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News & Events from the School of Surveying

Bringing Antarctica to the South Pacific

Thursday, 8 November 2018 8:07pm

Antarctica and the South Pacific islands seem worlds apart but a recent exhibition taken to Niue and Rarotonga taught local schools this connection is closer than expected.

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Top teachers named at OUSA

Wednesday, 31 October 2018 8:48am


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Generous ROV donation received by the School of Surveying

Tuesday, 30 October 2018 3:37pm

Thanks to a generous donation from Alexander Waugh, Business Development Manager for Fugro, the School of Surveying now have our very own Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV).

The BlueROV2 is a modular ‘build your own’ type system with open source running software. Our new system has a camera, temperature and pressure sensors. To this we plan to add underwater positioning capabilities that will enhance our hydrographic surveying papers as well as research in Surveying, Marine Science and Physics.

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Top teachers named by OUSA

Thursday, 25 October 2018 12:37pm

For the second year in row, a teacher from Otago’s School of Business has been named the University’s best by students.

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US Ambassador keen to foster connections with Otago

Tuesday, 16 October 2018 7:45pm

The United States Ambassador to New Zealand, Mr Scott Brown, visited the University last week to learn about Otago’s internationally significant research and foster future collaborative ties.

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Recognition for rising research stars

Monday, 15 October 2018 9:27pm

Six rising research stars at the University of Otago have been recognised through the University’s annual Early Career Awards for Distinction in Research announced today.

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Because it's there: Remeasuring Mount Everest

Thursday, 11 October 2018 3:21pm

Evangeline Neve in conversation with Lisa Choegyal about the New Zealand government colloboration with Nepal to remeasure Mt. Everest.

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Link to ODT article on SURV453 (Advanced Urban Design) students presenting their Dunedin Housing projects to the City Council staff

Tuesday, 9 October 2018 9:10am

SURV453 fourth-year students presented their Dunedin Housing Project, for housing the hundreds of workers expected in Dunedin soon to build the city’s new hospital.  They did so in front of city councillors and members of the mayoral task force on housing, in part because Dr Filep said discussion on the issue needed to be in public. The students were given a hypothetical site on Market Reserve and the northern tip of the Oval to design their housing development.

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Otago-led research set to make smartphones even smarter

Friday, 31 August 2018 11:15am

The accuracy of the global positioning system (GPS) in smartphones has been significantly improved thanks to research conducted at the University of Otago, New Zealand, in collaboration with Curtin University, Australia.

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Re-measuring Mt Everest

Tuesday, 10 July 2018 2:30pm

The School of Surveying is working with the Survey Department of Nepal on  plans to carry out an extensive survey program to re-measure the height of Mt Everest after the 2015 earthquake.

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School of Surveying staff explain surveying technologies in four videos on LEARNZ.

Tuesday, 10 July 2018 2:00pm

(Videos – Thursday 24 May – items 1-4) highlights surveying technologies at work.

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Robert Odolinski wins a University of Otago 'Early Career Award for Distinction in Research'

Friday, 8 June 2018 8:11pm

The School of Surveying congratulations Dr Robert Odolinski for winning a University of Otago Early Career Award for Distinction in Research.

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Eighty4Recruitment donates a Drone to the School of Surveying.

Thursday, 7 June 2018 12:00pm

Affordable drones are increasingly becoming common equipment in the Surveyor's tool kit

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Nominations open for Otago Science Awards

Wednesday, 16 May 2018 10:24am

A call is being made to recognise Otago’s science heroes with nominations now open for the biennial Otago Daily Times Otago Science Awards – a joint initiative between the New Zealand International Science Festival and the ODT. Nominations can be made online via the New Zealand International Science Festival scifest.org.nz website and will close on Thursday 28 June at 5pm. Winners will be announced at the launch of the New Zealand International Science Festival on Friday 6 July.

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Mapping land lands prestigious award for Surveying student

Monday, 30 April 2018 3:14pm

Craig MacDonell is only 22 years old, but his work has already been internationally recognised by spatial surveying industry peers.

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Otago surveyors join Global Surveyors' Day

Wednesday, 21 March 2018 10:58am

Members of Otago’s School of Surveying headed to the Octagon yesterday, to join celebrations of the first ever Global Surveyors’ Day.

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The first "Global Surveyors' Day" celebrated in Dunedin - 21 March 2018

Wednesday, 21 March 2018 3:03pm

The National School of Surveying and the Coastal Otago Branch of the New Zealand Institute of Surveyors (NZIS) celebrated by inviting members of the public to come along to meet us, see some of our data and have a go at using some of our gear in the Octagon, Dunedin this week.
Global Surveyors’ Day recognises the work of surveying and geospatial professionals. This is a worldwide event initiated by the Council of European Geodetic Surveyors (CLGE), the National Society of Professional Surveyors in the USA and the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) based in Denmark. The New Zealand Institute of Surveyors (NZIS) and its members are supporting the day’s celebrations throughout New Zealand.

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Deep Bores into Antarctica finds freezing ice not melting as expected

Friday, 23 February 2018 3:59pm

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High School Students attend Hands-on at Otago Snack with the National School of Surveying.

Friday, 19 January 2018 10:05am

High School Students attend a four hour Hands-on at Otago Snack with the National School Of Surveying.  It allowed students to have a small taste of a variety of research activities, both in the School and on the Otago harbour, during an afternoon programme - especially utilising hydrographic surveying equipment.

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Chris Pearson is awarded a NZ Center Fellowship

Friday, 12 January 2018 12:49pm

Chris Pearson has been awarded a prestigious NZ Center (NCE) fellowship to Peking University for a period of seven weeks.

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Graduating into retirement… drumroll please

Saturday, 16 December 2017 11:26am

It should be special enough that Brian Coutts is retiring from working at the School of Surveying, after over 25 years’ service, at the end of December. But that’s not the half of it. Today he graduates with a PhD in Surveying – 48 years since starting here as a fledgling 1st year student – and as acting Senior Drum Major of the City of Dunedin, will lead the graduands parade.

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The first female President and two further females are appointed to NZIS Board.

Thursday, 7 December 2017 4:17pm

More surveying and spatial breadth with the latest Female NZIS appointments.  The NZ Institute of Surveyors is pleased to announce a new President, Rebecca Strang and two new board members, Michelle Bain and Dr Jordan Alexander.

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Marsden success for Sciences

Monday, 20 November 2017 9:59am

Division of Sciences researchers have gained over $7.2m for 12 world-class research projects as Principal Investigators and a further $6m as Assistant Investigators working in collaboration with researchers both across Otago and in external organisations.