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Information on membership

1. Members

General

Full membership of the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) is open to a national association representing one or more of the disciplines of surveying (see the following FIG definition of a surveyor) and whose members

  • possess relevant academic qualifications (which should normally be equivalent to at least UNESCO International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) level 5 degrees) plus approved professional experience; and
  • who provide professional services in accordance with ethical standards.
    Associations which include technician grades of membership are also eligible for membership of the Federation.

A group of surveyors or surveying organisation, comprised of individuals who practise the profession of surveying, which does not fulfil the criteria for membership as a member association can be admitted to join the Federation as an affiliate member. An affiliate may be admitted to membership where the discipline or disciplines it represents are not already represented within the Federation by a member association from the same country. The admission of an affiliate should normally be a step towards the development of an association which can eventually become a member association.

Each category of membership provides opportunities for establishing contact with the international surveying community and thereby assisting with the development of indigenous academic and professional training programmes, including CPD facilities, and the development of technical and professional standards.

Only member associations are entitled to vote at FIG’s annual administrative meetings. An affiliate and other members may nominate a representative to attend as an observer. All FIG members receive copies of FIG publications, monthly e-Newsletters and the Annual Review; and are entitled to nominate one delegate to each of FIG’s ten technical commissions. Participation to the Commission work is one of the most important benefits of membership of FIG. However these benefits only come about if those nominated as delegates participate in the work of the commissions and publicise the results within their own countries; and FIG has therefore published guidelines for its members and for their national commission delegates.

As from 1 January 2011 the annual fee payable by a member association is 4.30 € per member of the association for a calendar year. Minimum fee is 20 members or 50 € per member association and maximum fee 5,500 members (23,650 €). Member associations from the poorest countries (countries listed by the World Bank as low-income economies or lower-middle-income economies) shall pay 2.15 € per member up to a maximum of 5,500 members in 2011.

An association wishing to apply for full membership should complete the relevant application form and return it to the Council. Applications are assessed first by the Council, which decides whether to recommend them for approval by the General Assembly.

In the case of an application received from an association in a country which already has one or more member associations, these associations shall be informed of the application and their comments sought.

FIG DEFINITION OF SURVEYOR

A surveyor is a professional person with the academic qualifications and technical expertise to practise the science of measurement; to assemble and assess land and geographic related information; to use that information for the purpose of planning and implementing the efficient administration of the land, the sea and structures thereon; and to instigate the advancement and development of such practices.

Practice of the surveyor’s profession may involve one or more of the following activities which may occur either on, above or below the surface of the land or the sea and may be carried out in association with other professionals.

  1. The determination of the size and shape of the earth and the measurement of all data needed to define the size, position, shape and contour of any part of the earth.
  2. The positioning of objects in space and the positioning and monitoring of physical features, structures and engineering works on, above or below the surface of the earth.
  3. The determination of the position of the boundaries of public or private land, including national and international boundaries, and the registration of those lands with the appropriate authorities.
  4. The design, establishment and administration of land and geographic information systems and the collection, storage, analysis and management of data within those systems.
  5. The study of the natural and social environment, the measurement of land and marine resources and the use of the data in the planning of development in urban, rural and regional areas.
  6. The planning, development and redevelopment of property, whether urban or rural and whether land or buildings.
  7. The assessment of value and the management of property, whether urban or rural and whether land or buildings.
  8. The planning, measurement and management of construction works, including the estimation of costs.
  9. The production of plans, maps, files, charts and reports.

In the application of the foregoing activities surveyors take into account the relevant legal, economic, environmental and social aspects affecting each project.

FIG MEMBERS AND THEIR COMMISSION DELEGATES

The purpose of these guidelines is to help ensure that the full benefits of FIG membership are passed down to all the individual members of associations or other organisations that are members of the Federation.

To ensure that these individual members are kept fully informed of and input where necessary to the work of FIG and its commissions, FIG recommends that

  • FIG members should support, or encourage others to support, the attendance of national commission delegates at annual FIG working weeks (including annual commission delegate meetings and technical symposia) and other symposia organised by the commissions
  • FIG members and their national commission delegates should consider establishing networks within their countries to communicate information and obtain feedback
  • National commission delegates should be actively involved in commission activities, including responding to questionnaires or correspondence and identifying topics and authors of papers for commission symposia and FIG congresses
  • FIG members should seek and encourage funding support to enable national commission delegates to attend FIG activities, including commission meetings

National commission delegates should write at least one annual report for publication in a local newsletter or technical journal or for dissemination by some other means to individual members of their association or organisation.

