FIG Commission 3

Work Plan 2007-2010

Original work plan in .pdf-format.


Spatial Information Management (SIM)

Dr. Chryssy Potsiou, Chairperson of Commission 3

 Terms of reference

  • Management of spatial information on land, property and hydrographical facts (including related processes, procedures and resources);
  • Spatial data infrastructure – data models, standards, availability and legal aspects;
  • Management and transfer of knowledge and skills needed for SIM;
  • Impacts on organizational structure, business models, professional practice and administration;
  • Management of spatial information supporting environment protection, sustainable development and poverty reduction.

Mission Statement

FIG Com3 will:

  • Increase awareness about successful SIM approaches in the “e-Society” by showing good practice like available, reliable and accessible spatial information for better decision-making
  • Support the use of spatial information and SIM-tools by surveyors and by all participants in decision-making to serve the goals of good governance.
  • Share good practice on managerial processes and infrastructure required for handling data, using information and distributing knowledge.
  • Share good practice and develop high-level methods and techniques for merging and managing updated spatial information at various levels according to market requirements.
  • Encourage the use of spatial information within e-government and e-commerce.
  • Implement the FIG Work Plan through working groups (WGs), Joint-WGs, annual meetings, workshops, and seminars held during and/or outside FIG working weeks and regional conferences; publications; and progress reports about these events.
  • Present the final outcomes of Commission work through the web.
  • Cooperate and coordinate with the related United Nations committees and other geo-spatial information societies and organizations active in the field, such as ISPRS, ICA, IAG, GSDI, EUROGI, UN/ECE WPLA, UN/ECE Committee on Housing and Land Management.
  • Increase the contribution of the surveying profession to the implementation of the UN Millennium Development Goals.


Commission 3 –Working Groups (WG) focus on contribution of spatial information for sustainable development. FIG Com3 delegates have expressed their strong interest in:

  • Activating the national delegate, the correspondent and the academic member network in order to work together, identify the needs in our common fields of interest, and exchange experience and knowledge for the common benefit
  • Organizing Com3 annual meetings and workshops focused on the specifically identified needs and topics. Com3 will provide and certify optional peer review for authors of papers submitted for Com3 Workshops. Papers of authors not wishing peer review will be equally welcome in the proceedings.

In particular, Com3 delegates will:

  • Focus on the topic: “Spatial Information toward Managing Mega Cities”, and prepare a publication on that topic by 2010.
  • organize three specific annual Workshops under the topics of:
    1. Spatial Information Management toward Legalizing Informal Urban Development 28- 31 March, 2007, Athens, Greece
     Spatial Information in Environmental Management of Mega Cities January 2008,          Valencia, Spain
     To be decided

The proposed sub-topics of interest are:

  • e-Governance for the citizen, democracy, and transparency
  • Web Services and Metadata
  • SIM Infrastructure
  • State of the Art of SDI, GSDI
  • Technical aspects, integration of information, 3D / 4D applications of SDI, visualization of information, seamless information management
  • Standardization of Information (technical, legal, semantics and ontology)
  • Geo-data policy issues with a focus on pricing and access policies for NSDI, equal opportunities and access to spatial information
  • SIM applications for environmental protection, disaster management and risk assessment, social and economic growth, cultural heritage documentation and development, informal/unplanned development management, quantifying and localizing cultural diversity, coastal zone and marine data management, real estate markets, valuation and taxation, real estate finance and development
  • Educational aspects in SDI and SIM, e-learning
  • Transferring / sharing knowledge focusing on “low-cost” methods and tools for spatial information collection and management

Working Group 3.1 - e-Government and e-Citizen

Interactive Information Flow between providers, partners and customers (PPP).

Policy Issues

SIM is a facilitator for IT based services for administration as well as for citizens. By thus SIMS will have even the role of an integrator of components for a Spatial Information Infrastructure within an Information society.

