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Fédération Internationale des Géomètres
Internationale Vereinigung der Vermessungsingenieure

FIG Newsletter – February 2020

Dear Colleague,

With now a little more than two months to go, the preparations for FIG Working Week 2020 is now entering into its final stage so that FIG and the Local Organisers from the Netherlands can welcome surveyors and geospatial experts from all over the world to FIG Working Week 2020, 10-14 May 2020 in Amsterdam.
We are following the COVID-19 Virus situation closely and also the recommendations of the health authorities and the meeting organisers. So far, we continue the preparations as planned, and hope that this scenario will not change.
We are pleased and proud to present to you a detailed draft technical programme which exposes you to 80 technical sessions, forums and meetings, three plenary sessions and other meetings during the three busy conference days 11-13 May.
In this issue you can also read about FIG President Rudolf Staigers visit to Nigeria for the induction of 344 new registered surveyors; the United Nations Conference on Land Policy in Africa attended by Vice President Diane Dumashie, two new books that may have your interest and do not forget the deadline for the FIG Foundation Academic Research Grant.

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

FIG and the Local Organisers from the Netherlands welcome you 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 detailed Technical Programme - check what awaits you

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. UN-Habitat/GLTN, UNECE and FAO.

The draft technical programme has just been published and includes 80 technical sessions, forums and meetings as well as three plenary sessions.


The Working Week is not only consisting of a technical programme during the three conference days 11-13 May 2020. Also pre- and post-events are offered to give you extra possibility for absorption in one of the following topics:


Technical tours

In parallel with the technical programme during the three conference days you can sign up for technical tours which give you a unique possibility to learn more about and explore the host country in a way you would not be able to as a tourist. The following tours are planned (pre-registration is needed, there is limited number of seatss available and all tours are based on a minimum number of participants)). These tours will show you around both in Amsterdam, e.g. at the port of Amsterdam, expand your horizons at GeoFort, visit Geodan a Dutch geo-information company, learn about the Delft Railway Area project and other special tours. See all tours:

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:


FIG President Staiger meets with the President of Nigeria and the President of the Senate

FIG and SURCON give award of excellence to the President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari

Visit to FIG members SURCON, NIS and NIQS on 26-28 February included induction ceremony of 344 new registered surveyors, meeting with the President of Nigeria, President of the Senate and a visit to the French Embassy to discuss visa applications for Amsterdam. Read more

Winning the fight against Corruption in the Land Sector: Sustainable Pathway for Africa’s Transformation

Vice President Diane Dumashie attends the United Nations Conference on Land Policy in Africa, CLPA-2019 25-29 November 2019 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Read more


Prof. Dr. Dalal Alnaggar passed away on 2 February 2020

It is with sadness that we must announce that Prof. Dr. Dalal Alnaggar, Egypt, passed away on 2 February 2020. Prof. Dalal Alnaggar was well known and highly respected within FIG and it is a big loss for the international surveying community. Read more

FIG and MAPPING THE PLASTIC - Background and Mapathon

Plastic in rivers, river systems and deltas is a major problem. Commission 4 on Hydrograpy and the Young Surveyors work on how surveyors can contribute to this topic. Read more

FIG Foundation grants - note the deadlines

  1. FIG Foundation Academic Research Grants - 2020 Offering
    Deadline: 31 March 2020
  2. FIG Foundation Grant for Young Surveyors' educational and training activities

Article of the Month

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

TThe article of the month February 2020 is written by Wioleta Krupowicz, Adrianna Czarnecka, Poland, Magdalena Grus, Netherlands  Possibilities of implementing crowdsourcing initiatives in rural development programmes in Poland. This paper was presented at the FIG Working Week 2019 in Hanoi, Vietnam. The article presents the possibilities of implementation of the idea of crowdsourcing in rural development programmes in Poland Read the article

New Books

Real Estate Registration and Cadastre. Practical Lessons and Experiences

A new e-book drafted by Gavin Adlington with contributions by Rumyana Tonchovska, FAO of the UN, Tony Lamb and Robin McLaren will be launched during the World Bank Land and Poverty Conference in March 2020. The publication is already available online as a first draft and will be made into an e-book after the conference. It will be available for free and can be used as a basis for training, taking one chapter at a time, or for a workshop lasting two or three days, or just for reading about experiences and lessons learned in other projects and programs.

The text of this book is written to be enjoyable to read in a ‘conversational’ mode to explain what we did and why, and it is interspersed with specific stories and anecdotes that actually happened and that teach good lessons and experiences from multiple countries. The audience for the book is those who would lead or be involved in such projects or programs, including senior staff in government agencies, team leaders from financing partners or bilateral donor agencies and consultants (local or international) working in the sector.

Cadastre Principles and Practice
by Roger Fisher and Jennifer Whittal

A new reference texst for the professional land surveyor and others in the property industry Explaining the principles of cadastral law and interpretation in practice, this is the first publication of its kind in over 45 years. It is a comprehensive text for aspiring and practicing professional land surveyors, those in the real property business, and those involved in land administration. Written for the South African practice environment, it will also be of interest to an international audience. More information


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 Commission 7 and Federal Office of Topography swisstopo  Save the date

14-18 September 2020, Timisoara, Romania
Romanian Surveyors Week

12-15 October 2020, Vancouver, Canada
YII2020 - The Year in Infrastructure 2020 Conference, Organised by Bentley Systems, supported by FIG.

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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