At the end of 1995 FIG published its work plan for
1996-1999. It comprised a Bureau work plan for the whole of that period and
commission work plans for the period 1994-1998. The activities listed in the
latter plans concluded at the 1998 FIG Congress and General Assembly, which
elected new commission officers . The General Assembly also approved new
commission work plans for the period 1998-2002. These, together with the
existing Bureau work plan, are reproduced in this document.
The work plan provides the framework for fulfilling FIG’s aim
and objectives. The Bureau is responsible for strategic planning and for the
administration of the Federation; and, where necessary, for initiating and co-ordinating activities that fall outside the terms of reference of the
commissions. The commissions are responsible for pursuing FIG’s professional and
technical objectives. It is, however, the Bureau which has overall
responsibility for fulfilling the work plan, in its role either as an executor
or, in the case of commission-led activities, as a facilitator and co-ordinator.
FIG: AIM AND OBJECTIVES
The International Federation of Surveyors was founded in 1878
as the Fédération Internationale des Géomètres (FIG) by seven national
associations of surveyors representing Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Spain,
Switzerland and the United Kingdom. It is an international, non-government
organisation (NGO) registered in the country in which its permanent office is
domiciled, whose aim is to ensure that the disciplines of surveying and all who
practise them meet the needs of the markets
To provide an international forum for the exchange of
information about surveying and for the development of fellowship between
To collaborate with the United Nations and other
international agencies in the formulation and implementation of policies
affecting the use, development and management of land and marine
To promote the disciplines of surveying, particularly in
developing countries and countries in economic transition.
To promote the role of the surveyor in the management of
natural and man-made environments.
To promote the development of national associations of
surveyors and to promote professional standards and codes of ethics and the
exchange of surveying personnel.
To promote high standards of education and training for
surveyors and to facilitate continuing professional development (CPD).
To encourage the development and proper use of appropriate
To encourage research in all disciplines of surveying and to
disseminate the results.
FIG: DEFINITION OF SURVEYOR
A surveyor is a professional person with the academic
qualifications and technical expertise to practise the science of measurement;
to assemble and assess land and geographic related information; to use that
information for the purpose of planning and implementing the efficient
administration of the land, the sea and structures thereon; and to instigate the
advancement and development of such practices.
Practice of the surveyor’s profession may involve one or more
of the following activities which may occur either on, above or below the
surface of the land or the sea and may be carried out in association with other
The determination of the size and shape of the earth and the
measurement of all data needed to define the size, position, shape and contour
of any part of the earth.
The positioning of objects in space and the positioning and
monitoring of physical features, structures and engineering works on, above or
below the surface of the earth.
The determination of the position of the boundaries of public
or private land, including national and international boundaries, and the
registration of those lands with the appropriate authorities.
The design, establishment and administration of land and
geographic information systems and the collection, storage, analysis and
management of data within those systems.
The study of the natural and social environment, the
measurement of land and marine resources and the use of the data in the
planning of development in urban, rural and regional areas.
The planning, development and redevelopment of property,
whether urban or rural and whether land or buildings.
The assessment of value and the management of property,
whether urban or rural and whether land or buildings.
The planning, measurement and management of construction
works, including the estimation of costs.
The production of plans, maps, files, charts and
In the application of the foregoing activities surveyors take
into account the relevant legal, economic, environmental and social aspects
affecting each project.
BUREAU PLAN OF WORK, 1996–99
SECTION 1 "Developing the Profession in a Developing
1.1 During 1996-99 FIG will focus on the
surveyor's response to social, economic, technological and environmental change.
The Bureau will take particular interest in countries in economic transition and
in those with a low gross national product (GNP). The Bureau also recognises
that markets for surveyors’ services are constantly changing. The emphasis will
accordingly be on strengthening professional institutions; promoting
professional development; and encouraging surveyors to acquire new skills and
techniques so that they may be properly equipped to meet the needs of society
and the environment.
1.2 The Bureau will promote the FIG Education
Foundation and the contribution which its support will make to the realisation
of FIG’s objectives.
1.3 The Bureau will support FIG’s member
associations and technical commissions and will strengthen and streamline FIG’s
In particular, the Bureau will
promote FIG and the full range of surveying services
throughout the world;
develop FIG’s contacts with international agencies and
non-government organisations (NGOs) whose activities relate to those of
help associations of surveyors to gain recognition by their
governments, not as trade associations or solely as learned societies but
rather as regulated or self-regulating professional bodies;
extend FIG's membership throughout the world and particularly
in areas where it is presently under-represented;
provide opportunities for continuing professional development
by organising seminars and workshops, particularly in developing
improve communication between the Bureau and member
associations and, through them, to their individual members;
progress the work that has already been initiated to
establish a permanent office and the FIG Education Foundation;0
establish a task force to encourage women, young surveyors,
linguistic groups and other under-represented groups to participate fully in
the activities of national associations and FIG.
