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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.

    About this paper

    Paper title Surveying Methods 3
    Subject Surveying
    EFTS 0.1334
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Not offered in 2024, expected to be offered in 2025 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,206.20
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    (SURV 301 or 311) and (SURV 302 or 312)
    SURV 421, SURV 551
    Schedule C

    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


    Tutorial readings will be made available on Blackboard.

    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 tectonic
    • 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 NZGeoid2016 model
    • An understanding of new and emerging survey technologies


    Not offered in 2024, expected to be offered in 2025

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
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