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News & Events from the School of Surveying

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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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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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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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 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.

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NZ-led international team begin epic journey to probe secrets of Ross Ice Shelf

Friday, 17 November 2017 2:29pm

After years of planning, a University of Otago-led research team is about to embark on an epic research expedition to the Antarctic to better understand how the earth’s largest expanse of floating glacial ice will respond to global warming.

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School of Surveying student is named in the Barbarians and All Black Squad - October 2017

Thursday, 2 November 2017 4:31pm

Dillon Hunt, a BSurv student has been selected to play for both the Barbarians and the All Blacks - November 2017

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Chris Pearson's 3rd trip to Nepal - 5th and final blog 2017

Thursday, 5 October 2017 11:34am

This is the final blog for Chris Pearson's third trip to Nepal in 2017

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Chris Pearson's third trip to Nepal - 4th blog.

Monday, 2 October 2017 12:48pm

This is the 4th blog re Chris Pearson's third trip to Nepal as a geodetic consultant, undertaking work caused by the last large earthquake.

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All good things are cheap; all bad are very dear. Low-cost GNSS precise positioning research highlighted in the GPS World magazine

Monday, 2 October 2017 10:04am

The low-cost GNSS receiver precise (millimeter-level) positioning research, conducted by Dr. Robert Odolinski (School of Surveying) and Prof Peter J. G. Teunissen (Curtin University, Australia), has been recognized in the Innovation column of the GPS World magazine.