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A revolutionary new database for geodetic surveying in Europe

The Council of European Geodetic Surveyors (CLGE) is working on a project that could revolutionize the access to information about geodetic surveying in Europe. It had become obvious during the past years that there is a considerable lack of information when it comes to national rules, regulations and practices
of geodetic surveying throughout Europe. At the same time there was a rising demand for such concise information.
So CLGE decided to take the initiative and drafted a concept for a so called “Dynamic Professional Knowledge Database”. The CLGE database will be in English and is meant to be a regularly updated
comprehensive collection of all relevant information about the profession of Geodetic Surveyors in all CLGE Member countries.
All information that is already available on the profession of Geodetic Surveyors on national or European level or within CLGE will be integrated in the database after a validation check. The structure of the contents shall be clear and simple in order to avoid interpretational misunderstandings and to make the regular updating simple. Additionally this shall make the use of the database as easy as possible also for clients and non-experts.
The information will be updated by the CLGE Member organisations on a regularly basis. To ensure the efficient collection of the information as well as the regular updates each CLGE Member organisation will nominate a responsible person or team for the maintenance of the database within the national organisation. Additionally the CLGE will check on the updates and clarify information if necessary.

The aims of the database are manifold:

The information is of course going to be a help for CLGE as the representative organisation of European Geodetic Surveyors to even better explain and transport the situation and the necessities of the professionals and their clients to the European Institutions. It will also help competent authorities on national level to learn more about the situation in other European countries, which will help them in matters of professional recognition and will improve the contacts between competent authorities in different countries and enhance an exchange of best practice. Additionally the database can and probably will be an important source of information for European Institutions, as such a clear overview of national regulatory and educational structures combined with practical contact and statistical information is not available anywhere else.

A very important aspect of the database is to provide an information pool and guidance for individual Geodetic Surveyors who are interested in providing their services in other countries. This element
could give a boost to mobility within the profession. Last but not least the database can be a source of information for clients and can help them understand and compare surveying services
in Europe.

The key elements of the database are:

  • National legal framework: The core of the data base is a collection of the national legislation about the profession including any laws containing relevant regulation in relation to the profession 
    (e.g. building laws, legislation on real property or living space or any other legislation that relates to the profession of Geodetic Surveyors).
  • Fields of activity: As the fields of activities of Geodetic Surveyors differ very much the database will give a description of the scope of the profession of Geodetic Surveyors in each country and describe the different fields of activities (e.g. real property assessment, property division, land use planning etc.) and the requirements (education, authorization etc.) for working in these fields.
  • Professional recognition: The database will show all requirements in relation with the different fields of activity and the procedures and contact persons for Geodetic Surveyors from another country who want to a) supply cross border services or b) get permanently established in that country.
  • Education programmes: National Universities/other institutions offering education/training programmes for the profession of Geodetic Surveyor plus a description of the relevant curricula will be listed in the database. 
    Additionally it will give information about requirements/obligations and possibilities in view to continued professional education.

The realisation of the database is on-going and in march 2013 the first version of the DPKB is presented to the general assembly of the CLGE.

“There is still quite a lot of work ahead of us”, says Rudolf Kolbe, CLGE Vice-President and responsible for the implementation of the database. “But we are sure that it is definitely worth it.”