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Internationale Vereinigung der Vermessungsingenieure

FIG Newsletter – April 2018

Dear Colleague,

Welcome to the April issue of FIG Newsletter. We are now counting down to the FIG Congress 2018 and General Assembly - only few weeks to go. Will you join us in this special event... It is still possible to register. Have a sneak into the technical programme, and meet the key note speakers. If you are not able to come to Istanbul, you can follow the congress on Instagram and Facebook.

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.

Article of the Month

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

The article of the month for april 2018 is written by Lopang MAPHALE and Kealeboga Kaizer MORERI, Botswana: A consideration for a conceptual partnership framework in building spatial data infrastructures in developing countries. This paper has been successfully peer-reviewed and is going to be presented during the FIG Congres 2018 in Istanbul, Turkey.

FIG Congress 2018 –  Have a look in the programme...

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

Istanbul from the top.


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 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, World Bank and FAO and of course the highligh of each day, the plenary sessions:

  • Monday 7 May 11:00-12:30 - Urban Development:
    • Prof. Dr. Chryssy Potsiou, FIG President
      Achievements - FIG 2015-2018
    • Prof. Ali Parsa M.Phil, Dean
      The Fourth Industrial Revolution and Impact on Urban Development: the Role of Real Estate
    • Mr. Mehmet Özhasekí, Minister
      Urbanization Policy and Urban Regenaration Projects in Turkey

  • Tuesday 8 May 9:00-10:30 - Modern technology usage for our profession:
    • Dr. Juergen Dold, President Hexagon
      Transformation through Digitalisation 
    • Mr. SeeLian Ong, Chair, FIG Commission 10
      ICMS - Global Consistency in Measurement and Reporting Construction Cost
    • Mr. Charles K. Toth, Vice President ISPRS
      Smart Cities

  • Wednesday 9 May 9:00-10:30 - Rural development:
    • Dr. Michael Klaus,  Director of HSS
      Rural Development for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals: Fostering the Rural-Urban Interrelationship
    • Mr. Jawad Peikar, Chief Executive Officer ARAZI
      Agriculture in Developing Countries
    • Prof. Dr. Mehmet Babaoglu, Member of Parliament 
      The Approach for Accelerating Rural Development in Turkey

  • Thursday 10 May 9:00-10:30 - Spatially enabled societies:
    • Dr. Mika-Petteri Torhornen, World Bank 
      Investing in Fundamental Infrastructure for Spatially Enabled Societies
    • Prof. Abbas Rajabifard, UN-GGIM 
      Spatially Enabled Societies
    • Dr. Victor Khoo Senior Deputy Director SLA
      Towards a Spatially Enabled Smart Nation

Read more about the plenary sessions and speakers or take a look at the draft of the technical programme.

Register now

Register here for the Congress 2018. 


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

Congress information

Updates about the programme, information about sessions, announcements about presenters and a lot more will be published on the webpage under Latest News. So bookmark this page to stay updated!

Social Media

We are happy to announce that the FIG is now online on Instagram.

Besides our Facebook page where we upload regularly news and our Linked-In and Twitter we are now online with our own Instagram

Use the hashtags  #FIG2018 #wherethecontinentsconnect #FIGsurveyors #FIG #surveyors to stay informed about office work but more important the upcoming #FIGCongress.

Sponsors and Supporters

A special thanks for our FIG Congress Sponsors and Supporters for making this conference possible:



FIG publication - Best Practices 3D Cadastres 

We are happy to bring you the result of the publication from the FIG joint commission 3 ‘Spatial Information Management’ and commission 7 ‘Cadastre and Land Management’ Working Group on 3D Cadastres. The FIG publication '3D Cadastres Best Practices' provides a clear and comprehensive overview of the newcomers and experts in the 3D Cadastres community. The long version is now published, and a FIG Publication will be published later in 2018.


Copernicus Masters

Copernicus is Europe’s most ambitious Earth observation programme and provides full free and open access to data for the development of applications in a wide variety of domains.From 1 April to 30 June, participants of the Copernicus Masters can submit their innovative EO ideas to 16 challenges offered by the largest number of world-class partners since the competition started.


FIG Young Surveyors Asian Pacific Meeting 2018 in Japan

The Japan Young Surveyors Network, in collaboration with the FIG Young Surveyors Network, are happy to invite you to the Young Surveyors Network Asian Pacific Meeting in Japan held on the 15 – 16 June 2018.

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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