SAWJ Minutes of Meeting November 9, 2017


November 9, 2017


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.


 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.



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

Checking       $XXXXXXX

Savings          $XXXXXXX

Duck              $XXXXXXX

Scholarship   $XXXXXXX




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


There was no old 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.


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

Craig Stratton, Recording Secretary