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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
4 MarchSchool of Surveying Summer Bursary students: Hugo Collins, Liam McElwain, Yoyo Wu, Devon Allen & Ansela FifitaSchool of Surveying, University of OtagoWhat did our Summer Bursary students get up to this year? (Part 1/2)
11 MarchSchool of Surveying Summer Bursary students: Khaylm Marshall, Daniel Gonzales Diaz, Yoyo Wu, Xuhong Chai and Laura SterupSchool of Surveying, University of OtagoWhat did our Summer Bursary students get up to this year? (Part 2/2)
18 MarchTom Simons-SmithDunedin City Council and WSPClimate Adaptation Planning: St Clair-St Kilda Coastal Plan
25 MarchDr Chris PearsonSchool of Surveying, University of Otago &Trimble NZGetting 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 OtagoAlex 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 AprilMID SEMESTER BREAK - no seminar
15 AprilDr Melanie RemyDivision of Sciences Research, University of OtagoResearch Funding Opportunities for Surveying
22 AprilA Prof Sarah WakesDepartment of Mathematics and Statistics, University of OtagoModelling wind flow over coastal dune systems
29 AprilLutfur RahmanSchool 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 MayHolly WalkerThe Helen Clark Foundation and WSP New ZealandThe Shared Path: why we need low-traffic areas in New Zealand's cities
13 MayKurt BowenPaterson Pitts GroupMobilising Land for Affordable Housing - Policy Options for Private Development in Dunedin City
20 MayDr Matt AmosLINZSouthPAN – New Zealand and Australia’s Satellite Based Augmentation Network
27 MayDr Peter LambSchool of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences, University of OtagoMapping sports performance using positional data
3 JuneLong ChenSchool of Surveying, University of OtagoSpatial distribution of active transport to school and its factors across different urbanisation settings in Otago, New Zealand (PhD presentation)
Mid-semester break: Weds 16 July @ 4pmJames Mowat and Nick StillwellLINZModernising Landonline

Semester Two
15 JulyDr Robert OdolinskiTe Kura Kairūri/School of SurveyingBest Integer Equivariant estimation for low-cost, multi-GNSS, single- and dual-frequency RTK receivers with short and long baselines
22 JulyMarcus Hall & Liam SercombeBecaThe Surveyor's Role As Innovator
29 JulyDr Mick Strack, Emily TideyTe Kura Kairūri/School of SurveyingSurveying at the Survey+Spatial NZ Conference
12 AugustAnselm HaananLINZContributing to the New Zealand Survey System
19 AugustLevel 4 - no seminar
26 AugustLevel 4 - no seminar
2 SeptemberMID SEMESTER BREAK - no seminar
3 September - 10amFrances Ifeoma UkonzeTe Kura Kairūri/School of SurveyingIntegrating green infrastructure as an adaptation tool for climate change in sustainable land transport development (PhD presentation)
9 SeptemberLevel 3 maintained at Otago this week - no seminar
13 September - 1pmDr Francesca MarzaticoTe Kura Kairūri/School of SurveyingFocus on the Pacific: Traditional governance in the Solomon Islands. From qualitative research to evidence based programming.
23 SeptemberDr John DonaldsonTe Ope Kātua o Aotearoa | New Zealand Defence ForceWill land dominate the rising seas? The international legal conundrum framing the next 40 years of UNCLOS
30 SeptemberDeclan StubbingDiscovery Marine Ltd (DML)Mapping Shallow Water and Shorelines
1 October - 1pm2021 Honours students:
Alex McCulloch, Liam McElwain, Cameron Bartlett, Devon Allen, Jeremiah Er, Daniel Gonzalez
Te Kura Kairūri | School of SurveyingLaser scanning with an iPad Pro - Alex McCulloch
Spatial analysis of comics - Liam McElwain
Cultural perspectives in conservation - Cameron Bartlett
Catching covenants – Compliance with and attitudes surrounding restrictive covenants in residential subdivisions - Devon Allen
Detecting structural deformation with low-cost GNSS receivers and smartphones - Jeremiah Er
Antenna calibrations for deformation monitoring - Daniel Gonzalez
7 OctoberAubrey MillerTe Kura Kairūri | School of SurveyingSnow avalanche modelling along Milford Road, Aotearoa New Zealand
14 OctoberProf Michelle Thompson-FawcettTe Iho Whenua/School of Geography, Te Whare Wānanga o Otāgo/University of OtagoIndigenous-led Property Development: Innovations and Implications

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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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