SURVEYORS’ ASSOCIATION OF WEST JERSEY March 9, 2017
MINUTES OF MEETING
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.
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, Richard Sapio presented the following financial report, dated March 9, 2017.
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
At the January meeting, the membership discussed ways to boost attendance at the monthly meetings. Discussions on these ideas are ongoing.
–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.
SAWJ April meeting will be held on Thursday, April 13th at 7pm.
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.
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