  • Services and workflows for decision makers and citizens in participatory democracy
  • Government – business – customers: relations and activities
  • Integration and cooperation in a distributed environment
  • Individual vs. business in SIM
  • Mobile society
  • SIM and LBS in an e-Government context


Kari Strande
E-mail: kari.strande[at] 

Co-Chair: Peter Laarakker (the Netherlands), e-mail: peter.laarakker[at] 

Specific projects and outputs

Based on cooperation with other WG and other Commissions this WG will:

  • Report on good practice of Spatial Information within e-Government supporting citizens in participatory democracy
  • Facilitate experience exchange
  • Show consequences for administration and citizens of SIM and LBS accessible on the web
  • Provide recommendations to the way we go within SIM and LBS
  • Provide links to information and minutes of workshops
  • Work out a Web-demo, if supported by OGC, ESRI or other sponsors

A detailed work plan with milestones will be published on the website of Commission 3.


  • Athens, 28-30 March 2007
  • Norway, sub-Working Groups meetings
  • Hong Kong, 12-17 May 2007
  • Costa Rica , 12-15 November 2007
  • Valencia, January 2008


Surveyors, planners, politicians, and citizens accessing and contributing to e-Government on a national as well as on a local level. Contributing to better access to general users of spatial data, and to better tools and more participation in local authorities.

Working Group 3.2 - Spatial Data Infrastructure


Requirements for data, information, tools and workflows as components of local, national and global spatial data infrastructures (SDI).

  • Institutional arrangements, information policy and legal frameworks needed to create and share data, information and tools within and between levels of government
  • Respective roles of government, private sector, professional bodies and community groups in creating and managing SDI
  • Technical innovation needed to enable use of SDI, including spatial data capture, management, visualisation and access
  • Implementing international best practice standards in SIM at all levels, including use of ISO/TC 211, OpenGeospatial® Consortium, etc.
  • Sharing experience, developing visions for the future, identifying productive roles for surveyors and other spatial professionals and informing relevant forums of the role of SIM


Mr. Paul Kelly, Director
Spatial Strategies Pty Ltd
Email: spatials[at] 
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hartmut Müller, Fachhochschule Mainz
E-mail: mueller[at]

Specific projects and outputs

Based on cooperation with other working groups and commissions this WG will:

  • Support discussion on the role of local and regional SDI in managing mega cities
  • Identify institutional, policy and legal frameworks that can be incorporated in SDI to address mega city issues
  • Identify specific technical innovations in SIM that can improve management of mega cities


  • Athens, 28-31 March 2007
  • Valencia, January 2008


  • Surveyors, government, associations engaged with spatial data and users of spatial data and spatial information.

Working Group 3.3 - Multi Dimensional Aspects in Spatial Information Management

Review, evaluation and further development of technologies and technological trends for multi dimensional spatial information management in general and data models, visualization and data fusion techniques in particular.

Caused by increase of capabilities of spatial database management systems (SDBMS), as well as the awareness for the necessity for 3D geospatial information within the surveying and the engineering communities, some novel approaches in modeling, visualization and fusion of spatial data have recently gained the attention of both academic and commercial communities. Commission 3 will focus on the topics related to this definition such as (but not limited to)

  • Methods for measuring and gathering 3D spatial information and databases
  • 3D data model for building information systems (built on top of SDBMS)
  • Algorithms for detection of relations between spatial objects in 3D
  • Fully www based approach to visualization of spatial data in 2D and 3D
  • Event oriented approach to modeling changes in spatial information systems
  • Continuous temporal approaches for handling 2D and 3D spatial information systems
  • Accuracy aspects of spatial information vs. needs & budgets of the public and private sectors

Specific projects and outputs

  • Expansion and development of existing data models
  • Increase the involvement of surveyors in development of data models
  • Disseminate accumulated knowledge and experience


Prof. dr. sc. Miodrag Roic
E-mail: mroic[at]


  • Athens, 28-30 March 2007
  • Hong Kong, 12-17 May 2007
  • Costa Rica, 12-15 November 2007
  • Valencia, January 2008


Commission 3 delegates will organize the FIG Com3 2007 annual meeting and workshop in Athens, Greece, on 28-31 March 2007, in parallel to the joint Workshop of the UN/ECE Committee on Housing and Land Management and the UN/ECE Working Party on Land Administration on “Informal Settlements”. The President of the FIG is invited to give a key note speech. The local organizers are: the Technical Chamber of Greece and the Hellenic Association of Rural and Surveying Engineers.