SECTION 2 Strategic and Forward Planning
2.1 The Bureau will undertake such forward
planning as is needed for the development of short-, medium- and long-term
strategies for FIG, to accommodate the objectives of successive Bureaux and
ensure continuity of work; to accommodate FIG’s fast-changing and fast-growing
membership profile; to provide the means for harnessing individual energies and
initiatives; and to generate a feeling of involvement throughout FIG’s
2.2 The Bureau will seek contributions to the
evolution of FIG and to its planning processes, inter alia from the advisory
committee of commission officers, the membership, and break-out sessions during
congresses and working weeks.
SECTION 3 Marketing and Promotion
3.1 Marketing FIG
The Bureau will prepare and implement an FIG marketing strategy
to determine targets, methods and materials for promoting FIG externally
(including to potential sponsor members) and internally (to individual members
of member associations).
3.2 Developing Countries
The Bureau will encourage greater participation in FIG by
developing countries and will
act as the focal point for FIG initiatives in developing
encourage each commission to hold at least one meeting, with
an accompanying CPD programme, in a developing country;
promote twinning arrangements between member associations to
facilitate professional development, the exchange of appropriate technology
and personnel, and general support;
co-operate with other bodies with interests in developing
encourage the development of networks between commissions and
within specific geographical zones, to enable good educational practice to be
communicated and for the establishment of mutual support systems.
3.3 Promotion of National Associations
The Bureau will assist countries which do not yet have
professional associations and those in which the associations are in a formative
stage. In particular it will
establish a task force to prepare guidelines for constituting
professional associations, covering, inter alia, suitable structures,
educational standards, ethical standards and a list of functions a
professional association might undertake;
make contact with those who can form the nuclei of new
professional associations or help existing associations through the provision
of material and governmental support;
make contact with government departments whose support
(through the enactment of legislation where necessary) is needed for the
establishment and effective functioning of professional
3.4 Promotion of under-represented groups in
The Bureau will appoint a task force to investigate problems of
under-represented groups in surveying and to initiate activities to promote
SECTION 4 Liaison with International Agencies and
4.1 The Bureau will appoint a task force on
FIG’s relations with UN agencies and other international or regional NGOs whose
activities relate to those of the surveyor. Wherever possible personal contact
will be established with key members of these organisations.
4.2 Aid Agencies: Generally
The Bureau will
build a database of agencies which fund or sponsor projects
in which surveyors should be involved;
operate and develop the protocol for the identification of
keep member associations informed of opportunities for
working with aid agencies and encourage surveyors to make contributions at
seminars and workshops organised by key agencies.
4.3 UN Agencies
The Bureau will
ensure on-going FIG/FAO and FIG/UNCHS collaboration,
including the undertaking of joint activities envisaged in the FIG/UNCHS
memorandum of understanding signed in January 1997;
develop contacts between FIG and UNEP;
participate in the HABITAT II world conference in Istanbul in
develop contacts with UN departments responsible for policies
and activities which affect surveyors or to which surveyors contribute, and
ensure FIG input to and participation in such policies and activities
(including UN regional cartographic conferences);
develop contacts with UNESCO, the UN Statistical Office and
any other organisations responsible for international educational and
occupational classifications and endeavour to ensure that surveying and
surveying activities are correctly represented within the professional
sections of all such classifications;
keep under review FIG’s contacts with the UN Department of
Public Information (NGO section);
develop contacts with any other UN agencies whose activities
are concerned in any way with the practice of the surveying profession;
establish a task force to co-ordinate FIG’s response to
sustainable development, Agenda 21 and the Global Plan of Action.
4.4 World Trade Organisation
The Bureau will
develop links with the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and
maintain FIG’s input, including input via the OECD, to the development of the
general agreement on trade in services;
establish a task force on mutual recognition of
qualifications/reciprocity to facilitate FIG’s response to the world wide move
to liberalise trade in services.
Other Non-Government Organisations (NGOs)
4.5 In respect of international and regional
organisations the Bureau will
build a database of organisations whose activities relate to
those of surveyors;
encourage a reciprocal exchange of articles between FIG and
each such organisation, for publication in their respective newsletters;
invite members of each such organisation to attend FIG
events, including appropriate seminars and workshops;
consider organising a session for NGOs at FIG’98;
administer the programme of co-operation between FIG and the
International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI), signed in November 1997, and
seek opportunities for agreeing similar programmes with other organisations
whose interests complement those of FIG.
4.6 The Bureau will nominate two members to
attend each meeting of the Executive Board of the International Union for
Surveys and Mapping (IUSM). It will nominate four additional delegates, from
amongst participants in FIG’98, to attend IUSM’s Council meeting in 1998.
4.7 The Bureau will co-ordinate FIG’s
activities as a Scientific Associate of the International Council of Scientific
4.8 The Bureau will establish a task force on
standards to co-ordinate all FIG activity related to standards, in particular
liaison with the International Standards Organisation (ISO).
