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SURV563 Advanced Practical Techniques in Hydrography

Advanced course: planning, execution, management, analysis and reporting of a hydrographic survey, with student-led fieldwork and voyage components.

This paper directly follows SURV 462/562, being the culmination of the application of hydrographic surveying theory and the final practical component of this subject.

Field courses SURV 462/562 and SURV 463/563 will take place during November-December each year. Dates are tentative: students must contact the School of Surveying for the exact dates after 1 July 2022.

Paper title Advanced Practical Techniques in Hydrography
Paper code SURV563
Subject Surveying
EFTS 0.1482
Points 20 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2023 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,303.57
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Pre or Corequisite
SURV 562
SURV 463
This paper is the culmination of the application of hydrographic surveying theory and is the final practical component of this subject.
Teaching staff
Emily Tidey
Paper Structure

This paper is primarily a self-paced problem-solving exercise that brings together various elements of previously learned hydrographic, oceanographic and navigational information in the context of a full hydrographic survey to IHO and/or LINZ standards.

Specific research and advanced mathematics will be required in order to carry out the higher level 'constructive' tasks necessary to establish the survey design, horizontal and vertical control, data collection, management and quality control of a hydrographic survey. Additionally, students will learn pertinent legal and commercial requirements, safety, seafaring, navigation and boat handling.

While there is no formal lecture schedule for this paper, students must be available for seminars and/or field responsibilities as required to meet the course objectives during the three-week field component in November/December, as well as participating in distance pre- and post-residential learning.



  • IHO S-44 - Standards for Hydrographic Surveys
  • LINZ HYSPEC - Contract Specifications for Hydrographic Surveys
  • MNZ - Good Practice Guidelines for Hydrographic Surveys in New Zealand Ports and Harbours

Highly Recommended:

  • IHO Manual of Hydrography

All available to download online.

Other texts are available in the Science and School of Surveying Libraries and online.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Lifelong learning, Critical thinking, Communication, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
  1. To prepare for a hydrographic survey by completing pre-analysis and planning tasks - including formulating a rigorous quality control strategy, testing equipment and personnel management.
  2. To observe tide and current dynamics and to research advanced tidal and current studies.
  3. To conduct a complete three-week hydrographic survey - involving all associated management tasks - to IHO and/or LINZ standards.
  4. To process data from the three-week hydrographic survey and prepare a comprehensive report that meets IHO and/or LINZ requirements.
  5. To consolidate navigation and seafaring skills.
  6. To undertake advanced mathematics which support objectives 1-4.

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Not offered in 2023

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system