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Alvin loves travelling and sharing his adventures. Here he is on the Tangaroa; the NIWA research boat, during the Argo Floats field trip. Image: LEARNZ.
The centre of Christchurch has changed dramatically since the 2011 earthquakes. Come on the Geospatial field trip to find out how geospatial information is helping with the rebuild. Image: LEARNZ.
One of the new developments in central Christchurch included the container mall in Cashel Street. Image: LEARNZ.
Aerial images help record changes over time. This is an old aerial photograph of Christchurch. How old do you think this photo is and why? Image: National Library.
Alvin enjoys the view from the plane on the approach into Christchurch. Image: LEARNZ.
Surveyors use special tools to help them measure. In this photo Lloyd McGarvey from LINZ uses an electronic theodolite with a laser (called a total station) on a tripod to measure changes in property boundaries after the earthquakes in Canterbury. Image: LEARNZ.
SCIRT (Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team) has shown more than one information set on this map. Wastewater pipe damage is shown according to severity and roads have also been shown. Image: SCIRT.
Mark Quigley and a student from Canterbury University use GPS equipment to measure land movement near the Darfield fault. Image: LEARNZ.
Jeremy Severinsen is the Portfolio Manager at Land Information New Zealand. Image: LINZ.
Information was shared following the earthquakes in Canterbury as open source data. Here the civil defence shares information about where water can be collected from. Image: Civil Defence.
The Cathedral Square in Christchurch. How do you think this area has changed since the earthquakes and what can you see that indicates this area is still changing? Image: LEARNZ.
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This poster of Te Ika-a-Māui, the North Island is part of the evaluation prize. Image: LINZ.
Trig stations or beacons like this one are used as reference points. These points are used by surveyors to determine the location of property boundaries. Image: LEARNZ.
Shelley one of the LEARNZ field trip teachers prepares to board RV Tangaroa, the NIWA research boat during the Argo Floats field trip. Image: LEARNZ.
Creating a subdivision takes time and careful planning. This subdivision at Wigram in Christchurch will provide much needed housing. Image: LEARNZ.
This is a Topo50 map made by LINZ which shows features that appear on the Earth\
An example of an old provincial map of Otago. Image: LINZ.
There are a number of vacant sites in the city at the moment. These sites are being transformed as gap fillers until construction of new buildings begins. Image: LEARNZ.
Images can also be taken from space via satellites. What does this photo show? Image: NASA.
Alvin finds out more about how he can use open data. Image: LEARNZ.
Jayden and Byron from SCIRT use GPS equipment to locate a storm water drain. Image: LEARNZ.
Within two hours of the February 22 earthquake in Christchurch, Eagle Technology Ltd had a Christchurch Earthquake Incident Viewer up and running on the internet. This showed the public important information overlaid on to a map. Image: Eagle Technology Ltd.
Nic Donnelly from LINZ shows the GPS equipment used for finding exact locations during surveying work. Image: LEARNZ.
Jeremy works on managing Crown land in the High Country. Image: LINZ.
GeoNet became a very popular site as people searched open source data to see where earthquakes had occurred and what their magnitude was. Image: GeoNet GNS Science.
The EPIC Centre in Christchurch was one of the first buildings to be built after the earthquakes. What is this building used for and how has it been designed to help with this? Image: LEARNZ.
The North and South Islands have now officially been given the alternative names of Te Ika-a-Māui and Te Waipounamu. Image: Public Domain.
This poster of Te Waipounamu, the South Island is part of the evaluation prize. Image: LINZ.
Some property owners not only had their house damaged by the earthquakes but their land boundaries moved as well. Image: LEARNZ.
Shelley on the Ocean Acidification field trip to Antarctica. Image: LEARNZ.
This cadastral map of the Ngai Tahu subdivision shows the areas and dimensions of properties. Image: Wigram Skies.
All maps have a legend which shows the symbols for certain features that are shown on the map. Image: LEARNZ.
An old map of Wellington shows land boundaries. Image: LINZ.
The blueprint plan for the central city has been developed to provide a more modern, green and accessible city. Image: CCDU.
Aerial images were taken following the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake. What damage can you see in this photo and how would images like this be used? Image: LINZ data service.
