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Surveying seminar series, conferences and symposia

The School of Surveying runs a seminar series showcasing projects and results related to the School research themes. Our speakers are from within the School and wider University, as well as nationally and internationally renowned visitors.

View the list of seminars from previous years

2021 Seminar schedule

The seminar series normally runs weekly during semester time (the current slot is Thursdays at 12 noon in the L1 lecture theatre).

Some seminars are streamed and recorded – where this is provided you will find a weblink at the bottom of a speaker's poster, which is accessed by clicking on the 'Title' in the listing below. Remote access is monitored by the University of Otago’s eConferencing department, which can provide technical support (via Zoom or on 03 479 8997).

To be added to the mailing list for alerts about up-coming seminars, please email:
Surveying Seminars or the co-organisers:
Emily Tidey
James Berghan

Semester One
Date Presenter(s) Institution Title
4 March School of Surveying Summer Bursary students: Hugo Collins, Liam McElwain, Yoyo Wu, Devon Allen & Ansela Fifita School of Surveying, University of Otago What did our Summer Bursary students get up to this year? (Part 1/2)
11 March School of Surveying Summer Bursary students: Khaylm Marshall, Daniel Gonzales Diaz, Yoyo Wu, Xuhong Chai and Laura Sterup School of Surveying, University of Otago What did our Summer Bursary students get up to this year? (Part 2/2)
18 March Tom Simons-Smith Dunedin City Council and WSP Climate Adaptation Planning: St Clair-St Kilda Coastal Plan
25 March Dr Chris Pearson School of Surveying, University of Otago &Trimble NZ Getting Trimble VRSnow and RTX coordinates on the same page as NZGD2000
1 April

2021 Honours students:
Alex McCulloch, Cameron Bartlett, Daniel Gonzalez, Devon Allen, Jeremiah Er, Liam McElwain

SURV470 Professional Project student:
Harry Rattray

School of Surveying, University of Otago Alex McCulloch: Lase scanning with an iPad Pro
Cameron Bartlett: Cultural perspectives in conservation
Daniel Gonzalez: Antenna calibrations for deformation monitoring
Devon Allen: Restrictive nature of covenants
Jeremiah Er: Detecting structural deformation with low-cost GNSS receivers and smartphones
Liam McElwain: Spatial analysis of comics
Harry Rattray: A future for Forbury Park (SURV470 Professional Project)
8 April MID SEMESTER BREAK - no seminar - -
15 April Dr Melanie Remy Division of Sciences Research, University of Otago Research Funding Opportunities for Surveying
22 April A Prof Sarah Wakes Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Otago Modelling wind flow over coastal dune systems
29 April Lutfur Rahman School of Surveying, University of Otago and
School of Sport and Recreation, Auckland University of Technology
Safe Routes to School Framework and Active Transport to School across Urbanization Settings in Otago, New Zealand (PhD presentation)
6 May Holly Walker The Helen Clark Foundation and WSP New Zealand The Shared Path: why we need low-traffic areas in New Zealand's cities
13 May Kurt Bowen Paterson Pitts Group Mobilising Land for Affordable Housing - Policy Options for Private Development in Dunedin City
20 May Dr Matt Amos LINZ SouthPAN – New Zealand and Australia’s Satellite Based Augmentation Network
27 May Dr Peter Lamb School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences, University of Otago Mapping sports performance using positional data
3 June Long Chen
Maren Richter
Long: School of Surveying, University of Otago
Maren: School of Surveying and Department of Physics, University of Otago
Long Chen: tbc (PhD presentation)
Maren Richter: Fast ice in McMurdo Sound, 1996 to today (PhD presentation)
Mid-semester break: Weds 16 July @ 4pm James Mowat and Nick Stillwell LINZ Modernising Landonline
Semester Two
Date Presenter Institution Title
15 July
22 July
29 July
5 August
12 August
19 August
26 August
2 September MID SEMESTER BREAK - no seminar - -
9 September
16 September
23 September
30 September
7 October
14 October Prof Michelle Thompson-Fawcett School of Geography, University of Otago tbc

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GeoComputation 2019, Queenstown, 18th to 21st September 2019

The 15th International conference on GeoComputation, GeoComputation 2019, will run in the Rydges Lakeland Resort Hotel, Queenstown, from 18th to 21st September 2019.

Find out more about GeoComputation 2019

125th NZIS Conference, Dunedin, 2013

The New Zealand Institute of Surveyors will be celebrating its 125th anniversary at their annual conference to be held in Dunedin from 29-31 August 2013. The occasion also celebrates the 50th anniversary of the National School of Surveying.

Find out more about the 125th NZIS Conference

SIRC NZ 2013

SIRC NZ 2013 is a new GIS and Remote Sensing research conference, running on 29th August and 30th August 2013 at the University of Otago, Dunedin, NZ.

Find out more about the SIRC NZ 2013


GIS@Otago 2019 Symposium

The School of surveying and University Library are hosting a GIScience Symposium to bring together students and staff from every corner of Otago University to learn about all things GIS.

Find out more about the GIS@Otago 2019 Symposium

2014 New Zealand Sea Ice Symposium

The New Zealand Sea Ice Symposium is a biennial event attended by New Zealand's sea ice research community. The 2014 edition is being hosted by the School of Surveying.

Find out more about the New Zealand Sea Ice Symposium

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