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SURV562 Hydrographic Field Design and Voyage

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Planning, set up, execution, management, analysis and reporting of hydrographic surveys including field work and voyage components.

Dates are tentative: students must contact the School of Surveying for the exact dates after 1 July 2021.

Paper title Hydrographic Field Design and Voyage
Paper code SURV562
Subject Surveying
EFTS 0.1482
Points 20 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2021 (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,247.55
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,305.26

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Pre or Corequisite
SURV 452 and PMAN 401
SURV 462
Limited to
BSurv(Hons), PGDipSc, MSurv, MSc

This paper is an introduction to the application of hydrographic surveying theory, and is the first of two major practical components of this subject.

Teaching staff
Co-ordinator and Lecturer: Emily Tidey
Paper Structure
Field-course covering practical portions of the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) S-5 syllabus.
Teaching Arrangements

Intensive field course for three weeks in December. E-learning utilised before and after the field-course.

Dates are tentative: students must contact the School of Surveying for the exact dates after 1 July 2021.

Highly Recommended: (All available to download online.)

IHO Manual of Hydrography

IHO Standards for Hydrographic Surveys s44

Land Information New Zealand Hydographic Survey Specifications (LINZ HYSPEC)

Other texts are available in the Science and School of Surveying Libraries and online.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Communication, Information literacy, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
During this paper students will:
  • Prepare for a hydrographic survey by completing pre-analysis and planning tasks (including formulating a rigorous quality control strategy)
  • Observe tide and current dynamics and be introduced to advanced tidal and current studies
  • Establish horizontal and vertical control for a hydrographic survey to IHO standards
  • Conduct a complete three-week hydrographic survey involving all associated management tasks to IHO and Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) standards
  • Consolidate navigation and seamanship skills
  • Prepare a comprehensive report of survey based on a pre-planning assignment, project management exercises and the hydrographic survey to IHO requirements

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Not offered in 2021

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system