Pre Congress Activities
The National Surveying & Mapping Summit was held in Manila, Philippines on 28-29 April 2015. The event was organized by the Geodetic Engineers of the Philippines, Inc. The Theme of the Summit was “Convergence and Cooperation for a Better Future”
The President of ASEAN FLAG Pg Hj Matusin Pg Hj Matasan who is also the President of the Brunei Institution of Geomatics was invited to address the Summit.
The 55th meeting of the ASEAN Federation of Land Surveying & Geomatics (ASEAN FLAG) was held in Brunei on 18 and 19 March 2015. The meeting was organised by BIG with support from Survey Department.
The event included the following activities;
Half Day Council meeting
Half Day Technical Seminar
Technical Visit to Survey Department
River Cruise Dinner
The papers presented at the Technical Seminar were as follows
Disaster Risk Reduction – Randolf Vincente (RSV Geoconsulting and Management Services)
HSSE in Geomatics World – Shahminan Ali (Hydrobeam Consultancy)
Land Titles for Kampung Ayer – Greg Cumming (Truebridge Callender Beach (B) Sdn Bhd)
Modern Surveyor for the Modern World – Gerry Ong (GPS Lands (Singapore) Pte Ltd)
PDF copies of the first 3 papers mentioned above are available below
THE Brunei Institution Of Geomatics (BIG) together with the Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital Mobile Blood Bank and its food partner SCR Express on Tuesday held a very successful joint Blood Donation Campaign at the Citis Square outlet.
BIG President Pg Hj Matusin Pg Hj Matasan said the campaign was organised as part of the organisers’ corporate social responsibility — to assist RIPAS Hospital to boost its blood reserves.
“As everyone is well aware, Brunei Darussalam’s population is small, and obtaining blood donations is therefore understandably quite a challenge. Further compounding this situation is the fact that an increasing number of people are suffering from chronic diseases (according to recent health reports) and are disqualified from donating,” explained Pg Hj Matusin on why there is always a shortage of blood, judging from the many appeals for blood being circulated in the local social media.
“On behalf of all the needy patients out there, I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has donated blood to assist them…At the same time, I would also like to appeal to all able-bodied individuals to step forward to make a difference in our community. Your country and community need you…And remember, one doesn’t have to be a doctor or a paramedic to save lives — just donate some blood. Besides, it is good for health,” added Pg Hj Matusin.
Article & Photos Courtesy of Brunei Times
BRUNEIAN surveyors need to be equipped with skills and knowledge to continue providing professional services following the enforcement of the Strata Title Act, the Minister of Development said last night.
Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Suyoi Hj Osman said a professional surveyor of any discipline such as valuer, quantity surveyor or land surveyor need to undergo continuous professional development to command the trust and respect of the public.
“Such professional integrity and expertise cannot be over-emphasised than the recent developments both in Brunei and ASEAN region as a whole,” he said during the Surveyors’ Night at the Parkview Hotel, Jerudong.
YB Pehin Dato Hj Suyoi said ASEAN member states agreed to establish a single market that will directly impact the mobility of various professionals including surveyors.
“I have been informed that in the meeting of the ASEAN Coordinating Committee on Services, Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia and Singapore have shown significant progress in land surveying. I hope the other two disciplines of valuation and quantity surveying will follow suit.”
The minister added that the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) ASEAN can assist their members in Brunei by disseminating up-to-date information and provide relevant training programmes.
“Strict compliance to these international standards will only ensure the integrity and capability of a professional surveyor to the level expected by any country and hence achieving the ASEAN Free Trade Area,” he said.
The Surveyors’ Night also saw Bill Jones, managing director of RICS ASEAN, giving a talk on ‘The International Standards for the Surveyors’ – covering the three aspects of valuation, measurement and ethics.
Article Courtsey of Brunei Times