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SURV298 Introductory Field Camp

Review of basic surveying techniques and instruments.

This introductory field camp is a practical and intensive hands-on use of various types of survey equipment, survey methodologies, procedures and calculations. The field camp begins in late January/early February and finishes before the first semester begins. The camp will refine and follow on from survey field skills learned in SURV 101.

Paper title Introductory Field Camp
Paper code SURV298
Subject Surveying
Points 0 points
Teaching period 1st Non standard period (3 February 2023 - 17 February 2023) (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $.00
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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One of SURV 101, SURV 111, SURX 101, SURX 111
Limited to
BSurv, BSc
May only be taken by BSurv students or BSc students majoring in Surveying Measurement.

This paper can only be taken by BSurv students or BSc students majoring in Surveying Measurement and is a requirement for entry into the professional survey programme. Passing this field camp is also a requirement for taking SURV 201.

Enrolments for this paper require departmental permission.
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Mr Craig Tidey (Craig Tidey)

Teaching staff

Numerous Surveying staff are involved with this field camp.

Paper Structure

This paper consists of a variety of lectures followed by daily survey field exercises. Each field exercise involves survey field work and is followed by calculations, tabulation, presentation and reporting of the survey information. Students work with a partner and as part of a bigger team under a group leader who facilitates the exercises. The camp runs for a maximum of three weeks (including some weekend work) and may include time away from Dunedin. A wide variety of survey equipment is used in conjunction with these fieldwork practicals. While this paper is worth 0 EFTS, there are associated costs to be paid by the student for the running of this camp.

Teaching Arrangements
This field camp is graded as Pass/Fail. The student must reach a satisfactory level of competency in order to pass the field camp. This level of competency is assessed by successfully completing all of the practical exercises related to the paper's aims and objectives. There is no final exam associated with this paper.
There are no textbooks required for this paper. However, access to a survey text or the SURV 101 Course Reader will greatly assist the student during the camp.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Communication, Ethics, Self-motivation, Teamwork, Critical thinking.
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Learning Outcomes

Working together with the Survey staff and other team members, over the course of this field camp students will learn how to:

  • Use survey instruments
  • Develop proficiency in taking survey measurements
  • Perform intermediate level survey calculations
  • Use and compare different survey applications and understand their accuracies
  • Develop learning skills and problem-solving skills
  • Develop team working skills
  • Develop organisational skills
  • Develop independent checking systems

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1st Non standard period (3 February 2023 - 17 February 2023)

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system