History of Surveying and Measurement

International Institution for the History of Surveying and Measurement

A Permanent Institution within the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG)

The International Institution for the History of Surveying and Measurement is a permanent Institution within the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG). On this subpage you will be able to navigate to different introduction sites and also the History of: Cadastral Systems, Cadastral Maps, Instruments, Personalities in History, Standards and units of measure and Measurement.  

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Background

International Institution for the History of Surveying and Measurement is a Permanent Institution within the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG). For some years it operated within one the nine commissions of FIG but as from the Congress held in Brighton in 1998 it was deemed an International Institution. Using contacts among the 80 or so countries that are part of FIG it aims to bring together interested people who are keen to preserve the heritage of the profession.

Its aims are to:


  • Study the history of surveying and measurement, and the techniques and instrumentation involved.
  • Preserve documentation related to the history of surveying and measurement and catalogue  their locations.
  • Publish papers, books and articles on subjects related to the history of surveying and measurement.
  • Promote the subjects by holding regular symposia around the world.
  • Cooperate with other learned societies who share a common interest in the history of surveying and measurement, including mathematics, geodesy and astronomy.

7 volumes covering Three Milleniums of Measurement of Earth


Volumes I-V: Notes on the History of Determining the Size and Shape of the Earth Using Meridian Arcs

Volume VI: Meridian Arcs in East & Southern Africa with Emphasis on the Arc of the 30th Meridian Volume

Volume VII: Connection Between the Struve Geodetic Arc and the Arc of the 30th Meridian

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