On behalf of the Ordre National des Ingénieurs Géomètres topographes (ONIGT), the Moroccan order of surveyors, I welcome you to Marrakech, Morocco. I strongly appreciate that the FIG Working Week and the 6th ONIGT Congress are organized under the patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI of Morocco.
One of the cornerstones of ONIGT is that we must look after the principles of ethics, raising the level of the profession, share experiences and burnish on all levels. Over many years, those are the principle guiding the entire action of ONIGT to contribute in the creation of several international bodies operating as partners of the FIG at regional level.
Today, we are facing a huge challenge that can be summarized in how could we gather our efforts to promote our profession and contribute to the bridging between societies and cultures?
I am gladly certain and believe that the Working Week in Marrakech will be for an interesting model to exchange dialogue between cultures. It is a great response that we shall provide to opposite all appearances of intolerance.
I wish that the hundreds of lectures that will be presented during this week will bring into being a reference document, for all surveyors in the world, that shall contribute in building a harmonious society based on knowledge of others, tolerance, mutual understanding, respect of human rights and dignity.
It gives me great pleasure to invite you to our 2011 Working Week jointly organized by FIG and Ordre National des Ingénieurs Géomètres Topographes (ONIGT), the Moroccan Order of Surveyors, in Marrakech, Morocco. This Working Week, under the patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI of Morocco is the first Working Week of the new FIG Administration that started its term of office this January.
“Bridging the Gaps between Cultures” is an appropriate theme, not only is Marrakech the meeting point for the Arab, African and European cultures, the Working Week will bring together people of different cultures, diverse surveying traditions and varying professional experiences. As ONIGT continues to be active regionally, within the FGF (Francophone Federation of Surveyors), AUS (Arab Union of Surveyors and UMG (Mediterranean Union of Surveyors), and with their active participation in FIG, will prove to be a worthy local host.
The organizers have received more than 550 paper proposals, continuing the very successful formula with options for presenting both peer reviewed and practical papers. The technical programme will thus be one of the biggest in FIG Working Week history, and should be of interest to participants from all over the world. We can also expect an outstanding social component to this year’s Working Week. Those among us who attended the FIG Regional Conference in Marrakech in 2003 know that the social events and atmosphere in Marrakech are unique and will be memorable.
I look forward to meeting you in Marrakech in May 2011.
Dear friends and colleagues,
On behalf of the organizing committee of the FIG Working Week 2011, it is our pleasure to welcome you to Marrakech, Morocco from 18th to 22nd May 2011. This event is hosted by FIG and the National Board of Moroccan Surveyors (ONIGT) and is to be held at the Palais des Congrès in Marrakech, under the patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI of Morocco.
The Working Week organised under the theme “Bridging the Gap between Cultures”, will gather professionals and academia members from various field connected to land surveying, GIS, spatial planning and management, and civil engineering.
The organising committee has been working very hard for long months so as to make your stay in Marrakech very pleasant on the cultural and touristic levels and scientifically very enriching.