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FIG (Fédération Internationale des Géomètres/International Federation of Surveyors) was founded on July 18, 1878 at Paris by delegates of seven national professional organizations (Belgium, Germany, France, Great Britain, Italy, Switzerland and Spain). Between the founding year and the turn of the century activities were limited, and between the two world wars (1914-1918 and 1939-1945) all efforts of FIG came to a standstill.

 

The first FIG Congress was held July 18-20, 1878 in Paris, France. The most recent, the XXIII FIG Congress, was held in 2018 in Istanbul, Turkey.

 

In 1954, an invitation was received by the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM) from FIG, the French Embassy, and the National Research Council to send a representative to the VIII FIG Congress in Paris, France that August. Marshall S. Wright, ACSM Past President, was appointed ACSM representative.

 

In 1959 ACSM sent Past President Lester Higbee and Vice President George Bestor as representatives and observers to the IX FIG Congress held in Delft, The Netherlands During the 1959 ACSM business meeting held on March 10, 1959, a motion was made and passed recommending membership in FIG. The awareness of the need to participate internationally in the field of surveying and mapping, and President George Bestor’s report from his attendance at the IX FIG.

 

Permanent Committee (PC) meetings (now called Working Weeks) were held in the intervening years between the FIG Congresses.  ACSM has participated as a Member in all PC meetings, Working Weeks and Congresses since 1959.

 

ACSM has hosted two FIG Congresses.  In 1974 ACSM and the American Society for Photogrammetry (ASP) hosted the XIV FIG Congress in Washington, DC.  Washington was again the site when ACSM and ASPRS (American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing) hosted the XXII FIG Congress in 2002 in conjunction with their annual conference.

 

NSPS and AAGS (American Association for Geodetic Surveying) contribute delegates to the NSPS Delegation to FIG.

 

2015-2018 NSPS Delegation to FIG

 

FIG Commission 1- Professional Standards and Practice

Delegate: Curt Sumner

 

FIG Commission 2- Professional Education

Delegate: Steve Frank 

 

FIG Commission 3- Spatial Information Management

Delegate: Robert Foster

 

FIG Commission 4- Hydrography

Delegate: Vacant

 

FIG Commission 5- Positioning and Measurement

Delegate: Dan Roman

 

FIG Commission 6- Engineering Surveys

Delegate: John Hamilton

 

FIG Commission 7- Cadastre and Land Management

Delegate: John Hohol 

 

FIG Commission 8- Spatial Planning and Development

Delegate: Vacant 

 

FIG Commission 9- Valuation and the Management of Real Estate

Delegate: Steven Nystrom  (also Chair of Commission 9)

 

FIG Commission 10- Construction and Economics Management

Delegate: N/A 

 

Head of Delegation: John Hohol 

 

 

FIG PC Meetings, Working Weeks and Congresses:

PC Meetings (*) were held annually between Congress years, replaced by the term Working Week (#) in 1999.

 

2022 XXVII Congress CAPE TOWN SOUTH AFRICA 

#2021 Accra Ghana 

#2020 Amsterdam The Netherlands   

#2019 Hanoi Vietnam 

2018 XXVI Congress ISTANBUL TURKEY 

#2017 Helsinki Finland 

#2016 Christchurch New Zealand 

#2015 Sofia Bulgaria 

2014 XXV Congress KUALA LUMPUR MALAYSIA 

#2013 Abuja Nigeria 

#2012 Rome Italy  

#2011 Marrakech Morocco  

2010 XXIV Congress SYDNEY AUSTRALIA 

#2009 Eliat Israel 

#2008 Stockholm Sweden  

#2007 Hong Kong China 

2006 XXIII Congress MUNICH GERMANY 

#2005 Cairo Egypt 

#2004 Athens Greece 

#2003 Paris France 

2002 XXII Congress WASHINGTON DC USA  

#2001 Seoul Korea 

#2000 Prague Czech Republic 

#1999 Sun City South Africa 

1998  XXI Congress BRIGHTON UK 

*1997 Singapore Singapore 

*1996 Buenos Aires Argentina 

*1995 Berlin Germany  

1994 XX Congress MELBOURNE AUSTRALIA 

*1993 New Orleans USA  

*1992 Madrid Spain 

*1991 Beijing China 

1990 XIX Congress HELSINKI FINLAND 

*1989 Budapest Hungary 

*1988 Wellington New Zealand 

*1987 Oslo Norway 

1986 XVIII Congress TORONTO CANADA 

*1985 Katowice Poland 

*1984 Tokyo Japan 

1983 XVII Congress SOFIA BULGARIA 

*1982 Haag The Netherlands 

*1981 XVI Congress MONTREUX SWITZERLAND 

*1980 Edinburgh Scotland 

*1979 Brno Czech Republic 

*1978 Paris France 

1977 XV Congress STOCKHOLM SWEDEN 

*1976 Lagos Nigeria 

*1975 Helsinki Finland 

1974 XIV Congress WASHINGTON DC USA 

*1973 Canberra Australia 

*1972 Tel Aviv Israel 

1971 XIII Congress WIESBADEN GERMANY  

*1970 Budapest Hungary 

*1969 Copenhagen Denmark 

1968 XII Congress LONDON UK 

*1967 Ottawa Canada 

*1966 Belgrade Yugoslavia 

1965 XI Congress ROME ITALY 

*1964 Sofia Bulgaria 

*1963 Washington DC USA 

1962 X Congress VIENNA AUSTRIA 

*1961 Bern Switzerland 

*1960 Brussels Belgium 

*1959 Krakow Poland 

1958 IX Congress SCHEVENINGEN and DELFT THE NETHERLANDS 

*1957 Wiesbaden Germany 

*1956 London UK 

*1955 Florence Italy 

*1954 Vienna Austria 

1953 VIII Congress PARIS FRANCE 

*1952 Lyon France 

*1951 Luxemburg Luxemburg 

*1950 Paris France 

1949 VII Congress LAUSANNE SWITZERLAND 

*1948 Stockholm Sweden 

*1947 Paris France 

*1946 Dijon France 

1938 VI Congress ROME ITALY 

*1937 Paris France 

*1936 Belgrade Yugoslavia  

*1935 Brussels Belgium 

1934 V Congress LONDON UK 

*1933 Rome Italy 

*1932 Warsaw Poland 

*1931 Geneva Switzerland 

1930 IV Congress ZURICH SWITZERLAND 

*1929 Zurich Switzerland 

*1928 Brussels Belgium 

*1927 Paris France 

1926 III Congress PARIS FRANCE 

1910 II Congress BRUSSELS BELGIUM 

1878 I Congress PARIS FRANCE

 

FIG REGIONAL CONFERENCES:

2012 Montevideo Uruguay

2009 Hanoi Vietnam

2007 San José Costa Rica

2006 Accra Ghana

2004 Jakarta Indonesia

2003 Marrakech Morocco

2001 Nairobi Kenya

NSPS strives to establish and further common interests, objectives, and political effort that would help bind the surveying profession into a unified body in the United States.

Governance: The National Society of Professional Surveyors Inc. is governed by a Board of Directors. The NSPS Board of Directors meets twice per year.   NSPS has working agreements with state surveying organizations which are represented on the NSPS Board of Directors, and with the NSPS Foundation, Inc. 


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