEW BUSINESS

The following is a list of upcoming presentations for SAWJ:

May 9.  Tara Vargo – Prevailing Wage

June 13.  Mike Vargo – Green Acres Surveying

July 11.  Craig Stratton – Internet Resources for Surveyors

August 8.  Steve Mervine – Municipal Boundaries

September 12. Joseph T. Ciampoli, Esq. – topic TBD

October 10.  Chip Adamson and Kevin Zelinski – GIS and Tax Map preparation

November 14.  Bruce Blair – Unusual Property Descriptions.

CLOSING

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

Craig Stratton, Recording Secretary

SURVEYOR’S ASSOCIATION OF WEST JERSEY MINUTES OF MEETING. MARCH 14, 2019

Carlucci’s Waterfront

876 Centerton Road, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054

President Bill Haggerty called the meeting to order at 6:55 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 are Dan McIntire and Barry Gleissner, P.L.S. from Axis Geospatial, LLC.  The topic discussed tonight is LiDAR, UAV technology and how it can be utilized in the surveying community.

Mr. Gleissner and Mr. McIntire presented on the difference between fixed wing aircraft and drone aircraft.  At Axis Geospatial, they are able to perform mapping projects with LiDAR from a fixed wing aircraft and get accuracies up to 0.05’ vertical.  These accuracies are not yet available using drones.

Additionally, the presentation focused on the need for good ground control on site to aid in the accuracy of aerial mapping.  Some elements of projects may need to be supplemented with traditional survey techniques.

The gentlemen took questions from the membership throughout the lecture.

BUSINESS MEETING

MINUTES

A motion was made to accept the minutes from the January meeting as presented to the membership via SAWJ.org.  The motion was seconded.  The motion past by unanimous voice vote.

TREASURER REPORT

Treasurer, Richard Sapio presented the following financial report, dated March 14, 2019.

          Checking      xxxxxxxx

          Savings          xxxxxxx

          Duck              xxxxxxx

          Scholarship   xxxxxxx

          TOTAL         xxxxxxxx

SAWJ has sent a check in the amount of $250.00 to NJSPLS for the scholarship fund in the name of John Gellenthin.  A total scholarship of $1,000.00 will be given away.  Other donations were received and any difference will be made up by NJSPLS.

DIRECTOR’S REPORT

Director Charles Adamson attended the Board of Directors meeting March 5, 2019 and presented his report to the membership as follows:

            STATE BOARD

            No report

            EXECUTIVE

            Looking for articles for the Good Points Emails

New ideas: web classes, CST exams for techs, Career Fairs and workshops

National Surveyors week is coming.  On March 19 in Lacy Township there will be a celebration at the calibration baseline to promote the profession.  For more details see the NJSPS website

            NJSPLS CONFERENCE

            The conference had 700 members and 150 vendors and board members.

Scholarship awards will be at the May 9, 2019 Board of Directors Meeting at the SAWJ chapter meeting

PUBLIC RELATIONS

NJIT will compete in the national survey competition

NJSPLS was represented and spoke at the fence conference.

GIS/LIS COMMITTEE

NJSPLS will meet with NJGF meeting on March 14, 2019

EDUCATION

NJIT Surveying program is having enrollment issues

Rowan University is going to have a surveying program up and running by fall 2019

The University of Main is going to have an on-line land surveying degree program

LEGISLATIVE

All legislative bills that NJSPLS is tracking are on the website.  The committee is reviewing all the new bills and will note our actions for each bill.  The NJ specific exam bill is in review and hopefully passes by the end of this year.

NEW BUSINESS

Consolidating chapters

If the state specific exam passes, who writes the exam?

Remember 2022 datum change

Fellows Nominations were made and approved:

Carl Peters and Barry Gleissner

SCHOLARSHIPS

(As previously noted in treasurer’s report)

OLD BUSINESS

Raffle tickets for the NJSPLS Scholarship fund are still for sale.  See Rick Sapio if you are interested.S

NEW BUSINESS

Lou Marchuk has presenters lined up for the upcoming months.

