JOINT COMMISSION WORKING GROUP ON
UNDER-REPRESENTED GROUPS IN SURVEYING
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Activities during the FIG Working Week in
NetSurve by Sara Wilkinson, UK
Personalities: Karin Haldrup, Denmark
New Jersey Bars Set-Asides by Wendy
J.W. Straight, USA
Activities during the FIG Working
Week in Athens
The Joint Commission Working Group on Underrepresented Groups in
Surveying organizes a
workshop on Monday
May 24 with three presentation and discussion. In the afternoon will
be a session concerning young
surveyors. I am looking forward to meeting you in Athens.
What is netSurve and who is it for?
NetSurve is a web based global network for women employed in Surveying.
It's a forum for discussion, for sharing experience, for access to
examples of best practice such as mentoring, and for support. It's a link
for those with similar aims, and it's a point of contact for those doing
research in the area.
- It will disseminate examples of best practice around the world.
- It will provide links to other female friendly initiatives.
- There will be regular updates of topical research.
- There will be ongoing debates about current issues that anyone can
- The network will develop in a style according to the wishes of the
members, so suggestions will be welcomed.
- There will be a virtual conference in June 2004.
It is a forum for anyone involved in surveying anywhere in the world at
any stage in their career. You may be working in mapping, valuation,
quantity surveying for example or working in Hong Kong, Sydney, Boston or
Basildon. It's for you.
Why a global network?
The web gives us a unique opportunity to find out what is happening in
our professional sphere in countries other than our own. We can explore
differences and similarities. We can learn form each other's experience of
If you have any suggestions about what you would like to see on the
NetSurve website, please email us (email@example.com)
with your ideas.
Virtual Conference, 5th - 9th July 2004
The Past, the Present and the Future of Women in Surveying,
5th - 9th July 2004
We'd like to start our website with a virtual conference, as a means of
getting as many people in touch with one another as possible. The
conference will have three themes, The Past, The Present and the Future of
Women in Surveying.
We would like to hear about women's experiences in all aspects of
surveying at any stage in their career from all parts of the world. We
hope the conference will highlight our shared experiences and maybe also
some unique ones, and that it will provide a platform for further
discussion and debate.
We aim to hold our conference over the period of one week, from 5th -
9th July 2004. People will be able to visit the conference to download
papers and access discussion pages based on the themes of the conference
and also to ask authors questions about their papers. There will be
discussion opportunities throughout the conference period.
What is the theme?
As it is our first conference, we thought we would have three themes,
The Past, The Present and the Future of Women in Surveying. There will be
a videoed keynote presentation from a senior female surveyor which
participants can play when accessing the conference.
The conference aims to present the experiences, views, perceptions and
opinions of women in surveying.
The content of the papers can cover any area of experience such as;
Women in surveying, what women think about working in the conservation of
historic buildings, women's career paths, women's experiences of surveying
education, worklife balance, networking, whether mentoring works, and so
on. We would like to receive papers covering as broad a range of surveying
experiences over as wide a range of geographical locations as possible.
Who is it for and how to get involved?
We would like to hear about women's experiences in all aspects of
surveying at any stage in their career from all parts of the world. So the
conference will appeal to everyone, from female students to experienced
practitioners. We hope this conference will highlight our shared
experiences and maybe also some unique ones, and that it will provide a
platform for further discussion and debate.
You can register for the conference now, and see information about how
to participate. Access details for the conference will be sent out in
We intend on following up on this conference with further virtual
conferences but would like participants to suggest themes for future
conferences and also when the best time for holding a conference would be.
How to submit papers?
The call for papers has now been made - please inform anyone who may be
interested. The papers will be refereed by a panel of surveyors from
around the world.
How to participate?
If you would like to participate in the conference please complete the
registration information on the website. You will be given a password to
use when the conference goes live to access the papers and the comments
There will be an opportunity for participants to ask questions to
authors during the conference. These questions will appear in comment
boxes and you will have the option to make your name known or to remain
anonymous. You will also be able to make your location known as well. We
would like to ascertain where people are from to find out if the network
is a global one. The authors will address the comment boxes within a 24
hours period of their 'programmed' delivery (see conference programme
details to be published prior to conference). The comments will be sent
direct to your email address as well as appearing in the comment box.
Feedback is essential, and as far as we know this will be the first
time a global conference has been held focussed on the experiences of
female surveyors. We will be asking participants to complete a
questionnaire based on the conference and also on the website itself. It
is our intention to continuously improve the site but we need your
feedback to do so. So let us know if there are things you would like
included or omitted from the site and the conferences.
|5th May 2004
12th May 2004
30th May 2004
13th June 2004
20th June 2004
5th-9th July 2004
|200 word abstracts submitted
Confirmation of receipt
and referees comments returned
Full papers submitted
Referees comments on papers returned
Final papers submitted by email
A copy of the conference proceedings will be available electronically
on the website after the conference.
NetSurve is an exciting development and offers a great opportunity to
share experiences, views and ideas. Please visit the website and let us
know what you think.
||Danish chartered surveyor Karin Haldrup has
had the opportunity to pursue an untraditional career path stimulated
by many interesting assignments abroad.
She was trained as a chartered surveyor at the time of transition
from the traditional survey education at the Royal Agricultural
University of Copenhagen to the current modern system at Aalborg
University, where she graduated in 1978.
After a period of work with mapping and cartography, she later
developed a keen interest for the core professional areas of chartered
surveyors: land reform, land registration, and land administration.
She has been active in the Danish Association of Chartered Surveyors
and has been taken active part in many FIG meetings and other
Mapping and GIS
Her first assignment abroad was in Western Samoa, in the South Pacific,
where she worked for 3 years as a UNDP associate expert in cartography
preparing census maps and statistical mapping. After the Samoa job, she
took a M.Sc. in Cartography at ITC in the Netherlands in a stimulating
professional and international atmosphere. In 1985 she began working for
the Danish company Kampsax, where she was engaged in modern mapping and in
a wide range of consultancy projects.
During the dynamic period of digital reform in Denmark in the 80's, she
was engaged in map production, GIS, and product development in different
settings in the private sector. She participated in various aspects of
R&D, standardisation, and coordination efforts in Denmark. She was also
active in the Danish Cartographic Society, e.g., as a contributor and an
editor of its journal.
Land Tenure Reforms in Eastern Europe
In the beginning of the nineties, Karin Haldrup took an interest in the
huge privatisation reforms in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union,
inspired by the work of fellow Dane Carl Andreas Koefoed, the
driving force of the Stolypin Agrarian Reforms in Russia prior to 1914.
The reforms made work with cadastre and land registration more interesting
Thus, in 1991 Karin Haldrup took an initiative to launch in the Danish
professional community of surveyors international activities in land
reforms and land administration, resulting in projects implemented by the
private sector. She was instrumental in preparing and managing a number of
large projects in the Baltic States, covering both assistance to land
reforms, and more technical activities such as e.g., GIS-development and
Working with Land Administration Projects
From 1992 to 1998 she worked on several projects in support of land
administration in the Baltic States and Eastern Europe (Romania, etc.).
Since then Karin Haldrup has expanded her interest to the land reforms in
Latin America. Thus, in 1999 she started up a new branch of Kampsax in
Bolivia based on a contract for the execution of the INRA-land reform
covering two million hectares. Later she and her team prepared the winning
proposal and negotiated a large contract for a WB financed project in El
Salvador on land registration.
Other engagements have included project identification and appraisal
missions for international donors in the area of land administration in
Mauritius (WB), Cambodia (EU), Malawi (DK), Romania (EU), and Ghana (NDF),
Since 2002 Karin Haldrup has been working as an independent consultant
in the field of land administration. In addition she has been working
extensively on the problem of how to overcome the current shortage of data
on land tenure in general, and how to interconnect data on people and on
People and Land Data
Her current work has been inspired by Ester Boserup, previously
featured in this newsletter, author of "The conditions of Agricultural
Growth, - The Economics of Agrarian Change under Population Pressure"
published in 1965. Ester Boserup pioneered observations on gender and
development. Sadly, Boserup’s early observations on women’s dispossession
of land during transition to a specialised economy are as relevant now as
To ensure a better understanding and managing of the interplay between
population pressure and land tenure, data has to be improved. Land tenure
data is lacking in most developing countries. In many countries the only
newer data set available at national level is the Census data. For this
reason Karin Haldrup is promoting building of a partnership between
statisticians and land administrators. She sees a unique opportunity for
preparing the next census of Population and Housing to better incorporate
questions related to land tenure, and to improve the data through better
census mapping. Anyone interested in these topics is invited to contact
Karin Haldrup and visit here website at:
Karin stated: "I would like to express my gratitude to all those
individuals, whom I have been so privileged to meet and work with. I am
indebted to them for the experience and the time they have generously
shared with me."
