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FIG - International Federation of Surveyors International Federation of Surveyors
Fédération Internationale des Géomètres
Internationale Vereinigung der Vermessungsingenieure

FIG Newsletter – November/December 2017

Dear Colleague,

Welcome to the November/December issue of FIG Newsletter. In this issue you will find reports from recent activities, FIG Foundation announcements, and please note that the registration has now opened for the FIG Congress 2018.

FIG Office wishes you:


FIG is all about networking...

Seasons Greeting and a Happy New Year!
Joyeux Noël et Bonne Année
Fröhliche Weihnachten und Ein Gutes Neues Jahr
Feliz Navidad y Prospero año nuevo!
Kul sanna wa'intum b'kheir
새해 복많이 받으세요!
Glædelig jul og godt nytår

Please note that FIG Office will be closed from 23 December 2017 until 3 January 2018.
We will be looking forward to the cooperation with you in 2018.

FIG Foundation Young Surveyor grants for FIG Congress 2018 

The FIG Foundation would like to invite all Young Surveyors  (defined as 35 years old or younger, or within 10 years of graduation with a Bachelors or Masters degree in surveying/geomatics) to apply for funds to participate in the 4th FIG Young Surveyors Conference and the XXVI FIG Congress to be held in Istanbul, Turkey, 4-11 May 2018
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FIG Foundation Academic Research Grant 2018 and Ph.D. Scholarships 2018

FIG Foundation offers two types of grants:
Academic Research Grants
of up to 40,000 euros spread over four years. The grants are aimed at emerging researchers on the threshold of their research career. Deadline 31 March 2018

Ph.D. Scholarship Grants of up to 4,000 euros to PhD students. Deadline 1 February 2018

Article of the Month

Each month on the FIG web site we publish a paper called the Article of the Month.

November 2017 -

is written by VJinyue WANG, Martin METZNER and Volker SCHWIEGER: Accuracy and Quality Assessment of Various Digital Road Maps for Wrong-Way Driving Detection on German Autobahn. This paper was presented at the FIG Working Week 2017 in Helsinki, Finland, 29 May – 2 June. Ghost driver incidents become a major concern for every individual road user. In order to enhance road safety, particularly by entering and exiting an autobahn, a telematics system for preventing ghost driver incidents will be implemented within the research project Ghosthunter. This study aims to investigate the use potential of digital road maps for preparation and development of an intelligent wrong-way driving detection system.

December 2017 -

is written by José António TENEDÓRIO and Luís MARQUES: How can 3D models and augmented reality visualization based on mobile platforms enhance the value of urban heritage? This paper was chosen among numerous papers that constituted the program of the FIG Commission 3 workshop in November 2017 in Lisbon. The main idea of the Paper is about Digital Representations in the relation between Technology, Agents and Several Knowledge Domains, and is aimed at analyzing the Augmented Valuation of Cultural Heritage based on Geographic Information Technologies (GIT).

FIG Congress 2018 – Registration has opened

The venue is Istanbul Congress Center




 The lively Istanbul city center - a city that never sleeps



Istanbul Congress Center is situated in the city centre of Istanbul




There are many hotels nearby the Istanbul Congress Center and it is located near the famous Taksim Square

The Congress is organised by FIG and the Turkish Chamber of Survey and Cadaster Engineers (CSCE) and will take place 6 – 11 May 2018 in Istanbul, Turkey.

We are certain that Istanbul will exceed in meeting all requirements and expectations for a memorable and successful Congress. This geographical area has not hosted any FIG Congress and General Assembly before. Istanbul is one of the most impressive and attractive cities at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, where unique beauties of the West and the East come together.

The overall theme of the large 4-year Congress is:
Embracing our smart world where the continents connect: enhancing the geospatial  maturity of societies

The four day conference will offer an exciting and variated choice of technical sessions, technical tours and of course also the opportunity to explore the wonderful city and surroundings of Istanbul as well as the famous Turkish hospitality.

Register now

Register here for the Congress 2018. 

Your easy steps to register:

When you register before 20 February 2018 you are entitiled to the Early Bird Registration of 650 €


Three exciting Pre-events are offered:

  • 4TH FIG Young Surveryors Conference
  • Reference Frames in Practice Seminar
  • BIM for Surveyors Workshop 

More information at:

Social events and tours

The Congress is not only about technical sessions, learning and presentations. Also very important is the networking part of the FIG Congress. The  Welcome Reception is included in the registration fee, and it will be possible to meet old colleagues/friends from all over the world and to make new acquaintances especially if you participate for the first time. A traditional Turkish Dinner is organised at the Military Museum, and the festive Gala Dinner will take place on a Boat on Bosphorus. Read more

Further to this there are both exciting technical tours and social tours not to miss.

Exhibition and sponsorship

Secure your stand at exhibition - the stands are rapidly sold out.
The exhibition will be built up in the hallways of the session rooms and will therefore be well visited throughout the conference days. Read more:
Read more about your sponsorship opportunities at:

Conference information

Stay updated – visit the congress site: which is updated regularly.



The Twelfth Meeting of the International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (ICG-12)

  Suelynn Choy and FIG Vice President Mikael Lilje attended ICG-12. The meeting ended with a Joint Statement outlining the highlights of the broad scope of work across the ICG

5th UNGGIM High Level Forum incl. UNGGIM Subcommittee on Geodesy

FIG Vice President Mikael Lilje attended the meetings in Mexico City 26-30 November 2017. The focus at this meeting was to discuss geospatial data, statistics and United Nations Sustainable Development Goal.

FIG-GLTN Workshop on Fit-for-Purpose

FIG Vice President Diane Dumashie facilitated a workshop on Strengthening Cooperation with Partners in the Global Land Tool Network: Advocating and Implementing A Fit For Purpose Framework in the Country Context that was held in Kigali, Rwanda

Preparations for FIG Working Week 2020

FIG Vice President Rudolf Staiger, together with FIG Office visited the Local Organising Committee in Amsterdam, the Netherlands for the preparations of FIG Working Week 2020 and were also invited to the 185 year celebration of Dutch Kadaster.

Smart Solutions for a secure and valuable property

FIG Commissions 7, 8 and 9 have organised the GeoPrevi Symposium in cooperation with the Local Organsers in Bucharest, Romania.

INGEO2017: 7th International Conference on Engineering Surveying

The series of INGEO conferences are organised under the umbrella of FIG Commission 6. The longevity of this event shows the importance of the theme - monitoring and safety of engineering structures. 

Regional Challenges, Benefits and Opportunities of Exchanging Geodetic Data

The FIG Asia Pacific Capacity Development Network convened a meeting for Asia Pacific member states on “Regional Challenges, Benefits and Opportunities of Exchanging Geodetic Data” in cooperation with the Geospatial Information Authority of Japan (GSI), UN Global Geospatial Information Management for Asia and the Pacific (UN GGIM-AP) Work Group (WG) 1 Geodetic Reference Frames.

FIG Publication on Reference Frame translated into Spanish

FIG Publication no 64: Reference Frame in Practice Manual is now also available in Spanish: Manual de Marcos de Referencia en la Práctica.

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Kind regards,
Ms. Louise Friis-Hansen

International Federation of Surveyors
Fédération Internationale des Géomčtres
Internationale Vereiningung der Vermessungsingenieure
International Federation of Surveyors
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