Results of Working Group 1 of Commission 1 -
Organisational Structures in the Surveying World
by Klaus Rürup
Key words: Organisational structure.
The surveying business is as fragmented as its
image in the world. From streamline centralism to chaotic confusion
all types of organisational structures occur.
It is regrettable that only less than 25 % of FIG
members felt obliged to answer the questionnaire of Commission 1. With
the help of other sources rough results can be presented.
In accordance with the workplan Commission 1 wanted
to know the public sector organisational structure that covers FIG
activities, including the management philosophy behind the structures.
The method of providing services and the role of the private sector
herein leads to possibilities of outsourcing or contracting out of
government services. To get research data a questionnaire was sent out
to all FIG members. Answers came back from Chile, Columbia, Italy, New
Zealand, Switzerland, Egypt, Norway, Korea, the Netherlands, Japan,
Finland, Spain and the UK. Countries with a long history and
experience in FIG matters and activities are still missing. However
there are some results.
International agencies and governments –
particularly in developing countries and countries in economic
transition will benefit from these results. Though there is no need to
impose any of the presented structures. These structures to be
implemented should be sown and nurtured carefully by recognizing local
history, culture and economic requirements.
In nearly all cases history and local philosophy
runs like a red line through the organisational structures of the
respective country. And once built up it is nearly impossible to
change these structures. Sometimes parts of surveying activities
simply disappear and with them the organisational structure for that
activity as well.
However there will be given no recommendations
which can simply been taken over but different models will be
Klaus Rürup, Vice Chairperson of FIG Commission 1
Droste-Hülshoff Strasse 8