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Future of surveying

How are disruptive trends – like the digital revolution, rapid urbanisation and climate change – impacting the surveying profession, and how can we capitalise on them to improve the world around us?

Shape a brighter, better tomorrow

From developing truly connected, intelligent cities to using the latest sustainable building methods, and from new skills and pioneering technologies to the rapidly expanding commercial value of data, explore the challenges, opportunities and possibilities for the future of surveying.

There are projected to be 200 billion smart devices connected to the Internet of Things by 2020, up from two billion in 2006.

IDC, Intel, United Nations

We need to shift from a mining ideology to a kind of cultivating ideology – cultivating in the sense that we are moving towards the idea of growing our own construction materials.

Dirk Hebel
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Future of Surveying consultation report

Our report shows what you – our members  told us in 2018 about how the profession is responding to rapid urbanisation, resource scarcity and the opportunities brought by technological innovation.

From May 2019, our Governing Council will use this initial report to lead a 12-month strategic ’futures’ review, providing direction for the profession for the years ahead.

In the meantime, you can download the full report and continue to give us your feedback on the future of surveying.

Complete our feedback form

Infographics: on Twitter, you told us...

See how drones are transforming surveying

It is no longer sufficient to embrace innovations and trends that are already underway. To stay ahead, companies must work methodically to sense new possibilities that exist far beyond the digital frontier.

Beyond the Digital Frontier
Deloitte

The competition that kills you, doesn’t look like you.

Richard Susskind
RICS Harris Debate: The Future of Professions in a World of Algorithms

Infographics: in our Future of Surveying consultation, you told us...

Data is the fabric of the modern world: just like we walk down pavements, so we trace routes through data, and build knowledge and products out of it.

Dr Ben Goldacre OBE
Chair of the NHS HealthTech Advisory Board