Application form in .pdf-format
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FIG: APPLICATION FORM FOR MEMBERSHIP AS A MEMBER ASSOCIATION

1. Name of association 
– in own language  _______________________________________________
– in English (if different from above)  _______________________________________________
2. Address  _______________________________________________
 _______________________________________________
 _______________________________________________
3. Telephone  _______________________________________________
4. Fax  _______________________________________________
5.a E-mail  _______________________________________________
5b. Web site address  _______________________________________________
5c. Logo (please attach a high resolution logo of the association as .jpg file or add the link:  _______________________________________________
6. Name of President  _______________________________________________
7. Administration
Is the above address the address of the permanent office of the association? If so, please state the name of the chief executive and the number of any other permanent staff members
_________________________________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________________________
8. Date of formation of association _______________________________________________ 
9. Objectives and ethics
Please summarise on a separate sheet the objectives of the association and state whether it enforces disciplinary procedures; and enclose a copy of its constitution and rules (including, where applicable, its code of conduct).
10. Routes of entry to membership
Please provide the following information on a separate sheet
– the title held by qualified members of the association
– the level of academic qualification required to obtain the title
– whether academic training programmes to this level are available in your country (if not, please state how and where members obtain their academic training)
– what approved professional experience is required on completion of academic training and prior to acquisition of the title
– what the requirements are for continuing professional development and whether this is mandatory or voluntary
–if the association also admits technician or sub-professional members and, if so, the qualifications required for entry to this grade of membership
11. Members
No. of holders the title
– qualified _____
– qualifying _____
No. of technician or sub-professional members
– qualified  _____
– qualifying  _____
12. Specialisations
% of qualified members whose principal specialisation is
– hydrography _____
– positioning/measurement _____
– engineering surveys _____
– cadastre/land management _____
– spatial planning/development _____
– valuation/real estate management _____
– construction cost management _____
13. Statutory recognition
Is the association constituted by statute?
Please list on a separate sheet those activities undertaken by your members which are regulated by statute and state whether any or all of these can be performed only by members of your association. If not, please state who else can acquire the title to perform any of the activities.
_________________________________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________________________
14. Employment
% of qualified members _____
– self-employed and 
employed in private practice
_____
– teaching _____
– employed by government _____
– employed in the commercial 
or other sectors
_____
15. Subscriptions _____
Please state the annual subscription payable by each grade of membership
16. Services to members
Does the association publish a journal (if so, please state title and frequency)
_________________________________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________________________
Please list on a separate sheet any other services that the association provides for its members.

2. Affiliates

General

Full membership of the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) is open to a national
association representing one or more of the disciplines of surveying (see the following FIG
definition of a surveyor) and whose members

  • possess relevant academic qualifications (which should normally be equivalent to at
    least UNESCO International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) level 5
    degrees) plus approved professional experience; and
  • who provide professional services in accordance with ethical standards.
    Associations which include technician grades of membership are also eligible for
    membership of the Federation.

A surveying organization or a group of surveyors, comprised of individuals who practise the
profession of surveying, which does not fulfil the criteria for membership as a member
association can be admitted to join the Federation as an affiliate member.
Each category of membership provides opportunities for establishing contact with the
international surveying community and thereby assisting with the development of indigenous
academic and professional training programmes, including CPD facilities, and the
development of technical and professional standards.

Only member associations are entitled to vote at FIG’s annual administrative meetings. An
affiliate may nominate a representative to attend the General Assembly as an observer.
Affiliate members receive copies of FIG publications, monthly e-Newsletters and the Annual
Review; and are entitled to nominate one representative to each of the ten FIG’s technical
commissions. Participation in the commission work is one of the most important benefits of
membership of FIG. However these benefits only come about if those nominated as
representatives participate in the work of the commissions and publicise the results within
their own countries; and FIG has therefore published guidelines for its members and for their
commission representatives.

