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

FIG Newsletter – July 2019

Dear Colleague,

In this issue of the FIG Newsletter you will find news about several upcoming events. Commission 7 will meet in Korea, Commission 3 in Romania.
The call for papers for FIG Working Week 2020 is out - it is time now to consider submitting an abstract. You can submit both for the extensive double blinded peer review process and also regular/short. Be inspired by the call to submit a 3 minute video on your career path...

Article of the Month

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

 July/August 2019 is written by Kealy et al.: A Benchmarking Measurement Campaign in GNSS-denied/Challenged Indoor/Outdoor and Transitional Environments. This article is a peer reviewed paper, presented at the FIG Working Week 2019 in Hanoi, Vietnam. The paper received the navXperience award given to the best peer review paper within the area of positioning and measurement (FIG Commission 5).


FIG General Assembly 2019 - Minutes

The first General Assembly with the new Council with President Rudolf Staiger in the chair was held in Hanoi, Vietnam as part of FIG Working Week 2019. The minutes are now available.
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The FIG Governance 2021 Debate is soon to start!

The FIG Task Force on Govenance 2021 is to set to go live  in the upcoming weeks- we have devised an interactive approach and will be trailing a digitally communication platform, providing you with a means to debate on strategic questions , information resources, and signposts to thought leadership.
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FIG Working Week 2020 10-14 May 2020 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands

FIG and the Local Organisers from the Netherlands welcome all to Amsterdam.
The FIG Working Week 2020 in Amsterdam is addressing the following overall theme:

Smart Surveyors for Land and Water Management

This theme is both relevant for the Netherlands and internationally in a world where drinking water is a scarce resource, waste water needs to be recycled rather than seen as waste, where the sea needs to be better mapped and managed, where land resources need to be protected against sea-level rise, and where land-based fresh water habitats are threatened.

The overall theme, is built up by the following sub-themes:

1. Smart Surveyors

Rapid urban growth, smart energy, cleaner mobility, and ‘land rights for all’ are some of the challenges demanding innovative surveying approaches and technologies. Sensing technologies, spatial data processing technologies and related approaches are already available. Use and improve them to become future proof, Smart Surveyors!

2. Integrated Land and Water management

Without integrated land and water management, the Netherlands as also other coastal countries cannot sustain its agricultural and urban development. Climate change, though, increases the risks of sea and riverine floods and extended drought periods and complicates this management task. Unorthodox measures are called for. Get familiar with these measures and discuss them from your critical surveyor perspective.

3. Ten years to go to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

The countdown begins, only one decade to go to accomplish the Sustainable Development Goals. The SDGs are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all and surveying professionals have a key role to play. How did we, as surveyors, contribute to ending poverty, improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests? In addition, what will be our role for the coming 10 years?

Exhibition and Sponsorship opportunities - please fill in questionnaire
In order to prepare a useful, relevant and interesting exhibition, the local organisers have prepared a questionnaire. Please help us and respond to this - it takes only 3-5 min.

Dear (potential) participant,
As you perhaps know, the theme of the FIG Working Week 2020 in Amsterdam refers to the ‘Smart Surveyors for Land- and Water Management’.
In order to increase the ‘smartness’ of the Working Week, we would like to check your expectations and wishes with respect to the companies and organisations present at the exhibition. Your wishes will be exchanged anonymously with registered exhibitors. With your answers we can suggest the exhibitors to demonstrate specific products and present services that can be of interest for participants. In such way we can match the wishes of the participants with the supply of the companies.
Smartness is in this case that we try to have more intelligent and focussed interaction between all the participants.

Thank you very much for your input.

