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SURV557 Advanced Cadastral Surveying

An in-depth cadastral project requiring field-work and a full dataset for LINZ lodgement. Advanced case studies of cadastral surveys, limited title surveys, water boundary surveys, surveyor’s responsibilities, digital cadastres, licensing issues.

Students will examine advanced case studies in definition, especially legal case studies of claims for adverse possession.  Viewpoints will be provided from agencies involved in the cadastral arena by means of lectures by a prominent private practitioners etc.  To this end topical NZ cadastral issues will be examined, and an understanding given of NZ surveying licensing and auditing processes.  A major field survey will be undertaken by the students operating as a pair, and a full CSD prepared individually in Landonline. Research will be undertaken by students in a nominated area of cadastral studies.

Paper title Advanced Cadastral Surveying
Paper code SURV557
Subject Surveying
EFTS 0.1482
Points 20 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,303.57
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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SURV 307 or SURV 317
SURV 427 and SURV 457
This paper is a final-year elective for the BSurv(Honours) programme. The paper is a requirement of the Cadastral Licensing Board of NZ for graduates who wish to apply for NZ licensing.
Teaching staff
Co-ordinator and Lecturer: Richard Hemi
Paper Structure

This paper logically follows on from SURV 307 Cadastral Surveying 2 but concentrates on a major cadastral survey project under the direction of a licensed cadastral surveyor and the presentation of a dataset to Land Information NZ via Landonline. This project will have some degree of difficulty and involves the students organising their own fieldwork. The paper provides a chance for the students to demonstrate the extent to which they have absorbed the material from SURV 207 and SURV 307 in a practical application and apply theoretical knowledge to a complicated practical situation. This paper is the final cadastral surveying paper after SURV 207 and SURV 307. All three papers are related, and the preceding papers are building blocks for those that follow. Successful mastering of the learning objectives in prior papers is needed for this paper.

Teaching Arrangements

Terms Requirements: All assignments must be completed to a satisfactory standard (at least 50% each) for you to gain terms for this paper.

A minimum mark of 40% for the final test is required to pass this paper.


  • Assignment 1  44%
  • Definition Test1  3%
  • Definition Test2  5%
  • Water Bdy CSD  5%
  • Occupation exercise  3%
  • Multi-choice Test  30%
  • Research Essay  10%

100% internally assessed.


Required textbook:
Assignment 1 Manual (provided by the School)

Online resources:
E-survey training resources
Cadastral Surveying

Recommended readings:
Land Title Surveys (available from S+SNZ website)

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of New Zealand cadastral procedures and practices and evaluate data integrity
  • Learn to conduct themselves in a professional manner while dealing with clients and the public
  • Understand the quality and audit issues within the New Zealand cadastral system and develop the ability to question and analyse the current system and consider and suggest improvements
  • Gain a greater level of understanding of a nominated area of cadastral studies through their own research project
  • Carry out a research project and learn to undertake study of relevant case law and papers

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 09:00-09:50 9-14, 16, 18-22
Thursday 09:00-09:50 9-14, 16-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Thursday 14:00-16:50 9-14, 16-20