FIG Commission 1 - Professional Standards and Practice


"FIG Commission 1 focuses on establishing a set of ethical principles that fits the surveying profession for reference by professional institutions. It also focuses on promoting greater understanding and improving community perceptions about the surveying profession, which is underlined by the foundation’s vision to improve gender equality and maintaining global peace and justice, in line with Goal No. 5 and 16 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals respectively."


What we do

For the term 2023-2026 FIG Commission 1 will be working on:



PDF: Work Plan
VIDEO: Chair of the commission Timothy Burch takes you through the work plan

Chair of FIG Commission 1:
Timothy Burch, United States

Join Commission 1 on LinkedIn

Learn more about how Commission 1 is working with the SDG's



FIG Working Week 2025

6-10 April 2025 in Brisbane, Australia


Commission 1 at FIG Working Week 2024

June 2024

The FIG Working Week 2024 was held from 19-24 May in Accra, Ghana. During the conference, Commission 1 conducted its annual meeting. Additionally, the progress of all commissions was presented at the General Assembly.

> Annual report to General Assembly
> Minutes General Assembly
> Proceedings/Technical programme
> Report Annual Meeting
> Conference Website

FIG Publications

 As a follow-up on the original International Boundary Making publication (FIG Publication 59) Commission 1 Working Group 1.3 has published a new publication on International Boundaries on Unstable Grounds (FIG publication 76).
The publication is edited by Haim Srebro




More News from FIG Commission 1




Work Plans




Working Groups


Key Documents


Meet the officers

Commission Chair

Mr. Timothy Burch, United States
Contact: FIGCommission1 [at]


Working Group Chairs:


International Ethics Standards (WG 1.1)


Women in Surveying (WG 1.2)

International Boundary Settlement and Demarcation (WG 1.3)
Dr. Haim Srebro, Israel
Director Mapping & Boundaries, Israel-Jordan Joint Boundary Commission
haim.srebro [at]

Delegates and Correspondents:

Each member association has the right to nominate a delegate to each of the ten technical commissions. In addition Affiliates, Academic Members and Corporate Members  are welcome to nominate a correspondent to each commission.

Interested? If you are interested to become a national delegate from your country, please contact your member association. The contact information of national delegates is updates by the FIG office. Any changes in contact information should be sent to the FIG Office.


The publication is intended to promote the sharing of methodological knowledge and experience regarding delimitation of international boundaries and to promote Peace throughout the world. Read the publication The FIG Young Surveyor Network was established, with the initial purpose to bring more YS into FIG, as Commission 1 ‘Working Group'. In 2009 the working group was upgraded to a Network. Visit the FIG Young Surveyors Network site
The publication addresses surveying methodology and experiences in the delimitation and demarcation of international boundaries. Read the publication There are perhaps three ways in which to make a case that standards are important. Firstly, the breadth of standardisation activities.  Secondly, there are the benefits of standardisation. Thirdly, at a very practical level, all aspects of our lives involve standardisation. Visit the FIG Standards Network site


Term 2023-2026
Term 2019-2022
Term 2015-2018
Term 2011-2014
Term 2007-2010
Term 2003-2006

Working Groups

Term 2023-2026 

WG 1.1 International Ethics Standards
WG 1.2 Women in Surveying
WG 1.3 International Boundary Settlement and Demarcation

Work plan



FIG Young Surveyors Network
FIG Standards Network

Task Force

Under-represented Groups in Surveying


Newsletter - 2022
Newsletter - 2019
Newsletter - 2018

FIG Publications

FIG Pub. 76: International Boundaries on Unstable Ground

FIG Pub. no. 59: International Boundary Making

FIG Pub. no. 35: Enhancing the Representation of Under-Represented Groups in FIG

FIG 29: Business Matters for Professionals

FIG Proceedings

List of FIG Conference Proceedings
FIG Surveyors Reference Library


All events


Reports to General Assembly

All reports