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LiDARRAS, Shedding light on New Zealand’s contribution to the War in France

Dr Pascal Sirguey and Mr Richard Hemi, University of Otago School of Surveying

Engaged in underground warfare near Arras in Northern France, men from the NZ Engineers Tunnelling Company (NZETC) distinguished themselves by connecting abandoned underground quarries. The subterranean network allowed soldiers to pass safely from the town centre of Arras to the front-line trenches in the lead up to the Battle of Arras in April 1917.

In the context of WWI centenary commemorations, the LiDARRAS project is a bilateral and cross-generational cooperation that united surveying students and academics from New Zealand and France to survey and scan the underground structure. This project illustrates the benefit, efficiency, and practicality of modern surveying technologies in allowing a permanent record of this New Zealand contribution to the war in France to be created. Further to commemorating the work of the NZETC, such accurate mapping will allow future generations remote virtual access to the underground world as well as being a valuable resource to ensure their future preservation.

Date Saturday, 24 November 2018
Time 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Audience Public
Event Category Sciences
Event Type Lecture
LocationToitū Otago Settlers Museum - Auditorium
Contact NameRichard Hemi
Contact Phone+64 3 479 7595

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