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FIG PROFILE 2011-2014 - 2014 edition

The FIG Profile

and the benefits of being a member

"Engaging the Challenge: Enhancing the Relevance"

2011 - 2014

The International Federation of Surveyors is an international,
non-government organisation whose purpose is to support
international collaboration for the progress of surveying in all
fields and applications

This profile leaflet in A4 format as a .pdf-file (6 pages A4) - May 2014
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What is FIG?

FIG is the premier international organization representing the interests of surveyors worldwide. It is a federation of the national member associations and covers the whole range of professional fields within the global surveying community. It provides an international forum for discussion and development aiming to promote professional practice and standards.

FIG was founded in 1878 in Paris and was known as the Fédération Internationale des Géomètres. This has become anglicized to the International Federation of Surveyors. It is a UN-recognized non-government organization (NGO), representing more than 120 countries throughout the world, and its aim is to ensure that the disciplines of surveying and all who practise them meet the needs of the markets and communities that they serve.

The FIG vision

A Profession, armed with knowledge and best practices, extending the usefulness of surveying for the benefit of society, environment and economy, increasingly positioned in significance and relevance, next door to everywhere.

The role of FIG

FIG’s activities are governed by a work plan, which is approved by the General Assembly and reviewed by Council as its tenure progresses. The current work plan, titled as “Engaging the Challenge: Enhancing the Relevance” guides Council, Commissions, Networks and Task Forces activities, focuses the surveyors response to the challenges faced by humanity at these times. FIG recognizes that surveying sciences and technologies, surveying knowledge and practices pursue common good. The present Council continues building on past efforts and work on extending the progress, achievements and global standing towards the betterment of society, environment and economy and thus enhancing the significance, role and relevance of the profession.

This thrust is to be addressed through its activities at all levels, the Council, the ten Commissions, the three Task Forces, the two Networks as well as the FIG Foundation and Permanent Institutions. By engaging the challenges of the times, the profession continues the race to the top when the significance and relevance of surveying is enhanced in every sphere and jurisdictions that the profession has a presence.

Who are the members of FIG?

FIG draws its membership from practitioners working in communities with both the public and private sectors, from the scientific, research and academic community, as well as from the spatial technologies
and services community. FIG functions with the goodwill, resources and contribution of its memberships and their corp of volunteers from around the world.

Members of FIG consist of:

  • member associations – national associations representing one or more of the disciplines of surveying;

  • affiliates – groups of surveyors or surveying organizations undertaking professional activities but not fulfilling the criteria for member associations;

  • corporate members – organizations, institutions or agencies which provide commercial services related to the profession of surveyor;

  • academic members – organizations, institutions or agencies, which promote education or research in one or more of the disciplines of surveying.

An individual may be appointed as a correspondent in a country where no association or group of surveyors exist that is eligible to join FIG as a member.

Commission activity

Ten commissions lead FIG’s technical work. Each member association appoints a delegate to each of the commissions. Detailed information on the work of the commissions, their work plans, working groups, seminars, newsletters and publications can be found at www.fig.net/comm.
The terms of reference are as follows:

Commission 1 - Professional Practice

Chair: Ms. Leonie Newnham (SSSI, Australia)
Chair-elect: Mr. Brian J. Coutts (NZIS, New Zealand)

Perception of surveying profession; professional practice, legal aspects and organisational structures; standards and certification; code of ethics and applications; under-represented groups in surveying; students and young surveyors; information technology management and professional practice; project management, quality and best practice.

Commission 2 - Professional Education

Chair: Professor Steven Frank (NSPS, USA)
Chair-elect: Ms. E.M.C (Liza) Groenendijk (GIN, The Netherlands)

Curriculum development; learning and teaching methods and technologies; educational management and marketing; continuing professional development; networking in education and training.

Commission 3 - Spatial Information Management

Chair: Prof. Yerach Doytsher (ALS, Israel)
Chair-elect: Mr. Enrico Rispoli (CNGeGL, Italy)

Management of spatial information about land, property and marine data; spatial data infrastructure – data collection, analysis, visualisation, standardisation, dissemination, and support of good governance; knowledge management for SIM; business models, public-private-partnerships, professional practice and administration.

Commission 4 - Hydrography

Chair: Dr. Michael Sutherland (CIG, Canada)
Chair-elect: Ms. Angela Etuonovbe (NIS, Nigeria)

Hydrographic surveying; hydrographic education, training and CPD; marine environment and coastal zone management; data processing and management; nautical charting and bathymetric maps - analogue and digital, including electronic navigational charts.

Commission 5 - Positioning and Measurement

Chair: Mr. Mikael Lilje (Samhällsbyggarna, Sweden)
Chair-elect: Ing. Volker Schwieger (DVW, Germany)

The science of measurement including instrumentation, methodology and guidelines; the acquisition of accurate and reliable survey data related to the position, size and shape of natural and artificial features of the earth and its environment and including variation with time.

