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    Further development of the concepts of cadastral boundary definition in New Zealand, together with the calculation and presentation of the associated datasets. The cadastral survey dataset requirements for various types of land tenure, and an introduction to limited title surveys.

    Students will be introduced to a range of cadastral datasets relevant to specific legislation and land tenure. Instruction will be given in the methodology of performing cadastral surveys such that students can conduct a straightforward land transfer survey in Landonline. Students will also be given instruction in the use of GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) in cadastral surveys and learn how to conduct limited as to parcels surveys. Students will gain problem-solving skills in the New Zealand cadastral context.

    This paper logically follows on from SURV 207 Cadastral Surveying 1, but concentrates on the definition skills required by the licensed cadastral surveyor and the presentation of datasets to Land Information NZ. It provides the practical application in cadastral surveys that support the varieties of land tenure introduced in SURV 206 and 306. It also forms a practical link with SURV 305 Statutory Planning in terms of the application of Territorial Authority consents related to cadastral surveys.

    About this paper

    Paper title Cadastral Surveying 2
    Subject Surveying
    EFTS 0.1334
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,206.20
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    SURV 207 or SURV 217
    Pre or Corequisite
    SURV 306 or SURV 316
    SURV 317
    Schedule C
    Teaching staff
    Co-ordinator and Lecturer: Richard Hemi
    Paper Structure

    Three lectures per week
    One 3-hour tutorial per week.


    • Tutorials (3) 2%, 3% and 3%
    • Tests (2) 3% and 3%
    • Assignment 1  3%
    • Assignment 2  8%
    • Assignment 3 15%
    • Final examination (three hours) 60% (A minimum final exam mark of 40% is required to pass this paper)

    Textbooks are not required for this paper.

    However, all lecture and assignment material and announcements are available on Blackboard, and additional communication will occur via student email, so students should ensure they can access the University email system.

    Online Resources (includes Blackboard):

    • Land Title Surveys Vol.1&2 S+SNZ Training Notes
    • Stages of a Cadastral Survey (SoS)
    • Rules for Cadastral Survey 2021
    • Interpretation guide to Rules for Cadastral Survey 2021
    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete the paper will:

    • Search and analyse existing survey and title data in Landonline
    • Demonstrate understanding in cadastral definition processes
    • Create a straightforward LT CSD in compliance with the Rules for Cadastral Survey
    • Create a CSD using third-party software and apply the LandXML process to integrate the survey in Landonline
    • Demonstrate proficiency in Landonline and the relevant Rules for Cadastral Survey
    • Apply GNSS technology to NZ cadastral surveys and create a CSD in Landonline from their own fieldwork
    • Create survey reports in compliance with the Rules for Cadastral Survey
    • Be able to describe features and requirements for surveys such as, but not limited to, cross-leases, building height restrictions, Māori land, legalisation surveys, limited as to parcels titles
    • Resolve boundary definition conflicts in accordance with statute and common law


    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 09:00-09:50 29-35, 37-42
    Tuesday 09:00-09:50 29-35, 37-42
    Wednesday 09:00-09:50 29-35, 37-42


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Tuesday 13:00-16:50 29-35, 37-42
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