FIG Commission 4
The Munich Congress marks the end of my tenure as Commission
4 Chair and this is my final report to the General Assembly.
Mr. Adam Greenland
is my belief that Commission 4 has responded well to some significant
strategic challenges over the past four years. The culmination of this work
is the Commission 4 Munich programme, and it is notable that pre-eminent
organisations such as the International Hydrographic Organisation (IHO) and
the International Federation of Hydrographic Societies (IFHS) will be
Commission 4 has organised an ambitious programme to prepare and plan for
the future. The economic importance of hydrography, professional recognition
and education are important issues that affect all hydrographers.
As a specialist area within our profession, it is essential that
organisations representing hydrographic surveyors cooperate more closely
together. We have shown that we can work together to demonstrate a strong
sense of purpose and clear vision. This is where our strength lies as there
is increasing competition for members from marginal organisations.
Since FIG was founded surveyors of all disciplines have worked together
to achieve more for the profession and society as a whole. We are very much
an international profession and I believe we have the will and passion to
continue this work and make a real contribution to the world we live in.
I would like to thank the Generally Assembly for its support and urge the
national delegates to participate more fully in the work of the Commissions.
This has been a team effort and I could not have accomplished this work
without the support and hard work of the FIG Office and my Commission 4
The overwhelming achievement of Commission 4 over the last four years has
been to bring credibility to FIG within the wider hydrographic community.
The Commission has demonstrated it can deliver on its programme and make a
tangible contribution to the profession. We now participate as equals and
bring much sought after knowledge, enthusiasm and experience.
Summary of Commission 4 Achievements, 2003 – 06:
- Presented in excess of 80 papers at over 20 events and meetings,
including 5 technical tours
- Formal MOU with IHO and IFHS
- Published over 15 articles and issued 3 Commission CD’s
- Produced 2 official FIG Publications from WG 4.2 & 4.3
Working Group 4.1 - Strategic Partnerships
- Actively pursue closer links with sister organisations, especially IHO
- Increase co-operation between international surveying bodies
(IHO/FIG/ICA Advisory Board)
Mr. Adam Kerr (United Kingdom),
Working Group 4.2 - Vertical Reference Frame (A Joint Working
Group with Commission 5)
- Develop and promote the understanding and realisation of a vertical
reference frame for use in hydrography.
- Examine the demand for a seamless vertical reference frame for use in
hydrography and marine navigation.
- Develop an inventory of vertical reference surfaces used in hydrography
in various countries of the international community.
Dr. Ahmed El-Rabbany, Canada (e-mail:
Ms. Ruth Adams, United Kingdom (e-mail:
Working Group 4.3 - Administrating Marine Spaces (A Joint
Working Group with Commission 7)
- To develop and promote Coastal Zone Management in hydrography to include
Ocean Governance and Marine Cadastre.
Michael Sutherland (Canada),
(appointed by Commission 4)
Working Group 4.4 - Education and CPD (A Joint Working Group
with Commission 2)
- Hydrographic education & CPD.
Adam Greenland (United Kingdom),