Updated version of the Definition of
At its meeting in Marrakech, Morocco November 30, 2003 the FIG Council approved
a proposal to an updated version of the definition of a surveyors that was originally adopted by
the General Assembly in Helsinki in June 1990. In the updated version most
comments received in the first draft from August 2003 have been included.
The reason for updating the definition are the rapid changes in the
technology and environment in the surveying profession. The
covers better all aspects of the surveying like modern instruments and
technology and their use (e.g. acquisition and use of spatial information
from close range, aerial and satellite imagery and the automation of this
process). It also cover better cartography and the use of GIS. In the original
definition also some traditional surveying disciplines were not fully
covered like geodesy.
The proposal was be discussed with the FIG
Commissions at the ACCO meeting during the 2nd FIG Regional Conference in
Marrakech in December 2003.
The Council has decided to propose the new version for the FIG General
Assembly in Athens in May 2004 for its adoption.
Prof. Holger Magel, President of FIG considers the updated definition
as "FIG's response to the requirements from the modern society for
surveyors and he further believes that including the scientific aspects of
the profession will encourage academics in the developed world to
participate even more actively in the work of FIG". "FIG Definition of
Surveyors will now cover the full spectrum of the surveying profession",
concludes Prof. Magel his statement.