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FIG Newsletter – February/March 2018

Dear Colleague,

Welcome to the February/March issue of FIG Newsletter. If you have not already registered for the FIG Congress 2018 it is still possible. The first draft of the technical programme has just been published, and you are invited to an exciting four-day programme filled with technical sessions, networking opportunities and a great adventure. In this issue you will also find the invitation to the General Assembly.
I also have to give a sincere apology to the local organisers of the FIG Working Week 2019 in Vietnam. In the last issue of the Newsletter I managed to include an embarassing typo mistake... I managed to write that the Working Week is NOT taking shape - of course I meant that the Working Week is NOW taking shape. And I am convinced that it will be a wonderful and exciting experience in Hanoi. However, first of all find a warm invitation to the beautiful city of Istanbul and to FIG Congress 2018 which is coming up very soon.

FIG General Assembly 2018 - Invitation and Agenda

General Assembly 2018

The agenda for the XLI FIG General Assembly is now available. Participate in Istanbul 6 and 11 May 2018. There will be election of new President, Vice Presidents, Commission Chairs and Congress 2022 venue.

FIG Foundation Academic Research Grant 2018

Deadline is approaching:

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

Article of the Month

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

FIG Congress 2018 –  Draft Technical Programme is published

Welcome to beautiful Istanbul


The venue is Istanbul Congress Center


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 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. The technical programme is now taking shape and is an exciting mixture of sessions composed from the open call for papers, special sessions, sessions organised jointly with our partners such as UN-Habitat/GLTN and FAO and of course the highligh of each day, the plenary sessions. The plenary sessions cover the following areas:

  • Urban development
  • Modern technology usage for our profession
  • Rural development
  • Spatially enabled societies

The first draft of the technical programme has been published:

Register now

Register here for the Congress 2018. 
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When you register before 6 April 2018 you save 100€


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:

Congress information

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


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Surveyors Council of Nigeria (SURCON) Train the Trainer Workshop 2018

The Surveyors Council of Nigeria, invited FIG Vice President Diane Dumashie to actively anchor the 2 day SURCON train-the-trainer workshop on A Fit for Purpose Approach in Land Administration

Delegation from Henan, China visits FIG office - the Danish Geodata Agency receives their member certificate

On 23 March the FIG office had a visit from a delegation out Henan, China. During this meeting the Danish Geodata Agency received their membership certificate.

Worlds' first Global Suveyors Day 2018 - around the globe

The first Global Surveyors’ Day, held on 21 March 2018, was a succes! Surveyors from various places around the world celebrated thie Global Surveyors' Day. So far, we have received information and photos from  USA, where there was an event in connection with the World Bank Conference, and from Nepal.


Clifford Dann MBE, FRICS, Honorary Member of FIG, passed away on 19 Septembed 2017

Unfortunately the news was brought to us that Clifford Dann passed away on 19 september 2017 at a respectable age of 90. Clifford Dann was a well respected honorary member of FIG. There is a memorial service for Clifford Dann being held in London in April.


11-14 April, 2018, Zagreb, Croatia
VI Croatian Congress on Cadastre – Land Administration Globalization and Integration and LADM2018. Organised by Croatian Geodetic Society and supported by FIG Commission 7 
Web site

6-11 May 2018, Istanbul, Turkey
FIG XXVI Congress and General Assembly. 
Web site:

21-25 May 2018, in Rome, Italy
 The 5th International Course on Geotechnical and Structural Monitoring. The International Course on Geotechnical and Structural Monitoring is growing year by year since its first edition in 2014 and, up to now, more than 450 attendees improved their technical knowledge with us! All FIG Members will benefit a 10% discount . Invitation to FIG members
Web site

7-10 July 2018, San Diego, CA - USA
National Security and Public Safety Summit @ Esri UC . The National Security and Public Safety Summit @ Esri UC is the world's largest GIS event dedicated to public safety, national security, and homeland defense. Every year, professionals from around the world, including executives, analysts, intelligence personnel, and frontline staff, attend to discover how Esri software, services, and partner agencies help build safer communities. 
 Web site

04-09 September 2018 , Baku, Azerbaijan
Eurasian GIS Congress 2018 - Selcuk University is going to realize an international congress together with "Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences Institute of Geography. The congress aims to help exchange scientific information, share practical experiences, develop visionary approaches for studies to be conducted in the future, and implement scientific and cultural interactions.  
Web site

1-5 October 2018, Delft, The Netherlands
1-5 October: ISPRS Technical Commission IV Symposium 2018  (BGC Geomatics) Web site
1-2 October: 13th 3D GeoInfor Conference. The 3D GeoInfo Conference aims at bringing together international researchers from academia, industry and government in the field of 3D geoinformation. The conference offers an interdisciplinary forum to researchers in the fields of data collection, advanced modelling approaches, data analysis and visualisation.  Web site
2-4 October: 6th International Workshop on 3D Cadastres, organised by FIG 3D Cadastre Working group, held joinly with the ISPRS Commission IV 'Spatial Information Science' symposium (1-5 October 2018), the 13th 3D GeoInfo conference (1-2 October 2018), and the 3rd international conference on Smart Data and Smart Cities, SDSC2018, formerly known as UDMS  (4-5 October 2018) Web site
4-5 October: 3rd International Conference on Smart Data and Smart Cities . The 3rd International Conference on Smart Data and Smart Cities will present novel research concerning the use of information and communication technologies in Smart Cities, and will also provide a forum for senior researchers to establish collaborations on new research projects in this domain. Web site

16-18 October 2018,
Frankfurt am Main, Germany InterGeo. Organised by DVW. 
Web site


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Ms. Louise Friis-Hansen

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