Scientists will leave sensors in the Ross Ice Shelf (Antarctica) bore holes to better understand the long-term changes in the ice. An article written by Douglas Fox in February 2018 (National Geographic Magazine).
Friday, 23 February 2018 3:05pm
New Zealand scientists will leave sensors in the bore hole in the Ross Ice Shelf to better understand the long-term changes in the ice, which may have big implications for global sea level.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Thursday, 12 October 2017 9:00am
Associate Professor Tim Woodfield has developed a 3-day introductory 3D Printing in Medicine course for the local medical community. It will run November 20 to 22 in Christchurch and include talks by international and national experts.
Thursday, 5 October 2017 11:34am
This is the final blog for Chris Pearson's third trip to Nepal in 2017
Wednesday, 4 October 2017 12:57pm
The Canterbury public enjoyed laboratory tours, a debate on whether we can all live to be 120 years, and the chance to hear about latest health research at Showcase 2017.
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.
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.
Wednesday, 27 September 2017 11:55am
Chris Pearson's 3rd trip to Nepal - 3rd Blog.
Thursday, 21 September 2017 3:04pm
The Zonta Club of Wellington is calling for applications for the 2018 Zonta Science Award. Applications must be received by 5 February 2018.
Friday, 15 September 2017 2:48pm
Christchurch researchers are growing veins in the laboratory as part of a project aiming to create large 3D-printed pieces of bone for use in orthopaedic surgery.
Tuesday, 12 September 2017 10:10am
The inaugural Silverline Festival, being held next weekend on 15-16 September, is all about exposing students to ways of wellbeing. The festival will include speakers, all passionate about what they do, and excited to share their knowledge and experiences; one of these being Dr Damian Scarf, Senior Lecturer in Psychology who suffered from severe anxiety throughout undergraduate and into postgraduate study.
Monday, 11 September 2017 9:52am
This is Chris Pearson's third trip to Nepal - Blog 2 2017, dated 8th September.
Tuesday, 5 September 2017 11:32am
Chris Pearson is visiting Nepal for the 3rd time to provide geodetic data advice. This is blog 1 for this visit.
Saturday, 19 August 2017 11:01am
Growing up in Dunedin, Professor Blaikie's academic career began at Otago in the late 1980s, leading to a doctorate from the University of Cambridge, and then onto an incredible position as a visiting researcher at the Hitachi Cambridge Laboratory. Deciding it was time to come home, he and his family moved back to New Zealand - firstly to Canterbury and finally back to Otago.
Wednesday, 16 August 2017 3:44pm
Hearing her name announced as winner of the Division of Sciences Supervisor of the Year award was gratifying enough, but then when Dr Tamlin Conner, a senior lecturer in the Department of Psychology heard it called again, this time for the ‘OUSA Supervisor of the Year’ award, she was stunned.
“Receiving these two awards mean the world to me,” said Dr Tamlin Conner. “I invest an incredible amount of time and effort into my students, and to receive this recognition gives me the motivation to keep up that investment,” she continued.
Tuesday, 8 August 2017 1:04pm
Support Services available to Students
Thursday, 3 August 2017 11:27am
Sciences were the big winners of the 2017 Research Poster Competition
Tuesday, 27 June 2017 1:45pm
Understanding what Antarctica’s environment was like 3.5 million years ago could prove crucial to preparing New Zealand for the impacts of climate change.
Three Otago University postgraduate students and a Victoria University postgraduate student were last night awarded postgraduate scholarships by Antarctic New Zealand for their work to better understand the changes occurring on the frozen continent. All three Otago students are associated with the Polar Environments Research Theme.
Monday, 26 June 2017 1:54pm
Over 150 leading scientists from New Zealand and around the world are coming together over the next three days to showcase the latest research on how climate change is affecting Antarctica.Organised by the New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute (NZARI) and Antarctica New Zealand, the New Zealand Antarctic Science Conference brings together the latest science being undertaken by the New Zealand Antarctic Programme and its international partners. Free events at Otago Museum have also been organised throughout the week so the public can learn about the impact of Antarctica on our lives.
