The BDVI is a voluntary association of publicly appointed surveyors in Germany which represents its members' consolidated interests effectively.
The association currently has approx. 1300 members. This means that 90% of all publicly appointed surveyors are members of our professional association. The BDVI is registered as a federal association in the register of associations and as a consultation partner for Members of Parliament (the German Bundestag).
Alongside the Geo Information Authorities, the publicly appointed surveyor is the official authority for public surveying in Germany. The basic position developed jointly by the Working Committee of the Surveying Authorities of the Laender of the Federal Republic of Germany (AdV) and the BDVI regarding the social significance of official surveying has been established in a "Memorandum on the cooperation between AdV and BDVI in official surveying in Germany" (key issues paper).
The publicly appointed surveyors who jointly form this association adopted its professional standards in June 2009 in an effort to maintain and strengthen the reputation and public standing of publicly appointed surveyors and to develop and nurture the principles of self-employed work. They thus provide a uniform understanding of the profession, which specifies that - beyond what has been stipulated by law - the profession should be exercised in line with the principles laid down in the professional standards. The professional standards apply to the entire scope of the publicly appointed surveyor - both for the public and for the non-public sector.
Arbitration rules for the settlement of disputes arising in a professional setting between members of the BDVI were also agreed in 2009.