Survey of Pakistan is a National Surveying and Mapping Organization of the country. It is primarily responsible for all types of topographical land surveys of cis-frontier areas of the entire country. The core products that include map sheets on scale 1:50,000 and 1:250,000 are prepared to meet the requirements of the Defence Forces of Pakistan as well as the General Public.

The department is actively participating in the national development projects and thus fulfilling the ever growing surveying and mapping demands of various government / semi-government and autonomous bodies.

Over the years, the department has gradually switched over to digital production line by adopting modern surveying and mapping techniques, methods and equipments. Resultantly, the department is now capable of delivering quality products and services more efficiently and effectively.

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By G.H. KHAN, T.Q.A., F.R.G.S, Former Surveyor General of Pakistan.

Significant Milestones in the History of Survey of Pakistan
  • 1950-Establishment of Directorate of Photogrammetry at Rawalpindi.
  • 1964-Establishment of Directorate of Western Circle at Quetta.
  • 1986-Establishment of Survey Training Institute at Islamabad.
  • 1989-Establishment of Directorate of Northern Circle at Peshawar.
  • 1994-Establishment of Directorate of Eastern Circle at Lahore.
  • 1999-Survey Training Institute was affiliated with Punjab Board of Technical Education (PBTE) Lahore.
  • 2010–Digitization of 1:50K sheets using 1M resolution IKONOS Satellite Imagery was started.
  • 2012–Digitization of 1:50K sheets covering whole of Pakistan has been completed using Satellite Imagery.
  • 2014–Surveying and Mapping Act 2014 has been passed by both houses i.e lower and upper house.