FIG Commission 1 - Professional Standards and Practice


"FIG Commission 1 focuses on establishing a set of ethical principles that fits the surveying profession for reference by professional institutions. It also focuses on promoting greater understanding and improving community perceptions about the surveying profession, which is underlined by the foundation’s vision to improve gender equality and maintaining global peace and justice, in line with Goal No. 5 and 16 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals respectively."

What we do

For the term 2019-2022 FIG Commission 1 will be working on:

For the full work plan, please visit Work Plan 2019-2022
(Original work plan .pdf-format )

Learn more about how Commission 1 is working with the SDG's

Commission 1 at FIG Congress 2022

October 2022

The Congress took place 11-15 September in Warsaw, Poland. Commission 1 held its annual meeting with outset in their prepared Report and Agenda. Commission 1 was also involved in sessions covering Commission 1 areas within the theme of Smart Surveyors for Volunteering for the future Geospatial excellence for a better living. Read more

Commision 1, Chair Elect

August 2021

The General Assembly elected Mr. Timothy W. Burch from the United States of America, NSPS, as the Chair Elect of Commission 1.


Commission 1 at FIG Working Week 2021

August 2021

The Working Week took place online 20-25 June 2021. Commission 1 held its annual meeting with outset in their prepared Report and Agenda. Commission 1 was also involved in sessions covering Commission 1 areas within the theme of Smart Surveyors for Land and Water Management. Read more


FIG Working Week 2023

28 June-1 July 2023 in Orlando, USA

December 2022


August 2020

Commission 1 at FIG Working Week 2021


More News from FIG Commission 1




Work Plans




Working Groups


Key Documents


Meet the officers

Commission Chair

Mr. Timothy Burch, United States
Contact: FIGCommission1 [at]


Working Group Chairs:

International Ethics Standards (WG 1.1)
Mr. Timothy Burch, United States
tim.burch [at]

Women in Surveying (WG 1.2)
Ms. Robyn McCutcheon, Australia
Data Manager, SIBA
robyn.mccutcheon [at]

International Boundary Settlement and Demarcation (WG 1.3)
Dr. Haim Srebro, Israel
Director Mapping & Boundaries, Israel-Jordan Joint Boundary Commission
haim.srebro [at]

Delegates and Correspondents:

Each member association has the right to nominate a delegate to each of the ten technical commissions. In addition Affiliates, Academic Members and Corporate Members  are welcome to nominate a correspondent to each commission.

Interested? If you are interested to become a national delegate from your country, please contact your member association. The contact information of national delegates is updates by the FIG office. Any changes in contact information should be sent to the FIG Office.


The publication is intended to promote the sharing of methodological knowledge and experience regarding delimitation of international boundaries and to promote Peace throughout the world. Read the publication The FIG Young Surveyor Network was established, with the initial purpose to bring more YS into FIG, as Commission 1 ‘Working Group'. In 2009 the working group was upgraded to a Network. Visit the FIG Young Surveyors Network site
The publication addresses surveying methodology and experiences in the delimitation and demarcation of international boundaries. Read the publication There are perhaps three ways in which to make a case that standards are important. Firstly, the breadth of standardisation activities.  Secondly, there are the benefits of standardisation. Thirdly, at a very practical level, all aspects of our lives involve standardisation. Visit the FIG Standards Network site


Term 2019-2022
Term 2015-2018
Term 2011-2014
Term 2007-2010
Term 2003-2006

Working Groups

Term 2019-2022 
WG1.1: International Ethics Standards
WG1.2: Women in Surveying
WG1.3: International Boundary Settlement and Demarcation

All working groups



FIG Young Surveyors Network
FIG Standards Network

Task Force

Under-represented Groups in Surveying


Newsletter - 2022
Newsletter - 2019
Newsletter - 2018

FIG Publications

FIG Pub. 76:International Boundaries on Unstable Ground

FIG Pub. no. 59: International Boundary Making

FIG Pub. no. 35: Enhancing the Representation of Under-Represented Groups in FIG

FIG 29: Business Matters for Professionals

FIG Proceedings

List of FIG Conference Proceedings
FIG Surveyors Reference Library



Reports to General Assembly

Report, May 2020
Report, Hanoi, Vietnam, 2019
Report, Istanbul, Turkey, 2018
Report, Helsinki, Finland, 2017

All reports