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 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.



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

          Checking       $xxxx

          Savings          $xxxx

          Duck              $xxxx

          Scholarship   $xxxx

          TOTAL         $xxxx


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


There was no old business to discuss.


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.


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

Craig Stratton, Recording Secretary