by Wendy J.W. Straight, USA
(Reprinted with permission from Progress & Perspectives Winter 2004)
In a press release to state newsletters, John Emilius
lauded the United States District Court of New Jersey for its July 2003
consent decree barring the state from enforcing its set-aside act for
female and minority businesses. Citing violation of equal protection, the
court’s decision was a victory for Emilius and his firm GEOD Corporation.
Emilius first brought his case before the national
surveying community in a story for the surveyors’ trade journal P.O.B. in
May, 1996. His story was featured in the September-October, 1996 issue of
this newsletter. In the P.O.B. article, Emilius said, “Only when mandated
preferential treatment based on race and gender is eliminated will the
playing field be levelled.”
A counterpoint reply to P.O.B. from this newsletter,
scheduled to run in September of 1996, was cancelled when the trade
journal’s female editor was suddenly replaced by a male.
In another twist of fate, the New Jersey court’s 2003
decision came last summer just as a regional surveyors’ association
sponsored the return of “pin-up golf girls” to sex up its annual social
event. Though women in the surveying industry considered it a blatant
snub, the Southern Nevada chapter of the Nevada Association of Land
Surveyors said, “This year’s tournament will once again feature the lovely
girls from Pin-Up Golf, Inc. The girls will be at the tournament to help
with registration, with the awards banquet, and to sell $25 Mulligan
The affiliation with “golf girls” was yet another slap in
the face for female surveyors, who for many years have been subjected to
sexism on the job, at trade shows, and in trade journal advertising.
This advertisement, which appeared last summer,
demonstrates that female surveyors and mappers still face discrimination
in their professional associations.
Emilius, on the other hand, has complained for the past eight years
that affirmative action such as set-aside programs should not be extended
to women, claiming that most do not suffer from discrimination in the
surveying and mapping profession.
In his press release, Emilius outlined his own research of the New York
and New Jersey departments of transportation (DOT) between 1995 and 2000.
He found that of all DOT sub-consultants for engineering design contracts
during that period, 80 percent were disadvantaged, minority, or
women-owned firms. Of DOT land surveying and aerial surveying
sub-consultants during that period, 95 percent were disadvantaged,
minority, or women-owned firms.
From those numbers, Emilius concluded, “There is little opportunity for
small businesses owned by white males to provide services as
sub-consultants….The result is that programs supposedly aimed at ensuring
equal opportunity for all actually result in very serious discrimination
against, and lack of opportunity for, the small business surveying and
mapping firms owned by white males.” He continued, “What began as a
measure of justice and grace has become itself a source of injustice and
envy.” Then he added, “Our nation’s surveying and mapping firms are
presently suffering very severe discrimination.”
Represented by the Atlantic Legal Foundation, Emilius filed suit
against the state of New Jersey and several of its officials, alleging
discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity and gender. He used the
N.Y. and N.J. DOT figures to demonstrate that his own firm had suffered a
loss of sub-consultant work as a result of set-asides.
Apparently unaware of the open and continued discrimination against
women in the United States surveying and mapping profession, the office of
New Jersey’s Attorney General conceded, “…this set-aside program could not
survive constitutional scrutiny.”
This award winning cartoon was originally scheduled to run as a
counterpoint to the Emilius story in the trade journal P.O.B. eight years
Wendy J. W. Straight
Editor: Chair of the Joint Commission Working Group
on Under-represented Groups in Surveying
Ms. Gabriele Dasse,
Kleinfeld 22 a, D-21149
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