The Brunei Institution of Geomatics (BIG) was established in 2003 and comprises the following core professions;

  • Land & Hydrographic Surveyors
  • Geographical Information Systems Managers
  • Urban & Rural Planners
  • Property & Asset Managers (including Land Valuers, Land Economists & Real Estate Managers)

The definition of Geomatics adopted by BIG is as follows:

"The art, science and technologies related to the management of geographically-referenced information. “Geomatics includes a wide range of activities, from the acquisition and analysis of site-specific spatial data in engineering and development surveys to the application of GIS and remote sensing technologies in environmental management. It includes cadastral surveying, hydrographic surveying, and ocean mapping, and it plays an important role in land administration and land use management.”


BIG was established for the following purposes:-

  • To promote and advance the science, practice and application of geomatics for the advancement of mankind and community and to foster regional and international cooperation  and transfer of technology
  • To encourage communication between persons charged with the technical responsibility for the planning, design and execution of the practice of geomatics.
  • To obtain and disseminate among the members, information on geomatics and related matters affecting the profession, and to print, sell, publish, issue and circulate the records of transactions of the Institution or any papers, periodicals, books, circulars and other literacy undertakings or any extracts therefrom as may seem conducive to any of these objects.
  • To educate and seek to improve, extend and elevate the technical and general knowledge of members and persons concerned with the geomatics.
  • To serve as a focal point for exchange of ideas related to geomatics.
  • To conduct, encourage and collate reseach in geomatics.
  • To establish, form and maintain in index of available or existing literature and articles on interest in connection with geomatics.
  • To cooperate, as may seem conducive to any of these objects, with national and international organisations and to support and supplement their work.
  • To promote the general interests of the profession and to maintain and extend its usefulness for the public advantage.
  • To conduct professional development programmes by organising training, seminar and conference locally or internationally.

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