The topic of the FIG Com3 Workshop is:

“Spatial Information Management toward Legalizing Informal Urban Development”

The list of sub-titles includes

  • Technical Aspects
    • Data collection, recording and updating; low-cost methods and tools for environmental      monitoring of unplanned urban development; the type of necessary information to be recorded for monitoring and improving areas with informal construction, for supporting real estate markets in such areas, and for applying housing policy and decision making
    • Visualization of information
    • Standardization of information
    • 2D, 3D, 4D spatial data recording and management to support the legal integration of informalities, the decision making, the risk-assessment and disaster management in areas with informal construction or informal settlements (slums)
    • Integration of spatial data-bases about ownership rights, value of real estate property, and state applied regulations and restrictions on the use rights, tools, LIS
    • Statistics (about the existing situation, the size of the problem)
    • The value of e-Government and SDIs; the needs for transparency, for corruption and bureaucracy decrease, necessary tools; the participation of the citizen
  • Legal and Social Aspects and Procedures
    • Procedures for adopting and updating Zoning and Spatial Planning regulations; the participation of the citizen
    • Standardization and Recording of: Zoning Regulations, Spatial planning regulations and other Restrictions related to the Urban Development (e.g., for environmental protection, cultural heritage protection) to increase participation of the citizen and transparency in decision making, facilitate access to information and increase equity among the citizens
    • Standardization of informalities in urban development and real estate markets
    • Standardization of Real Estate financing and Development Procedures
    • GIS technology and tools as a mediator between surveyors, town planners, land developers, and real estate appraisers
    • Informal development and the social impact of illegalities on the society, increase public awareness in good governance
    • Necessary legal reforms for the registration of the missing information into the modern Land Administration Systems, in order to integrate informal settlements into a legal framework and empower the poor
  • Economic, Educational, and Policy Aspects
    • The economic impact of the missing spatial information on the National Economy (both for the state and for the owners)
    • The need for integration of the missing information in order to improve the housing and financing mechanisms, support the mortgage market, and build automated mass-valuation systems to support fair and transparent taxation policies
    • Capacity building on the role of the surveyors in supporting economic growth through the well-functioning Real Estate Markets and the Real Estate Development, and in developing spatial information methods for assessment of the social and economic impact of informal settlements

Two channels for contributing papers are available: Full refereed channel:

  • (Short) Abstract Submission Deadline: 30 November 2006
  • Paper Submission Deadline: 15 December 2006
  • Acceptance Notification: 15 January 2007
  • Final (Corrected) Paper Submission Deadline: 15 February 2007

Papers submitted in this channel must not have been accepted for publication elsewhere or be under review for another workshop or conference.

Partial refereed channel:

  • Extended Abstract Submission Deadline: 30 November 2006
  • Acceptance Notification: 15 January 2007
  • Paper Submission Deadline: 15 February 2007

Those interested in peer-reviewed papers should declare it in advance when submitting a short abstract prior to the paper submission

Other proposed workshops

Possible Workshop topics for 2009 and for future Workshops to be held during the coming FIG WWs or regional meetings are under discussion. Proposals are for:

  • Workshop during the FIG WW 2008 in Sweden as a Follow-up of the Com3 Workshops in Athens and Valencia
  • Workshop on 3D and 4D Spatial Information Management, (possibility for organizing a Com3 Workshop during the WW 2009, in Eilat, Israel)
  • Workshop on pricing of spatial data and services, (declared interest for hosting a Workshop by Dr J. A. Zevenbergen, the Netherlands)
  • Declared interest for hosting a Com3 Workshop by the delegation of Nigeria
  • Declared interest to organize a Com3 Workshop in parallel with a workshop on Mega Cities Management (Robin McLaren)

Commission 3 annual meeting 2008

Workshop on Environmental and Cultural Heritage Documentation, Development and together with Commission 2.