As from 1 January 2011 the annual fee payable by an affiliate is 365 € for affiliates from
developing countries (countries listed by the World Bank as low-income economies or lowermiddle-
income economies) and 730 € for affiliate members from developed countries. The
fee is charged in the beginning of the year for a calendar year.

An organisation or a group wishing to become an affiliate member shall make an application
to the Council which will consider it and notify its decision to the applicant and to the General
Assembly.

In the case of an application received from an organisation or a group in a country which
already has one or more member associations, these associations shall be informed by the
Council of the application and their comments sought.

The Council approves applications from those wishing to become affiliates. Requests for this
type of membership should include a brief description of the organisation or the group
including information on its size; the activities undertaken; the surveying disciplines in which
the applicant is qualified etc.

Application form in .pdf-format
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Benefits of Being an Affiliate Member of FIG - brochure 2010 (1.46 MB)

FIG: APPLICATION FORM FOR MEMBERSHIP AS AN AFFILIATE MEMBER

Organisation/department  
Address  
   
   
Telephone  
Fax  
Email  
Web site  
Logo: (please attach a high resolution logo of the organisation as a .jpg file or add the link  
Contact person  
and position held  
Signed  
Date  

Please attach a brief description of your organisation/department’s field of activity, including details of courses and numbers of academic staff. If an annual report is produced, this should also be included.

FIG MEMBERS AND THEIR COMMISSION DELEGATES
The purpose of these guidelines is to help ensure that the full benefits of FIG membership
are passed down to all the individual members of associations or other organisations that are
members of the Federation.
To ensure that these individual members are kept fully informed of and input where
necessary to the work of FIG and its commissions, FIG recommends that

  • FIG members should support, or encourage others to support, the attendance of national
    commission delegates at annual FIG working weeks (including annual commission
    delegate meetings and technical symposia) and other symposia organised by the
    commissions
  • FIG members and their national commission delegates should consider establishing
    networks within their countries to communicate information and obtain feedback
  • national commission delegates should be actively involved in commission activities,
    including responding to questionnaires or correspondence and identifying topics and
    authors of papers for commission symposia and FIG congresses
  • FIG members should seek and encourage funding support to enable national commission
    delegates to attend FIG activities, including commission meeting
  • National commission delegates should write at least one annual report for publication in a
    local newsletter or technical journal or for dissemination

3. Corporate members

General

A corporate member is an organisation, institution or agency, which provides commercial services related to the profession of surveyor.

The concept of corporate membership arose out of meetings held between FIG and the exhibitors during the 1990 International Congress of Surveyors. The services that many commercial companies have provided over many years to FIG through their presence at meetings, and the benefits that they receive from their participation in FIG events, had by then led to the development of close relationships between them and FIG. Corporate or sponsor membership can be seen as a way of according formal recognition to these relationships.

The Council approves applications from those wishing to become corporate members. An organisation, institution or agency interested in becoming a corporate member should complete the relevant application form and return it to the FIG office.

Joint benefits for all corporate members
  • All FIG corporate members are entitled to receive all material disseminated in the name of the Federation, currently comprising
    • the monthly e-Newsletter
    • the FIG annual review
    • each addition to the FIG publication series
    • information about forthcoming meetings
    • newsletters issued by both the Council and the commissions.

A corporate member is thus kept up-to-date with the complete range of present and planned future activities undertaken by FIG and its members. Number of copies is depending on the corporate membership category.

  • A corporate member is entitled to promote its products and services through the medium of the Federation accordingly to the corporate membership category.
     
  • A corporate member may use the FIG logo in combination with the words "Corporate Member".
     
  • A corporate member is entitled to nominate correspondents to the Federation’s ten technical commissions
     
  • Otherwise encouraged to contribute to the work of the commissions and to play an active part in all the Federation’s technical meetings
     
  • Its representatives may attend meetings of the General Assembly, but without a vote.
     
  • A short article about the organisation will be published on the FIG web site when it is accepted as a corporate member. Thereafter the Federation seeks to publish on regular basis information about new techniques and technologies, new products and new services developed by corporate members and of interest to practising surveyors of all disciplines.
     
  • The Council seeks to arrange a meeting with corporate members’ representatives during FIG working weeks and other events (Intergeo or/and FIG Regional Conferences), to discuss mutual concerns and to help the congress organisers to plan congress exhibitions. During a congress corporate members may be invited to organise a special session (or sessions) to identify new developments and trends in equipment and services.
     
