Federation Internationale des Geometres (FIG)
International Definition of Surveying
'A surveyor is a professional, skilled in measurement and resource management, who serves the public by the collection, provision and analysis of information on the extent and identity of land, water and other natural resources - including legal, economic and environmental aspects - and the provision of advice and services for their development, use and sustained management.'
What identifies all surveyors is their expertise in the science of measurement and expertise in gathering and applying spatial information to a wide range of uses.
Once spatial data has been gathered and processed it can be made available in many forms that are recognisable to the public, for example, topographical maps and plans, specialised maps on almost any theme, nautical charts and subdivision plans.
Surveyors are experts in applying spatial information through processes including land and resource planning, engineering design for land development, surveys for land title and geographic information systems.
Land surveyors have been at the very heart of land development since New Zealand was first settled. Surveyors often hold key leadership roles within multi-disciplined teams comprising surveyors, engineers, planners, and architects.
The New Zealand surveyor is educated in many aspects of law dealing with land ownership, resource management and planning. Knowledge of such laws is essential to the proper execution of any development.
Surveyors are trained in all aspects of their profession but many choose to specialise later in their career.