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    Review of basic surveying techniques and instruments.

    This introductory field camp is a practical and intensive hands-on use of various types of survey equipment, survey methodologies, procedures and calculations. The field camp begins in late January/early February and finishes before the first semester begins. The camp will refine and follow on from survey field skills learned in SURV 120.

    About this paper

    Paper title Introductory Field Camp
    Subject Surveying
    EFTS 0
    Points 0 points
    Teaching period 1st Non standard period (5 February 2024 - 23 February 2024) (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $.00
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    One of SURV 120, SURV 101, SURX 101
    Limited to
    BSurv, BSc
    May only be taken by BSurv students or BSc students majoring in Surveying Measurement.

    This paper can only be taken by BSurv students or BSc students majoring in Surveying Measurement and is a requirement for entry into the professional survey programme. Passing this field camp is also a requirement for taking SURV 201.

    Enrolments for this paper require departmental permission.
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    Course coordinators: Dr Yong Chien Zheng and Mr Craig Tidey 

    Teaching and Technical Staff: Richard Hemi, Fraser JopsonKelly GraggMike Denham and Judy Rodda

    Teaching staff

    Numerous Surveying staff are involved with this field camp.

    Paper Structure

    This paper consists of a variety of lectures followed by daily survey field exercises. Each field exercise involves survey field work and is followed by calculations, tabulation, presentation and reporting of the survey information. Students work with a partner and as part of a bigger team under a group leader who facilitates the exercises. The camp runs for a maximum of three weeks (including some weekend work) and may include time away from Dunedin. A wide variety of survey equipment is used in conjunction with these fieldwork practicals. While this paper is worth 0 EFTS, there are associated costs to be paid by the student for the running of this camp.

    Teaching Arrangements
    This field camp is graded as Pass/Fail. The student must reach a satisfactory level of competency in order to pass the field camp. This level of competency is assessed by successfully completing all of the practical exercises related to the paper's aims and objectives. There is no final exam associated with this paper.

    There are no textbooks required for this paper. However, access to a survey textbook (i.e., Uren & Price, 2010 fifth edition) or the SURV 120 lectures, practicals and tutorials will greatly assist the student during the camp.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Lifelong learning, Communication, Ethics, Self-motivation, Teamwork, Critical thinking.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Working together with the Survey staff and other team members, over the course of this field camp students will learn how to:

    • Use survey instruments
    • Develop proficiency in taking survey measurements
    • Perform intermediate level survey calculations
    • Use and compare different survey applications and understand their accuracies
    • Develop learning skills and problem-solving skills
    • Develop team working skills
    • Develop organisational skills
    • Develop independent checking systems


    1st Non standard period (5 February 2024 - 23 February 2024)

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system
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