  • Corporate membership links a company directly to the world-wide community of surveyors of all disciplines, as FIG is already represented in more than 100 countries in all five continents. Corporate members can also benefit from the Federation’s growing links and participation in joint projects with a growing number of the United Nations agencies.
Additional benefits for corporate members in different membership categories

The corporate membership categories are based on the annual turnover of the company. The company is also able to upgrade its membership to a higher category. The current corporate membership categories and their annual membership fees for 2011 are:

  • Category A organisations (annual turnover greater than 250m €)    12,250 €
  • Category B organisations (annual turnover between 100m and 250m €)    6,100 €
  • Category C organisations (annual turnover between 10m and 100m €)    3,675 €
  • Category D organisations (annual turnover between 2m and 10m €)   1,725 €
  • Category E organisations (annual turnover between 0.5m and 2m €)    815 €
  • Category F organisations (annual turnover less than 0.5m €)    450 €
Category A - Platinum level
  • Corporate members normally have first choice in reserving exhibition area for the FIG Congresses and working weeks and their name is printed in the programme as FIG Corporate Member.
  • Corporate members’ logos and website addresses are displayed on the FIG Internet home page. In addition opportunity to make additional links to corporate members web site (e.g. job opportunities).
  • Platinum level Corporate Members will have their logos in the web site banner on the opening page of the FIG Internet home page.
  • Names and logos of Corporate Members are also displayed in the FIG Annual Review.
  • Privilege to advertise on the FIG web site and publications and to get a discount of 20 per cent.
  • Up to 20 copies of FIG annual reviews, publications and other printed material.
Category B - Gold level
  • Corporate members normally have first choice in reserving exhibition area for the FIG Congresses and working weeks and their name is printed in the programme as FIG Corporate Member.
  • Corporate members’ logos and website addresses are displayed on the FIG Internet home page.
  • Names and logos of Corporate Members are also displayed in the FIG Annual Review.
  • Privilege to advertise on the FIG web site and publications and to get a discount of 10 per cent.
  • Up to 10 copies of FIG annual reviews, publications and other printed material.
Category C - Silver level
  • Corporate members normally have first choice in reserving exhibition area for the FIG Congresses and working weeks and their name is printed in the programme as FIG Corporate Member.
  • Corporate members’ logos and website addresses are displayed on the FIG Internet home page.
  • Names and logos of Corporate Members are also displayed in the FIG Annual Review.
  • Privilege to advertise on the FIG web site.
  • Up to 5 copies of FIG annual reviews, publications and other printed material.
Category D - Bronze level
  • Corporate members normally have first choice in reserving exhibition area for the FIG Congresses and working weeks and their name is printed in the programme as FIG Corporate Member.
  • Corporate members’ logos and website addresses are displayed on the FIG Internet home page.
  • Names and logos of Corporate Members are also displayed in the FIG Annual Review.
  • Privilege to advertise on the FIG web site.
  • Up to 3 copies of FIG annual reviews, publications and other printed material.
Category E - Basic level
  • Corporate members normally have first choice in reserving exhibition area for the FIG Congresses and working weeks and their name is printed in the programme as FIG Corporate Member.
  • Corporate members’ logos and website addresses are displayed on the FIG Internet home page.
  • Names and logos of Corporate Members are also displayed in the FIG Annual Review.
  • Privilege to advertise on the FIG web site.
  • Up to 2 copies of FIG annual reviews, publications and other printed material.
Category F - Regional level
  • Corporate members normally have first choice in reserving exhibition area for the FIG Congresses and working weeks and their name is printed in the programme as FIG Corporate Member.
  • Corporate members’ logos and website addresses are displayed on the FIG Internet home page.
  • Names and logos of Corporate Members are also displayed in the FIG Annual Review.
  • Privilege to advertise on the FIG web site.
  • One copy of FIG annual reviews, publications and other printed material.

Benefits for Corporate members in 2010 in .pdf-format.

