This field camp is run over three weeks in February each year. It gives students an excellent grounding in a range of field exercises and equipment. The first week of the course is held in Dunedin. For the second week the camp is relocated to Otematata in the Waitaki Valley. Students and staff are accommodated at the Otematata Camping Ground in a dormitory style facility. In addition to improving field skills and basic survey knowledge, the students get to know each other and the staff involved in the camp. Many life long friendships and associations are formed during this week.
This course is held in the last week of October prior to the exams. During the course students spend time in the field setting out a road, and time in the computer lab designing a basic road using one of the Surveying/Engineering software packages.
Note: BSc(Land Planning and Development) students undertake an equivalent compulsory field course - SURV297 Second Year Field Course, and must enroll in this paper rather than SURV299.
This course is scheduled for four weeks in November. The course is for students who have passed SURV301. It is project-based with the students working in groups to complete a number of precise field exercises. The results of the field exercises are processed by each student in the computer lab and each student is required to produce a comprehensive report of the field work, including their data processing procedures and results.