Story: Modern mapping and surveying

GPS equipment, 1989 (1st of 2)

GPS equipment, 1989

The Global Positioning System (GPS) was invented by the United States military and uses satellite data to accurately locate positions on the earth. Here a Department of Survey and Land Information surveyor inspects the large and cumbersome equipment needed in the 1980s.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1989/1762/34A
Photograph by Jon Hargest

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Melanie Lovell-Smith, 'Modern mapping and surveying - Later developments', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 9 May 2021)

Story by Melanie Lovell-Smith, published 24 Nov 2008, updated 17 Aug 2018