FIG Commission 2

FIG Commission 2 - Professional Education

The mission of commission 2 is to: Commission Chair
Promote good practices in professional surveying education by:
  • Exploring the needs of society and endorsing universities and other educational organizations to develop mechanisms and processes that will help to meet those needs
  • Supporting and promoting advances in survey education through identification of core survey-ing knowledge
  • Promoting cooperative ventures in surveying education and research
  • Supporting the building of capacity for surveying education in the developing world
  • Reinforcing contacts to educational commissions of related professions
  • Improving dissemination of information on all of the above

Commission 2 Work Plan 2019-2022

Assoc. Prof. David Mitchell, AUSTRALIA
Contact: FIGCommission2 [at]
Upcoming Events
10-14 May 2020,
Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Recent News

Newsletter - October 2019

Read the latest newsletter from Commission 2 with updates on the Working Group activities, call for papers for FIG Working Week 2020 and report from the Working Week 2019, incl the Academic Forum organised in cooperation with FAO.

Commission 2 at FIG Working Week 2019

The Working Week took place in Hanoi, Vietnam 22-26 April 2019. Commission 2 held its yearly meeting and was involved in several sessions covering the commission 2 areas and also in cooperation with among others FAO.

Newsletter - September 2017

The Commission 2 Newsletter is now available. Read about:

  • Commission 2 Activities: Technical Session
  • Commission 2 Activities: Academic Forum on VGGT
  • Commission Meeting & Commission Dinner
  • New Members in Commission 2
  • Commission 2 Publication
  • FIG Foundation
  • Recent activities of Commission 2 at international level
  • Preparation for FIG Congress 2018
  • Nomination and Vacancy Chair FIG Commission 2
  • How to join us

Commisson 2 at the FIG Working Week 2017 in Helsinki, Finland 29 May - 2 June

Commission 2 had its annual meeting during the FIG Working Week 2017 in Helsinki, Finland 29 May - 2 June 2017

Commission chairs 2015-2018 at their meeting during the FIG Working Week, 29 May-2 June in Helsinki, Finland: Remy Boudon(comm. 6) Volker Schwieger (comm. 5), See Lian ONG (comm. 10), Angela Etuonovbe (comm. 4), Steven Nystrom (comm. 9), Kwame Tenadu (comm. 8), Enrico Rispoli (comm. 3), Gerda Schennach (comm. 7), Fahria Masum(comm. 2), Brian J. Coutts (comm. 1)

Newsletter June 2016

Commission 2 at the FIG Working Week 2016 in Christchurch, New Zealand 2-6 May

FIG Commission 2 on professional education is challenged by the need to address course themes from a broad spectrum. With  major attention on teaching Building Information Management (BIM) on the one hand and training in ‘Holistic Thinking’ on the other hand. For the FIG Working Week in Helsinki a special session could be dedicated only on BIM. Distance and online education continue to be crucial particular for continuous professional development.  

The Academic Members present at the FIG Academic Members Forum decided to form a working group with the aim of exploring the VGGT from a surveying (and land professional) perspective by assessing practical examples of VGGT implementation in different countries. The outcome of this exploratory research could eventually  result in a position paper. The working group intends to present the first outcome of their exploratory study during the FIG Working Week in Helsinki. This initiative is supported by FAO.

Liza Groenendijk, Chair of Commission 2
making her report to the General Assembly.

Participate in the giCASES survey on collaboration in GIS&T education!

The European giCASES project is investigating how higher education institutions are working together with private companies and public administrations in the design and delivery of GIS&T education in Europe. Therefore, giCASES would like to invite individuals and organizations from the higher education sector but also from the public and private sector to participate in a survey  on collaboration between higher education institutions and other stakeholders in the design and delivery of GIS&T education. 
This short survey is a unique opportunity for teachers, program coordinators but also GI professionals in the private or public sector to share their experiences with and views on collaboration in GIS&T education. In addition, the survey also aims to collect good practices in collaboration between higher education institutions and other stakeholders in the design and delivery of GIS&T education.

The survey can be accessed here.

giCASES is a Knowledge Alliance project under the Erasmus+ programme of the European Commission. The project aims to enable and strengthen innovation in GIS&T education and practice, and facilitate the collaborative creation, management and sharing of knowledge between different stakeholders. The giCASES project will develop and test new, innovative and multidisciplinary approaches to teaching, learning and knowledge management in the area of GIS&T.

The survey is the first step in the project, and will help the project partners to better understand current ways of collaboration in GIS&T education and the needs and expectations of different stakeholders regarding this collaboration. Should you have any comments or questions regarding this survey, please feel free to contact the survey organizers.

Thank you in advance for your participation! We appreciate your time and valuable input.
The giCASES consortium.

Newsletter - June 2015

FIG Commission 2 – ISPRS Kathmandu Workshop a great success!

Kathmandu, Nepal, was from 25 – 27th of November 2015 the host of the International Workshop on the Role of Land Professionals and SDI in Disaster Risk Reduction in the context of Post 2015 Nepal Earthquake. What started as an initial idea for a possible FIG Commission 2 Workshop resulted in a large joint event together with ISPRS Technical Commission IV, and was supported by FIG Commission 7.
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FIG Commission 2, Working Group 2.4 guided by Prof. Alias Abdul Rahman, is organizing a special Commission 2 session during the JIGC Conference in Malaysia

From 28 to 30 October in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia the Joint International Geoinformation Conference 2015 will be held. As part of the conference FIG Commission 2 organizes a special session on Geomatic Education. Prospective authors are encouraged to submit papers or extended abstracts for the event but not limited to:

  • Geomatic education;
  • Geoinformatic education;
  • Programme accreditation;
  • Professiona and industry related programs and courses;

Submission Deadlines: Fullpaper submission - 30 June
Extended abstract (for poster) - end of August
All accepted papers will be indexed in Scopus.
More information, please follow the conference website:

Commission 2 at the FIG Working Week 2015 in Sofia, Bulgaria 17-21 May 2015

Ir. Liza Groenendijk (E.M.C), Chair of commission 2 making his report to the General Assembly
Commission 2 had its annual meeting during the FIG Working Week 2015 in Sofia, Bulgaria, 17-21 May 2015.

Commission 2 Workshop 2015, 25-27 November in Kathmandu, Nepal

The Forthcoming FIG Commission 2 Workshop 2015 in Kathmandu, Nepal "International Workshop on the Role of Land Professionals and SDI in Disaster Risk Reduction: in the Context of 'Post 2015 Nepal Earthquake" is a joint event of FIG Commission 2 and ISPRS Working Group IV/4 together with the Nepal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (NICS) and the Nepal Remote Sensing and Photogrammetric Society (NRSPS).

Commission 2 at the XXV FIG Congress 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
16-21 June

Chair and incoming Chair, Steven Frank and Liza Groenendijk

FIG Commission 2 had its Annual Meeting during the XXV FIG Congress 2014. Read also about the Technical Sessions and all the other activities that FIG Commission 2 was involved with during the busy time in Kuala Lumpur.

Innovative Learning Tools 2013, 21-21 December 2013, Ahmedabad, India

ISPRS co-sponsored workshop on ?Innovative learning tools 2013 with specific emphasis on Strategies for Earth Resource Management? to be organized during 20 - 21 December, 2013 at CEPT University, Ahmedabad, India.

Commission 2 at the FIG Working Week 2013 in Abuja, Nigeria 6-10 May 2013

Commission 2 had its annual meeting during the FIG Working Week 2013 in Abuja, Nigeria, 6-10 May 2013. Commission 2 report