Increasing Climate Literacy

Climate Change and the Cadastral Surveyor
Climate change is said to have numerous impacts on land or, more generally, the environment. It consequently also affects property rights and boundaries, and climate change induced by boundary changes will increasingly pose a challenge to cadastral surveyors. Referring mainly to land administration practice in Australia, the author identifies five topics – drought, sea-level rise, natural disaster, sustainability and carbon trading – in which the cadastral surveyor is already involved or could play a future prevalent role.   Drought shrinks riverbeds, forces governments to invest in water infrastructure, and requires innovative water governance and management. River boundaries are common in... (read more)
2010-09-09 03:21:22

BIM: A New Model for Surveyors

Important Opportunities and Challenges for Surveyors
Building information modelling (BIM) is one of the most intriguing opportunities for surveyors to come along in years. This model-based approach combines technologies and processes to support the efficient creation and use of information for building construction and operations. Because of its strong ties to spatial information, BIM offers a familiar landscape and rich possibilities for surveyors and other geospatial professionals, according to Ron Bisio, vice president of Trimble Geospatial. The opportunities stem from the growing acceptance of BIM within the surveyor’s traditional client base of engineers, architects and property owners. By gaining an understanding of the key concepts of... (read more)
2017-02-28 12:59:59

Dense Image Matching for Easy 3D Modelling

New Threat and Opportunity for Professional Surveyors
Normally when something is too good to be true, it is not true. But in the case of dense image matching (DIM), professional surveyors should look twice – because their clients, and certainly those in the construction, infrastructure and 3D city mapping markets, certainly will. 'GIM International' asked John Taylor, who is responsible at Bentley Systems for reality modelling in Asia Pacific and in the global defence market, for his insights into DIM. Dense image matching (DIM) did not arrive like a bolt from the blue. It has been around in the photogrammetric world for the past two decades but, through further... (read more)
2017-06-28 08:42:21

European Surveyors Celebrate Mercator's 500th Birthday

The Council of European Surveyors has launched the first 'Day of the European Surveyor and GeoInformation' in Brussels, Belgium. This day will be dedicated to the 500th birthday of Mercator. This initiative marks the start of a new tradition: to organise a 'Day of the European Surveyor and GeoInformation' every year, celebrating a renowned surveyor each time. The CLGE is looking for the support of the European Parliament for this event, following the example of the United States, where a National Surveyor’s Week is organised each year, with the support of the Congress. 5th March 2012 marked exactly 500 years... (read more)
2012-03-05 09:35:56

Surveyors from Tallinn to Toledo

GIM International Interviews Jean-Yves Pirlot
Jean-Yves Pirlot, since 2010 head of the Council of European Geodetic Surveyors (CLGE – the acronym stems from the French: Comité de Liaison des Géomètres Européens), sees one important role for the organisation in being proactively involved in legislation concerning surveyors in the European Union. ‘Otherwise,’ he says, ‘decisions are taken without consulting the group of professionals. Therefore we need to raise our profile in order to be on the radar all the time.’ The CLGE resides in the House of the European Surveyor and Geo-Information, a stately old building in the middle of Brussels and close to the centre... (read more)
2011-04-26 04:40:36

Carlson Software Introduces New Data Collectors

Carlson Software (KY, USA) has introduced their all new Carlson Surveyor+ data collector. Te all new Carlson Surveyor+ and Carlson Surveyor are completely ruggedized, with an IP67 water and dust resistant Ingress rating. Both versions of the handheld computer are encased in magnesium housing. In addition to more RAM and increased operating speed than the Surveyor, the Surveyor+ has the option to add an extra battery to increase operating time. The Carlson Surveyor line offers up to 1 gigabyte of memory with the option to expand. They are light and easy to grip, being thinner front to back than other... (read more)
2008-09-04 09:08:44

Second FIG Young Surveyors Conference, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The FIG Young Surveyors Network (YSN) organised its second conference as a ‘Young Surveyor’ stream within the overarching XXV FIG Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in June 2014. It was held at the Impiana Hotel, just five minutes’ walk from the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre where the Congress took place. More than 200 young surveyors from 46 countries participated – an impressive number, which helped to make this a far-reaching global event. The atmosphere was dynamic, and the participants constantly shared news, statements and reports – not only inside the venue but also through the YSN social media channels, allowing... (read more)
2014-11-03 09:14:30

Chasing BIM: How Surveyors Can Shape the Future

Greater Utilisation of Technologies at Hand
While research shows that many organizations recognise the power of building information modelling (BIM) for streamlining construction and infrastructure projects in a seamless online environment, survey and geospatial professionals can do more to deliver value in the 3D environment. There have been countless presentations and papers on the definition of BIM. This article makes an attempt to provide some practical insights on how surveyors can leverage the BIM revolution to benefit their businesses. The good news: there is a general consensus among geospatial thought leaders that the design and construction industry has reached a tipping point. The more that surveyors... (read more)
2018-10-04 09:20:39

Global Partnership for Development

Representatives from Costa Rica, Panamá, México, Colombia, Venezuela and the USA met in Costa Rica in September 2008 to discuss establishing a surveyors association for Latin America, linking professionals in fields of common interest: professional, educational     Tightening Links Chairman Castro Alfaro, president of the Costa Rican Colegio, emphasised the need for tightening links of friendship and collaboration among national associations and expressed his full support for the FIG proposal to create such an association for Latin America.    Professor Cavero, FIG ambassador for the region, predicted the initiative would find support with the United Nations and the World... (read more)
2009-01-12 03:42:18


Geomatics is undergoing dramatic changes at a previously unseen pace. Nowadays, geodata is acquired, processed, analysed and stored so radically differently than before that it must be difficult for a newly trained surveyor to relate to one who qualified a couple of decades ago. And vice versa, surveyors who have been working in the field for some time can struggle to keep up with the rate of change. Just some of the factors that have altered the face of the surveying profession include GPS, photogrammetry, Lidar, UAVs, crowdsourcing, GIS and integrated total stations. Such developments have opened up the previously... (read more)
2012-08-24 04:17:16
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