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A Long Surveying Coming

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Fifty golden years in the Surveyor’s fraternity has brought about great changes to Malaysia’s development in the real estate landscape. Eunice Ng chats with Sr Ahmad Fauzi bin Nordin, Deputy President of the Institution of Surveyors Malaysia (ISM) as well as the Organizing Chairman of the 11th and 13th year in the South East Asian Survey Congress and the International Surveyors’ Congress in conjunction with The Institution of Surveyors Malaysia (ISM)’s 50th anniversary celebration.

Marking the 11th and 13th year in the South East Asian Survey Congress and the International Surveyors’ Congress respectively, what is it that ISM takes pride in?

ISM takes pride in particularly being able to host the 11th South East Asian Survey Congress, and obviously the 13th International Surveyors’ Congress as well, which is recognised as a world class event by some international media in the geospatial industry.

In this regard, we have attracted the participation of esteemed and renowned speakers from various parts of the world, more importantly thePresidents of five international survey related organizations.

What is the theme of the upcoming Conference?

The theme of this Conference is “Innovation towards Sustainability”. Its aim is to provide a platform for the exchange of information and experience among surveyors from all over the world. It seeks to capture the multi disciplinary nature of surveyors, the diversity of their achievements and the applicability of the four surveying disciplines (i.e. land surveying, valuation, quantity surveying and building surveying) that allows the development and application of innovative technologies to achieve sustainability in all related areas.

What would be the major and interesting highlights?

The major highlights for the conference will be the presence of 20 renowned international experts sharing their knowledge with participants on the use of innovative technologies and other initiatives.

There will be more than 100 presentations on various topics from speakers coming from 23 countries. A dedicated workshop and technology update sessions will be organized to provide opportunity for participants to better understand and experience first-hand exposure on the latest technologies in surveying.

In addition, there would also be exhibitors from various continents namely Asia, Europe and America, showcasing their latest equipment and products to the participants and the public.

Who could benefit from this Congress and what can they expect?

The Congress will benefit both the speakers and participants as they will be able to meet fellow professionals from other parts of the world, to interact and exchange know-hows, to hear issues and solutions implemented by others and to forge new collaborations and potential avenues for research, development and innovation.

It will also provide prospects for survey equipment suppliers, solution providers and property developers to showcase their latest innovation or products to the participants. It is anticipated that more than 800 people from countries such as China, Australia, United Kingdom, Italy, Philippines, South Korea, Indonesia, Brunei, America, Taiwan, Iran, and of course Malaysia will be gathering for this event.

ISM celebrates its 50th year in 2011, what is your take on the surveyor’s profession and Malaysia’s real estate journey?

The surveying profession has been an essential element in the development of the country since the beginning of recorded history in Malaysia. It is required in the planning and execution of nearly every form of development, including that of construction. Its most familiar roles are in the fields of housing, building, communications, transportation, mapping and the definition of legal boundaries for land ownership.

As ISM will be celebrating its 50th anniversary, the profession has become more mature and contributing more to the development of the nation. The surveyor has always been at the forefront of development and had provided excellent advice to the Government on matters related to real estate. We are more able to adapt to changes and as such deliver more to the people. Surveyors of today (and tomorrow) are in a unique position to influence the societies of the future and they need to establish their role as lead professionals in areas that contribute to sustainable development.

The South East Asian Survey Congress is a flagship event of the ASEAN Federation of Land Surveying and Geomatics (AFLAG) while the International Surveyors’ Congress is that of The Institution of Surveyors Malaysia’s (ISM), which is an annual international event. This combined event is organized in conjunction with and as part of ISM’s 50th year celebration.

When22 – 26 June 2011

Where Putra World Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur

Brief Itinerary
Morning Plenary Sessions with 2 or 3 Keynote Speakers
Afternoon Parallel Technical Sessions, 127 papers
Concurrently A showcase of more than 30 exhibitors on their latest equipment and products

Organized by ISM, AFLAG and Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyor (RICS) Supported by Department of Survey and Mapping Malaysia (DSMM), Association of Authorized Land Surveyors Malaysia (PEJUTA), Licensed Land Surveyors Board (LJT), Board of Quantity Surveyors Malaysia (BQSM), Board of Valuers, Appraisers and Estate Agents Malaysia (BOVEA) and Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB). Internationally, the event is also imparted with good cooperation from the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG).

Continuous Professional Development (CPD) credit points will be given to members from Malaysia Professional Bodies as follows: BOVEA (10 points), BQSM (8), CIDB (14) and LJT (6).