Tuesday, 20 June 2017 2:12pm
An article just published in the New Zealand Science Review celebrates 30- years of science outreach at Otago. It presents the reader with an historical account of the development of community delivered outreach programmes by the University of Otago - and more specifically, those through the Division of Sciences and its contributing departments, schools and centres - a relationship that began in the 1970s. Although recognition for community service has been built into academic staff promotion processes for decades, it has only been available for non-academics since 2014 – which lends this article a point of difference given it has been co-authored by both academic and non-academic staff members.
Tuesday, 13 June 2017 9:21am
Details of Australasian Hydrographic Society Annual Seminar 2017 and AGM
Friday, 12 May 2017 8:28am
The Division of Sciences is extremely proud to see 48 Maori students graduate this weekend. Graduates have completed either their under- or postgraduate study covering a wide range of disciplines across the Division. See the full list of May 2017 graduates.
Master of Applied Science in GIS Otago graduate wins award at the Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards in Sydney
Monday, 24 April 2017 4:14pm
Master of Applied Science in GIS Otago graduate wins award at the Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards in Sydney
Thursday, 13 April 2017 8:44am
A highly complex University of Otago project to preserve the unique Kiwi character of World War I tunnels in France has reached a milestone.
Monday, 6 March 2017 11:22am
School of Surveying staff and students win three categories of the NZ Spatial Excellence Awards
Monday, 6 March 2017 4:20pm
School of Surveying staff member Dr Mick Strack and 2016 Honours student Callum Johns win Division of Sciences Awards.
Wednesday, 1 March 2017 10:25am
School of Surveying produces its first MAppSci (GIS) graduates.
Wednesday, 1 March 2017 5:29pm
A team led by the School of Surveying's Dr. Greg Leonard has been awarded a New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute grant to study the winter formation of sea ice in Antarctica.
Thursday, 8 December 2016 2:16pm
The Dean of Otago’s School of Surveying, Professor Christina Hulbe, has been invited to give the prestigious Nye Lecture at the upcoming Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union.
Friday, 28 October 2016 5:48pm
The LiDARRAS project released a new 3D model of the Kia Ora and silver ferns carved by soldiers of the NZETC in the Blenheim quarry underneath Arras in France. The model is a textured mesh made from high resolution laser scans that can be explored easily from any web browser.
Friday, 28 October 2016 4:30pm
Professional photographer Ian Alderman gifted to the LiDARRAS project magnificent photos of our students at work while surveying the underground network of tunnels and quarries during the second fieldwork campaign.
Friday, 28 October 2016 5:12pm
The LiDARRAS project was featured at a special programme marking the centenary of the First Word War on the afternoon of the remembrance ceremony of the War in France at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in Wellington.
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 4:39pm
Bentley Systems generously sponsors the LiDARRAS project by providing license for their Reality Modeling Software.
Sunday, 16 October 2016 2:56pm
Chris Pearson's final 5th blog covering his 2nd trip to Nepal.
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 1:52pm
This is the 4th Blog covering Chris Pearson's second trip to Napal.
Wednesday, 5 October 2016 11:49am
Third blog installment of Chris Pearson's second visit to Nepal.
Friday, 30 September 2016 11:54am
This is Chris Pearson's 2nd trip to Nepal - and his Blog 2.
Sunday, 25 September 2016 11:23am
Lecturers at the School of Surveying were recently nominated for the “Best Lecturer’ category of the 2016 OUSA Teaching Awards. Dr. Robert Odolinski and Richard Hemi attended the awards ceremony held at the Evision Lounge, Clubs and Societies.
Friday, 23 September 2016 11:50am
Chris Pearson's 2nd Trip to Nepal - Blog 1.
