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Gary Veenstra, PLS Appointed to Exec Committee of NJ Geospatial Forum

Wednesday, March 18, 2020   (0 Comments)
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Gary Veenstra has recently been appointed to be the Executive Committee Land Surveyor Representative for the New Jersey Geospatial Forum (NJGF). NJGF is a community of individuals from various sectors with a common interest in the geospatial industry. Unfortunately land surveyors comprise a very small percentage of the constituency groups that make up this community, so Gary is hoping to help bridge the gap and entice more fellow surveyors to participate.

One of his duties on the Executive Committee is to help lead the Geospatial Task Force. This is a newly formed task force with the following mission “To get a comprehensive understanding of the new datums being put forth by the National Geodetic Survey and potential impacts, and plan to implement statewide” Gary believes this screams “Surveyors, we need your help!”

The Task Force met for the first time on March 11. This meeting included a room full of diverse individuals representing many different public and private organizations throughout the State. The group shared their thoughts and concerns about the 2022 datum change and these items will be used to form the Task Force goals.

Ron Kuzma from the NJ Geodetic Survey gave a great presentation and reviewed the options NGS has put forth for New Jersey’s new state plane coordinate system (SPCS2022). The options include four alternatives with different projections, origins, and central meridians. This was a high priority for the meeting since NGS has given a deadline of the end of March to submit comments regarding this new system. Surveyors are encouraged to educate themselves on this topic and weigh in on the decision making as soon as possible!

The link below provides the documents presented at the Task Force meeting. Feel free to review and let Gary (gveenstra@negliaengineering.com) know if you have any questions or would like to participate.

https://www.nj.gov/njgf/taskforces/abouttask/geodetic.shtml