XXV FIG CONGRESS 2014 Kuala Lumpur. "ENGAGING THE CHALLENGES, ENHANCING THE RELEVANCE“ Tom Champion MISVic. "ENGAGING THE CHALLENGES, ENHANCING THE RELEVANCE" Challenges. Humanity – undernourishment, shelter, climate change, economic progress, sustainable land administration.
Humanity – undernourishment, shelter, climate change, economic progress, sustainable land administration.
Surveying Profession – growing public demand of highly accurate and instant data, accessibility of precise measurement, increasing and advancing technology, increasing globalisation.
NajibRazak, Prime Minister of Malaysia
"Like other raw data, spatial information must be translated into a format that policy makers can understand and use."
Gregory Scott, United Nations
"Policy makers and high level politicians do not understand geospatial data. We must change our language to make these decision makers understand. Talk their language."
Keith Bell, World Bank
"The professions needs to move beyond pure measurement. Let\'s be professional surveyors, not just users of apps."
Chris Rizos, President International Association of Geodesy
"We are no longer an elite group of precise technology users. Precise positioning will move from a niche market to a mass market."
By understanding the value the profession brings to projects, clients and the community, the profession can maintain its relevance.
The true value is not is the data we capture but in the analysis of that data, the conclusions we draw from it, the advice we pass on to decisions makers and ultimately the decisions it influences.
Those outside the profession do not understand geospatial data. We must change our language and messages to make decision makers understand. Talk their language.
3. Understanding technology
Precise positioning will move from a niche market to a mass market. We therefore need to position ourselves above technology.
Our outcomes can not be driven by technology, but instead we can use technology to support and enhance our analysis, conclusions and advice to decision makers.
Todays young surveyors will be the leaders of the profession in 20 years time. We need to invest not only in their competency, but in developing their professionalism and business skills.
We need to foster a culture within them of seeking professional development and engaging and broadening their view of the profession to ensure they are adequately prepared to lead the profession through the challenges of the next 20 years.