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Musculoskeletal Medicine news
Saturday, 17 September 2016 4:57pm
Friday, 26 August 2016 4:13pm
The second fieldwork campaign of the LiDARRAS project has now been completed. After spending nearly 4 weeks underground surveying the quarries and tunnels dug by New Zealand soldiers during WW1, School of Surveying student Chris Page and fellow ESGT student Damien Houvet have carried out with brio the giant scanning task. Following a 2 week debriefing with our French partners of the ESGT, Chris returned to New Zealand earlier this month with nearly 1000 scans and 12,000 photos of the underground.
Saturday, 20 August 2016 9:08am
Near miss incident between a drone and a passenger plane in Queenstown triggered surveying PhD student Todd Redpath to use his skills in GIS and web-mapping to develop quickly an app to identify the areas near airports where drone are not allowed to fly without authorization.
Wednesday, 17 August 2016 3:52pm
Prof Christina Hulbe, Dean of the National School of Surveying at the University of Otago invited as keynote speaker at the upcoming SCAR conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Monday, 18 July 2016 11:22am
Young film-maker association APIA filmed the LiDARRAS team at work and produced a great video clip illustrating the scanning of the underground network of Arras during the second fieldwork campaign.
Friday, 8 July 2016 10:51am
The LiDARRAS project was featured in a French local journal and on the evening regional news edition of a national TV channel.
Wednesday, 6 July 2016 10:35am
Richard Hemi returns from Arras, France, where he was involved with the second survey campaign of the underground network of tunnels and quarries dug by the NZ Tunnellers during WWI.
Friday, 24 June 2016 2:03pm
Staff and a students from Otago’s National School of Surveying, along with counterparts from the École Supérieure des Géomètres et Topographes, are using 3D laser scanning to record and map a network of WWI tunnels and caves under the northern French city of Arras, creating a stunning virtual world to be explored from the safety of their newly launched website.
Thursday, 21 January 2016 9:49am
The School of Surveying's Chris Pearson has recently completed a significant surveying project in earthquake-stricken Nepal that he was invited to lead by the Nepalese government.
Chris spoke about the project in his interview with Dunedin Television on 20 January 2016.
Monday, 18 January 2016 6:08pm
In December 2015, the School of Surveying at the University of Otago, in partnership with the Hydrographic Academy of the Marine Learning Alliance (Plymouth, UK), offered their inaugural Southern Hemisphere practical hydrographic paper (SURV562).
Monday, 2 November 2015 4:57pm
A University of Otago-led research team is about to embark on an epic Antarctic research expedition as part of efforts to better understand how the Ross Ice Shelf (RIS) will respond to global warming.
Thursday, 15 October 2015 8:27pm
This is the final instalment in Chris Pearson's blog from his time in Nepal.
Thursday, 15 October 2015 4:25pm
Seven of our 2015 Bachelor of Surveying (BSurv) graduates feature in the recent University of Otago’s Magazine in the “Alumni News: Where in the World are You?” section.
Monday, 12 October 2015 10:36am
Chris Pearson's work in Nepal was recently featured in an article that appeared in the Nepali Times.
Friday, 9 October 2015 3:22pm
This is the fourth in a series of weekly blogs describing Chris Pearson's time in Nepal.
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 9:31am
Here is the second in a series of blogs from Dr. Chris Pearson's while he is working in Nepal.
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 12:55pm
This is the third in a series of weekly blogs describing Chris Pearson's time in Nepal.
Monday, 14 September 2015 9:37am
This is the first instalment in Dr. Chris Pearson's weekly updates on his field work in Nepal.
Tuesday, 8 September 2015 5:14pm
Christina Hulbe, the Dean of the School of Surveying, gave her Inaugural Professorial Lecture (IPL) at the University of Otago's Archway Lecture Theatre on Tuesday evening, 1 September.
Dr. Chris Pearson from the School of Surveying is assisting Nepal to recover from the recent devastating earthquakes.
Monday, 7 September 2015 2:44pm
Dr. Chris Pearson from the School of Surveying left on Sunday, 6 September, to travel to Nepal to assist the country in recovering from the effects of the recent devastating earthquakes.
