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

FIG Newsletter – September 2018

Dear Colleague,

Welcome to the September issue of FIG Newsletter. 2018 marks the year of the 140th anniversary of FIG. The outgoing President invites to celebrate this special occasion including a handover ceremony with her on 9 November in Athens, Greece. This special event will be held in conjunction with the joint FIG/UIA (INTERNATIONAL UNION OF ARCHITECTS)/ECCE (European Council of Civil Engineers), UNECE WPLA (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Working Party on Land Administration) event 7-10 November 2018. Read more in the newsletter.

Article of the Month

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

September 2018: FAO support to land consolidation in Europe and Central Asia from 2000-2018 - Experiences and way forward by Morten Hartvigsen, FAO. The paper gives an overview of the FAO land consolidation programme from 2000 and onwards including lessons learned and way forward. The objective of this paper is to present the FAO experiences of supporting member countries related to land consolidation. The paper was presented in a special FIG/FAO session at the FIG Congress 2018.  

Join the Celebration of FIG 140th Anniversary and Hand Over

FIG outgoing President Prof. Chryssy Potsiou has the pleasure to invite you to a festive celebration of FIG

FIG was founded back in 1878 by seven European associations, and 2018 marks the 140th anniversary of FIG. President Potsiou wants to celebrate this combined with a hand over ceremony.
The celebration will take place 9 November 2018 in Athens, Greece. 
The FIG 140th anniversary celebration will be held in conjunction with:

on 7-9 November in Athens, Greece
The President of the Technical Chamber of Greece (TCG), Mr Stasinos and outgoing FIG President Prof Potsiou to invite you to participate in the Athens Joint Conference TUFE2018 organized by TCG in cooperation with Surveyors (FIG), Architects (UIA), European Civil Engineers (ECCE), and the Working Party on Land Administration (UNECE WPLA), under the general topic: Economy, Society and Climate Change- The Impact of Mega trends in the Built Environment, Construction Industry and Real Estate.

FIG Working Week 2019 - Call for Papers

The FIG Working Week will be the major event in 2019 in the global community of surveying and geospatial professionals. It is organised by FIG - International Federation of Surveyors and  VGCR - Vietnam Association of Geodesy, Cartography and Remote Sensing. The main objective of the FIG Working Week is to bring together experts from academia, governments/public administration and industry to report on recent developments, trends and research results.

Call for papers
The theme of the conference is Geospatial information for a smarter life and environmental resilience. Focus will be on tackling the climate changes by working towards a smarter life both through the development of smart cities and also in rural areas. Spatial information, big data, surveying, BIM, land administration and much more are essential factors in this development.

Are you interested in presenting at FIG Working Week? Do you have an inspiring story to tell and interesting findings to showcase? Please check the Call for Papers.

Please note the deadline: 1 November

Conference and exhibition
FIG Working Week 2019 will be held in Hanoi, Vietnam at the Vietnam National Convention Center. Each conference day will consist of one plenary session with specially invited key note speakers and technical sessions. An exhibition showcasing the latest trends and developments will take place in parallel. Look for your sponsorship and exhibition possibilities. Hereto, an interesting social programme is offered which includes a visit to an Vietnamese opera, a Vietnamese Cultural Evening and a festive gala dinner. Several pre and post technical/social tours will be offered that will enable you to get to know Vietnam both from a professional and a touristic point of view.

Do not miss this premier event of 2019. Read more at:

FIG Activities and visits

Reference Frame in Practice Seminar - Operational Aspects of GNSS  CORS 

The FIG Asia Pacific Capacity Development Network (AP CDN) convened another seminar of the Reference Frame in Practice series in Suva, Fiji 18-20 September 2018.  The event was a result of discussions held at the FIG Congress in Istanbul (Turkey) at the AP CDN open meeting.

FIG Office welcomes delegation from China

On a cool and windy day, 21 representatives from China from China Land Surveying and Planning Institute, CLSPI and the Ministry of Natural Resources paid a visit to the FIG office in Copenhagen as a part of their trip to Denmark to learn about Land use planning.

CASLE Jubilee Year 2019 - lauch event

FIG Vice President Diane Dumashie attends the launch of the Commonwealth Association of  Surveying and Land Economy, Golden Jubilee Year in 2019.

Council meeting in Copenhagen

FIG Council held its last face-to-face meeting in Copenhagen to finalise pending issues. In connection the incoming council held a teambuilding workshop

Upcoming FIG events

Africa Regional Network Workshop 2018
17-19 October 2018 in Gaborone, Botswana
Jakoba Kgopolelo President of Botswana Institute of Geomatics invites African land professionals to the Africa Regional Network 2018, a prestigious event where Geospatial professionals across the continent of Africa will be gathered to discuss pertinent issues in their profession cutting across many industries. 
FIG Young Surveyors African Meeting
16 October Gaborone, Botswana

The FIG Foundation invites Young Surveyors to apply for funds to participate in the 1st Young Surveyors African Meeting (YSAM) and the 2018 FIG-African Regional Network Meeting taking place in Gaborone, Botswana, on the 16th and 17th-19th of October respectively.  
Deadline is 7 September 2018 at 17:00 GMT.

