1 Karpik A.P.
2 Musikhin I.A.
3 Schwieger V.
4 Gorobtsova O.V.

Siberian State University of Geosystems and Technologies


University of Stuttgart, Institute of Engineering Geodesy

In recent years professional societies have been undergoing fundamental restructuring brought on by extensive technological change and rapid evolution of geospatial science. Almost all professional communities have been affected. Communities are embracing digital techniques, modern equipment, software and new technological solutions at a staggering pace. In this situation, when planning financial investments and intellectual resource management, it is crucial to have a clear understanding of those trends that will be in great demand in 5–7 years. This paper reviews current scientific and practical activities of International Federation of Surveyors, analyzes and groups the most relevant topics brought up at their scientific events, forecasts most probable research and practical trends in geodesy and geoindustry, outlines topmost leading countries and emerging markets for further detailed analysis of their activities, types of scientific cooperation and joint implementation projects.
1.   FIG Congress 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 16–21 June 2014. URL: http://www.fig.net/pub/fig2014/ techprog.htm
2.   FIG Working Week 2013 in Abuja, Nigeria 6–10 May 2013. URL: http://www.fig.net/pub/fig2013/techprog.htm
3.   FIG Working Week 2012 in Rome, Italy 6–10 May 2012. URL: http://www.fig.net/pub/fig2012/techprog.htm
4.   8th FIG Regional Conference in Montevideo, Uruguay, 26–29 November 2012. URL: http://www.fig.net /pub/171ruguay/techprog.htm
5.   Future trends in geospatial information management: the five to ten year vision. UN-GGIM, United Nations Initiative on Global Geospatial Information Management. URL: http://ggim.un.org/docs/Future-trends.pdf
6.   Brian J. Coutts Redefining the Profession of Land Surveying: A First Step. TS01E – Surveying Today and Tomorrow. 6558. FIG Working Week 2013 Environment for Sustainability Abuja, Nigeria, 6–10 May 2013,
7.   François Mazuyer, Marc Vanderschueren TS01E – Surveying Practice across the world. 6676. FIG Working Week 2013 Environment for Sustainability Abuja, Nigeria, 6–10 May 2013,
Karpik A.P., 
Musikhin I.A., 
Schwieger V., 
Gorobtsova O.V., 
(2016) Research and practical trends in geodesy: the five to seven year vision. Geodesy and cartography = Geodezia i Kartografia, (10), pp. 2–11. (In Russian). DOI: 10.22389/0016-7126-2016-916-10-2-11