FIG Commission 1
Commission 1 continueed the work on the changing nature of surveying
work and the role of the professional, worked at connecting with other
like professional commissions operating in regional organizations, built
supporting knowledge and materials for surveying professionals. The
Commission continued its work in the Standards and Young Surveyors
Ms. Leonie Newnhamn
In the term of office 2011-2014 Commission 1 focused on:
- Share understanding on the challenges facing professional
practice in a changing environment of work and within a changing
- Provide opportunities for an ongoing exchange of information
around issues on professional standards and practice using new
- Share knowledge of professional practices around ethical
delivery of services.
- Connect with other groups in member associations that promote
and develop surveying professional standards and practice to share
knowledge and develop possible joint activities.
- Work with Commission 2 to develop ongoing pathways of
professional education that support the concept of ongoing
- Promote cooperative development opportunities and the
development of new initiatives by growing knowledge from working
together with other commissions on the current and future role of
the surveyor, the definition of the surveyor as well as the
age-structure within the profession.
- Build activities with world wide standards development and
certification through the Standards Network.
- Build activities with Young Surveyors through the active support
of the Young Surveyors Network.
The Commission hosted the inter-commission working group to consider
the current and future role of the surveyor, the definition of the
surveyor as well as the age-structure within the profession. The other
joint working group hosted by Commission 1 studied the technological,
methodological and practical as well as legal aspects on the demarcation
of international boundaries.
Working Group 1.1 - Changing Nature of Work and the Role of a
Surveyor (Joint Working Group with Commission 2 )
- To consider the current and future role of the surveyor
- To review the definition of the surveyor
- To study the age-structure within the surveying profession and
prepare proposals how to response to the competition to market the
profession for new generations
- Surveying professionals work in a variety of work environments
and are required to respond to constant changes in how they deliver
services. This creates challenges to them in how they practice and
challenges on how to adapt to change. Identifying and sharing new
ways of working from around the world will provide practical
examples of ways others have successfully adapted and will build a
set of case studies on change.
Winnie Shiu, Hong Kong SAR, China, e-mail:
Curtis Sumner, USA, e-mail:
Working Group 1.2 – Regulation Approaches that Provide Secure Tenure
- Regulation is a way to develop secure land tenure and through
this the alleviation of poverty through one of the basic principles
of a secure tenure – integrity of the system and the control
(elimination) of corruption.
- Reviewing practice around the world provides an opportunity for
professionals to share ideas on what has been done in various
countries, consider how it was done and learn from others
experiences of implementing regulation.
Brian Coutts, New Zealand, e-mail:
Working Group 1.3 – Community of Practice on Professional Standards
- All professionals face professional standards and practice
challenges and find ways to respond effectively. Anyone facing a
problem or issues can be certain that somewhere in the world,
someone has solved a problem that might be very similar. Developing
a way to share practice issues using Web 2 technologies would
provide a way for surveying professionals to develop a place where
they can share the knowledge of others in dealing with current
issues. This will be supplemented by professional standards and
practice issues workshops held at each Working Week and the Regional
Conference. Through this regular updates on emerging issues around
the world can be obtained.
- There are regional and other structures in place where members
also interested and committed to issues around professional
standards and practice for surveying professionals. These groups
develop ideas and produce papers and possibly publications that are
part of a world wide knowledge bank that FIG could access. Building
links to regional and world structures for surveying professionals
that focus on issues around professional standards and practice will
expand our understanding and access to knowledge and resources.
Stephen Djaba, Ghana,. e-mail:
Working Group 1.4 – International Boundary Settlement and
Demarcation (Joint Working Group with Commissions 4, 5 and 7)
- To deal with theoretical, methodological and some legal aspects
and analysis of a few practical cases in international and national
- To prepare an FIG publication on international boundary
settlement and demarcation all over the world.
Dr. Haim Srebro, Israel, e-mail:
Dr. Bill Robertson, New Zealand, email:
Working Group 1.5 – Social Media and Surveyors (Joint Working Group
with the Young Surveyors Network)
- Survey and recommendations on the use of social media (Facebook,
LinkedIn, YouTube, Twitter etc.) in surveying community for member
- Raise the understanding of new communication tools within
- Prepare proposals on using social media in marketing the
profession and reaching new generations
- Initiate opportunities for participating in social media
at FIG events using skill sharing with Young Surveyors Chair
Leonie Newnham, Australia, e-mail: