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Land Surveying Exempt from Shutdown Order

SAWJ Members:

We hope you are all doing well during the current crisis. Please see the message below from NJSPLS regarding the Shutdown Order as it pertains to Land Surveying.

Surveying Exempt from Shutdown Order

The New Jersey State Police has informed us that Governor Murphy’s Shutdown Order DOES NOT APPLY TO LAND SURVEYING.  Land surveying is viewed as part of the construction industry and is considered an essential service. 

Please continue to practice all safety procedures to include social distancing.

Senior Surveyor Recruiting

Job Description
Pennoni is a multidisciplinary consulting engineering firm founded more than five decades ago. We approach engineering challenges from a wider spectrum of angles than most, from land development to energy management. Our goal is to help communities and private sector clients alike navigate the ever-changing technological advancements available and learn how best to integrate “smart” solutions into the current landscape to make them a part of resilient and sustainable planning. Our combination of talent and experience generates unprecedented solutions for diverse and iconic projects around the globe.

Job Responsibilities
Pennoni Associates is currently looking for a Project Surveyor to perform the following, but not limited to:
• Overseeing the professional supervision and management of the survey and survey mapping projects to achieve the profitability, safety, quality, and operations of the company
• Preparation of legal descriptions, easement descriptions, and estimates of survey needs
• Conducting boundary, ALTA, and topographic surveys, primarily as support for engineering projects
• Plan preparation and construction layout
• Scheduling field crews and ensuring project deadlines are met
• Client coordination and Proposal Preparation
• Plan review and Quality Control/Quality Assurance
• Staff Mentoring

Job Requirements
Required Attributes
• Degree Required: High School Diploma or higher
Minimum years of experience: 4-7
• Computer skills required: AutoCAD and Microsoft Office Suite
• License not required but is preferred:
Preferred Attributes
• Good written and verbal skills
• Schedule coordination skills
• Ability to follow-up with client questions and comments

Why Work With Us?
At our core, we recognize that the unique qualities of our Pennoni individuals are essential for innovation and growth as a whole. Pennoni, an ENR Top 500 consulting engineering firm, offers many opportunities to help you build your career. We continually strive to build a great workplace where our employees trust the people they work for, enjoy the people they work with, and take pride in what they do.
Equal Opportunity Employer

Dennis S. DiBlasio, PLS , PP
Vice President

515 Grove Street, Suite 1B | Haddon Heights, NJ 08035
Direct: +1 (856) 656-2865 |



November 8, 2018


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.


 The speaker tonight is Brian Shaw, Flood Plane Manager from Smart Vent Products, Inc.  The topic discussed tonight is the surveyor’s role in preparing elevation certificates and their service to clients in need of flood insurance.

Mr. Shaw focused his presentation on how the surveyor can aid clients who are in flood prone areas.  How to accurately prepare the FEMA Elevation Certificate and direct clients to suitable solutions to minimize flooding risk.

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



The October meeting minutes were approved by voice vote.


Treasurer, Richard Sapio did not have a bank account summary available.  SAWJ sent a check in the amount of $250.00 to NSPS as a contribution to charities aiding surveyors affected by natural disasters.


No Director’s Report at this time.


There was no old business at this time.


The state board has approved for continuing education credits for 2 previous presentations given at SAWJ meetings.  Details on these will follow.

NJSPLS is currently seeking at least two representatives from each chapter to visit schools and give presentations on the industry of Land Surveying.  NJSPLS is also searching for articles to publish in the online newsletter, Good Points.


 At 9:03 pm it was moved to adjourn the business meeting; seconded, and approved by voice-vote.

Craig Stratton, Recording Secretary

Design of ADA Curb Ramps!

We’ve all seen the newly constructed handicap ramps being constructed over the last few years mandated by the Americans with Disabilities Act (Law). Join us on Thursday September 13th for this informative discussion on what drives the design of these ramps and how many of the ramps being built today don’t meet existing requirements. Find out what existing key features are needed to be located to design new ramps and how these ramps impact right of way.

SAWJ welcomes back  Athanasios Georgiadis (Thanasi) from WSP USA Inc. (formerly Parsons Brinckerhoff) and Perry Stavridis to update us on this interesting topic. This was presented in Feb. of 2015 and was one of the top presentations of that year. Your sure to come away from this presentation with a new perspective. Looking forward to seeing you.

Carlucci’s Waterfront

Carlucci’s Waterfront
876 Centerton Road, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
7:00- 9PM
Cost $35

SAWJ Meeting/ Presentation Thursday July 12th – Bill Henning , Retired NGS Expert –Makes RTK and Heights with GNSS Real—

The Surveyors Association of West Jersey will have its monthly dinner meeting this Thursday July12th, 2018, 7PM At Carlucci’s Waterfront located in Mt . Laurel NJ, Cost $35. Our speaker for this meeting will be Retired National Geodetic Survey expert Bill Henning. 

Practical RTK procedures and checks for today’s practitioners.
Some of the Topics that will be covered
NGS Coordinate Conversion and Transformation Tool (NCAT).
Supercedes Geocon11, NADCON 5.0
• VERTCON 3.0
• New OPUS-P format to replace Bluebooking
• New NSRS database to update NGSIDB

New geometric and geopotential datums
(NATRF2022, NAPGD2022)
• GPS ON BM Campaign
Bill will also be talking on comparing & contrasting static (OPUS, user processed) vs. real-time (RTN,RTK) vs. ppp methods for GNSS control.


Modernization of the National Spatial Reference System

The Surveyors Association Of West Jersey  is honored to welcome back  Dave Doyle (NGS retired, Editor xyHt, Presenter at GoLearn) to our chapter for a presentation on the  “Modernization of the National Spatial Reference System” .  This presentation will take place at our regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday April 12, 2018. at

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

6:30PM Cocktails

Dinner/Meeting         Cost $35


During the next several years enhancements and additions to the network of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) including: the U.S. NAVSTAR Global Positioning System, Russian GLONASS, European Union GALILEO and China’s BeiDou will significantly improve the use of space-based positioning systems for surveying, mapping, charting, navigation and innumerable other applications. In order to meet the anticipated demands for an improved geospatial framework that these developments will require, the National Geodetic Survey (NGS) is implementing a plan for the modernization of the National Spatial Reference System (NSRS). Among the various topics outlined in this plan is the adoption of an entirely new geodetic reference frame with updated geometric (horizontal) and gravimetric (vertical) realizations that will replace the North American Datum of 1983 (NAD 83), the North American Vertical Datum of 1988 (NAVD 88) and the several island vertical datums. The new framework will be designed such that the geometric component (latitude, longitude, ellipsoid height) will be virtually identical to and aligned with the International Terrestrial Reference Frame (ITRF), while orthometric heights will be based exclusively on a nation-wide high accuracy (1-2 cm) gravimetric geoid model. This presentation highlights the rational for these changes; the various elements that currently define the NSRS and the activities NGS is engaged in to improve the capacity of and access to the NSRS.

Dave Doyle joined the National Geodetic Survey in 1972 and held the position of Chief Geodetic Surveyor at his retirement in January, 2013. He was responsible for the development, technical design and management of plans and programs that enhance the United States National Spatial Reference System. He has provided technical assistance in geodesy to international, federal, state and local surveying, mapping and GIS agencies.
During his time at NGS his experiences included all phases of geodetic triangulation, astronomic positioning, leveling, GPS data collection, data analysis, datum transformations, network adjustments, and data publication.
Mr. Doyle’s activities also include many articles in national and local surveying publications and he has conducted hundreds of workshops and seminars detailing the numerous aspects of geodesy and the National Spatial Reference System. Editor of xyHt.