Marinus de Bakker (LOC member) responsible for exhibition

The Working Week Web Site: will be updated regularly

FIG Commission 7 Annual Meeting 2019 - Seoul, Korea

The 2019 Commission 7 Annual Meeting will take place 5-9 August in Seoul, Korea.  The theme of this Annual Meeting is ‘Digital Twin, Smart Cities and Smart land Information’. Korea as a leading country in the development of advanced technologies across the geospatial industry, offers an opportunity to experience first hand on how the evolution of technology is changing land administration, particularly in the collection, processing and sharing of cadaster and land registration.
Web Site:
Tentative programme

FIG Commission 3 Annual Meeting and Workshop 2019

FIG Commission 3 Annual Meeting and Workshop will be held within the 1st edition of Romanian Surveying Week, organized by the Romanian Surveyors Union (UGR) and the University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj-Napoca (USAMV Cluj-Napoca) in Cluj-Napoca from 23-26 September 2019.

The theme of FIG Commission 3 Annual Meeting and Workshop ‘Advances in Geodata Analytics for Smart Cities and Regions’ addresses the role of the geospatial scientific and professional community in shaping the future of urban and regional development by creating new opportunities. Event Website: 


Applications of Global Navigation Satellite Systems Workshop

FIG AP CDN convened two sessions at the workshop held in Suva, Fiji 24-28 June 2019
Read the report

Shanghai International Symposium of Space & Future Conference

Rudolf Staiger at the closing of World Bank Conference

New era, new system and new planning – building a sound and better territorial and spatial planning system was the theme of the conference which FIG Vice President Orhan Ercan and Chair of Commission 8, Marije Louwsma attended. Report

Report on the 4th Joint International Symposium on Deformation Monitoring (JISDM)

The symposium aimed to connect research in deformation measurement / techniques, analysis and interpretation with advanced practice. Report

Submit your entry now for the Career Pathways Competition

Contribute with your story on: How I came to be here. How did you end up in the spatial/surveying industry? Record a 3-minute video sharing your story...
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2019 Aubrey Barker Fund/FIG Foundation Course Development Grant

The Aubrey Barker Fund and the FIG Foundation are seeking applications for grants of up to 20,000 euro (spread over two years) with the objective of building the capacity of academic institutions teaching surveying in developing countries, and of providing support in teaching and developing their curriculum more effectively.

News from commissions


New jobs available as Professor in Geodesy KTH  Royal Institute of Technology  Stockholm, Sweden and Head of Department of  Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics.  The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. More info

FIG Working Week 2019, 22-26 April in Hanoi, Vietnam


FIG Working Week was held 22-26 April 2019 in Hanoi, Vietnam. The post survey shows that 98.9 per cent of the participants will recommend the Working Week.
Read the report
Conference web site
Other reports:
Asia/Pacific Capacity Development Network
Commission 8 report


5-9 August 2019, Seoul, Korea
FIG Commission 7 Annual Meeting.
Tentative programme 
Web site:

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: 

12-13 September 2019, London, UK
CASLE Golden Jubilee conference and General Assembly organised by The Commonwealth Association of Surveying & Land Economy (CASLE) More information

17-19 September 2019, Stuttgart, Germany
Intergeo - Trade show and conference, Organised by DVW and supported by FIG. Through FIG you can obtain a complimentary one-day entrance ticket to the trade show. Website:

23-28  September 2019, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
1st Romanian Surveying Week, and FIG Commission 3 Workshop and Annual Meeting - FIG Commission 3 Workshop theme “Advances in Geodata Analytics for Smart Cities and Regions” 

22-29 September 2019, Beijing, China
International Workshop on GIS Technology and Application, organised by Chinese Society for Geodesy Photogrammetry and Cartograsphy and SuperMap Software Co., Ltd.

1-3 October 2019, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The 8th FIG Workshop on the Land Administration Domain Model (LADM2019). A joint event with UDMS's 4th International Conference on Smart Data and Smart Cities (SDSC2019) and Geomatics Geospatial Technology (GGT2019) as part of Geospatial Kuala Lumpur 2019
Web site:

9-11 October 2019, Porto, Portugal
Geodecision 2019 meeting. Geodecision for Sustainable Communities. Supported by FIG 
Web site: 

11-12 October 2019, Porto, Portugal
6th FIG Young Surveyors European Meeting "Mapping the Path to Sustainability"
Web site:

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Ms. Louise Friis-Hansen

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