TL Survey Services Ltd
Postal Address
P O Box 901
Dunedin 9054
New Zealand
Physical Address
Level 4
The Queens Building
109 Princes Street
Dunedin 9016
New Zealand

Phone: +64 3 477 1133
Fax: +64 3 477 1127

About Our People

IMG_1040       Steve Copson – Principal

Licensed Cadastral Surveyor, BSurv, DipSci (Land Information Systems), MNZIS, MICS RPS

Steve joined the Department of Lands and Survey in 1985 and has come through all the changes bringing us up to the present day at TL Survey Services Ltd (TLSS).

As the Managing Director of TLSS, Steve is responsible for the overall team management and official sign-offs required by Land Information NZ and the various local authorities. Steve enjoys client liaision with both exisiting and new clientele. 

Steve is an avid golfer and can be found on most weekends at either Gladfield or Te Anau golf courses.


Aki       Aki Copson – Reception and administration

Aki has been with the team since 2011 and is the director of first impressions. She mans the front desk, fields calls and is Steve's assistant. Aki maintains the database and handles the accounts. Originally from Japan, Aki worked for a publishing company as a photographer, web designer and magazine editor before moving to New Zealand.


Surveying and Engineering

bruce       Bruce Soper – Senior Surveyor


Bruce is the third member of the original TL Survey team. He had been both a draughtsman and surveyor at Lands and Survey for many years before completing his New Zealand Certificate in Drafting and the New Zealand Certificate of Land Surveying qualifications at Otago Polytechnic. Stints at the Department of Survey and Land Information, and Terralink followed.

Because of his experience and history with crown work, at TL Survey Bruce is responsible for the crown components of projects. He also works on private subdivisions and general cadastral surveying as well as keeping a watching brief over junior staff.


chris       Chris Baughen – Engineer

NZCE (Civil)

Chris spent the previous two decades before he joined TL Survey Services at the civil and structural engineering company Duffill, Watts and King. The two decades prior to that were served at the Ministry of Works as a civil draughtsman.

He designs and determines the location of all the roads and services required for a development – water, waste water, storm water, power and telecoms. He arranges the contract with a contractor and manages the construction project up to the point where the sections can be put on the market. He processes the contactor’s payment claims and is effectively the client’s eyes and ears on the ground.


carolyn       Carolyn Craik – Engineer / Graduate Surveyor

BSurv (Survey Graduate / Civil Engineer)

Carolyn works with sub-division developers designing roads and services, and gaining approvals. She undertakes weekly site inspections, taking measurements and ensuring the actual construction complies with what is on the plans.


Andrew for cv        Andrew Prince - Surveyor


Andrew's work includes site (topographical) surveys, boundary identification surveys, as built surveys, subdivisions and construction set out and building platform surveys. He also compiles many of the scheme plans and survey plans. He assisted with some of the Land Tenure/high country surveys and assists senior staff with various projects.

Andrew enjoys hunting and tramping abouth the hills and mountains in his spare time and he also enjoys running and cycling.


Scott Martin for website       Scott Martin - Surveyor


Scott has had extensive surveying experience in the mining industry. He spent several years underground at a lead, zinc and silver mine in Broken Hill where he positioned and mapped tunnels. Prior to that he worked for Oceana Gold after completing his Bachelor of Surveying degree at Otago University.

His work at TL Survey involves topographical surveys, subdivisions, construction set out and data collection for regional councils.

Scott recently returned to Dunedin after 18 months travelling in a van during which he visited 21 European countries, bringing home an abandoned dog he rescued while exploring Croatia. 


Mark Geddes      Mark Geddes – Licensed Cadastral Surveyor


Mark has returned to TL Survey, having worked for the company between 1999 and 2007 before leaving to work in the UK.

There, he worked for several different contracting companies. At one, he was employed as a drainage engineer at a couple of Olympic Games sites – a large park-like recreation area and the Aquatics Centre. At another, Mark helped build railways infrastructure projects such as new stations and viaducts. He was also employed on a short contract at Heathrow Airport.

His role with TLS involves land development engineering and surveying, principally on roads and drainage for new subdivisions. He also carries out resource consent work both locally and further afield in Queenstown and Ashburton.

Mark has a BA in Geography and a BSurv from the University of Otago. He is a member of both the New Zealand Institute of Surveying and the Institute of Cadastral Surveying. Mark is also the immediate past chairman of the New Zealand Institute of Surveyors (Coastal Otago Branch) where he served as secretary before leaving for the UK. He is also on the national committee for the Institute of Cadastral Surveying.

He coaches junior cricket and rugby, and is in training for the Luxmore Grunt Mountain Run.


Planning, Graphics and General

John Willems – Planning and Project Management Consultant

BSc (Land Planning & Development), NZCD Survey, AMNZIS

John had a long career as a draughtsman for the former Lands and Survey Department and Department of Survey and Land Information before joining Terralink and subsequently TL Survey Services.

He has been with the company since its inception and his areas of expertise are resource consent applications and general planning matters which include liaising with clients, councils and TL Survey Services colleagues.

John has a planning degree from Otago University’s School of Surveying and uses his experience in discussing clients’ proposals, listening to their ideas and determining their compliance with various local authorities’ (councils’) district plans. Various types of information and data are studied during this process including survey plans and aerial photos. He says, “We discuss the client’s options, outline the steps and costs involved, prepare a scheme plan and then a resource consent application which is lodged with the relevant council.”

John keeps track of all the projects underway at any given time making sure they fit clients’ and councils’ requirements.

Dave Bowman – Quality Assurance Manager

NZ Certificate in Survey Draughting

David had a long career as a draughtsman for the former Lands and Survey Department before joining TL Survey Services. He assesses plans and checks them for accuracy, determines whether they fit the relevant rules and regulations and submits them to Land Information NZ. This work significantly increases the likelihood of plans being approved when they are submitted to LINZ. He is also involved in producing survey drawings and particularly enjoys the more complex variety and undertakes GPS work when required.