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    An introduction to New Zealand cadastral surveying procedures and practice, calculations, cadastral data preparation and basic boundary definition.

    This paper is a core paper for the BSurv, and it establishes a strong background for understanding the NZ cadastral system. SURV 207 provides students with a sound understanding of the practice in basic office and field survey procedures required by NZ cadastral surveyors. The paper also introduces students to cadastral data requirements, data searching techniques and the concept of cadastres, land tenure and land registration systems. Past and present-day cadastral data presentation is studied. There is also an intermediate-level study of computational requirements required by all students, especially those specific to cadastral surveying. SURV 207 is the first of three sequenced cadastral papers and is required in order to progress to the next cadastral paper - SURV 307.

    About this paper

    Paper title Cadastral Surveying 1
    Subject Surveying
    EFTS 0.1334
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,173.39
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    SURV 201 or SURV 211
    SURV 217
    Limited to
    BSurv, BSc
    May only be taken by BSurv students or BSc students majoring in Surveying Measurement.
    Enrolments for this paper require departmental permission.
    View more information about departmental permission.

    Emily Tidey (
    Richard Hemi (

    Teaching staff

    Teaching Staff: Richard HemiDavid Goodwin
    Survey technical staff to assist with practicals and tutorials.

    Paper Structure

    The paper consists of a variety of cadastral theory lectures and calculation lectures as they pertain to cadastral surveying, as well as practicals and tutorials that teach and reinforce cadastral surveying in the office as well as the field.

    Access to Blackboard is required for information and contact purposes.

    Workload Expectations:

    1. Contact hours
      • 39 - Lectures: 3 hours per week for 13 weeks
      • 55 - Practicals and Tutorials: 5 hours per week for 11 weeks
      • 94 - Sub-total
    2. Non-contact hours
      • To do your best, allow approximately 85 hours for private study, class preparation and taking tests and the final examination.

    Total number of hours: 180

    Terms Requirements:

    All practical/tutorial and drafting exercises must be completed to gain terms, bar a maximum of one, including obtaining a minimum pass mark of 50%. A penalty may then also apply for missing/failed work. If terms are not met, you will be unable to sit the final examination. In keeping with School of Surveying policy, there is also a requirement to gain a minimum of 40% on the final examination to pass this class.


    A combination of Blackboard tests, written tests, assessed practicals and tutorials plus the final examination.

    Teaching Arrangements
    All practicals and tutorials must be completed to a satisfactory standard in order to meet terms for this paper. A Landonline digital certificate is not required for this class.

    Textbooks are not required for this paper.

    However, a Course Reader must be purchased at the start of the semester from the School of Surveying office for approximately NZ$30. This reader contains the lectures, as well as most of the calculation tutorials and practicals.

    The Land Information New Zealand current survey regulations, plus several other documents, will be made available to students via Blackboard

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete the paper will

    • Learn the historical development of the NZ cadastral system
    • Learn the elements of a cadastre and the legacies of an earlier NZ cadastre - the Deeds Register
    • Learn the basic land registration systems and those that are used in NZ
    • Gain an introduction of Landonline and data searching for LT surveys
    • Learn NZ computer drafting requirements and perform some drafting using cadastral survey software
    • Gain a working knowledge of the projections systems used in NZ cadastral surveys
    • Learn about different computations and computational techniques for cadastral surveys
    • Gain a working knowledge of the common fieldwork practices of the NZ field surveyor


    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Tuesday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
    Wednesday 10:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41
    Thursday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Wednesday 12:00-15:50 28-34, 36-41


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Wednesday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
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