Spatial Engineering Research Centre

The Spatial Engineering Research Centre (SERC) is an academic research centre hosted by the University of Cantebury's College of Engineering, and based in John Britten, the national ICT Innovation Institute. The SERC team includes experienced research scientists, engineers, and PhD and graduate students, who are able to support a range of geospatial technologies.

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Current research areas, news and awards and contacts for our research projects.

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Study with us

Study options, how to join us, information for Honours, Masters’ and PhD students and internships.

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Collaborate with us

SERC partners with leaders in the wireless industry and academic collaborators.

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UAV test range

SERC operates a 100sq km UAV test range at Kaitorete Spit south of Christchurch.

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Postgrad opportunities

SERC has various projects available with industrial clients in postgraduate research.

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About SERC

SERC specialises in geospatial positioning and orientation, image analysis and GIS.

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Spatial Engineering Research Centre staff

are located at the John Britten building