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Future of surveying

How are new trends – like the digital revolution, tackling a climate crisis, or overcoming a skills gap – impacting the surveying profession, and how can we utilise the opportunities these challenges present to improve the world around us?

Cities are getting busier, climates are getting hotter and economies are becoming more complex and interconnected.

We explored the impact of these issues on the built and natural environment sectors in our groundbreaking 2015 report, RICS Futures: Our Changing World. Since then, we have engaged extensively with RICS professionals, the clients they serve as well as other industry leaders, to understand how our profession can respond to these issues and create better places to live and work.

Our profession has a compelling opportunity to be a force for positive social impact on these global problems, but we have to take action.

RICS sees three keys areas where our profession can refocus to achieve this change:

1. Sustainable 21st century practice
2. Adoption of new technology
3. Developing new skills and education reform

Achieving this change will ensure a strong future for our profession, greater confidence in the built and natural environment industry and better places for the communities we serve.

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