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 3:25pm
Senior Lecturer Brian Coutts (front and centre in this picture) is currently on leave--to represent New Zealand in the annual Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. The Massed Pipes and Drums, in which Brian is performing, involves 250 pipers, drummers, and drum majors in 14 Regimental and Commonwealth bands.
Tuesday, 28 July 2015 2:18pm
Senior Lecturer Mick Strack and 3rd year student Sarah Duggan shared in facilitating a Science Wananga at Maungatapu Marae, Tauranga from 22 to 24 July in conjunction with Te Runanga o Ngai Te Rangi.
Friday, 10 July 2015 8:58am
In June, 11 students from Otago were sponsored to attend the New Zealand Region (NZR) of the Australasian Hydrographic Society (AHS) Annual Seminar celebrating the theme of World Hydrography Day: “Our seas and oceans – still to be explored and charted”.
Friday, 10 July 2015 4:30pm
The School of Surveying is proud to announce that final year student Thomas Rutter is the recipient of the 2015 Australasian Hydrographic Society (AHS) Education Award. The Award was formally presented to Thomas on 22 June 2015 by the AHS President, Commander Dave Crossman, RNZN during the AHS NZ Region Annual Seminar and AGM, held in Wellington.
Tuesday, 16 June 2015 12:34pm
It has been 6 months since Dr. Robert Odolinski arrived as a new lecturer in preparation for his first semester at School of Surveying. Since then he has been lecturing SURV302 Geodetic Reference Systems and Network Analysis throughout the first semester.
Friday, 22 May 2015 9:10am
The winners of the inaugral School of Surveying Student Video Competition were announced on Thursday, 21 May. First place was shared by third year BSurv student Sam McCloy and 4th year BSurv student Jeremy McCaffrey.
Friday, 22 May 2015 9:08am
Our 2015 graduates returned to the Dunedin Campus two weeks ago to take part in the 9 May University of Otago graduation ceremony and the School of Surveying afternoon tea.
Tuesday, 14 April 2015 9:09am
In the last week of March, students from the School of Surveying and Departments of Geology and Marine Science were given a glimpse of the latest hydrographic surveying gear in action on the university vessel Polaris II.
Tuesday, 14 April 2015 11:51am
The editors of the Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans selected a paper co-authored by the School of Surveying's Dr. Greg Leonard to feature as an AGU Research Spotlight for March 2015.
Thursday, 4 December 2014 11:33am
At their annual awards ceremony the NZ institute of Surveyors recognised the work of Dr Pascal Sirguey with their top award for teaching and education.
Tuesday, 9 September 2014 3:55pm
A cross‐disciplinary interchange on the value of artifacts as resources for research into ANZACs at Gallipoli 1915.
Date: Tuesday September 9th 2014, starting 1pm
Venue: Toitu ‐ Otago Settlers Museum, 31 Queens Garden, Dunedin, New Zealand
Thursday, 31 July 2014 12:41pm
With the help of the Otago University Surveying Students Association (OUSSA), $5000 has been pledged to repair Surveyor Charles Kettle's grave in Dunedin's Southern Cemetery.
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 9:22am
On 20th July 2014, nine students from the School of Surveying were sponsored to attend the yearly New Zealand Region (NZR) of the Australasian Hydrographic Society (AHS) Seminar. The seminar "Hydrography - More than just Charts" was held in Christchurch, with student sponsorship generously provided by Trimble NZ, Discovery Marine Ltd, NZR AHS and AHS.
Wednesday, 2 July 2014 9:24am
It is with much sadness that the School of Survey must announce the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Dr. Chris Hoogsteden, late on Monday the 30th of June at his home in Waitati. A genuine, wonderful man has departed but all of those that have worked with Chris or were taught by him during his thirty-one years at the School of Surveying are richer for the time that he spent with us. Our thoughts are with Eunice and the rest of Chris’ family as they prepare to farewell a loving husband, father and grandfather.
