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SURV551 Advanced Surveying Methods

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The study of advanced surveying methods and tools including GPS position models, data processing methods and contemporary GPS. Positioning applications including deformation monitoring and analysis methods. Introduction to other space based positioning systems and global datums.

Paper title Advanced Surveying Methods
Paper code SURV551
Subject Surveying
EFTS 0.1482
Points 20 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,247.55
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,305.26

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(SURV 301 or SURV 311) and (SURV 302 or SURV 312)
SURV 421 and SURV 451

An elective paper for students undertaking the BSurv and BSc (Survey Measurement)
Suitable for students with a good understanding of basic survey methods and survey mathematics

Teaching staff
Lecturer: Dr Paul Denys
Paper Structure
The paper covers the following topics:
  • The GPS signal and observables
  • Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS)
  • Plate tectonics and global coordinate systems
  • Positioning and active earth processes in New Zealand
  • Geoids
  • New and emerging technologies
Teaching Arrangements

Lectures: 26 lectures

Tutorials: 12 2-hour tutorials

Practicals: Own time arrangements

Denys, P. H., Tutorial Reader
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Scholarship, Critical thinking, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will develop
  • An in-depth understanding of the GPS signal structure including new GPS signals and ranging codes
  • An appreciation of new and emerging multi-constellation satellite systems
  • An understanding of global plate tectonics
  • An understanding of active earth processes and how earth deformation is accommodated in New Zealand
  • An understanding of the global coordinate systems
  • An appreciation of global geoid models and the NZGeoid2009 model
  • An understanding of new and emerging survey technologies

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Wednesday 13:00-13:50 9-13, 15-22
Thursday 10:00-10:50 9-13, 15-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Wednesday 09:00-10:50 9-13, 15-22