FIG Commission 3 - Spatial Information Management


"Commission 3 has the task of providing an international discussion and development forum to promote professional practice and standards in the field of Spatial Information Management.

In a highly interconnected world interoperability is an indispensable precondition for information exchange. Commission 3 considers interoperability to consist of legal interoperability (aligned legislation and legal meaning), organisational interoperability (coordinated processes), and technical interoperability. We focus mainly on technical interoperability of geospatial data: at system level (data exchange through networks, computers, applications, and web services), at syntactic level (common data formats defined for data encoding, decoding, and representation), at structural level (pre-defined data models, data structures, and data schemes), and at semantic level (common vocabularies). Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDI) provide ‘a framework of policies, institutional arrangements, technologies, data, and people that enables the sharing and effective usage of geographic information by standardizing formats and protocols for access and interoperability."

What we do

For the term 2019-2022 FIG Commission 3 will be working on:

For the full work plan, please visit Work Plan 2019-2022
(Original work plan .pdf-format )

FIG Working (from home) Week 2020 - Proceedings

May 2020

During the conference days a range of articles highlighting the hot-topics, the ground breaking research, and the hidden gems in the proceedings was published.

One of the most impressive examples of how phenomena evolve over time and space is the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Knowing in real time where a local outbreak occurs, how outbreaks evolve over time, how many people are affected at any given location is of utmost importance to take appropriate measures. As with many other applications, well-established spatial information management can help to provide the required spatial information in near real time.  Read the article

FIG Commission 3 and 8 Workshop

20-21 July 2021, Prato, Italy

Again in 2021 a Summer School in Italy will take place, this time in Prato. As part of the Summer School a workshop organised jointly by FIG Commission 3, Spatial Information Management, and Commission 8, Spatial Planning and Development on  “Spatial information management to optimize Spatial planning and Sustainable development” will take place. Programme book  Read more

Report to the General Assembly

March 2020

FIG Commission 3 has prepared a written report to the General assembly.

The full agenda is available

The General Assembly has been cancelled and postponed to 2021.


FIG e-Working Week 2021
20-25 June
- a virtual gathering of surveyors


September 2019

FIG Commission 3 Annual Meeting and Workshop 2019

May 2019

Commission 3 at FIG Working Week 2019

December 2018

FIG Commission 3 Annual Meeting and Workshop 2018


More News from FIG Commission 3




Work Plans




Working Groups


Key Documents


Meet the officers

Commission Chair

Prof. Dr. -Ing. Hartmut Müller, Germany
Contact: FIGCommission3 [at]

Working Group Chairs:

Geospatial Information Infrastructure for Smart Cities (WG 3.1)
Prof. Kevin McDougall, Australia

Geospatial Big Data: collection, processing, and presentation (WG 3.2)
Prof. Charalabos Ioannidis, Greece

User-Generated Spatial Content Empowering Communities (WG 3.3)
Prof. Sagi Dalyot, Israel

3D Cadastres (WG 3.4)
Prof. Peter van Oosterom, the Netherlands, P.J.M.vanOosterom[at]
Prof. Alias Abdul Rahman, Malaysia, alias[at]

GIS Tools for Spatial Planning  (WG 3.5)
Enrico Rispoli, Italy, e.rispoli[at]
Adriana Czarnecka, Polen, Adrianna.Czarnecka[at]

Geospatial Next (WG 3.6)
Cemal Özgür Kivilcim, Turkey


Delegates and Correspondents:

Each member association has the right to nominate a delegate to each of the ten technical commissions. In addition Affiliates, Academic Members and Corporate Members  are welcome to nominate a correspondent to each commission.

Interested? If you are interested to become a national delegate from your country, please contact your member association. The contact information of national delegates is updates by the FIG office. Any changes in contact information should be sent to the FIG Office.


The study was focused on the current state and practices within the land surveying, mapping and geo-science communities, on practical as well as theoretical levels.
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Many 3D Cadastral activities have been conducted during the past two decades: six FIG 3D Cadastres workshops, sessions at FIG working weeks and congresses, three special issues in international scientific journals, four terms of the joint commission 3 and commission 7 FIG Working Group on 3D Cadastres. Website


Term 2019-2022
Term 2015-2018
Term 2011-2014
Term 2007-2010
Term 2003-2006
Terms 1979-2002

Working Groups

Term 2019-2022 

WG 3.1: Geospatial Information Infrastructure for Smart Cities
WG 3.2: Geospatial Big Data: collection, processing, and presentation
WG 3.3: User-Generated Spatial Content Empowering Communities
WG 3.4: 3D Cadastres
WG 3.5: GIS Tools for Spatial Planning  WG 3.6: Geospatial Next

All working groups


3D Cadastres

FIG joint commission 3 and 7 Working Group on 3D Cadastres since 2000

FIG Publications

FIG Pub no. 72: Best Practices 3D Cadastres

FIG Pub. no. 73: The Land Surveyors Role in the Era of Crowdsourcing and VGI

FIG Proceedings

List of FIG Conference Proceedings
FIG Surveyors Reference Library


All events

Reports to General Assembly

Report, May 2020
Report, Hanoi, Vietnam. 2019
Report, Istanbul, Turkey, 2018
Report, Helsinki, Finland, 2017

All reports

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