Application form in .pdf-format
Application form as word doc

FIG: APPLICATION FORM FOR MEMBERSHIP AS A CORPORATE MEMBER

Company ____________________________________________________
Address ____________________________________________________
____________________________________________________
____________________________________________________
Telephone ____________________________________________________
Fax ____________________________________________________
Email ____________________________________________________
Web site ____________________________________________________
Logo (add high resolution version of the company logo or include a link for downloading):  

____________________________________________________

Contact person ____________________________________________________
and position held ____________________________________________________
Annual turnover (please tick) ____________________________________________________
– greater than 250m €
– between 100m and 250m €
– between 10m and 100m €
– between 2m and 10m €
– between 0.5m and 2m €
– less than 0.5m €
Signed ____________________________________________________
Date ____________________________________________________

Please attach a brief description of your company’s field of activity.


4. Academic members

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The category of academic membership was introduced in 1998 to facilitate liaison between practitioners and those who provide them with their academic training and, increasingly, contribute to their continuing professional development This category will also facilitate liaison between academic institutions.


An academic member is an organisation, institution or agency which promotes education or
research in one or more of the disciplines of surveying

An academic member is entitled to nominate correspondents to the Federation’s commissions and
is otherwise encouraged to contribute to the work of the commissions and to play an active part in
all the Federation’s technical meetings, particularly congresses. Its representatives may attend
meetings of the General Assembly, but without a vote.

An academic member is entitled to receive all material disseminated in the name of the Federation,
currently comprising the monthly e-Newsletter, the FIG annual review, each addition to the FIG
publication series, information about forthcoming meetings, and newsletters issued by both the
Council and the commissions. An academic member is thus kept up-to-date with the complete
range of present and planned future activities undertaken by FIG and its members.

An academic member is entitled to have an entry in the FIG surveying education database and to
promote its educational and research activities through the medium of the Federation. Names of
academic members are listed in the Annual Review. The Council will publish on the web site a
short article about the organisation when it is accepted as an academic member. Thereafter the
Council seeks to publish, on the website and via the surveying education data base, information
about course developments and research activities undertaken by academic members.

An academic member may use the FIG logo in combination with the words “Academic member”.
The Council seeks to arrange a meeting between the Advisory Committee of Commission Officers
(ACCO) and academic members’ representatives during FIG working weeks and other technical
events, to discuss activities and developments of mutual interest. During a congress academic
members are encouraged to work with Commission 2 in organising those sessions that are
concerned to identify new developments and trends in education and training, including continuing
professional development.

Academic membership links an organisation directly to the world-wide community of surveyors of
all disciplines, as FIG is already represented in more than 100 countries in all five continents.
Academic members can also benefit from the Federation’s growing links and participation in joint
projects with a growing number of UN agencies.

The annual fee currently payable by academic members is 220 € for 2011.

The Council approves applications from those wishing to become academic members. An
organisation, institution or agency interested in becoming an academic member should complete
the relevant application form and return it to the Council.

Application form for academic members in .pdf-format
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FIG: APPLICATION FORM FOR MEMBERSHIP AS AN ACADEMIC MEMBER

Organisation/department  
Address  
   
   
Telephone  
Fax  
Email  
Web site  
Logo: (please attach a high resolution logo of the organisation as a .jpg file or add the link  
Contact person  
and position held  
Signed  
Date  

Please attach a brief description of your organisation/department’s field of activity, including details of courses and numbers of academic staff. If an annual report is produced, this should also be included.

FIG MEMBERS AND THEIR COMMISSION DELEGATES

The purpose of these guidelines is to help ensure that the full benefits of FIG membership are passed down to all the individual members of associations or other organisations that are members of the Federation.

To ensure that these individual members are kept fully informed of and input where necessary to the work of FIG and its commissions, FIG recommends that

  • FIG members should support, or encourage others to support, the attendance of national commission delegates at annual FIG working weeks (including annual commission delegate meetings and technical symposia) and other symposia organised by the commissions
  • FIG members and their national commission delegates should consider establishing networks within their countries to communicate information and obtain feedback
  • national commission delegates should be actively involved in commission activities, including responding to questionnaires or correspondence and identifying topics and authors of papers for commission symposia and FIG congresses
  • FIG members should seek and encourage funding support to enable national commission delegates to attend FIG activities, including commission meetings
  • national commission delegates should write at least one annual report for publication in a local newsletter or technical journal or for dissemination by some other means to individual members of their association or organisation.


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