Commission 6 - Engineering Surveys

Chair: Professor Gethin W. Roberts (ICES, United Kingdom)
Chair-elect: Mr. Ivo Milev (USLMB, Bulgaria)

Acquisition, processing and management of topometric data; quality control and validation for civil engineering constructions and manufacturing of large objects; modern concepts for setting-out and machine guidance; deformation monitoring systems; automatic measuring systems, multi-sensor measuring systems; terrestrial laser systems.

Commission 7 - Cadastre and Land Management

Chair: Mr. Daniel Roberge (CIG, Canada)
Chair-elect: Ms. Gerda Schennach (OVG, Austria)

Cadastre, land administration and land management; development of pro poor land management and land administration; development of sustainable land administration as an infrastructure for sustainable development to underpin economic growth; applications of innovative and advanced technology in cadastre and land administration; promoting the role of surveyors in land administration matters to the public and stakeholders.

Commission 8 - Spatial Planning and Development

Chair: Mr. Wafula Nabutola ((ISK, Kenya)
Chair-elect: Mr. Kwame Tenadu (GhIS, Ghana)

Regional and local structure planning; urban and rural land use planning and implementation; planning policies and environmental management for sustainable development; re-engineering of mega cities; public-private partnerships; informal settlement issues in spatial development, planning and governance.

Commission 9 - Valuation and the Management of Real Estate

Chair: Dr. Frances Plimmer (RICS, United Kingdom)
Chair-elect: Mr. Liao Junping (CIREA, PR China)

Valuation; investment in real estate and investment planning; real estate investment vehicles; real estate, development finance and land use feasibility planning; real estate economics and markets and market analyses; management of property and property systems; management of public sector property.

Commission 10 - Construction Economics and Management

Chair: Mr. Robert Sinkner ((CUSC, Czech Republic)
Chair-elect: Mr See Lian Ong (RICS, UK/Malaysia)

Construction economics, including quantity surveying, building surveying, cost engineering and management; estimating and tendering; commercial management including procurement, risk management and contracts; project and programme management including planning and scheduling.

Task Forces 2013–2014

FIG Africa Task Force

Chair: Dr. Diane Dumashie (RICS, United Kingdom)

Focuses on the Surveying Profession in Africa and how it can better contribute to meet the key challenges of poverty alleviation, economic growth and environmental sustainability.

FIG Task Force on Property and Housing

Chair: Prof. Chryssy Potsiou (HARSE/TEE, Greece)

Investigates challenges and major threats resulting from the current global financial crisis, and identifies new roles for the surveyor. The Task Force works closely together with UN-HABITAT on the Global Housing Strategy.

FIG Task Force on Surveyors & Climate Change

Chair: Prof. John Hannah (NZIS, New Zealand)

Identifies areas where surveyors can assist uniquely the international community to better understand the effects and impacts of climate change and to provide advice on how to mitigate and cope with the effects of climate change.


Standards Network

Chair: Mr. David Martin (ESRF, France)

The Network is continuing the work of a FIG Task Force since standards are continuously important in the work of surveyors. In 2012 after five years of work the Standards Network succeeded in publishing the Land Administration Domain Model (LADM) as ISO Standard19152.

Young Surveyors Network

Chair: Ms. Kate Fairlie (SSSI, Australia)
Chair Elect: Ms. Eva Maria Unger (OVG, Austria)

FIG Young Surveyors Network addresses the need for young surveyor representation within FIG, and the need to ensure FIG activities are meeting the needs of not only students and young professionals,
but also youth as a broad category within society.

Permanent Institutions

International Institution for the History of Surveying & Measurement (IIHSM)

Director: Mr. Jan de Graeve (UBGE, Belgium)

The International Office for Cadastre and Land Records (OICRF)

Director: Dr. Christiaan Lemmen (GIN, The Netherlands)

The FIG Foundation

President: Mr. John Hohol (NSPS, USA)

The FIG Foundation is an independent body under the Federation giving grants and scholarships to support education and capacity building especially in developing countries. Contributions are received
through conferences, corporations, and private donators.

How does FIG operate?

The commissions prepare and conduct the programme for FIG’s international congresses, held every four years, and annual working weeks, held in the intervening years. The last congress was held in
Sydney (Australia) in 2010; and the next congress will be held in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) on 16–21 June 2014. Congresses attract several thousand participants from all over the world and are the most important events in the FIG calendar. The technical programme, which marks the culmination of each commission’s four-year programme of work, is complemented by a major international exhibition.

Working Weeks combine meetings of FIG’s administrative bodies with technical conferences organized by the commissions and the host member association and as such provide the opportunity for commissions to implement and develop their work programmes and for FIG to network at a more regional level. Working Weeks are held in Abuja, Nigeria (6–10 May 2013), Sofia, Bulgaria (17–21 May
2015) and Christchurch, New Zealand (2016). T

o increase regional activities FIG also organizes regional conferences, the most recent of which was held in Uruguay in November 2012. In addition to their involvement with FIG congresses and working weeks, commissions and their working groups organize or co-sponsor a wide range of seminars and workshops, usually in collaboration with member associations or other international professional bodies.