Com3 delegates will organize the FIG Com3 2008 annual meeting and Workshop in Valencia, Spain, in January 2008, in parallel to the International Congress of Cartography and Surveying and the National Spanish Congress TOP-CART 2008. The local organizers are: The Royal Academy of the Valencia Culture, The Technical University of Valencia, The Spanish Association of Surveying Engineers and the Technical University of Madrid. The main sponsors of that event are: The regional Government of Valencia, Universities, the Valencia City Hall and several powerful industries mainly located in the region. The President of the FIG will be invited to give a key note speech, too. The King of Spain will be invited to have the Honorary Presidency of this event. FIG Com2 organizes a Workshop in Valencia at the same time. Plans are made for a joint session with Com3 on sub-topics of common interest. The topic of FIG Com3 2008 annual meeting and Workshop is:

“Spatial Information in Environmental Management of Mega Cities”

More information about Commission 3 2008 Workshop to be decided in Athens.

Co-operation with Sister Associations

  • Cooperation with UN/ECE WPLA and UN/ECE Committee on Housing and Land Management

Cooperation on Spatial Information Management toward Legalizing Informal Urban Development with UN-ECE-WPLA and UN-ECE-Committee on Housing and Land Management.
The FIG Commission 3 2007 annual meeting and Workshop will be followed by a joint FIG and UN/ECE Working Party on Land Administration, and Committee for Housing and Land Management, on March 29 and 30, 2007, on the topic: “Informal Settlements and National Economy-The Value of Good Land Administration and Land Management”.
FIG Com3 delegates are welcome to participate and strengthen both the inter-commission FIG activity and the cooperation with the United Nations. Information about the structure and additional topics of this activity will be distributed on the web.

  • Cooperation with ISPRS and CIPA

Commission 3 supports the 37th CIPA International Workshop on the e-volution of Information Technology in Cultural Heritage - Where Hi-Tech Touches the Past: Risks and Challenges for the 21st Century, to be held on 30 October - 4 November, Cyprus. Web site:
FIG Commission 3, but also Commission 2, 5 and 6 delegates interested in e-Learning, e-Libraries in Cultural Heritage, 3D data capture and processing, Museum Artifacts display, 2D and 3D GIS in Cultural Heritage, virtual museum applications, etc can submit papers or find useful information on the following websites: / or
Proposal: It is desirable that FIG will establish a more close cooperation with ISPRS and CIPA; The chair of FIG Commission 3 has communicated with ISPRS President Prof I. Dowman regarding the suggestion that ISPRS publish news of FIG Commission 3 activities and other FIG activities.

Cooperation on international standards on spatial data with ISO and OPENGIS

Commission 3 supports the FIG inter-commission activity in this field.

Contacts and cooperation with sister organizations

Co-operation with other United Nations and sister Agencies

Inter Commission Activities

FIG Com3 will contribute in a 2-days seminar to be held during the FIG WW 2008 in Sweden about “improving slums”. Inter-commission activity with FIG Com 10 and 9 is under discussion

Other Activities

  • Active involvement of regions
    Commission 3 will continue to be actively involved with underrepresented regions like Africa, Latin America, Middle East, and Asia by exchanging information. Commission will try to reduce conference fees in order to enable or to encourage regional participation and try to raise money for funding participation of groups like students. Commission will also encourage participation by using e-mail and web.

