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2012-2015 news archive

Otago researchers to probe secrets of Ross Ice Shelf

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.

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Chris Pearson's Nepal Blog, Week 5

Thursday, 15 October 2015 8:27pm

This is the final instalment in Chris Pearson's blog from his time in Nepal.

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Searching for MH370 - Surveying Graduates in University of Otago Alumni Magazine

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.

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Article on Chris Pearson's Nepal work appears in the Nepali Times

Monday, 12 October 2015 10:36am

Chris Pearson's work in Nepal was recently featured in an article that appeared in the Nepali Times.

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Chris Pearson's Nepal Blog, Week 4

Friday, 9 October 2015 3:22pm

This is the fourth in a series of weekly blogs describing Chris Pearson's time in Nepal.

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Chris Pearson's Nepal Blog, Week 3

Wednesday, 30 September 2015 12:55pm

This is the third in a series of weekly blogs describing Chris Pearson's time in Nepal.

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Dr. Chris Pearson's Nepal Blog, Week 2

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.

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Dr. Chris Pearson's Nepal Blog, Week One

Monday, 14 September 2015 9:37am

This is the first instalment in Dr. Chris Pearson's weekly updates on his field work in Nepal.

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Christina Hulbe's Inaugural Professorial Lecture, 1 September 2015

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.

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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. 

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Senior Lecturer Brian Coutts takes part in the 2015 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

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.

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School of Surveying contributes to Science Wananga

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.

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School of Surveying student wins 2015 Australasian Hydrographic Society Education Award

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.

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11 Otago students sponsored to attend NZ Hydrographic Society Seminar

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”.

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Rewarding first semester at the School of Surveying for Dr. Robert Odolinski

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.

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Graduation 2015

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. 

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Student Video Competition Winners for 2015

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.

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Antarctic research featured in American Geophysical Union (AGU) Research Spotlight

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.

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University of Otago grateful for Multibeam Echo Sounder support

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.

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Dr Pascal Sirguey wins NZ Institute of Surveyors award

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.

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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

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New Zealand's first-results on precise positioning when combining GNSSs

Thursday, 31 July 2014 9:50am

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$5000 Pledged to Repair Charles Kettle's Grave

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.

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Surveying Students Sponsored to Attend Hydrographic Seminar

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.

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Passing of Chris Hoogsteden

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.

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School of Surveying hosts "A Day in the Life of a Surveyor" Event

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.

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Geodesist_GeoSpa Position

Wednesday, 9 April 2014 12:25pm

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Surveyors for Life

Monday, 7 April 2014 1:10pm

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BSc Land Planning and Development Graduate featured in Buller District promotional video

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. 

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Great turnout for a social football match on Friday, 21 March.

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.

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Otago expedition to Subantarctic to track climate change

Monday, 17 February 2014 8:07am

The University of Otago’s research vessel the RV Polaris has sailed to the Auckland Islands on an expedition to track climate indicators recorded in sediment deposited on the floor of the Fiords and lakes within the eastern margin of the Islands.

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2014 Young Blake Sub-Antarctic Expedition begins for Otago staff

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.

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School of Surveying involved in Hands-On-Science "snack" on the Polaris II

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". 

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2014 Young Blake Sub-Antarctic Expedition

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. 

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New results on the demise of Kilimanjaro's glaciers presented at the AGU Fall Meeting 2013 and featured on

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. 

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Antarctic sea ice research

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.

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Hydrography Careers Video

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!

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What does it mean to be a surveyor in New Zealand?

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.

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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. 

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Erebus Glacier Tongue calved

Friday, 26 April 2013 4:02pm

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.

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Work on Kilimanjaro Glaciers Featured on National Geographic Channel

Wednesday, 23 January 2013 4:04pm

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).

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University of Otago selects next Dean of Surveying

Tuesday, 23 October 2012 10:25am

A leading US glaciologist has been selected as Professor and Dean of Surveying at the University of Otago.