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Otago surveyors join Global Surveyors' Day

Wednesday 21 March 2018 10:58am

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Staff and students from Otago's School of Surveying joined other Dunedin surveyors in celebrating the inaugural Global Surveyors' Day on Tuesday - a day ahead of the international event.

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

Global Surveyors’ Day is today, Wednesday 21 March, however a miserable forecast saw the Dunedin celebration take place a day early in bright sunshine.

The Dunedin event saw staff and students from Otago’s School of Surveying, as well as local surveyors from Beca, Patterson Pitts and Terramark set up equipment in the upper Octagon yesterday from 10am to 1pm.

Surveying Lecturer Emily Tidey says the idea behind the octagon set-up was that people often see surveyors out working in public, but may have wondered what they are doing with their instruments.

“So yesterday they had a chance to have a go looking through/at them and talking to us.

“I think you could split our passer-by attendees into two groups – people who were interested and keen to have a try, as well as several who stopped by to reminisce about their time as surveyors! Kiwis and tourists alike.”

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Members of the public try out surveying equipment during Global Surveyors' Day celebrations in the Octagon.

The global day aims to recognise the work of surveying and geospatial professionals – and the crucial role they play.

Ms Tidey says surveyors provide the measurements and planning skills needed to better understand the natural world and support all kinds of big infrastructure and land development projects.

“From the Christchurch rebuild to the design of new roads, feasibility studies and consents for new subdivisions, port development to sea-level and environmental monitoring, surveyors have left their mark.”

The day was 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 supported the day’s celebrations throughout New Zealand.

The School of Surveying at the University of Otago supports the industry as the only tertiary institute in New Zealand that students can study for a professional Bachelor of Surveying (BSurv) degree.

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Otago Surveying students celebrate Global Surveyors' Day.