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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”.  Seven students gave short presentations covering their research and work experience and four are currently preparing a write up of the day to be published in the New Zealand Institute of Surveyors (NZIS) S+S magazine and elsewhere.

During the day students participated in a tour of Land Information New Zealand (LINZ), listened to a variety of talks and had the chance to meet and talk with the majority of hydrographic surveying practitioners in New Zealand (and some from Australia!). During their talks they highlighted research being undertaken at Otago and their recent hydrographic work experience. The talks gave practitioners much to think about, and we hope will lead to more exciting and collaborative research projects and work experience for students in years to come!

Student attendance was made possible thanks to generous sponsorship provided by the AHS, LINZ, Eliot Sinclair, Trimble NZ, NIWA, DML, IX Survey and NZOT.

Student presentations made on the day were:
Thomas Rutter (BSurv student) – Investigations into the use of Remotely Operated Survey Vessels (ROSV) for Nautical Charting
Sam McCloy & Michaela Thomson (BSurv students) – Running lines in Otago Harbour (work experience)
Jeremy McCaffrey (BSurv student) – Work Experience
Michael Wilke (BSurv student) – Work Experience
Cameron Abbey (MSc geophysics student) – “No, I can’t just swim down and look at it” - imaging submarine canyon processes in the Waitaki Canyon, North Otago
Andy Holt (MSc geophysics student) – Seismic Investigations of Shelf Sedimentation and Faults along the Coast of Otago from the Clutha River Mouth to the South Side of the Otago Peninsula

Hydrographic surveying lecturer Emily Tidey also presented “Where are our recent graduates?” and was part of Dr Heather Purdie’s presentation “Use of a remote-controlled jet boat to survey bathymetry at the terminus of a lake-calving glacier: Tasman Glacier, New Zealand”.

Slides from presentations made on the day and more information on the NZR of the AHS can be found on their website.