SECTION 5 Technical Commissions; Permanent
5.1 The Bureau will ensure that FIG’s
strategic plan (2.1 above) enables it to respond rapidly to changing
circumstances - for example, through the creation of commissions with finite
5.2 The Bureau will review arrangements for
financing commissions and permanent institutions.
5.3 The Bureau will review the findings of the
Commission 9 working group on construction economics and, if appropriate,
establish a separate commission for this discipline.
5.4 The Bureau will review and make
recommendations for giving the history of surveying permanent status within
SECTION 6 Communications
6.1 The Figtree
The Bureau will maintain and develop the Figtree, currently
names, addresses and contact details of
Bureau and commission work plans;
commission terms of reference;
FIG publication list;
FIG statutes and internal rules.
6.2 Communications (General)
The Bureau will ensure that all FIG publications, whether these
are published by the Bureau, the member associations or the commissions, are
properly recorded within international standard classification systems.
6.3 The Bureau will
make maximum use of e-mail, Internet and other developments
in information technology (IT) in maintaining and improving communications
with member associations, sponsor organisations, correspondents, commissions
and permanent institutions, and, through them, with individual members of the
surveying profession worldwide;
issue a quarterly newsletter (the Bulletin);
encourage member associations, sponsors and publishers of all
other appropriate journals to make complementary copies available to the
Bureau so that their contents can be abstracted, as appropriate, and included
in the FIG Bulletin;
encourage the commissions to provide regular reports on their
activities for inclusion in the Bulletin;
encourage member associations to disseminate the Bulletin, or
information contained in it, as widely as possible amongst their
6.4 The Bureau will
ensure that documents relating to arrangements for
congresses, technical seminars and administrative meetings are issued to
investigate the possibility of issuing one set of technical
papers from selected seminars to members.
6.5 The Bureau will arrange for its members
and other representatives of FIG to visit member associations whenever possible
and will encourage visits to the Bureau offices by individuals or delegations
from member associations.
6.6 The Bureau will publish an Annual Review
which will serve as FIG’s main medium of external communication and its
principal marketing tool.
6.7 The Bureau will implement a system for
holding FIG publications in computer format and for distributing or otherwise
making these available in selected formats.
6.8 The Bureau will promote FIG publications
to other outlets - for example, reference and university libraries - that are
able to hold, advertise, abstract and disseminate their contents.
Communications (Ad Hoc Publications)
6.9 The Bureau will develop the FIG
publication series, reviewing and up-dating existing publications and adding new
ones as appropriate. Additions to the series will include FIG policy statements
and selected reports from task forces and commissions.
SECTION 7 Operating Structures
7.1 Administrative Structures
In accordance with the decisions of the 62nd Permanent
Committee on the recommendations of the task force on the secretariat the Bureau
integrate the Permanent Committee and the General Assembly
and prepare terms of reference and operating procedures for this new
integrated body (the General Assembly);
introduce the FIG working week.
7.2 Permanent Office
The Bureau will progress the decisions of the 62nd Permanent
Committee meeting on the recommendations of the task force on the secretariat as
these relate to the establishment of an FIG permanent office.
7.3 FIG Education Foundation
The Bureau will work closely with the trustees of the FIG
Education Foundation and in particular will
assist in canvassing for deposits to the capital fund;
identify projects which qualify for Foundation support and
apply for funding;
ensure that future work plans (commission and Bureau) take
full account of the support which the Foundation is able to give to FIG’s
7.4 FIG Languages
The Bureau will implement the decision of the 62nd Permanent
Committee on the recommendations of the task force on FIG languages.
SECTION 8 Administration
8.1 The Bureau will monitor and control its
own finances and those of the commissions and the permanent institutions. It
will consider likely financial requirements; produce annual budgets and cash
flow statements; and publish accounts. It will collect subscriptions,
sponsorship fees and other income.
8.2 With a view to augmenting FIG’s income,
the Bureau will introduce a policy for marketing selected FIG publications.
8.3 The Bureau will develop a long-term
financial strategy for FIG which will, inter alia, examine the present strategy
for structuring annual subscriptions and the existing plateau applying to member
8.4 In progressing the recommendations of the
task force on membership extension the Bureau will undertake a comprehensive
review of categories of and criteria for obtaining membership of FIG.
Amendments to the Statutes and Internal Rules
8.5 The Bureau will draft amendments to the
Statutes and Internal Rules to implement statutory changes approved since the
1994 General Assembly.
Meetings of the Bureau
8.6 The Bureau will meet at least twice a
year, once during the FIG working week and once at a venue in the UK. Additional
meetings may be convened if required.
8.7 The proposed dates and venues are
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XXI Congress 1998
8.8 The Bureau will progress arrangements for the XXI congress
(FIG’98) in Brighton, on 19-25 July 1998.