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Internationale Vereinigung der Vermessungsingenieure

FIG Newsletter – February 2021

Dear Colleague,

Still now after a year; we are all facing local and national restrictions, new outbreaks of the COVID 19 virus, new variants... The world is still heavily affected by this virus; the surveying community too. It is a relief that FIG and the Dutch local organisers has made the decision that the FIG Working Week 2021 will be held virtually -  although it would have been nice to meet in person. Organising a virtual event, however, brings other opportunities and it is our hope that many will join us in this virtual journey. Save the dates 20-25 June 2021 for this years e-Working Week.The preparations for this different event is well underway - stay updated.
Are you a "seasoned surveyor"? Then perhaps you would like to be a mentor for a young surveyor?


FIG General Assembly 2021

FIG General Assembly 2019 in Vietnam - the last time FIG Community met 

Save the dates: 20 and 25 June 2021 for the virtual FIG General Assembly 2021 which will be a different experience, condensed to four sessions.  
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FIG welcomes two new members


FIG Council has admitted two new members:

 Wecome to both!

Announcement: FIG Foundation Ph.D. Scholarship 2021

Apply now for the Scholarship - deadline of applications is 1 June 2021. Check the requirements carefully
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FIG e-Working Week 2021

The e-Working Week opportunities

The fact that the Working Week has been transformed to take place virtually brings in new opportunities. This special e-Working Week will be accessible from all over the world, allowing the whole FIG Community with over 250.000 members from 120 countries to join in the event. From the organizing side we will do our utmost to bring together an unforgettable conference with possibilities to make meaningful connections with our sponsors, attendees and speakers, as well as attend sessions designed to be interesting, innovative and engaging.

Besides the subthemes Smart Surveyors, Integrated Land and Water Management and Ten Years to Achieve the SDG’s, we want to focus on the surveyors and the challenges they have in an unstable, uncertain and unpredictable world and with what technology, methods and procedures they face these new developments. How do surveyors adapt to these unexpected circumstances and what have we learned so far from these challenges?

Currently,  the Local Organising Committee from the Netherlands and FIG Council, Commissions, Networks and Task Forces are working on the technical programme for this e-Working Week, shaping the sessions to fit to an online session format.

The registration will open soon - watch out for the announcement. The fee for the Working Week will be only 100 EUR (early bird rate). Students and Young Surveyors can register for 25 EUR for both the Young Surveyors Conference and the Working Week. We hope that you will help us spread the word.

Sponsorships - Your company's stories are just a mouse click away

A virtual event gives a different opportunity to get close to the participants and to reach out to specific target groups.

At a virtual conference you have more opportunities and control over how your signage and branding appears on the screen, amplifying the reach of your branding outside the physical conference space. The virtual sponsorship experience allows you to maximize your attendee touchpoints both by networking in the main conference and maintaining a digital sponsor space in the exhibition. Attendees can watch pre-recorded content, engage in a live video session and chat, or move the conversation to a private meeting.

Curious? Get more information on you possibilities at:
and read the prospectus (pdf)

 If you have any questions to your sponsorship possibilities please contact Claudia at

Young Surveyors Conference

Within the past year, a lot of things have changed in our world, ushering us into a new reality. However, these changes have not changed our goal of a more sustainable future. Surveyors play a large role in the drive towards our common future. More so, young surveyors representing the link with the future play a larger role in the adaption to the new reality and face the Global Challenges of our day. This requires the involvement, and cooperation of young surveyors from the wide spectrum of the surveying profession. The 6th FIG Young Surveyors Conference (6YSC) is a two-day online conference, held across four time zones, that will provide young surveyors from different cultures, countries, academic qualifications, and professional backgrounds to meet, learn from each other, dialogue on the integral role of young surveyors towards rising up to the Challenges of our New Reality. Join us on this virtual trip around the world in 24 hours!!!

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FIG and the local organisers from the Netherlands are working on a unique event based on -

In other words: After attending FIG e-Working Week 2021 you will be: inspired, (re)connected, energized, gained knowledge, feel part of a community...

Article of the Month

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

The Article of the Month in February is written by Georgios Kapogiannis et al: An Innovative Dynamic Gamificative BIM environment This paper is about how technology evolution through innovation helped the team to develop a Gamificative BIM environment that eventually could change the way humans interact and improve the human information modeling experience. Read the article.  


 Ready to support Young Surveyors as a Mentor?  

- or know someone who might be interested in this? Are you no longer a young surveyor, but want to give back to the surveying industry? Then read on...
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Global Surveryors Day 2021

Again in 2021 we encourage members to report if there will be special events taking place in connection with the Global Surveyors Day. If you are celebrating this day or have organised activities for the promotion of the work of the surveyors in your country or region, we encourage you to submit and share your 2020 Global Surveyors Day activities at

and to upload photos to the FIG Facebook page:  
You can also send photos and a short description to FIG: 

CLGE is celebrating Global Surveyors day on 23 March 2021

CLGE - The Council of European Geodetic Surveyors has planned an online event with the theme of the year "Women in Surveying


Dr Wilfried Schleider passed away on 14 February 2021

Dr. Wilfried SCHLEIDER, born 17 August 1935 in Bremen, Germany, passed away on 14 February, 2021.

Dr. Schleider served as Chairman of FIG Commission 4 on Hydrography from 1994 until 1998, and was member of FIG/IHO TACC with projects Help for Selfdoing in Maputo and until 2004 in Dar Es Salaam. He received his Dr. degree from the University of Hannover


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Ms. Louise Friis-Hansen

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