All of the courses for last year’s meetings have been submitted to the state. All but two have been approved for continuing education credits for Land Surveying but those two have been approved for Civil Engineering.  Surveyors can use up to 8 credits of related fields for their license renewals.

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 January 10, 2019

SURVEYORS’ ASSOCIATION OF WEST JERSEY

January 10, 2019

MINUTES OF MEETING

Carlucci’s Waterfront

876 Centerton Road, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054

Treasurer Rick Sapio called the meeting to order at 6:50 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 is Lou Marchuk, P.E. and P.L.S. currently with Arora and Associates, formerly of the NJDOT.  The topic discussed tonight is the NJDOT Right of Way plans and General Property Parcel Maps.

Mr. Marchuk focused his discussion on the preparation of NJDOT maps and how the survey should interpret them.  Discussion was also held regarding how the surveyors can obtain the information the NJDOT has on hand.  Most of the membership agreed that this information can be invaluable for certain projects.

Mr. Marchuk took questions from the membership throughout the lecture and distributed material to aid the surveyor in the future.

BUSINESS MEETING

 MINUTES

There were no minutes for the business meeting in December, 2018.

TREASURER REPORT

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

Checking       $XXXXXXX

Savings          $XXXXXXX

Duck              $XXXXXXX

Scholarship   $XXXXXXX

TOTAL         $XXXXXXXX

SAWJ has sent a check in the amount of $250.00 to NJSPLS for the scholarship fund in the name of John Gellenthin.

 DIRECTOR’S REPORT

No Director’s Report at this time.

OLD BUSINESS

There was no old business at this time.

NEW BUSINESS

Discussion was held regarding the possibility of moving the February meeting date so as not to conflict with Valentine’s Day.  Rick Sapio decided to poll the membership to determine the best course of action.

Appreciation was given to Lou Marchuk for his role in obtaining speakers for the SAWJ meetings.  All membership agreed that Mr. Marchuk should be commended.

CLOSING

 At 9:40 pm it was moved to adjourn the business meeting; seconded, and approved by voice-vote.

 

Craig Stratton, Recording Secretary

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

SAWJ Meeting Minutes — October 9th, 2014

President,
Steve Mervine, called the meeting to order at 7 PM.  Steve thanked all for attending.  There were 17 members and 1 guest
present.  Steve then asked for self
introductions of those attending tonight. 

GUEST
SPEAKER

Steve
introduced our guest speaker, Edward Pagan, Attorney who brought extensive
experience with legal cases involving Surveys and Property Items.  His talk was entitled, “SURVEYORS AND
EASEMENTS.”  He spoke about CASE LAW,
TYPES of EASEMENTS, and several legal cases to illustrate his topic.  He spoke for more than 2 hours and closed by
answering many questions from an interested audience.

President
Steve thanked him for an interesting and educational presentation.

BUSINESS
MEETING

At
9:35PM President Steve announced that we would have a brief Business Meeting.

TREASURER

Richard
Sapio reported the following accounts on October 9, 2014

     Checking      XXXX

     Savings         XXXX

     Duck             XXXX

     Scholarship   XXXX

     TOTAL      
XXXX

MINUTES
OF LAST MEETING

President
Steve reported that minutes from our last meeting at the Battleship New Jersey
on 9-10-14 have been posted on our web-site for examination by all members.  Hearing no additions or corrections he stated
they were approved.

CLOSING

President
Steve announced that the winner of the drawing tonight is Frank Lenik.  Frank elected to donate his winnings to the
Speaker Fund.

President
Steve announced that our next Meeting will be held on Thursday, November 13,
2014 at Carlucci’s Restaurant.

At
10 PM the meeting was adjourned

Allan
Ritchie, Recording Secretary