Call for Papers



The overall theme of the Working Week is “From the Wisdom of the Ages to the Challenges of the Modern World”.

The technical programme will include a broad professional and scientific programme: during 3 consecutive days, offering up to 10 parallel sessions and workshops. This will allow more than 500 presentations in the entire broadness of the surveying profession. The carefully prepared Technical Programme will offer both specially invited high profile presentations and papers that are selected through the open call for papers procedure.

FIG Working week 2015 is the main event for all ten FIG technical commissions. Therefore proposals for papers are requested in all topics of interest of the following commissions:

1. Professional Standards and Practice - FIG commission 1
2. Professional Education - FIG commission 2
3. Spatial Information Management - FIG commission 3
4. Hydrography - FIG commission 4
5. Positioning and Measurement - FIG commission 5
6. Engineering Surveys - FIG commission 6
7. Cadastre and Land Management - FIG commission 7
8. Spatial Planning and Development - FIG commission 8
9. Valuation and the Management of Real Estate - FIG commission 9
10. Construction Economics and Management - FIG commission 10

Papers are also invited for the Permanent Institution of FIG: History of Surveying and Measurement
YS network would like to see contributions from young surveyors in all 10 commissions.


In the open call for papers non-peer review and peer review papers are invited from following
detailed topics selected by FIG Commissions:


Commission 1 Professional Standards and Practice

  • International boundaries;
  • Professional ethics;
  • Women in Surveying;
  • Engaging the private practitioner; and
  • Mutual recognition.

Commission 2 Professional Education

  • From professional surveying education towards educating the land professional
  • Maintaining the chain of professional education
  • Becoming an active Commission
  • Pimp my FIG: challenging workshops, rich conferences and enlightning congresses
  • Educational standards and accreditation
  • Attracting new generations and students to surveying programmes
  • Innovation in surveying curricula
  • Life-long learning - educational and training services
  • Good educational practices
  • Building capacity for training and education

Commission 3 Spatial Information Management (SIM)

  • VGI collection, dissemination, analysis, maintenance and visualization
  • Utilization of VGI and crowdsourcing with SDI, SIM and environmental information
  • 3d Cadastre
  • Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) at all levels – local, regional, national and global
  • e-Governance and SDI in supporting decision making – theory, applications and best practice
  • Integration of spatial data – cadastre, land use, real estate, utilities, environment, socio-economic information, etc.
  • 3D/4D geospatial models, algorithms, standards and applications
  • Business models, public-private partnerships and economic aspects of SDI
  • SIM meeting challenges – natural and environmental risk prevention and disaster management, waste management, etc.
  • SDI interoperability aspects – standards, technical tools, metadata, portals and clearinghouses
  • Web and mobile GIS – challenges, services and real-time capabilities
  • Geospatial visualisation (2D/3D/4D)

Commission 4 - Hydrography

  • Hydrographic surveying and mapping
  • Hydrographic standards and guidelines
  • Hydrographic education, training, and professional development
  • New and emerging science and technologies for hydrography (e.g. sensors, systems, AUVs, electromagnetic wave propagation etc.)
  • Maritime and marine spatial information management (including data processing and management of hydrographic data, data structures, marine spatial data infrastructures, marine information systems)
  • Hydrography and society (Offshore surveying in support of energy, environment, submarine telecommunications, ports and harbours, economies, national and international political objectives)

Commission 5 Positioning and Measurement

A special session on the topic: “Atmospheric application of GNSS” is planned and abstracts on this theme are welcome. Please note in the comments of your abstract submission if your submission is specifically intended for this subject.
Hereto the following themes are in focus:

  • Standards, best practice guidelines, quality assurance and calibration for survey (including geodetic) measuring instruments
  • National or geospatial reference systems and associated infrastructure
  • Vertical reference frames, geoid and gravity
  • GNSS (GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, Multi-GNSS), including CORS networks
  • Terrestrial and airborne laser scanning
  • Cost-effective surveying (GNSS and other survey methods)
  • Multi-Sensor-Systems (INS-GNSS, Mobile Mapping, etc.)
  • Ubiquitous positioning techniques and applications -such as RFID, WiFi, AGPS, mobile phones, MEMS inertial sensors, Locata
  • Positioning and metrology – technique, methodology, adjustment and analysis

Commission 66Engineering Surveys

  • Deformation measurement
  • Engineering surveys in managing natural disasters
  • Precise height measurements for engineering
  • Recent industrial surveying and sensing technologies and applications
  • Laser scanning applications
  • Machine control and guidance with surveying technologies

Commission 7Cadastre and Land Management

  • Integrating new technologies in land administration and cadastre
  • Modern communication in land administration systems
  • Land policy and reform to support sustainable use of land
  • Pro poor land management and its role in public administration
  • Land management for state and public land
  • Multi-dimensional cadastre
  • Land rights reflecting societies’ needs
  • Land administration in pre- and post-conflict and post disaster areas

Commission 8Spatial Planning and Development

  • Environmental challenges in megacities
  • Disaster and environmental management
  • Urban and rural land use planning
  • Planning policies and environmental improvement
  • Informal settlement issues in spatial development, planning and governance
  • Planning and managing urbanisation
  • Public-private partnerships in planning and land development
  • Contributing to Global water management utilization – Action and planning

Commission 9Valuation and the Management of Real Estate

  • Tax Bases for Real Estate Taxation
  • Mass Appraisal Techniques
  • Large Scale Acquisitions of Land (“Land Grab”)
  • Trends of real estate valuation
  • Valuation methods for properties where no markets exist for them
  • Valuation profession and valuation standards
  • Real estate finances and investments
  • Compulsory purchase and compensations in land acquisition and takings
  • Real property practises and sustainable cities

Commission 10Construction Economics and Management

  • Quantity Surveying and Cost Management
  • Project Procurement and Tendering (Bidding)
  • BIM - Building Information Modelling - the hottest one,
  • Construction standards and regulations including proposed International Construction Measurement Standards (ICMS)
  • Construction economics and global construction trend
  • Innovative house building and affordable housing
  • Sustainable construction and development