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SURV457 Cadastral Surveying 3

2021 information for papers will be published in early September. 

An in-depth cadastral project requiring field-work and a full dataset for LINZ lodgement. Advanced case studies of cadastral surveys, limited title surveys, surveyor’s responsibilities, digital cadastres, licensing issues.

Students will examine advanced case studies in definition, especially legal case studies of claims for adverse possession. Viewpoints will be provided from agencies involved in the cadastral arena by means of lectures by Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) senior surveyors, prominent private practitioners, etc. To this end topical NZ cadastral issues will be examined and an understanding given of NZ surveying licensing and auditing processes. A major field survey will be undertaken by the students operating in pairs, and a full CSD will be prepared individually in Landonline.

Paper title Cadastral Surveying 3
Paper code SURV457
Subject Surveying
EFTS 0.1334
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,110.69
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,411.27

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SSURV 307 or 317
SURV 557, 427
Schedule C
This paper is a final-year elective for BSurv students. The paper is a requirement of the Cadastral Licensing Board of NZ for graduates who wish to apply for NZ licensing.
Teaching staff
Co-ordinator and Lecturer: Richard Hemi
Paper Structure

This paper logically follows on from SURV 307 Cadastral Surveying 2 but concentrates on a major cadastral survey project under the direction of a licensed cadastral surveyor and the presentation of a dataset to Land Information NZ via Landonline. This project will have some degree of difficulty and involves the students organising their own fieldwork.

The paper provides a chance for the students to demonstrate the extent to which they have absorbed the material from SURV 207 and SURV 307 in a practical application and apply theoretical knowledge to a complicated practical situation.This paper is the final cadastral surveying paper after SURV 207 and SURV 307. All three papers are related, and the preceding papers are building blocks for those that follow. Successful mastering of the learning objectives in prior papers is needed for this paper.

Teaching Arrangements

Terms Requirements: All assignments must be completed to a satisfactory standard (at least 40% each) for you to gain terms for this paper that will allow you to sit the test. A minimum test mark of 40% is required to pass this paper.


  • Assignment 1 60%
  • Definition Test 4%
  • Definition Test 6%
  • Multi-choice Test 30%

100% internally assessed


Required textbook:
Assignment 1 Manual (provided by the School)

Online resources:
E-survey training resources
Cadastral Surveying

Recommended readings:
Land Title Surveys (available from S+SNZ website)

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will
  • Demonstrate an understanding of New Zealand cadastral procedures and practices and evaluate data integrity
  • Learn to conduct themselves in a professional manner while dealing with clients and the public
  • Understand the quality and audit issues within the New Zealand cadastral system and develop the ability to question and analyse the current system and consider and suggest improvements
  • Gain a greater understanding of advanced definition, especially legal case studies of claims for adverse possession and limited titles

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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Tuesday 09:00-09:50 9-12, 18-22
Thursday 09:00-09:50 9-12, 18-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
T1 Thursday 14:00-16:50 9-12, 18-22