FIG Young Surveyors North America Meeting
17-18 October 2018, Maryland US

Web site:

Commission 5&6/10 grants to Young Surveyors - Geo PreVi 2018
29-30 October 2018, Bucharest Romania

Geo PreVi 2018 Symposium “Geodesy for Smart Cities” will take place in Bucharest, Romania 29-30 October. The technical program is mainly organized by help of FIG Commission 5, 6 and 10 dealing with Positioning and Measurement, Engineering Geodesy and Construction Economics and Management. The organizing committee will support young surveyors from Romania and abroad.
More information:

FIG Commission 3 Annual Meeting and Workshop 2018
3-6 December 2018 in Naples, Italy

The Meeting and Workshop is organised jointly with Consiglio Nazionale Geometri e Geometri Laureati, the Collegio dei Geometri e Geometri Laureati di Napoli and the EGoS General Assembly. Overall theme is: Spatial Information in the Era of Data Science: Challenges and Practical Solutions.
Call for papers
Web site

FIG Foundation Grants for 2019

Details of the FIG Foundation Academic Grant and PhD Scholarship 2019 competitions are now available.
Please check the two introduction videos in which Mike Barry, board member of FIG Foundation, and Eva-Maria Unger, Chair of FIG Young Surveyors inform about how to apply.


FIG PUBLICATION NO. 70: Africa Regional Network 2015-2018
FIG Report
Author: Chair of FIG Africa Regional Network and FIG Vice President Diane Dumashie

FIG PUBLICATION NO. 71: FIG Guidance on Professional  Competencies for Quantity Surveyors / Construction Economists / Cost Engineers
FIG Guide
Author: SeeLian Ong, Chair of FIG Commission 10 2015-2018

FIG Annual Review 2017

2017 was again an exciting and busy year for FIG. The Annual Review highlights some of the activities and achievements throughout the year.


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. Web site
2-4 October: 6th International Workshop on 3D Cadastres, organised by FIG 3D Cadastre Working group,  Web site
4-5 October: 3rd International Conference on Smart Data and Smart Cities Web site

10-13 October 2018, Athens Greece
1st International Conference TMM_CH: Transdisciplinary Multispectral Modelling and Cooperation for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage.

15-18 October 2018, London, United Kingdom

The Year in Infrastructure Organised by Bentley. 
Web site

16 October 2018, Gaborone, Botswana
1st FIG Young Surveyors African Meeting (YASM)

17-18 October 2018, Gaborone, Botswana
FIG Africa Network Workshop

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

17-18 October 2018, College Park, Maryland, United States
FIG Young Surveyors North America Meeting
Web site:

23-25 October 2018 RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia
The10th Multi-GNSS Asia (MGA) Conference, supported by FIG Commission 5
Web site:

 29-30 October, Bucharest, Romania,
GEOPREVI 2018, Geodesy for Smart Cities, Joint Seminar of FIG Commission 5, 6 and 10
Web site:

5-7 November 2018, Las Vegas, USA
Trimble Diemnsions
Web site:

7-11 November 2018, in Athens, Greece  
FIG/UNECE/UIA/CEEC conference: “Impact of Megatrends and Solutions for the Built Environment and Real Estate”
Incl FIG Hand-Over event.
More information yet to come.

7-9 November 2018,  ChengDu China
CHINTERGEO 2018 - China Surveying and Mapping Geographic Information Technology Equipment Exhibition.
Web site:

26-30 November 2018 Suva,
Fiji Pacific Islands GIS and RS User Conference 2018: Transforming Pacific Resources and Infrastructure Management using GIS & RS
Web site

3 December 2018, Helsinki, Finland
Smart Land Administration Seminar, a Slush Side Event, organised by National Land Survey of Finland (NLS), Aalto University, the Finnish Location Information Cluster, and the World Bank. The side event is held in conjunction with SLUSH (
More information


FIG Working Week 2019
Web site

15-17 May 2019, Athens, Greece
4th Joint International Symposium on Deformation Monitoring, organised by The School of Rural and Surveying Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) in cooperation with FIG and IAG.
Web site: 
Invitation (pdf)

June 4-6, 2019, Fredericton, New-Brunswick, Canada
Joint 40th Canadian Symposium on Remote Sensing & Geomatics Atlantics 2019 “Remote Sensing and Geomatics – Common Perspectives and NewSpace”

15-18 August 2019, Darwin, Australia
South East Asia Survey Congress (SEASC).  Organised by ASEAN Flag Surveying Nations and SSSI, Australia, supported by FIG
Web site: 

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Kind regards,
Ms. Louise Friis-Hansen

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