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

FIG Newsletter – October/November 2018

Dear Colleague,

Welcome to the October/November issue of FIG Newsletter. FIG 140 anniversary was celebrated together with a hand over ceremony at a very special event  in Athens, Greece. In this newsletter you can read further updates from the latest months. Please also mark the dates 22-26 April 2019, and read more about this premier event in 2019 in Hanoi, Vietnam. Have you secured a stand at the exhibition? Do also have a look at the special sponsorship possibilities. We will be back again with further news before the seasons holidays, so please enjoy this first update.

Article of the Month

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

November 2018 is written by Guanqing LI and Shengxiang HUANG, ChinaControl Survey for a 6.7 km Immersed Tunnel in Chinese Lingding Ocean. This paper was presented at the FIG Congress in Istanbul, Turkey in May 2018. The paper focuses on the 6.7 km Immersed Tunnel that links Hong Kong to the east, and Zhuhai and Macao to the west. For the construction of  such a long immersed tunnel, particular care should be taken in the perspective of geodetic control.The paper describes the design and implemention of the geodetic basis and hierarchical surface control networks. 

October 2018 is written by Stig Enemark, Denmark and Robin McLaren, UK: Making FFP Land Administration Compelling and Work in Practice. This paper was presented at the Commission 7 Annual Meeting in Bergen, Norway, 24-28 September 2018. The paper initially provides background to the 2030 Global Agenda and the realisation that many of these goals will not be achieved without quickly solving the current insecurity of tenure crisis through the FFP approach to land administration. Finally, the paper reviews the lessons learned from implementing FFP land administration solutions in three developing countries, Indonesia, Nepal and Uganda. 

FIG News

FIG 140th Anniversary and Hand Over Celebration in Athens, Greece

Five FIG Presidents
FIG President Prof. Chryssy Potsiou had organised a very special event that included both a celebration of the 140th anniversary of FIG, many interesting presentations and a hand over ceremony.
The FIG 140th anniversary celebration was held in conjunction with:

Organised by Technical Chamber in Greece.

Cooperation agreement among Surveyors, Civil Engineers and Architects

The cooperation agreement was signed by the three organisations
On 9 November 2018 FIG President signed a cooperation agreement with the International Union of Architects (UIA) and the European Council of Civil Engineers (ECCE). It was the first time a conference was held with participation by surveyors, architects and civil engineers, and FIG president Chryssy Potsiou played a central role in the idea behind and organisation of this event.

Call for Bids for FIG Working Week 2023

FIG Council announces the bidding material for the Working Week 2023. All member associations are encouraged to consider to submit a bid. Election of the destination will take place at the Working Week and General Assembly 2023 in Hanoi, Vietnam.

FIG Working Week 2019 - Secure your stand at the exhibtion

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.

Secure your stand at the exhibtion
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. The exhibition is located in the hallways outside the session rooms where refreshments will also be served, which will give a unique opportunity to meet with all participants. Check your sponsorship and exhibition possibilities: 


Hereto, an interesting social programme is offered. This years Vietnamese Cultural Evening event is organised for all participants and is included in the registration fee. You will experience a special performance at the Vietnamese opera. All accompanying persons are also invited to this special event. There will be a festive gala dinner, and 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. The conference site is updated regularly with information about events and tours:

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.

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

FIG Activities and visits

The thirteenth meeting of the Internatoinal Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (ICG-13)

FIG is an Associate Member of the ICG and has been involved since the start. Mikael Lilje, Suelynn Choy and Matt Higgins were there as the FIG representatives to UNOOSA and to ICG. Mikael is FIG liaison to UNOOSA and Suelynn acted as FIG’s co-chair for Working Group D on Reference Frames, Timing and Applications. Matt has been involved in ICG since its start and acted a co-chair for Working Group D.

FIG at Chintergeo 2018

FIG Vice President Orhan Ercan represented FIG at this year's Chintergeo. FIG was also attending with a stand, manned by the host of the FIG Working Week 2019 in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Intergeo 2018

FIG had a well-visited stand at Intergeo 2018 that took place in Frankfurt, Germany, and met with many both members and potential members of FIG. FIG was represented by President Elect Rudolf Staiger who also gave a presentation at the Welcome Reception.

FIG Vice President Orhan Ercan attends Euroasian GIS Congress 2018

The Congress held on 4-7 September 2018 in Baku Axerbaijan showed that it is necessary to implement works on identification and prevention of different problems through taking big advantages enabled by Geographic Information Systems, usable in analyzing sustainable socio-economic development of regions and countries.


Framework for Costing and Financing Land Aministration Services - CoFLAS

FIG and UN-Habitat/GLTN (Global Land Tool Network) have launched a new decision-support tool for land administration to assist the modernizing the budgetary approach. FIG Honorary President CheeHai Teo started the work on this tool together with GLTN while he was president of FIG and now the tool and this guide book is ready to use.

News from Commissions

Commission 1 Newsletter - December 2018:

Commission 7 2018 Annual Meeting and International Seminar - proceedings and 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.



ESRI/FIG Webinar on Modernizing Land Administration Systems 

10 January 2019 at 11:00 a.m. ET, Webinar

With the availability of out-of-the-box solutions, many organizations are modernizing their cadastral systems. Keeping data current and accurate, implementing 3D capabilities, and maintaining data security while providing access to stakeholders are ongoing challenges that new GIS tools overcome. Modern Web GIS breaks down barriers; improves security; easily scales; and delivers new, advanced parcel mapping and data management capabilities. This webinar will show you the advantages of modern, open, standards-based COTS GIS technology and how to get starte
Information on registration for this free webinar will follow soon. Check FIG web site:

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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Ms. Louise Friis-Hansen

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