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History

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Survey Institute of Zimbabwe (SIZ), formerly Institute of Land Surveyors of Southern Rhodesia and then Rhodesian Institute of Surveyors (1967), was formed in 1928 in Harare, the then Salisbury. SIZ is a voluntary organization which seeks to mobilize all Geo-spatial practitioners into its rank and file. It is domiciled at Suite 4, First Floor Phyllis Court, 3 Raleigh Street in Harare. An elected committee comprising the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and four discipline representatives form, the core of the office bearers of SIZ. It seeks to promote interest in surveying and spatial information management among other objectives. It is a self governing body guided and governed by a constitution and enjoys perpetual succession regardless of the composition of its membership. To enhance all this, the SIZ is guided by a vision of endeavoring to be the prime reference body fostering a common understanding of Geo-spatial engineering disciplines in Zimbabwe, in line with international trends. Currently, the organization enjoys a membership of more than 200 practitioners, with more than half of the membership in the Diaspora. It is categorized into four main disciplines which are land survey, engineering and topographical survey, spatial information management and mine survey disciplines. To enable sustainable delivery of professional services to the public, the SIZ seeks to raise the profile of Geo-spatial engineering practitioners. In order to achieve the vision and mission of the institute, SIZ always seeks to engage the public, quasi-government, government and non-governmental organizations. SIZ gives Geo-spatial practitioners a corporate identity affording them a united approach to Government in dealing with matters of surveying and protecting and furthering the interests of the profession. SIZ is affiliated to International Federation of Surveyors (FIG), an umbrella body which stands as the largest global housing for all Geo-spatial practitioners.