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

FIG Newsletter – November 2019

Dear Colleague,

Learning is always useful... and can take place in different settings; whether alone or together with others. This newsletter provides you with different ways to learn and get valuable knowledge, among other:

- the up-coming FIG Working Week 2020 in Amsterdam, where you will be met with a substantial technical programme and a possibility to exchange knowledge, learn and network with others. Registration has now opened so you can register now at the early-bird fee.

- on your own but not alone: ESRI, a FIG Platinum Corporate Member, invites you to a webinar on Fit-for-Purpose Land Administration with LADM on 4 December 2019. Sign up now.

Article of the Month

Each month on FIG web site you can find a special selected paper: FIG Article of the Month.

The Article of the Month for November 2019 is written by  Pasi Häkli et al: 
New Horizontal Intraplate Velocity Model for Nordic and Baltic Countries 
The Nordic countries have a long tradition on studying the GIA (or land uplift) phenomenon. Latest efforts have been conducted in collaboration under the Nordic Geodetic Commission (NKG) and have resulted in some common Nordic-Baltic land uplift and deformation models. This paper describes the latest development of horizontal intraplate velocity model.

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, interesting technical tours and of course our special social events.

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.

The technical programme will offer you a varied selection of sessions and presentations within all fields of surveying that are covered by the 10 FIG Commissions. Institutional Partners of the Working Week are UN-GGIM, UN-Habitat/GLTN and FAO.

Register now - your to-do list:


Exhibition and Sponsorship opportunities

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

The Working Week Web Site:

Attend ESRI Webinar: Fit-for-Purpose Land Administration with LADM

There is no longer a need for custom programming, complex implementations, and special skills to build and maintain your cadastral system. Now organizations can use commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) GIS data and technology and standard data models, such as the Land Administration Domain Model (LADM), to deliver cadastral systems that are quickly implemented; scalable; capable of evolving with changing requirements; and supported by numerous public, private, and nongovernmental organization (NGO) communities.

This new approach addresses many past challenges of system cost, intermittent internet connectivity, accuracy, scalability, and security. Register for this upcoming webinar to see how you can implement a fit-for-purpose solution.

Learn more


8th Plenary Meeting of UN-GGIM-AP - Asia Pacific Capacity Development Network Report

The FIG Asia Pacific Capcity Development Network (AP CDN) were invited by the President of the United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management for Asia and the Pacific (UN GGIM AP), to participate in its 8th Plenary Meeting held in Canberra – Australia on 3-5 November 2019 
Read more

Newsletters and publications:

FIG Commission 7 - Cadastre and Land Management:  Newsletter November 2019
FIG Commission 8 - Spatial planning and development: Newsletter November 2019


Last call for nominations for two FIG Vice Presidents

FIG Council encourages Member Associations to consider nominations for the two positions as FIG Vice President for the term 2021-2024. Election will take place at the General Assembly 2020 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Deadline is 16 December. Read more

Last 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. Read more

FIG Foundation news - open grants

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


Commercial sector engagement opportunity at GEO - Group on Earth Observations. More info


1-4 April 2020, Dubrovnik, Croatia
INGEO Conference, held together with the Symposium on Engineering Geodesy (SIG), supported by FIG Commission 6 - Engineering Surveying Web site:

10-14 May 2020 Amsterdam, the Netherlands

2-4 June 2020, Bydgoszcz, Poland
28th SCEgeo Conference "Surveying, Civil Engineering, Geoinformation in Sustainable Development"organised by UTP University of Science and Technology Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Architecture Association of Polish Surveyors, Branch in Bydgoszcz. Supported by FIG Commission 6 Web site:

30 August-5 September 2020, Bern, Switzerland
FIG Commisison 7 Annual Meeting Organised by Romanian Surveyors Union Save the date

13-15 October 2020, Berlin, Germany
Intergeo. Get complimentary entrance ticket to the fair through FIG.
Web site: www.intergeo.dee

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Ms. Louise Friis-Hansen

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