FIG Commission 2 - Professional Education

Term 2003-2006

Highlights Commission Chair

Commission 2 has especially worked with the areas of curriculum, learning methodology, education marketing and recruitment, and education assessment. Commission 2 had during this term three Working Groups:

Prof. Pedro J. Cavero
  • WG 2.1 – Curriculum and Survey Body of Knowledge that was involved in the Publication of initial Body of Knowledge in US publication SaLIS and had presentation at Rome and Mayaguez
  • WG. 2.2 – Learning and Teaching Methodology, presenting papers in Marrakech, Rome, Mayaguez, Moscow, Tyler, and Kuala Lumpur
  • WG 2.3 – Marketing and Management of Professional Survey Education who presented papers presented in Marrakech, Rome, Tyler, and Kuala Lumpur.

In addition to workshop activities, Commission 2 also reviewed and recommended a series of articles on the Body of Knowledge for Surveying printed in the Surveying and Land Information Science journal. While not covering all aspects of surveying, the articles are good guidelines for developing technical curricula for surveying education programs.

Work Plan

Terms of reference

  • Learning and teaching methods
  • Contents
  • Continuing professional development
  • The interaction between education, research and practice

Mission Statement

  • Methods and content of education: To develop and promote learning and teaching methods and content of curricula with special emphasis on university level, high technology - based education.
  • Interaction between academia and practice: To stimulate interaction between university education, research and practice so as continuously to develop educational curricula and enable surveyors to put into practice the results of research and development.
  • Academic and professional profiles: Through the promotion of continuing professional development (CPD) and the practical application of research, help surveyors continuously to update their academic and professional profiles.
  • Accessible knowledge: To approach surveying education to countries and people with difficulties to access to usual learning methods by new technology (Virtual Academy).
  • Educational links: To establish all over the world, but mainly in the third one, liaison groups to facilitate educational joint works, projects, etc.
  • Cooperation: Education of surveyors is not only a duty of FIG or Commission 2; strong links of collaboration must be established with the sister organizations and our own Commissions.

Work Plan

Key Documents

Working Groups

Working Group 2.1 - Virtual Academy


  • The movement from discrete computer assisted learning (CAL) tools towards an integrated virtual learning environment.
  • Technical, political, legal, organisational and cultural problems.
  • Copyright and accreditational problems
  • The role of the lecturer and human communication in general


Prof. Esben Munk Sørensen (Denmark), e-mail: ems[at]

Working Group 2.2 – The Studies of Surveying in Latin America


  • To have a good knowledge of the educational situation in this continent
  • To create an Educational Thematic Network which could help
  • To establish strong links among docent Institutions in Latin America
  • To facilitate the free flow and exchange of ideas, projects and people among our docent Institutions
  • To facilitate the harmonization of curricula, if such is possible and necessary
  • To facilitate a “common educational base”
  • To facilitate mobility among professionals, teaching staff and students
  • To improve the conditions of our professionals, when and where it is necessary, and increase the work possibilities of our graduates
  • This Network is born with spirit of permanence; it is not only an occasional work, studying the state of the art in education in this continent, but being a permanent link among professional and educational Institutions at national and international level
  • The final results of this first step will be given in a final report to be spread out in the regional meeting to be held in Latin America in 2005

The Working Group held a meeting in San José, Costa Rica, 13–15 April 2004

Prof. Graciela Loyácono, School of Surveying, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba (Argentina); e-mail: loyaconog[at]

Working Group 2.3 - Mutual Recognition


  • In the light of the achievements of the Task Force on Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications (1998-2002), and in order to support the principle of the free movement of surveyors world-wide, the primary aim of the Working Group is:
    • To improve the knowledge and available information about relevant aspects of professional education in order to implement the process of mutual recognition of professional qualifications, with the aim of developing guidelines for implementing FIG policy in this area.

Dr. Frances Plimmer (United Kingdom), e-mail: fplimmer[at]

Working Group 2.4 - Knowledge in Spatial Information Management (A Joint Working Group with Commission 3)


  • To integrate the resources of the Commissions 2&3 using the experiences of professionals in knowledge transfer and the know-how of spatial information management (SIM)
  • To analyse present status and trends of Information/Knowledge Management
  • To outline the implementation of the results of Information/Knowledge Management in the Spatial Word
  • To define the necessary elements and routes of professional development in the rapidly changing area of SIM


Prof. Bela Markus

Working Group 2.5 - Capacity building in Land Management (A Joint Working Group with Commission 7)


  • To study and develop integration of professional and land management projects, especially in developing and transition countries.

Prof. Ulf Jensen (Sweden), e-mail: ulf.jensen[at]

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