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Café Scientifique

Alliance Française Wellington
Event organized by Alliance Française Wellington

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@ Southern Cross, 39 Abel Smith Street (the Guest Room)
Thursday 12 April | From 5:30pm for 6:00pm
Free entry / Koha / All welcome, bring along friends, family and colleagues
The bar will be open for the price of a drink
Held in English in a relaxed atmosphere.

Alliance Française Café Scientifique explore the latest in French-related science and technology, including engineering, socio-economic sciences and the humanities.

LiDARRAS, Shedding light on New Zealand’s contribution to the War in France - Pascal Sirguey​

Engaged in underground warfare near Arras in Northern France, men from the NZ Engineers Tunnelling Company (NZETC) distinguished themselves by connecting abandoned underground quarries. The subterranean network allowed soldiers to pass safely from the town centre of Arras to the front-line trenches in the lead up to the Battle of Arras in April 1917.

In the context of WWI centenary commemorations, the LiDARRAS project is a bilateral and cross-generational cooperation that united surveying students and academics from New Zealand and France to survey and scan the underground structure. This project illustrates the benefit, efficiency, and practicality of modern surveying technologies in allowing a permanent record of this New Zealand contribution to the war in France to be created. Further to commemorating the work of the NZETC, such accurate mapping will allow future generations remote virtual access to the underground world as well as being a valuable resource to ensure their future preservation.