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SURV301 Surveying Methods 2

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An introduction to the survey methods and analyses that require an understanding of geodetic principles. Includes angle, EDM and GPS measurements.

Paper title Surveying Methods 2
Paper code SURV301
Subject Surveying
EFTS 0.1334
Points 18 points
Teaching period 1st Non standard period (6 July 2020 - 30 November 2020)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,110.69
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,411.27

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(SURV 201 or SURV 211) and (SURV 202 or SURV 212)
Pre or Corequisite
SURV 302 or SURV 312
SURV 311
Schedule C

A required paper for students undertaking the BSurv and BSc (Survey Measurement)
Suitable for students with a good understanding of fundamental survey methods and survey mathematics

Teaching staff

Lecturer: Dr Paul Denys
Demonstrators: Mr Mike Denham
Software Support: Mr Kelly Gragg

Paper Structure
The paper covers the following topics:
  • History of geodesy in New Zealand and geodetic surveys
  • GPS observables and errors
  • GPS models and techniques
  • Control survey methods and analysis
  • Terrestrial observations (horizontal and vertical angles, distance)
Teaching Arrangements

Lectures:  Three 1-hour lectures - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 

Practicals: One 5-hour practical - Monday 



  • Denys, P. H., (2019) Geodesy and GPS - Survey Methods 2, School of Surveying, University of Otago


  • Uren and Price, Surveying for Engineers. 5th Edition, Palgrave Macmillian.Hofmann-Wellenhof, GPS Theory and Practice
  • Leick, GPS Surveying. Wiley, New York
  • Anderson and Mikhail, Surveying Theory and Practice. 7th Edition, McGraw-Hill
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Scholarship, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will
  • Understand geodetic angle and distance observations and reductions
  • Understand the GPS observables and errors
  • Understand GPS techniques and models
  • Develop an appreciation of geodesy applications for GNSS
  • Combine and analyse terrestrial and GNSS survey data and precision estimates using least squares estimation

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1st Non standard period (6 July 2020 - 30 November 2020)

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
Tuesday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
Wednesday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 12:00-16:50 28-34, 36-41