The BGN provides a national coverage of control marks (including the offshore islands and Antarctica) to enable users to efficiently connected to official geodetic and vertical datums.
It is intended to form a minimum coverage of control marks across New Zealand, its offshore islands and the Ross Sea Region. In most cases the BGN requirements will be met by marks from other control networks. Major uses of this network are to support the registration of aerial and space-based imagery and to enable the consistent mapping of features and objects. The following table summarises the main characteristics of the network.
|Purpose||To provide marks to enable non-cadastral survey users to connect their datasets to official geodetic and vertical datums|
Mainland New Zealand and offshore islands
Ross Sea Region where topographic mapping is provided
Tier: Horiz C (0.15 m), Vert F (0.35 m)
Class: Horiz VIII (0.01 m, 5x10-5m/m), Vert IX (0.02 m, 1x10-4m/m)
Class evaluation radius: 0.3 km (urban), 1 km (rural)
Overhead imagery identification
Sited so that surveyors can easily and safely locate and occupy
Sited for easy identification on overhead imagery
Suitable for collecting GNSS observations
Physical access to marks to collect GNSS observations
Visible from afar to enable overhead imagery identification (New Zealand and offshore islands only)