A key element to the success of a commissions work is the appointment of national delegates, providing a unique opportunity for professional development. Member associations, affiliates, corporate
members and academic members are all entitled to appoint delegates to the commissions; and commission chairs often co-opt additional experts to assist with particular aspects of their work programmes.

How is FIG administered?

By its General Assembly which meets annually during the FIG working week or the FIG congress. The General Assembly comprises of delegates of the member associations and, as non-voting members,
the Council, commission chairs and representatives of affiliates, corporate members and academic members. The General Assembly debates and approves policies. Policies are implemented by
the Council, which meets several times a year.

The Council is elected by the General Assembly. The Council consists of the President (elected for four year term of office) and four Vice Presidents (term of office is four years) with two of the Vice
Presidents being elected every second year, and coming from different countries throughout the world. In addition commission chairs appoint their representative to the Council.

The work of the General Assembly and the Council is assisted by an Advisory Committee of Commission Officers (ACCO); ad hoc task forces appointed from time to time to review existing work plans; two networks; and two permanent institutions.

FIG Council members 2011–2014


  • Mr. CheeHai Teo (Malaysia)


  • Prof. Chryssy A. Potsiou (TEE and HARSE, Greece) (2011–2014)

  • Prof. Rudolf Staiger (DVW, Germany) (2011–2014)

  • Mr. Bruno Razza (CNGeGL, Italy) (2013–2016)

  • Dr. Pengfei Cheng (CSGPC, PR China) (2013–2016)

ACCO Representative:

  • Prof. Yerach Doytsher (ALS, Israel) (2013–2014)

For details on the current council see: www.fig.net/council

FIG Office

The FIG Office is located in Copenhagen, Denmark.

FIG Office
Kalvebod Brygge 31-33,
DK-1780 Copenhagen V, Denmark.
Tel: +45 3886 1081
E-mail: fig@fig.net
Further information about the FIG office at: www.fig.net/admin/office.htm

How does FIG communicate?

How is FIG financed?

How is FIG financed? Members’ annual membership fees largely finance operating costs. Rates of membership fees payable by member associations are approved annually by the General Assembly. The Council sets rates of membership fees payable by affiliates, corporate members and academic members.

Other activities, including congresses, technical seminars and administrative meetings, are mostly self-financing. In the case of meetings, income is raised from registration fees, which may be supplemented by income from an accompanying technical exhibition, by subventions from the host government or association, or by grants from aid agencies.

FIG international co-operations

FIG international co-operations include:

  • UN agencies, notably the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), the United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UN OOSA) and the World Bank, as well as United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN-ECE), United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the UN sponsored Permanent Committee on GIS Infrastructure for Asia and the Pacific (PCGIAP) and Permanent Committee on SDI for the Americas (PC IDEA, and United Nations Regional Cartographic Conferences (UNRCC). Joint workshops and other collaborative projects help to identify and develop practical solutions to problems associated with the ownership and management of land. FIG is officially recognised by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

  • International professional organizations in surveying disciplines through the Joint Board of Spatial Information Societies that includes organizations such as the International Association of Geodesy (IAG), the International Cartographic Association (ICA), the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO), the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS), and the Global Spatial Data Infrastructure Association (GSDI). Furthermore, FIG has formal co-operation with the International Society for Mine Surveying (ISM), Pan-American Institute of Geography and History (PAIGH) and the International Federation of Hydrographic Societies (IFHS). FIG is also an international scientific associate of the International Council for Science (ICSU).

The benefit of being a member

The benefits for all classes of membership of FIG include:

  • being part of the global community of surveyors seeking to extend the usefulness of surveying for the betterment of society, environment and economy

  • international recognition of the national profession and enhancement of the profile of the international surveying profession

  • access to the international surveying community for exchange of experiences and new developments

  • access to surveyors and surveying companies throughout the world who already have established connections with influential international bodies

  • opportunities through the commission working groups to take part in the development of many aspects of surveying practice and the various disciplines, including ethics, standards, education and a whole range of professional issues

  • access to continuing professional development and critical self evaluation of individual standards and professionalism

  • access to institutional FIG support - the global surveying community – when aiming to improve the educational or professional standing in society; or improving the national systems for land registration and land management.

For further information about FIG and its activities consult the homepage at: www.fig.net

FIG PROFILE 2011-2014

The FIG Profile and the benefits of being a member.

Published in English

Published by The International Federation of Surveyors (FIG)
May 2014, Copenhagen, Denmark

Printed copies can be ordered from:
FIG Office, Kalvebod Brygge 31-33, DK-1780 Copenhagen V, DENMARK,
Tel: + 45 38 86 10 81, Fax: + 45 38 86 02 52, E-mail: FIG@fig.net

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