  • Respect cultural and linguistic issues
    Commission 3 endorses the underlying concept that respect for Cultural and Linguistic issues is very important and that the Commission will be sensitive to these issues in the way it works. This will be implemented by encouraging multilingual abstracts and presentations in general meetings and through the use of an appropriate regional language during regional meetings

Calendar of Events


  • 3D October - 4 November, Cyprus, 37th CIPA International Workshop on the e-volution of Information Technology in Cultural Heritage - Where Hi-Tech Touches the Past: Risks and Challenges for the 21st Century. Co-sponsored by FIG Commission 3.


  • 28-31 March, FIG Com3 annual meeting and Workshop, Athens, Greece

  • 12-17 May, FIG XXX General Assembly and Working Week Hong Kong, China

  • 12-15 November, FIG Regional Conference, San Jose, Costa Rica


  • ? January, Com3 annual meeting and Workshop, Valencia, Spain

  • 14-19 June, FIG Working Week and XXXI General Assembly, Stockholm, Sweden

  • 3-11 July, XXI Congress of the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing - Silk Road for Information from Imagery. Beijing, China P. R.


  • 3-8 May 2009 FIG Working Week and XXXII General Assembly, Eilat, Israel
  • Com3 Annual Meeting and Workshop to be announced
  • 9-16 April, 2010, FIG XXIV Congress and XXXIII General Assembly Sydney, Australia

Commission Officers

Commission Chair
Dr Chryssy A Potsiou
School for Rural and Surveying Engineering
National Technical University of Athens
9 Iroon Polytechniou st, National Technical University Campus,
15780 Zografos
Tel. + 30 210 7722688 or 7722651
Fax + 30 210 7722677
E-mail: chryssyp[at]  
Chair Elect, 2009-2010
Prof. Yerach Doytsher
The Abel Wolman Chair in Civil Engineering
Dean, Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning
Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
Technion City
Haifa 32000
Tel. + 972 4 829 4001
Fax + 972 4 829 5641
E-mail: doytsher[at] 
Vice Chair of Administration
Mr. Gerasimos Apostolatos
Surveyor Engineer, Technical Governmental Consultant
29, Ag. Filotheis str.
Filothei, 15237
Tel. + 30 210 6825 905
E-mail: gapos[at]

Deputy Chair
Dr. Panos Lolonis
Head of the Planning Office
KTIMATOLOGIO S.A. (Hellenic Cadastre S.A.)
Tel. + 30 210 6505 636
Fax + 30 210 637 727
E-mail: plolonis[at]

Director of the Commission 3 Peer Review Procedure
Prof. Yerach Doytsher
The Abel Wolman Chair in Civil Engineering
Dean, Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning
Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
Technion City
Haifa 32000
Tel. + 972 4 829 4001
Fax + 972 4 829 5641
E-mail: doytsher[at] 
Chair Working Group 3.1 - e-Government and e-Citizen
Ms. Kari Strande
Statens Kartverk
Advicer International Affairs
N-3507 Hønefoss
Tel. + 47 32 118 101
Fax + 47 32 118 182
Mobile: + 47 9099 6515
E-mail: kari.strande[at]
Chair Working Group 3.2 - Spatial Data Infrastructure
Mr. Paul Kelly, Director
Spatial Strategies Pty Ltd
Tel. + 61 437 274 449
Email: spatials[at]
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hartmut Müller
Fachhochschule Mainz
FBI - Geoinformatik und Vermessung
Holzstr. 36
55116 Mainz
Tel. + 49 6131 2859 674
Fax + 49 6131 2859 699
E-mail: mueller[at]
Chair Working Group 3.3 - Multi Dimensional Aspects in Spatial Information Management
Prof. dr. sc. Miodrag Roic
Faculty of Geodesy
Institute of Engineering Geodesy and Spatial Information Management
Kaciceva 26
HR-10000 Zagreb
Tel. + 385 1 4639 229
Fax + 385 1 4828 081
E-mail: mroic[at] 

29 December 2006