- This Work Plan provides direction for the Bureau in the management
of Federation, for the FIG office in the administration of the
Federation and for the technical commissions in the development and
execution of their work plans. As the managing board of Federation, the
Bureau has the authority and responsibility for fulfilling this plan.
- The financial security of FIG is directly related to member
organizations' (and potential new member organizations) members
perceptions of FIG's responsiveness to their individual goals. Thus, the
Bureau has as its primary objective the improving of FIG's
responsiveness to the needs of member organizations' members. The Bureau
recognizes that the commissions are the implementers of FIG policies and
programs. The Bureau plans to achieve its goal by
- Increasing the effectiveness and responsiveness of the
commission work plans through Bureau oversight (ensuring that
commission work plans reflect the FIG approved overall plan,
ensuring coordination between commissions, tracking of work plan
- Developing, through the commissions, products, training and
services which have practical application to member organizations
and their individual members;
- Communicating the commissions' accomplishments to the member
organizations and others;
- Developing of contacts with UN agencies and other international
organizations in the context of the commission work plans;
- The member organizations are FIG; thus, FIG management (officers,
commissions, committees, and offices) will focus on providing member
organizations’ members the tools to influence social, economic,
technological and environmental change in the 21st century. More
specifically FIG will
- Recognize the significant role of surveying in the
betterment of humanity and its environs;
- Recognize its responsibilities to all surveyors including those
not represented by member organizations and will ensure that its
activities will benefit the profession as a whole;
- Implement mechanisms for increasing participation by member
organizations in FIG activities and informing member organizations
of FIG and other international surveying activities;
- Emphasize the strengthening professional institutions, the
promoting professional development, the participating in the
development of international standards, and the working with
- Increase the effectiveness and responsiveness of the commission
work plans through Bureau oversight (ensuring that commission work
plans reflect the FIG approved overall plan, ensuring coordination
between commissions, tracking of work plan schedules, etc.)
- Seek to promote international standards of professional
competence; Encourage the development and proper use of appropriate
technology, and Encourage research in all disciplines of surveying
and to disseminate the results.
THE MANAGEMENT OF FIG
The Bureau will
- Ensure that FIG's strategic plan enables it to respond rapidly to
changing circumstances - for example, through the creation of
commissions with finite life spans;
- 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 Bureau 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
- and to generate a feeling of involvement throughout FIG's
- 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 of the General
- Monitor the work of the commissions for adherence to FIG’s Strategic
The Commissions will ensure that their work plans reflect the strategies
contained in FIG’s Strategic Plan. The FIG office
- will Maintain a current copy of the Strategic Plan on the web-site,
- Notify member organizations, commissions and permanent institutions
of changes to the Strategic Plan.
Member Organization Relationships
The Bureau will
- Help surveyor associations to gain governmental recognition as
government-regulated or self-regulating professional associations;
- Act as the focal point for FIG initiatives in developing countries;
- Facilitate, between member associations, agreements for professional
development, technology and personnel exchange, and general support;
- Encourage member associations to make continuing professional
development a mandatory requirement on all their members;
- Promote high standards of education and training for surveyors and
to facilitate continuing professional development, and Promote the FIG
Education Foundation and the substantial contribution which its support
will make to the realization of FIG's objectives.
The commissions will
- Aggressively seek, develop and support working relationships with
committees and organizational units within the member organizations.
(This activity must be done only with the concurrence of the member
- Develop products, training and services which have practical
application to member organizations and their individual members;
- Prepare technical publications;
- Participate in the development of international standards and
- Provide opportunities for continuing professional development by
organizing seminars and workshops.
The Bureau will
- Extend membership
- Within under-represented regions and
- To other professional associations within countries currently
having a member organization;
- Make contact with those who can form the nuclei of new professional
- Assist in the establishment and the development of professional
associations for surveyors who are not nationally or regionally
- Providing expertise to assist in establishing an association,
- Making contact with government departments for the establishment
and effective functioning of professional associations,
- Encouraging the growth of regional groupings of surveyors
addressing the specific problems of their area, and
- Expand its academic membership by encouraging university departments
around the world to belong to and to contribute to FIG.
The Bureau will
- Develop contacts with international agencies and non-governmental
- Maintain active communication with United Nations’ organizations,
World Trade Organizations, aid agencies and other non-governmental
organizations, and governmental organizations;
- Co-operate with other associations with interests in developing
countries; 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;
- Co-operate with the World Trade Organization in the promotion of
global markets for surveying services, and
- Produce marketing literature setting out clearly why clients should
use the services of surveyors including a major campaign on the internet
to make the world more aware of FIG’s work.