Monday, 28 April 2014 5:55pm
In early April, 2014, the School of Surveying hosted local secondary school students from ten local Dunedin high schools. The purpose of the event was to give the students the opportunity to experience a sample of the various types of work undertaken by students studying surveying at the University of Otago. Thirty budding geo-spatial scientists spent “A Day in the Life of a Surveyor”; designing new roads, carrying out precise measurement using state-of–the-art surveying instruments, viewing and measuring the campus area in 3D and navigating around the upper harbour aboard the University of Otago vessel Beryl Brewin.
Friday, 4 April 2014 1:18pm
Jake Neaves, who graduated in 2013 with a BSc degree in Land Planning and Development, is currently featured in a promotional video for the Buller District.
Thursday, 27 March 2014 9:39am
There was a great turnout for Friday's social football match between a team made up of staff and students from the School of Surveying, the Department of Marine Science, and a few ringers from Northeast Valley Normal School, and a team from the Department of Information Science.
Friday, 7 February 2014 10:30am
The Polaris II departed from Carey's Bay, Dunedin, on the morning of Friday, 7 February, bound for the Auckland Islands. Once there it will meet up with the other members of the Young Blake 2014 Sub-Antarctic Expedition who are traveling via the HMNZS Wellington and helicopter. On-board was the School of Surveying's Emily Tidey.
Thursday, 16 January 2014 12:22pm
On 15 January, two School of Surveying staff were onboard the University of Otago vessel Polaris II in the Otago Harbour for a Hands-On Science "snack".
Thursday, 19 December 2013 11:44am
In February 2014 a Young Blake Expedition will be travelling to the Auckland Islands. The School of Surveying's Emily Tidey and Greg Leonard are part of the team.
New results on the demise of Kilimanjaro's glaciers presented at the AGU Fall Meeting 2013 and featured on LiveScience.com
Tuesday, 17 December 2013 12:47pm
School of Surveying's lecturer Dr Pascal Sirguey presented new results about the retreat of glaciers on Kilimanjaro at the AGU Fall Meeting 2013 resulting from the creation of a new digital elevation model from GeoEye-1 stereo imagery.
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 9:56am
From 15 November to 4 December 2013, the School of Surveying's Dr. Greg Leonard conducted fieldwork in Antarctica as part of Antarctic Event K063. The main objective of the fieldwork was to validate remotely sensed ice thickness measurements.
Thursday, 12 September 2013 5:09pm
The Hydrography Commission National Committee (HCNC) of the Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI) along with the Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus) have produced a video promoting hydrographic surveying to school students in Australasia, and it has been launched this week!
Monday, 9 September 2013 4:20pm
What is the scope of surveying practice and surveying education? How do surveyors think about the land?
Survey Marks provides some answers for these questions. Essays from academics and practitioners look back at the contributions of some early colonial surveyors, discuss education issues, examine current concerns of surveyors, and look at how surveying is evolving alongside new technology, new social expectations and new environmental concerns. Artists and poets contribute their unique vision of our place on this land.
The School of Surveying becomes a member of the Australasian Spatial Information Education and Research Association (ASIERA)
Monday, 1 July 2013 3:17pm
ASIERA is an association of the tertiary education institutions in Australasia that have a focus on spatial information education and research.
With its undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in GIS and strong research in Geospatial Sciences, the School of Surveying is a natural and now a formal member of this association.
Friday, 26 April 2013 1:18pm
The School of Surveying was involved in mapping and documenting the recent major calving of Erebus Glacier Tongue. On the 27 February 2013 (UTC), and for only the 4th time in the brief recorded history of Antarctica, the Erebus Glacier Tongue calved. In doing so it freed a c.a. 3.3 km penguin-like shaped iceberg. The reduced length of the Erebus Glacier Tongue is now about 9.9 km.
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 4:24pm
Recent research conducted at the School in collaboration with the Department of Geography and the University of Innsbruck and yielding to the characterization of the glacier retreat on Kilimanjaro was featured on National Geographic Channel on Saturday 19 January, 7.30pm (NGC-AU&NZ).
Tuesday, 23 October 2012 10:25am
A leading US glaciologist has been selected as Professor and Dean of Surveying at the University of Otago.