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

FIG Newsletter – August 2019

Dear Colleague,

It is time to consider your participation at FIG Working Week 2020. Do you want to submit an abstract? Do you have a paper that you would like to submit for peer review? Or do you prefer to attend without the obligation of presenting a paper but to have time to learn, get inspired, meet and build up your unique network with fellow peers from all over the world and explore Amsterdam and the Netherlands? Read on and check the deadlines.

Do we meet at Intergeo in Stuttgart? Come to the FIG stand: Hall 4 stand E4.032 or book a meeting.

FIG Working Week 2020 10-14 May 2020 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands

FIG and the Local Organisers from the Netherlands welcome all to Amsterdam. FIG Working Week 2020 will be an exciting event with several pre and post events, three packed conference days and the General Assembly. Hereto, the local organisers are preparing special technical and social tours for you to explore Amsterdam and the Netherlands and memorable social events in the evenings.

The FIG Working Week 2020 in Amsterdam is addressing the following overall theme:

Smart Surveyors for Land and Water Management

This theme is relevant both 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.

Skyline of Rotterdam, the Netherlands

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?

Submit your abstract - note the deadlines

You can submit an abstract for either peer review or normal review.

A peer review paper (mainly submitted by academics) wil through the double blinded peer review process be reviewed twice by at least two different reviewers before the final decision. Around 50% of the papers pass the peer review. If your paper does not pass, you can still submit your paper as a non-peer review paper.

Abstracts for non-peer review (normal) papers can be submitted for either regular or short presentation.
Submit your abstract



Exhibition and Sponsorship opportunities

Secure your stand at the exhibition and be visible with the sponsorship opportunities. The exhibition will take place in the catering areas ensuring a constant flow of participants.

The Working Week Web Site: will be updated regularly


Call for Bids for FIG Working Week 2024

FIG Council announces the bidding material for the FIG Working Week 2024. All member associations are encouraged to consider to submit a bid. Election of the destination will take place at the Working Week 2020 and General Assembly in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
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2019 FIG Commission 7 Annual Meeting in Seoul, Korea

LX presenting the Digital Twin Hologram Control System

More than 100 commission 7 people from 23 countries met in Seoul in August 2019. Chair of FIG Commission 7, Daniel Paez reports from the succesful meeting.
Read the report

SURCON Train the Trainers Workshop: Challenges and Opportunities in Fit-for-Purpose Cadastre

The SURCON annual workshop for training of tertiary institutions survey and geo-informatics educators was held in Kano state with the aim to increase the awareness oon the desirability of fit-for-purpose aprroach in surveying and cadastre.
Read the report

FIG Foundation news - open grants

Aubrey Barker Fund/FIG Foundation Course Development Grant 
Deadline: 1 Otober 2019
FIG Foundation PhD Scholarships - 2020
Deadline: 1 February 2020
FIG Foundation Academic Research Grants - 2020 Offering
Deadline: 31 March 2020
FIG Foundation Grant for Young Surveyors' educational and training activities
FIG Commission Publication Author Support Grant

News from commissions


Check: Programme Management Officer, Human Settlements at GLTN. Head of Department at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. More info

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).

Other upcoming FIG events

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: 

KL GeoHydro 2019 and Commission 4 Meeting
Empowering Marine Knowledge Through Hydrography"
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
18-19 November 2019
More information

Africa Regional Network Meeting
organised with FGF 8es Universités de la FGF & Atelier ARN
ARN Facebook page:


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.

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” 

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:

27 October - 3 November 2019, Beijing, China
The 2nd International Workshop on GIS Technology and Application Organised by Chinese Society for Geodesy, Photogrammetry and Cartography together with SuperMap (FIG Corporate Member - gold category), and supported by FIG.
Web site: 
Invitation to international participants
Registration form for international participants (word doc)

5 – 8 November, Galicia Spain
FO Landnet workshop - Land management challenges and opportunities organised by FIG Commission 8, FAO and LandNet
Web site

6-8 November 2019, Changsha, Hunan Province
Chintergeo 2019
Web site:

18-19 November 2019, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Hydrography seminar Organised by FIG Commission 4 in collaboration with PEJUTA and UTM, supported by the national Hydrographic Centre Malaysia and the Department of Survey and Mapping Malaysia.
Including FIG Commission 4 Annual Meeting.
Web site:

27-29 November 2019, Dakar, Senegal
8es Universités de la FGF & Atelier ARN Organised by FGF - Federation des gèométres francophones, Ordre National des Gèométres Experts du Sénégal and FIG Africa Regional Network.
Web site:
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Ms. Louise Friis-Hansen

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