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Visit from Land Information New Zealand

On Friday 6 September ITC was delighted to welcome a delegation from ‘Land Information New Zealand’ (LINZ) for discussions on modern issues in land mapping.

The delegation consisted of Mr Graeme Blick, Chief Geodesist and Manager National Topographic Office, and Mrs Jan Pierce, Customer Services Group General Manager.

The visit was part of a wider European visit LINZ was making following the International Cartographic Conference in Dresden the preceding week.

After an initial welcome by Mrs Erna Leurink, ITC’s Managing Director, and a brief overview of ITC’s history and current activities by John Horn, the delegation had the opportunity to discuss matters of mutual interest with senior staff of the Earth Observation Science (EOS), Geo-information Processing (GIP) and Urban and Regional Planning and Geo-Information Management (PGM) departments.

Like many national agencies around the world, LINZ is keen to embrace modern technology to assist in its on-going tasks, and is also seeking optimal training solutions for its staff in such technologies and practices.

It was no coincidence that the LINZ visit took place in this period, as one of its staff, Miss Charlotte Dawson, is currently completing her studies in Geoinformatics at ITC, and the visitors were interested to hear of her experiences during the programme of the work she had carried out in her final project.

Charlotte is in fact studying at ITC on a fellowship established by LINZ, in memory of two former colleagues and ITC alumni, Geoff Howard and Robin Pickering.