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The first "Global Surveyors' Day" celebrated in Dunedin - 21 March 2018

Wednesday 21 March 2018 3:03pm

Wednesday 21 March 2018 is the first Global Surveyors’ Day!

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.
Highly skilled specialists in surveying and location mapping provide the foundation for every environmental, economic, societal and personal activity we undertake. The roads we drive on to the houses we live in, the power in our homes and the maps we use on our phones are all dependent on location – and the expertise of the surveyor and spatial professional.
Kurt Bowen, NZIS Coastal Otago Branch chair, says, “Our members support critical land use and development work in Coastal Otago. An example is the Taieri 2017 flooding extents surveys – where a number of local surveyors combined to produce hazard models for ORC based on last years’ major flood event.”

The National 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. These students can go on to become Licensed Cadastral Surveyors or Registered Professional Surveyors in other surveying specialties such as; engineering surveying, hydrography, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), land tenure and land development. Each year around 65 students begin this competitive entry course, with nearly all of the final fourth-year students receiving offers of employment before they sit their final exams. The school also offers three year BSc degrees which allow students to undertake early specialisation in either the Land Development, GIS or Survey Measurement stream. Otago Surveying graduates are in demand in NZ and overseas, working all around the globe (on land and sea!).

Surveyors’ provide the measurements and planning skills needed to better understand our 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.

About NZIS, Surveying and Spatial

The New Zealand Institute of Surveyors, Surveying and Spatial is a non-profit organisation protecting and promoting the interests of surveying and spatial professionals nationwide. We have 16 branches nationwide and we are the lead body advocating for members and other professionals involved in the spatial sector including surveying, land development, resource management, civil engineering, positioning and measurement, cadastral, hydrographic surveying, GIS and spatial science interests.
For further information please contact
Kurt Bowen, NZIS Coastal Otago Branch Chair: Phone: 03 4773245
Hadyn Smith, CEO: 04 4 4715541, Mobile: 022 1088928
National School of Surveying, University of Otago,, 03 479 7587,

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