Commission 1: Professional Practice
Chair:  Ms. Shiu Winnie, Chief Land Surveyor, HKSAR Government, HONG KONG SAR, CHINA

  • 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, in particular on gender issue
Commission 2: Professional Education
Chair: Assoc. Prof. David Mitchell, RMIT University, AUSTRALIA

  • Professional surveying education (vocational, higher and academic education) curriculum development.
  • Professional surveying education (vocational, higher and academic education) learning and teaching methods and technologies
  • The role of professional education and its relation to the public sector, private sector and professional organizations.
  • The domain of professional surveying education (continuing professional development).
  • Knowledge transfer in education and training, , and via existing academic networks.
Commission 3: Spatial Information Management
Chair: Prof. Dr. -Ing. Hartmut Müller, Mainz University of Applied Sciences, GERMANY

  • The use of Spatial Information Management SIM (geospatial data, tools, procedures, regulations, standards);
  • The support of good governance (sustainable development, poverty reduction, social and economic growth, social security);
  • Spatial data infrastructure SDI;
  • The use of crowdsourced Volunteered Geographic Information VGI to geoscientific disciplines that make use of mapping, GIS, and SDI systems and procedures;
  • The research of the methods for the sustainable development especially of urban areas and emerging countries with high index of development;
  • The study and monitoring of spaces, as control of the fragility and vulnerability of the territory.
Commission 4: Hydrography
Chair:  Prof. Dr. Mohd Razali Mahmud, University of Technology Malaysia, MALAYSIA
  • Promotion of hydrographic education, training, Continual Professional Development (CPD) and career pathways within the profession;
  • Protection of the marine environment;
  • Coastal Zone Management (CZM) including Ports & Harbours;
  • Offshore Construction Surveying;
  • Nautical charting for safe navigation/bathymetric mapping – analogue and digital including Electronic Navigational Charts;
  • Data processing and management of hydrographic data;
  • Review and update of standards and guidelines.
Commission 5: Positioning and Measurement
Chair: Mr. Daniel R. Roman, Chief Geodesist, U.S. National Geodetic Survey, UNITED STATES

  • 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 consistent with internationally adopted standards and models.
Commission 6: Engineering Surveys
Chair: Eng. Maria Joao Henriques, Senior Research Officer, Applied Geodesy Unit of the National Laboratory for Civil Engineering (LNEC), PORTUGAL

  • Design of accurate, robust and reliable surveying systems to be applied to at construction sites or for monitoring proposes.
  • Validation of surveying equipment
  • Quality control of measured data
  • Acquisition of static and/or dynamic data for better understanding the behaviour of structures
  • Creation and maintenance of integrated geospatial information systems for engineering applications
  • Improvement of advanced statistical and non-statistical methods to derive reliable information on displacements of structures and natural objects
  • Improvement of advanced statistical methods to derive reliable information on displacements of structures and natural objects
  • Increase the use of aerial and terrestrial photogrammetric techniques in construction sites, visual inspections and displacements monitoring
  • Integration of multi-sensor systems and data Implementation of automated surveying systems
  • Contribution with spatial data for BIM, 3D and 4D visualizations, collaborative virtual environments and augmented reality
Commission 7: Cadastre and Land Management
Chair: Mr. Daniel Paez, Land Specialist, Land Equity International, AUSTRALIA

  • land tenure in a diversity of cultures and societies
  • cadastre and land registration
  • reforming the cadastre legal framework, governance arrangements and digital systems
  • security of land tenure, data and information as well as policies for access to information by citizens
  • Fit-For-Purpose and pro-poor land administration /low-cost models
  • Models and strategies to involve the private sector in the provision of services within a land management system, such as PPPs
  • new technologies for remote and in-situ data acquisition on land rights / social media and third-party data capture / crowdsourcing / role of landowners
  • land use and land policy
  • valuation and taxation of land / land markets
  • 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: Ms. Marije Louwsma, Senior Project Leader, Cadastre, Land Registry and Mapping Agency, NETHERLANDS

  • Spatial planning policy, implementation, monitoring and evaluation
  • Land policy instrumentation for the implementation of spatial plans
  • GIS tooling in spatial planning
  • Rural-urban relations and dependencies
  • Participatory and inclusive planning processes
  • Urbanization patterns and development strategies
  • Valuation in spatial planning and land use change
  • Sustainable development
Commission 9: Valuation and the Management of Real Estate

Chair: Mr. Ben Elder, Director of Valuation, RICS, UNITED KINGDOM

  • Investment in real estate, investment planning and real estate investment vehicles;
  •  Real estate finance, development finance, land use feasibility and viability planning;
  • Real estate economics, land markets and market analysis (both formal and informal);
  • Land valuation, land compensation and compulsory purchase/eminent domain;
  • Sustainable land and property taxation models and enabling technologies;
  • Enabling the adoption of international standards such as IVSC and ILMS;
  • Management of all kinds of real estate at all levels;
  • Asset management for corporate private and public sectors;
  • Natural capital and ecosystem valuation methodologies and practice;
  • Professional practice and qualification routes – the embedding of valuation as a core global surveying skillset.
Commission 10: Construction Economics and Management
Chair: Mr. Alan G. Muse, RICS, UNITED KINGDOM


  • To provide independent, objective, accurate, and reliable capital and operating cost assessments usable for investment funding and project control across buildings and infrastructure; and
  • To analyse investment and development for the guidance of owners, financiers and contractors across buildings and infrastructure.