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Mr. Jim Bazsika

staff_jim_bazsikaNZIS, RPSurv, Licensed Cadastral Surveyor 2001, BSurv Dist. (Otago) 1997, Virginia Professional Land Surveyor 1992, BSci – Forestry (Rutgers Univ, NJ, USA) 1981

Phone: +64 (0)3 479 7594
Room: Surveying building, 1st floor, Room 126


Born and raised in New Jersey in the US. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from Cook College, Rutgers University in 1981.  Jim then started his surveying career in West Virginia in 1985 and became a Professional Land Surveyor in Virginia in 1992. He has performed a variety of survey work including boundary surveying, engineering and construction setout, photo control and GNSS surveys, and highway route design and location surveys.  He then emigrated to New Zealand in 1995 and achieved a BSurv with Distinction in 1997 before working in private practice in Christchurch for four years. Jim became a New Zealand Licensed Cadastral Surveyor and a Registered Professional Surveyor in 2001. He came to the School of Surveying to teach in 2001.


Research Interests

Jim is available to assist any research within the School, particularly with regards to Cadastral Surveying.


Completed Projects

  • Public forum on ‘Sea Level Rise and its Implication upon Dunedin’, Sept. 2011, on behalf of the Coastal Otago Branch of the New Zealand Institute of Surveyors (NZIS)
  • Resurveying the Height of Aoraki Mt. Cook 2013 - 2014 - oversaw the trigonometric heighting of Aoraki - Mt. Cook from an historical background



  • Member of the Survey School Undergraduate Committee
  • Fire Warden
  • Staff Mentor for 100 year survey student class


  • Treasurer, New Zealand Institute of Surveyors Coastal Branch

Professional Activities

Awards and Achievements

  • New Zealand Licensed Cadastral Surveyor, 2001 – present
  • Virginia Professional Land Surveyor, 1992 – present
  • Award for Excellence in Staff Assistance in 2010 & 2014 Surv 298 Field Camp

Other Positions and Professional Responsibilities


  • Member of the Coastal Branch of the New Zealand Institute of Surveyors (NZIS), 2001 – present