Innovating The Surveying Profession


Dato’ Sri Douglas Uggah Embas (2nd from L) officiating the ceremony.

Signing of the MOC.

There is a lot more role and responsibility of the surveying profession in the country’s real estate development than it is 50 years ago.

According to Dato’ Sri Douglas Uggah Embas, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, surveyors play a very important role in socio-economic development of any country.

“Surveyors no longer confine themselves to traditional roles but are increasingly taking up new challenges in an increasingly globalized world,” he says.

Dato’ Sri Douglas says this during his opening speech at the 11th SEASC (South East Asian Survey Congress) & 13th ISC (International Surveyors’ Congress) Kuala Lumpur 2011. The event was jointly organized by The Institution of Surveyors Malaysia (ISM), ASEAN Federation of Land Surveying and Geomatics (AFLAG) and Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

The congress charted a greater mileage with the theme Innovation Towards Sustainability in line with the continuous and rapid change brought about by globalization. This year’s event also marks ISM’s 50th anniversary.

Malaysia has also achieved a significant milestone in the surveying history in terms of innovative technologies. Dato’ Sri Douglas says, “I’m proud that Malaysia has gone quite far with innovative technologies.”

He also says the government, through the Department of Survey and Mapping (JUPEM), which is under his ministry, has initiated and implemented several technology platform-oriented solutions. These solutions include E-Cadastre (to expedite the delivery system for land title survey); Computer Assisted Topographic Mapping System (CATMAPS) (to automate and accelerate topographic mapping work); and MyRTKNet (to provide the infrastructure that would assist surveyors carry out surveying activities using Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) technology).

Meanwhile, Elvin Fernandez, President of ISM says, “There is a rapid and accelerating change everywhere in the world. The challenges ahead for the profession, is to keep up with the change, which flows from many aspects in life.”

“This,” he says, “includes that brought about by the Internet and IT revolution.”

The event, officiated by Dato’ Sri Douglas Uggah, also brought closer ties among the surveyor’s fraternity of two nations. Those present witnessed the signing of the Memorandum of Cooperation between ISM and Ikatan Quantity Surveyor Indonesia (IQSI).

More than 800 surveying professionals gathered at the event held at the Putra World Trade Centre Kuala Lumpur from June 22 to 24. Among topics discussed were the convergence and use of innovative technologies and initiatives to forge new industry collaborations for the benefit of the surveying community and economic development.

About 100 papers were presented during the three-day congress. The event provides an invaluable networking platform for the participants to meet fellow professionals for the exchange of ideas and solutions on projects implemented in other parts of the world.

Running concurrently is the exhibition that showcased over 50 exhibitors with products from survey equipment suppliers, solution providers and property developers.