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

Future Bright for Surveying

GIM International interviews Chris Gibson, Trimble Survey Division
The clouds of economic recession are parting to reveal a bright future for the surveying profession. Both in the United States and in economically booming regions of the world, adding value to products is broadening the role of the surveyor. GIM International talked to Chris Gibson, vice-president of Trimble's Survey Division, about strategy and the future. He told us, ‘The future role of the surveyor will be adding value to make the customer more successful.' The future for surveying, together with the role of the surveyor, is not shrinking. On the contrary, Chris Gibson is convinced we need to think... (read more)
2010-05-07 03:16:16


The overall opinion is that the gathering of geo-data is becoming easier through automation. It’s almost a ‘push the button’ and there’s your dataset. Of course this is something of an oversimplification, but since the advent of gps, rtk and automated total-stations, surveying is no longer difficult. On building sites it’s often not even anymore the surveyor who’s in charge of the total-station, but an engineer or building professional acting as data gatherer. Pessimists might view this with horror: the profession of surveyor on the verge of dying out. But believe me, it’s not. The reverse is true. The profession... (read more)
2011-04-26 04:27:06

Cameroon: A Step Forward

Organised by the National Order of Cameroon’s surveyors (OGEC), 'La Semaine du Géomètre' (The Surveyors' Week) held in Yaoundé, Cameroon, was an international event for surveyors and land-related professions. During the week, specialists in cadastre, land and geographic information systems from many different organisations and countries joined Cameroonian surveyors to debate a range of agenda items. By Bernard  Puepi The Government emerged from the Ministry in charge of Lands and Cadastre, and the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development. Senior staff members of the Department of Land and Cadastre regularly attended all sessions. The number and quality of those invited from abroad... (read more)
2012-05-11 12:00:00

The Big Swing

The role of the surveyor is changing. Seen in a global perspective, there is a big swing that could be labelled ‘From Measurement to Management’. This of course does not imply that measurement is no longer a discipline relevant to surveying. The change is mainly in response to technological development. Collection of data is now easier, while data assessment, interpretation and management still require highly skilled professionals. The role is undergoing change towards managing measurement. But the change from measurement to management also means that surveyors, as experts in managing land and properties, will increasingly contribute to building sustainable societies.... (read more)
2011-03-31 03:24:10

The Stresses and Strains of Legal Liason

Boundary Dispute Resolution in England and Wales
Approximately 21,000,000 properties exist in England and Wales, ranging from small houses with tiny gardens to large rural estates. Boundary disputes are relatively rare and involve an average of 100mm - about the width of a fence post - yet cost each party around £25,000 to settle in court. The author describes the stressful role of the surveyor, co-operation with lawyers and a possible cadastral system of boundary records. The root of the problem in a boundary dispute often lies with the personalities of the parties involved. Many people live side by side, with indistinct and ill-defined boundaries, yet without... (read more)
2005-05-03 12:00:00

First FIG Young Surveyors Conference

  FIG will organise its first FIG Young Surveyors Conference in conjunction with the FIG Working Week in Rome, Italy, in May of this year. The Young Surveyors Conference will be held on 4th and 5th May 2012 at the Cassa Geometri in central Rome. The aim of the Young Surveyors Conference is to create a platform for young surveying professionals to network and discuss issues of common interest. The conference is aimed at young surveying professionals aged 35 or below, including undergraduate and postgraduate students. The FIG member associations are encouraged to offer their representatives financial support to attend... (read more)
2012-02-27 04:51:24

FIG Working Week 2012 Opens in Rome

This year’s FIG Working Week in the Rome Cavalieri Hotel in the Italian capital has started with the Young Surveyors Conference, supported by Esri and Trimble. At this first special meeting for young surveyors from all over the world, 130 professionals from more than 40 countries gathered in an energetic, dynamic session in which they talked about the future of the surveying profession, the role of social media and IT, and the entrepreneurial spirit needed. Image: Kate Fairlie (Australia), Chair of the Young Surveyors, during her welcome address. FIG President CheeHai Teo addressed the young surveyors focussing again on the... (read more)
2012-05-08 10:54:07

Optical Total Station Portfolio

Trimble introduces a wide range of new additions to its innovative portfolio of optical survey systems, giving surveyors a comprehensive selection of solutions for surveying and engineering applications. The Trimble S3 Total Station product line now includes new Autolock and Servo-only models with an on-board control panel for streamlined performance in the field.The Trimble S6 Total Station provides surveyors with scalability and flexibility. It includes the long-range EDM performance of Trimble DR Plus technology, making it capable of direct reflex measurements at more than double the range of previous models. Longer range means fewer instrument set-ups and easier access to... (read more)
2010-02-19 12:00:00

The Surveyors of Our World

A Journey through History
In today’s data-driven society, in which location-based services have become an omnipresent part of everyday life, there is no doubt that surveying is all around us. But did you also know that surveyors have been indispensable to the development of the world since civilization began? In this brief journey through history, John F. Brock provides a surprising and entertaining look at the importance of surveying through the ages, from ancient times up to the modern day.     It is not difficult to conjure up an image of how people in ancient civilizations may have divided up their lands. They certainly... (read more)
2019-09-13 09:42:32
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