FIG Commission 5 - Positioning and Measurement


"FIG Commission 5 focuses on meeting the highest level of accuracy for Positioning and Measurement. It provides the tools, techniques and procedures to educate and train surveying professionals everywhere. Appropriate methodology for data collection and processing are required to be successful in an era of global, integrated geospatial data."

What we do

For the term 2019-2022 FIG Commission 5 will be working on:

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


Learn more about how Commission 5 is working with the SDG's

Reference Frames in Practise

November 2022, IGM, Chile

Limited sponsorship is available for particpants courtesy of UN-OOSA. This support will only cover cost for air fare, two nights of lodging and the RFIP fee. Participants can schedule their flights to arrive before the start of the SIRGAS Sumposium. However, costs for additional nights are at their expense.

Applications will be welcome immediately but will close on 14 OCTOBER 2022 (Short timeframe) More information and to apply


Commission 5, Chair Elect

August 2021

The General Assembly elected Mr. Ryan Keenan from Australia, SSSI, as the Chair Elect of Commission 5, the elected Chair Elect term as the Chair of the Commission will be initiated at the FIG Congress 2022 for the period 2023-2026.

Commission 5 at FIG Working Week 2021

August 2021

The Working Week took place online, 20-25 June 2021. Commission 5 held its annual meeting with outset in their prepared Report and Agenda. Commission 5 was also involved in sessions covering Commission 5 areas within the theme of Smart Surveyors for Land and Water Management. To read more click here.



FIG Congress 2022

More information will follow soon.


March 2020

Report to the General Assembly

February 2020

FIG Working Week 2020 and FIG Commission 5

June 2019

Applications of Global Navigation Satellite Systems Workshop


More News from FIG Commission 5




Work Plans




Working Groups


Key Documents


Meet the officers

Commission Chair

 Dr. Ryan Keenan, Australia
Contact: FIGCommission5 [at]

Working Group Chairs:

Standards, Quality Assurance and Calibration (WG 5.1)
David Martin, France

3D Reference Frames (WG 5.2)
Nic Donnelly, New Zealand

Vertical Reference Frames (WG 5.3)
David Avalos-Naranjo, Mexico

GNSS (WG 5.4)
Suelynn Choy, Australia

Multi-Sensor-Systems (WG 5.5)
Allison Kealy, Australia

Cost Effective Positioning (WG5.6)
Leonid A. Lipatnikov, Russia

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.


Most surveyors today are aware that data acquisition, management, analysis, presentation and controlling systems are becoming more elaborate and automated. On the other side the results to be provided need to be produced with less cost, so in a costeffective way. Read the publication    
Since the dawn of civilisation, people have found it necessary to measure and map their domain. During very early times this concern was limited to the immediate vicinity of their home; later it expanded to the distance of markets; and finally, with the development of means of transportation and communication people became interested in the whole world. Read the publication    


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

Working Groups

Term 2019-2022 

WG 5.1: Standards, Quality Assurance and Calibration
WG 5.2: 3D Reference Frames
WG 5.3: Vertical Reference Frames
WG 5.4: GNSS
WG 5.5: Multi-Sensor-Systems
WG 5.6: Cost Effective Positioning

All working groups


FIG Publications

FIG Pub. no. 74: Cost Effective Precise Positioning with GNSS

FIG Pub. no. 64: Reference Frames in Practice Manual

FIG Pub. no. 49: Cost Effective GNSS Positioning Techniques  2nd edition


FIG Proceedings

List of FIG Conference Proceedings
FIG Surveyors Reference Library


July 2018
July 2017


Reference Frame in Practise Semiar
held in conjunction with SIRGAS
9-13 November, Bolivia

All events

Reports to General Assembly

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

All reports