FIG (International Federation of Surveyors)

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Survey Scale (Pvt.) Ltd is a corporate member of FIG (International Federation of Surveyors).FIG is the premier international organization representing the interests of surveyors worldwide. It is a federation of the national member associations and covers the whole range of professional fields within the global surveying community. It provides an international forum for discussion and development aiming to promote professional practice and standards.

Being a corporate member, it gives SSL priority to provide commercial services related to the profession of surveyors.

The concept of corporate membership arose out of meetings held between FIG and the exhibitors during the 1990 International Congress of Surveyors. The services that many commercial companies have provided over many years to FIG through their presence at meetings, and the benefits that they receive from their participation in FIG events, had by then led to the development of close relationships between them and FIG. Corporate or sponsor membership can be seen as a way of according formal recognition to these relationships.

FIG was founded on July 18 1878 in Paris by delegates from seven national associations – Belgium, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Spain and Switzerland – and was known as the FédérationInternationale des Géomètres. This has become anglicized to the International Federation of Surveyors. It is a UN-recognized non-government organization (NGO), representing more than 120 countries throughout the world, and its aim is to ensure that the disciplines of surveying and all who practise them meet the needs of the markets and communities that they serve.

The FIG vision

A modern and sustainable surveying profession in support of society, environment and economy by providing innovative, reliable and best practice solutions to our rapidly changing and complex world, acting with integrity and confidence about the usefulness of surveying, and translating these words into action.

The role of FIG

FIG’s activities are governed by a work plan, which is approved by the General Assembly and reviewed by Council as its tenure progresses. The current work plan with the motto “Ensuring the Rapid Response to Change Ensuring the Surveyor of Tomorrow” guides Council, Commissions, Networks and Task Force in their activities.

FIG supports the role of a prosperous and sustainable profession of surveyors to provide solution functionality, reliably, affordably for a complex and rapidly changing world that cannot wait, and to translate a sustainable development agenda into action. FIG supports international collaboration among its members for the progress of surveying in all its fields and applications. FIG has a close cooperation with United Nations relevant bodies, World Bank, and its sister associations and has been globally recognized as the leading international non-governmental organization on geospatial information and the management of “land”, the “sea” and the “built” environment. It is within the surveyors’ task to determine the size and shape of the earth, to map its surface and to manage it in a sustainable way.

Who are the members of FIG?               

FIG draws its membership from practitioners working in communities with both the public and private sectors, from the scientific, research and academic community, as well as from the spatial technologies and services community. FIG functions with the goodwill, resources and contribution of its memberships around the world.

Members of FIG consist of:

  • member associations– national associations representing one or more of the disciplines of surveying
  • affiliates– groups of surveyors or surveying organizations undertaking professional activities but not fulfilling the criteria for member associations
  • corporate members– organizations, institutions or agencies which provide commercial services related to the profession of surveyor
  • academic members– organizations, institutions or agencies, which promote education or research in one or more of the disciplines of surveying. An individual may be appointed as a correspondent in a country where no association or group of surveyors exist that is eligible to join FIG as a member.
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