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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

2023 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 organiser:
Emily Tidey

Semester One
Date Presenter(s) Institution Title
2 March 2022-23 School of Surveying Summer Bursary students and staff presentations

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What did we get up to this summer?
Amy Caldwell-Smith and Francesca Marzatico: Summer Scholarship Research: The Role of Tikanga in the Legal System in Relation to Land
Robert Odolinski: Doing multi-GNSS positioning research to becoming a ‘Visiting Researcher’ with Google
Greg Leonard: Antarctic Event K892’s Sea Ice Fieldwork from October - November, 2022, in McMurdo Sound, Antarctica
Aubrey Miller: Mapping extreme snow avalanche debris in Aoraki Mt Cook National Park
Paul Denys, Yuxi Jin, Judy Rodda, Charlie Symon: Surveying Fiordland

9 March Raphael Krier-Mariani Dunedin City Council (DCC) Nearshore coastal processes and management of rock coasts and sandy beaches
16 March Dr Robert Odolinski and Dr Yong Chien Zheng Te Kura Kairūri | School of Surveying Instantaneous, dual-Frequency, multi-GNSS precise cm-level positioning using Google Pixel 4 and Samsung Galaxy S20 smartphones with an improved estimator
23 March BSurv Honours candidates for 2023 Te Kura Kairūri | School of Surveying

2023 Honours topic presentations:
David Watson - Treading water: What will happen to Māori freehold land lost to sea level rise?
Martie Jooste - Aligning home: Symbolism of marae orientation
Jett Gannaway - Ch-ch-changes? Geodetic strain from Mt Cook to Westland

30 March Kurt Cole JASMAX Dunedin’s Retail Quarter - George Street Upgrade Design
6 April Grace Ng Shi Hui Asian School of the Environment, Nanyang Technological University Singapore Understanding Tectonic Vertical Land Motions for Relative Sea-Level Changes in Southeast Asia: Through Geodetic Observations and Earthquake Models
13 April MID SEMESTER BREAK - no seminar
20 April Professor Ivan Diaz-Rainey & Associate Professor Tony Moore STRAND , Otago University , GNS Science , Bodeker Scientific , Griffith Uni , Reserve Bank of New Zealand , Core Logic , NeSI , NIWA , RiskScape The STRAND project: Uncertainties in modelling climate change-related flooding risks to property
27 April Dr Laura Robichaux Beca (Un)Managed Retreat of Isle de Jean Charles
11 May Graeme Blick LINZ Mapping New Zealand 2025 – seamlessly mapping New Zealand from the land to the sea
18 May

Catherine Murupaenga Ikenn & Dr Francesca Marzatico

Indigenous human rights advocate
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A conversation about indigenous land rights in the climate crisis
25 May Andy Burrell LANDPRO Aerial Bathymetric LiDAR
1 June Dr Mick Strack Te Kura Kairūri | School of Surveying Getting here from there: a valedictory

Semester Two
Date Presenter Institution Title
13 July
20 July
27 July
3 August
10 August
17 August
24 August
31 August MID SEMESTER BREAK - no seminar
7 September
14 September
21 September
28 September
5 October Dr Donna Hendry Te Pūtea Rangahau Angitū, Te Tari Tānga | PBRF and Publications Office, Outputs Office PBRF and publications update
Week of 12 October

BSurv Honours student final presentations

2024-2025: Staff presentations outlining 200-300 level options papers and honours topic ideas

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GeoComputation 2019, Queenstown

For its 15th outing, the international GeoComputation conference came to New Zealand, running from 18th to 21st September 2019 in conjunction with the New Zealand Geospatial Research Conference (NZGRC) 2019.

Find out more about GeoComputation 2019

125th NZIS Conference, Dunedin, 2013

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

Find out more about the 125th NZIS Conference

SIRC NZ 2013

SIRC NZ 2013 (since named NZGRC) was the inaugural GIS and Remote Sensing research conference for New Zealand, 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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