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.


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.



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

Checking       $XXXXXXX

Savings          $XXXXXXX

Duck              $XXXXXXX

Scholarship  $XXXXXXX



Director Chip Adamson was unavailable to give a report


There was no old 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.


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.

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.


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

Craig Stratton, Recording Secretary