Commission 1: Professional Practice
Chair:  Ms. Shiu Winnie,

  • Professional practice, legal aspects and organisational structures;
  • Codes of ethics and applications;
  • Changes to society and ways of working and the corresponding impacts on professional practice;
  • Community perceptions and understanding about the surveying profession;
  • Participation in FIG Standards Network.
Commission 2: Professional Education
Chair: Ms. E.M.C (Liza) Groenendijk (GIN, The Netherlands)

  • The domain of professional surveying education (vocational, higher and academic education, and continuing professional development)
  • The role of professional education and its relation to the public sector, private sector and professional organizations.
Commission 3: Spatial Information Management
Chair: Mr. Enrico Rispoli (CNGeGL, Italy)

  • The use of Spatial Information Management (data, tools, procedures, regulations, standards);
  • The support of Good governance (sustainable development, poverty reduction, social and economic growth, social security);
  • Spatial data infrastructure;
  • Research on the use of crowdsourced VGI data and derived information to geoscientific disciplines that make use of mapping, GIS, and Geo-SDI systems and procedures;
  • The research of the methods for the sustainable development especially of mega cities and emerging countries with high index of development;
  • The study and monitoring, as control of the fragility and vulnerability of the territory.
Commission 4: Hydrography
Chair:  Ms. Angela Etuonovbe (NIS, Nigeria)
  • Hydrographic surveying
  • Offshore surveying in support of energy, environment, submarine telecommunications, ports and harbours
  • Hydrographic education, training and Continual Professional Development (CPD)
  • Marine Environment & Coastal Zone Management (CZM)
  • Data processing and management of hydrographic data Nautical charting and bathymetric maps - analogue and digital, includes ENCs (Electronic Navigational Charts)
Commission 5: Positioning and Measurement
Chair: Ing. Volker Schwieger (DVW, Germany)

  • The science of measurement (instrumentation, methodology and guidelines)
  • The acquisition of accurate and reliable survey data related to the position, size and shape of natural and artificial features of the earth and its environment and including variation with time.
Commission 6: Engineering Surveys
Chair: Mr. Ivo Milev (USLMB, Bulgaria)

  • Acquisition, processing and management of topometric data and all related information throughout the life cycle of a project
  • Quality control and validation for civil engineering constructions and manufacturing of large objects
  •  Deformation monitoring, analysis and interpretation, measurement of dynamic loaded structures
  • Prediction of deformation and movements in engineering projects, mines and areas of geological hazard such as landslides, subsidence etc.
  • Automatic measuring systems, construction and industry and multi-sensor measuring systems.
  • Real-time deformation monitoring, analysis and interpretation, measurement of time series, measuring and analyzing the load caused the stress and strain response of the engineering structures.
  • Data acquisition, pre- and post-processing. Optimization and control of the data management during the life cycle of a project, final data integration, and its accuracy reliability for wide range processes of the structural engineering.
Commission 7: Cadastre and Land Management
Chair: Ms. Gerda Schennach (OVG, Austria)
  • land tenure in diversity of cultures and society
  • cadastre and land registration 
  • legislation / governance / e-governance / reforming cadastre
  • security of land tenure, data and information / access to information for citizens
  • public trust in land administration systems / fraud prevention
  • Fit-For-Purpose and pro-poor land administration / low cost models
  • new technologies for remote and in-situ data acquisition on land rights / social media and third party data capture / crowdsourcing / role of land owners
  • land use and land policy
  • valuation and taxation of land / land markets
  • land consolidation and land readjustment for rural and urban areas
  • multi-dimensional and multi-temporal cadastre
  • impact of climate change and disasters on land rights
  • standards in land administration
  • capacity building in land administration
Commission 8: Spatial Planning and Development
Chair: Mr. Kwame Tenadu (GhIS, Ghana)
  • Regional and local planning structure
  • Land use planning and implementation control 
  • Human settlement issues in spatial development
  • Natural resources utilization and stewardship
  • Strategy for environmentally sustainable development
  •  Public – Private – Partnerships
  • Rural development and land governance
  • Disaster risks management and resilience
  • Inter-relationship between and amongst Commissions
Commission 9: Valuation and the Management of Real Estate

Chair: Mr. Steven Nystrom (NCSP, United States)

To be updated

Commission 10: Construction Economics and Management
Chair: Mr. See Lian Ong (RICS, Malaysia)


  • To provide independent, objective, accurate, and reliable capital and operating cost assessments usable for investment funding and project control; and
  • To analyze investment and development for the guidance of owners, financiers and contractors.
  • CE and QS duties and responsibilities include: estimates of capital or asset costs including development costs;
  • estimates of operating and manufacturing costs through an asset’s life cycle;
  • risk assessment and analysis;
  • trending of scope and cost changes;
  • decision analysis;
  • financial analysis (eg, net present value, rate of return, etc);
  • project cost control;
  • appraisals of existing assets;
  • project analyses, databases, and benchmarking;
  • planning and scheduling;
  • siting studies, etc.;
  • productive and investment needs assessment;
  • facility management needs assessment;
  • project feasibility and budget assessment;
  • cost management;
  • procurement management;
  • contract administration;
  • whole-life appraisals;
  •  quality audits;
  • value management; and ·
  • dispute resolution.

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