The Bureau will
- prepare an annual budget based upon FIG priorities for approval by
the General Assembly.
- The Bureau will monitor and control FIG finances including those of
the FIG office, the commissions and the permanent institutions.
- The Bureau will and with the cooperation of the FIG office review
the impacts of the subscription structure adopted by the 21st General
Assembly, and if required
- Implement procedures which are within the intent of the adopted
- Recommend changes to the General Assembly for those which are
- 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 associations.
The Bureau will
- Improve communication between the Bureau and member associations
and, through them, to their individual members;
- Establish effective methods of notifying and reminding associations
and members of FIG services and products e.g. academic membership and
the educational data base;
- Oversee the FIG publication series, reviewing and up-dating existing
publications and adding new ones as appropriate;
- Arrange for its members and other FIG representatives to visit
member associations and will encourage visits to the Bureau offices by
individuals or delegations from member associations;
- Develop guidelines for the allocation of FIG office resources in
support of internal and external requests for support, and
- Develop recommendations on the publication of a FIG journal
containing selected papers presented at FIG or FIG sponsored events.
The FIG office will
- Provide information technology assistance to FIG management
organizations and individuals;
- Maximum use of information technology for internal and external
- Ensure that the FIG web-page provides timely information on future
and current FIG activities and access to pertinent historic documents.
- The Bureau will implement General Assembly approved changes to the
FIG organizational structure.
- The Bureau will develop, with the approval of the General Assembly,
a list of authorities, responsibilities and duties resulting from the
establishment of the FIG office.
- 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, and
- Ensure that future work plans (commission and Bureau) take
full account of the support which the Foundation is able to give
to FIG's work.
- The FIG office will be organized in such a fashion as to be
responsive to the requirements and needs of the Federation, member
organizations, governmental and non-governmental bodies and the
- All Bureau members will meet at least twice a year, once during each
FIG working week and alternately in the U.S. and the FIG office.
Additional meetings may be convened if required
- 2000: U.S.
- 2001: FIG office
- 2002: U.S.
- 2003: FIG office
- The U.S. Bureau members will meet in the U.S. on an as needed basis
- 2000: Prague, Czech Republic, 22 - 27 May
- 2001: Seoul, Korea, May
- 2002: Washington, D.C., USA, XXII Congress 21 - 26 April
- 2003: Eilat, Israel
- XXII Congress 2002
The Bureau will progress arrangements for the XXII congress in Washington
DC, in 2002. IV
ADMINISTRATION OF FIG
- The Bureau will perform annual reviews of the Director of the FIG
- The FIG office will collect subscriptions, sponsorship fees and
- The FIG office will provide support to the Bureau in the preparation
of annual budgets, and will prepare cash flow statements and publish
- The FIG office will pay the bills of the organization as approved by
- The FIG office will maintain (keep current) a proper set of books
detailing the financial activity of FIG.
- The FIG office will develop and maintain a list of contacts in all
- The FIG office will prepare and publish the Bulletin quarterly.
- The commission Chairpersons will provide quarterly reports on
their commission activities to the FIG office for inclusion in the
- The FIG President will provide quarterly reports on the Bureau’s
activities to the FIG office for inclusion in the Bulletin.
- The permanent institutions will provide quarterly reports on
their activities to the FIG office for inclusion in the Bulletin.
- The FIG office will encourage member associations, sponsors and
publishers of all other appropriate journals to make complementary
copies available to the FIG office so that the FIG Office can, as
appropriate, prepare abstracts to be included in the Bulletin.
- The FIG office will publish an Annual Review which will serve as
FIG's main medium of external communication and its principal marketing
- The FIG office 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
- The FIG office will promote FIG publications to other outlets - for
example, reference and university libraries - that are able to hold,
advertise, abstract and disseminate their contents.
- The FIG office will develop and implement a system for holding FIG
publications in computer format and for Internet accessibility.
Data Base Services
- The following identified data bases do not have to reside within
FIG. All or portions of the data base can be comprised of web links to
other data bases. The intent is to provide a service to FIG
organizations, member organizations, and member organization members.
- The FIG office will build a database of agencies which fund or
sponsor projects in which surveyors should be involved.
- The FIG office will build a data base identifying surveying
- The FIG office will build and maintain a data base of opportunities
for assisting aid agencies.
- The FIG office will build a database of international, regional, and
national organizations whose activities relate to those of surveyors.
- The FIG office will build and maintain a data base of member
organizations organizational structure and key names.
- Will reside on a FIG website address and
- Will contain two way ‘hot links’ to all key land and property