FIG Commission 1
Commission 1 looks back to a very successful period 2002 –
2006. Many presentations at all FIG events were made. Lots of
discussions took place and mutual understanding between
colleagues from different regions and cultures have been
strengthened. Not all our wishes of an ambitious work plan have
become reality but there is always another term.
Thanks to the very active vice chairs commission 1 achieved
a lot as you can see below. But there remains one problem: How to
get more surveyors active in commission work? Sometimes it looks
like depending on the place of venue whether it is attractive or
not, whether expected discussions in that region are worth going
there or not.
All members of commission 1 took benefit out of the fact widening
their own horizon, seeing different cultures and learning how surveyors
in different regions solve their problems in different ways. All members
of commission 1 should receive a big thank you for their commitment to
FIG and to the work in commission 1.
Working Group 1.1 - FIG Standards Network
- Developing the involvement of practising surveyors in the development and
use of standards
- Increasing the influence of surveyors on key international standardisation
- Building the linkage between FIG workplans and standardisation activities
- Advising FIG officers and members on standards and standardisation
- Supporting the implementation of FIG's policy on standards
Iain Greenway (Ireland), e-mail:
Working Group 1.2 - Professional practice and organisational
- Widening professional activities, overcome restrictions
- European and world-wide limitations, monitoring the legal development
(i.e. GATS, EC Treaty, other relevant policies)
- Dialogue between politicians and surveyors, as well as public private
Michael Keller (Switzerland), e-mail:
- Fundamentals of legal frameworks to be presented in a paper. (2002)
- Professional studies, business structures, bans or restrictions to be
investigated. Facts to be collected for development of a paper. (2003)
- Recommendations on behalf of less developed countries, acknowledgement by
developed countries, how structural and legal processes might be possible.
Models to be proposed. (2004)
- Acknowledgement of the requirements of governments /survey departments -
necessary information provided as a basis for surveyors to deal with the legal
developments and future requirements. (2005)
- Review Publication 29 on Business Practices and determine whether there is
a need to update it. (2005)
- Synthesis of the research undertaken (Munich 2006)
- Fundamentals of legal frameworks paper - 2002
- Professional studies, business structures, bans or restrictions, results
of investigations. - 2003
- Report on work and findings - Munich 2006
- The Working Group will continue until at least the Congress in Munich in
- During the Munich Congress.
- Surveyors and surveying practices;
- Other professionals working in land management and development;
- Member associations and sister associations;
- All Commissions;
- Universities and educational organisations.
Working Group 1.3 - Information technology management as it
relates to professional practice and communications
- Identifying the impact of IT, Internet and e-commerce on the profession
and determining strategies for dealing with the impact.
- Communicating effectively to the FIG community including using the
Homepage of Commission 1
- Development of Knowledge Management concepts as a way of working more
Chair: Yaacoub Saade (Lebanon), e-mail:
Co-Chair: Stephen Djaba (Ghana), e-mail:
Working Group 1.4 - International project management (Joint
Activity with Commission 10)
- Ability of professionals to work as effectively as possible in
multifaceted projects as such projects are an important component of
professional service delivery.
- Working with people, communicating messages, moving towards more
collaborative work processes as the world of the professional and the type of
work undertaken expands into other related areas.
- Being aware of current good practice, how it can be implemented across a
variety of delivery systems and communicating this to professionals.
- Knowing what quality management is and being provided with resources to
assist in applying this in diverse work situations.
Leonie Newnham (Australia), e-mail:
Working Group 1.5 - Under-represented Groups in Surveying
(Joint working group with other FIG Technical Commissions)
- Survey the role of minorities in the world of surveying and the benefit of
- Analyse the present status of under-represented groups and be aware of
good practices concerning the support of under-represented groups in FIG
member associations, in professions and at universities.
- Enhance fair competition for minority groups.
Gabriele Dasse (Germany), e-mail: