The Definition of Surveying
(Based on the International Federation of Surveyors - FIG)
by Bob Morris at firstname.lastname@example.org
A surveyor is a professional person with the academic qualifications and
to practice the science of measurement; to assemble and assess land and geographic
related information; to use that information for the purpose of planning and implementing
the efficient administration of the land, the sea and structures thereon; and to instigate the
advancement and development of such practices.
Practice of the surveyor's profession may involve one or more of the following
which may occur either on, above or below the surface of the land or the sea and may be
carried out in association with other professionals:
The determination of the size and shape of the earth and the measurement
of all data
needed to define the size, position, shape and contour of any part of the earth's surface.
The positioning of objects in space and the positioning and monitoring
of physical features,
structures and engineering works, on, above or below the surface of the earth.
The determination of the position of the boundaries of public or private
national and international boundaries, and the registration of those lands with the
The design, establishment and administration of land and geographic information
and the collection, storage, analysis, and management of data within those systems.
The study of the natural and social environment, the measurement of land
resources and the use of the data in the planning of development in urban, rural and
The planning, development and redevelopment of property, whether urban
or rural and
whether land or buildings.
The production of plans, maps, files, charts and reports. In the application
of the foregoing
activities, surveyors take into account the relevant legal, economic, environmental and
social aspects affecting each project.