FIG Commission 3 - Spatial Information Management

Term 2007-2010

Hightlights Commission Chair

Since 2007, FIG Commission 3 has focused on spatial information for sustainable urban development. FIG Com3 delegates had agreed to:

Dr. Chryssy A Potsiou, Greece  
  • Activate the national delegate, the correspondent and the academic member network in order to work together, identify the needs in our common fields of interest, and exchange experience and knowledge for the common benefit
  • Organize Commission 3 annual meetings and workshops focused on the specifically identified needs and topics
  • Provide and certify optional peer review for authors of focused papers submitted for Commission 3 Workshops. Papers of authors not wishing peer review are equally welcome in the proceedings.

In particular, FIG Com3 has so far focused on the topic: “Rapid Urbanization and the Importance of Spatial Information in Managing Mega Cities”, and has prepared a research study on that topic by 2010. For that purpose Commission 3 has coordinated international research through

  • Three specific annual Workshops focused on the following topics:
    • “Spatial Information Management toward Legalizing Informal Urban Development” March, 2007, Athens, Greece
    • “Spatial Information in Environmental Management of Mega Cities” January 2008, Valencia, Spain
    • “Spatial Information for Management of Sustainable Urban Areas” February 2009, Mainz, Germany
  • Three Working Groups to systematically support the international research.
Work Plan

Terms of reference

  • Management of spatial information on land, property and hydrographical facts (including related processes, procedures and resources);
  • Spatial data infrastructure – data models, standards, availability and legal aspects;
  • Management and transfer of knowledge and skills needed for SIM;
  • Impacts on organizational structure, business models, professional practice and administration;
  • Management of spatial information supporting environment protection, sustainable development and poverty reduction.

Mission Statement

FIG Commission 3 will:

  • Increase awareness about successful SIM approaches in the “e-Society” by showing good practice like available, reliable and accessible spatial information for better decision-making
  • Support the use of spatial information and SIM-tools by surveyors and by all participants in decision-making to serve the goals of good governance.
  • Share good practice on managerial processes and infrastructure required for handling data, using information and distributing knowledge.
  • Share good practice and develop high-level methods and techniques for merging and managing updated spatial information at various levels according to market requirements.
  • Encourage the use of spatial information within e-government and e-commerce.
  • Implement the FIG Work Plan through working groups (WGs), Joint-WGs, annual meetings, workshops, and seminars held during and/or outside FIG working weeks and regional conferences; publications; and progress reports about these events.
  • Present the final outcomes of Commission work through the web.
  • Cooperate and coordinate with the related United Nations committees and other geo-spatial information societies and organizations active in the field, such as ISPRS, ICA, IAG, GSDI, EUROGI, UN/ECE WPLA, UN/ECE Committee on Housing and Land Management.
  • Increase the contribution of the surveying profession to the implementation of the UN Millennium Development Goals.

Work Plan

Key Documents


Working Groups

Working Group 3.1 - e-Government and e-Citizen

Interactive Information Flow between providers, partners and customers (PPP).


SIM is a facilitator for IT based services for administration as well as for citizens. By thus SIMS will have even the role of an integrator of components for a Spatial Information Infrastructure within an Information society.

  • Services and workflows for decision makers and citizens in participatory democracy
  • Government – business – customers: relations and activities
  • Integration and cooperation in a distributed environment
  • Individual vs. business in SIM
  • Mobile society
  • SIM and LBS in an e-Government context


Kari Strande
E-mail: kari.strande[at]



Peter Laarakker
e-mail: peter.laarakker[at] 

Working Group 3.2 - Spatial Data Infrastructure


Requirements for data, information, tools and workflows as components of local, national and global spatial data infrastructures (SDI).

  • Institutional arrangements, information policy and legal frameworks needed to create and share data, information and tools within and between levels of government
  • Respective roles of government, private sector, professional bodies and community groups in creating and managing SDI
  • Technical innovation needed to enable use of SDI, including spatial data capture, management, visualisation and access
  • Implementing international best practice standards in SIM at all levels, including use of ISO/TC 211, OpenGeospatial® Consortium, etc.
  • Sharing experience, developing visions for the future, identifying productive roles for surveyors and other spatial professionals and informing relevant forums of the role of SIM


Mr. Paul Kelly, Director
Spatial Strategies Pty Ltd


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hartmut Müller, Fachhochschule Mainz
E-mail: mueller[at]

Working Group 3.3 - Multi Dimensional Aspects in Spatial Information Management

Review, evaluation and further development of technologies and technological trends for multi dimensional spatial information management in general and data models, visualization and data fusion techniques in particular.

Caused by increase of capabilities of spatial database management systems (SDBMS), as well as the awareness for the necessity for 3D geospatial information within the surveying and the engineering communities, some novel approaches in modeling, visualization and fusion of spatial data have recently gained the attention of both academic and commercial communities. Commission 3 will focus on the topics related to this definition such as (but not limited to)

  • Methods for measuring and gathering 3D spatial information and databases
  • 3D data model for building information systems (built on top of SDBMS)
  • Algorithms for detection of relations between spatial objects in 3D
  • Fully www based approach to visualization of spatial data in 2D and 3D
  • Event oriented approach to modeling changes in spatial information systems
  • Continuous temporal approaches for handling 2D and 3D spatial information systems
  • Accuracy aspects of spatial information vs. needs & budgets of the public and private sectors


Prof. dr. sc. Miodrag Roic
E-mail: mroic[at]