Alvin checks out a drone used to take aerial photos 150 metres above the ground. Image: LEARNZ.
Nic Donnelly, a surveyor from LINZ, uses GPS after the 2009 Fiordland earthquake to measure land movements. Image: LINZ.
GPS devices are useful for activities such as tramping and climbing where it is important to know where you are. Image: LINZ.
Digital information such as aerial images were shared following the earthquakes. Image: New Zealand EScience Infrastructure.
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Aoraki Mount Cook was given a dual name to recognise its importance to Ngāi Tahu in 1998. Image: LEARNZ.
Cadastral maps of Christchurch were used to show areas that could not be rebuilt on and were to become part of the red zone. These maps could be viewed online and property owners could find out which zone they were in. Image: CERA.
Creating a new subdivision also means that new services must be installed. Image: LEARNZ.
Contour lines are shown at 20 metre intervals on Topo50 maps. Notice how the contour lines beneath the summit of Mount Rolleston are very close together indicating steep terrain. Image: LEARNZ.
An old street map of Christchurch shows the central square and Avon River running through the city. Image: LINZ.
The blueprint can be viewed online or at the Christchurch City Council. Image: LEARNZ.
A satellite image taken from the International Space Station. Satellite images are now able to take high resolution photos automatically and are replacing orthophotos. Image: NASA.
Alvin finds out more about the Ōtākaro Avon River and its importance for people who first settled here. Image: LEARNZ.
A total station in use above an opencast coal mine. Surveying on a mine site helps to pin point where a resource is and if land movement is occurring due to mining. Image: Solid Energy.
Car navigation systems use GPS to give directions. Image: LINZ.
The New Zealand Government aims to share its data. LINZ is a government organisation and shares its data in the online LINZ data service. Here is a topographic map created by LINZ which is \
The Re-Start Mall in Christchurch. What are these shops made out of and why? Image: LEARNZ.
This cadastral plan was produced by a surveyor and shows areas and dimensions of properties. Image: LINZ.
A subdivision is easier to develop on flat ground but the area needs to have stable ground. Developers must also meet all resource consent conditions to ensure the local environment and wildlife is not harmed. Image: LEARNZ.
Many different people rely on topographic maps. Anyone venturing into the outdoors needs to take a topographic map with them to ensure they know where they are and where they are going. Image: LEARNZ.
A map showing aftershocks in the Canterbury earthquakes sequence. When you compare this map with the old maps you can see how much maps have improved in accuracy and detail over the last century. Image: Quake Live.
Smart phones can use GPS technology to provide directions and locations. Image: LINZ.
Hagley Park in Christchurch. Can you see what this area is used for? How do you think this area can be measured and what would be the easiest way of measuring it? Image: LEARNZ.
A bank has been planted with natives on the edge of a new subdivision near Rolleston in Christchurch. These banks will reduce the road noise for people living here. Image: LEARNZ.
This part of the Avon River did not use to be here. How can you tell that this is not the natural path of the river and why do you think this area was badly damaged during the earthquakes? Image: LEARNZ.
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The Maahunui Marae at Tuahiwi. How old do you think this Marae is and why did Māori settle in this area instead of present day Christchurch? Image: LEARNZ.
The Ōtākaro Avon River runs through Christchurch. What do you think this river has been used for in the past and what is it used for now? Image: LEARNZ.
Sign up your class ambassador so they can take part in the field trip and share their adventures online. Image: LEARNZ.
Andrew Ferrel is the National Imagery Manager with Land Information New Zealand. Image: LINZ.
You can listen to an audioconference recording after the field trip. Image: LEARNZ.
Audioconferences allow students to talk to experts live during the field trip and ask their own questions. Image: LEARNZ.
Book your audioconference so students can ask their questions live during the field trip. Image: LEARNZ.
You can listen to audioconferences as they happen via the live streaming on this website. Image: LEARNZ.
Students can learn valuable listening and note-taking skills during audioconferences and have their summaries shared on the website. Image: LEARNZ.
Check the timetable and book your audioconference so your students can talk to experts live during the field trip. Image: LEARNZ.

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